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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