Hello, I am a sophomore at UIUC majoring in physics, and I really want to do something over the summer. Some background things: Classes I have taken: math (Calc, Diff eq, Linear Algebra, PDE), physics (intro e&m, intro mechanics, mechanics I, special relativity, intro quantum) I will be taking next semester: math (real analysis), physics (classical lab, e&m 1, mechanics II) GPA: 3.71 Lot of experience: machining and designing things (I doubt that counts for anything?), Mathematica (I am an assistant for a diff eq class with mathematica) Some experience: Java I think I may be too naive in seeking for an internship; I only have a vague idea of what I want to do in physics, but hell I'm willing to work my butt off. I really like math and I have been reading some random stuff on the web and on my school's website about high energy physics. I am thinking about attending some seminars and colloquiums. Is this a good way to get started? Or should I take more classes? Right now I have been looking at DOE/SULI, SIST, and Illinois Accelerator Institute. Any advice is welcome. Thank you!