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The Careers in Science Intern Program (CiS) is a multiyear, year-round work-based youth development program for young people from groups typically underrepresented in the sciences.
Created in 1996, the Careers in Science Intern Program provides San Francisco youth from communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) fields with opportunities to immerse themselves in the sciences. In this paid internship, interns develop life and job skills, receive college and career mentorship, and learn science and sustainability concepts in an authentic, paid work environment. The program provides hands-on science and youth development experiences in the Academy and outdoors while exposing interns to professional role models and mentors who are leaders in their disciplines.
Careers in Science (CiS) strives to increase the diversity of the scientific community and change stereotypes surrounding science. As such, the program’s primary target is youth who have an interest and spark in science, who are motivated and able to fulfill the expected time commitment, and for whom the program would provide the critical difference in pursuing a higher education degree and career in a STEM field. CiS alumni have earned degrees in numerous STEM fields, including: Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering, Geology, and Public Health.
If you share a curiosity for the natural world, from the plants to planets, worms to snakes, and everything in between, you should consider becoming a Careers in Science intern. Interns primarily work at our amazing facility in Golden Gate Park and occasionally attend off-site events and field trips. Primary intern activities include:
- Learning about science at trainings, lectures, workshops, and conferences
- Teaching science to the Academy's audiences
- Conducting scientific work with Academy scientists and during field studies
To be eligible for the Careers in Science Intern Program, applicants must:
- Attend an accredited school in San Francisco (greater consideration given to SFUSD students)
- Be a 9th or 10th grader and enrolled full-time
- Be able to obtain a valid work permit (US citizens and others authorized to work in the US)
- Commit to all attendance requirements of the program on a year-round, multiyear basis, including afterschool, weekend, and summer work or trainings
- Be able to commute to the Academy in Golden Gate Park for their work shifts
- Demonstrate interest in and enthusiasm for learning about science, teaching science to diverse audiences, and conducting science
Recruitment for the Careers in Science program happens once a year in early spring. Applications are released annually in February, with a late March deadline. Applicants go through a series of interviews to ensure a good fit and commitment to the program. To hear when the next application period opens, join our email list.
Age: 9th - 12th graders
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Time: Afterschool and weekends
Duration: Multiyear, year-round participation
The Careers in Science program is generously supported by Barbara and Gerson Bakar; S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; Darden Restaurants Foundation; Hearst Endowment for Science Education; The Hearst Foundations; The Kimball Foundation; The Joseph and Mercedes McMicking Foundation; Jackie and Howard Nemerovski; Angela Nomellini and Kenneth Olivier; San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families; The Sato Foundation; Jane and Bernard Von Bothmer; and Wells Fargo Foundation.