Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My school doesn't end in time for the start date. Can I start late?
A: We have a "late start" date for participants who can't start on the first day for academic reasons. This later date is only for participants whose school's term ends later than the beginning of the program.
Q: I don't have health insurance. Can I participate if I get health insurance by the start of the program?
A: Yes. You must have current health insurance coverage while participating in the program.
Q: When do we get paid?
A: Stipends will be distributed biweekly at TLC meetings.
Q: Do you provide housing?
A: No, the Lab does not provide or arrange your housing for IISME participants. You are responsible for obtaining housing on your own. Please see housing information.
Q: Can I get my housing supplement in advance of my arrival so I can put a deposit on my housing?
Q: Can we get direct deposit?
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: The Lab is a fairly casual atmosphere; often jeans are the norm. Lab geography dictates that you wear comfortable shoes (it's a bit "hilly"). If you are working in a lab you will, of course, dress appropriately: long pants, closed-toe shoes, etc. You can contact your mentor for suggestions specific to your work site. There is one public event (a poster session) for which you may wish to "dress up" a bit.
Q: Do I have to pay taxes on the educational stipend I receive while participating in a CSEE internship?
A: LBNL does not issue W2 or 1099 forms for CSEE participants. LBNL is not allowed to give tax advice, please consult a tax professional.
Q: Can I miss a couple of days during the program for vacation?
A: No, participants are required to attend the entire program and not take any time off.
Q: Am I allowed to drive and park onsite?
A: On the first day of the program, all participants will have access to the Lab's shuttle service. Find out more information on LBNL Bus Services/Lab Shuttle.
If you are driving to the Lab on your first day (VFP Faculty and IISME only), CSEE will email a gate pass to your LBNL email address. Please show this document along with valid identification to the officer at the gate for entry to the Lab. Please refer to Badge Instructions/Site Access letter for instructions on acquiring a parking permit.
Q: I am a Permanent Resident of the United States. Am I required to provide documentation?
A: Yes, if accepted into the program, you will be required to provide a copy of your Permanent Resident status during badging.
Q. I need a letter of recommendation, can CSEE staff write one for me?
A. It is CSEE policy, that letters of recommendation are to be written by the mentor or associate mentor, not CSEE staff.