A new internship program for veterans is giving College of DuPage students valuable work experience at Fermilab.
The Fermilab VetTech Internship program offers College of DuPage students a chance to provide tech support for various departments. The inaugural six-week program started in July and accepted four students.
“Fermilab was looking specifically for veterans because of their discipline, loyalty, hard work and a proven ability to do the job,” Jose Alferez, College of DuPage's manager of veterans student services, said. “They also were looking for veterans from two programs that you don’t necessarily associate with Fermilab.”
Bryanna Pisciotto said she found the experience “amazing.”
“When I joined, the Navy tested me and determined my strong suit was electronics, which was a surprise,” she said. “I worked with radar equipment on ships, and my specialty was micro repairs on pieces like circuit boards. It was cool to find out how my repairs saved the Navy $500,000. It was an amazing internship top to bottom."