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The application for the Careers in Science program is now open! Interested youth currently in 9th or 10th grade are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Monday, April 2, 2018.

Here you will find all the information you need to know for applying for the Careers in Science Intern Program.

Thank you for your interest in the Careers in Science (CiS) Intern Program at the California Academy of Sciences. CiS is a year round, multi year, science education and youth development program for youth typically under-represented in the sciences. This program is a paid internship which provides a variety of unique opportunities: interns explore, explain and sustain life both inside and outside of the museum, acquire transferable skills and confidence through authentic work experiences, and set education and career goals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

New interns are trained by their peers and staff, and are employed to:

  • Learn science at trainings, lectures, workshops and conferences;
  • Teach science to the Academy’s audiences; and
  • Conduct science in the field and at the Academy with STEM professionals.

All interns work on-site at the California Academy of Sciences’ facility in Golden Gate Park. Interns also participate in community fairs and festivals, college tours, and professional conferences.

It is critical that applicants are able to commit to this employment on a year-round basis from the moment of hiring through high school graduation. This two to three year experience will be one of the most enriching experiences of your life; however to be transformational and effective, it requires dedication.

Carefully review all of the requirements for applying and make sure to complete the application in full, as incomplete applications will not be considered. We encourage you to call or email with any questions. Lastly, please review the “Frequently Asked Questions” below for more information about the application process.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply if I don’t live or go to school in San Francisco?

A: Unfortunately no. While we’d love to serve all students of the Bay Area, our funding is limited to youth in San Francisco. We encourage you to apply to other Youth Programs opportunities at the Academy. 

Q: How much do I get paid?

A: Interns are employed at a starting wage of $14/hr.

Q: When is the Summer 2018 application due?

A: All applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Q: Where do I complete the application?

A: The online application form can be found here: Apply Here

Q: What if I missed the application deadline?

A: We will not accept late applications, so please do not wait until the last minute to submit your application.

Q: After I submit my application, what’s next?

A: Applications will be reviewed by interns and program staff. Those selected to proceed will be contacted to schedule a group interview date. Two group interview dates will be available: Saturday, April 14 or Saturday, April 21.

Q: When will final selections be made?

A: Final selections will be made by May 9, 2018.

Q: About how many positions will you be hiring for?

A: We anticipate hiring 12 new interns this year.

Q: When would the program start?

A: New Intern Orientation will occur June 11-15 from 8am-5pm, and an off-site, overnight retreat will be June 19-21. Both the orientation and retreat are mandatory.

Q: When do I get my work permit?

A: If you are selected for the program, you will be guided through the process, and receive all the necessary paperwork to obtain your permit.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: You can either check out our website at, or email us at


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We Thank Our Donors

The Careers in Science program is generously supported by an anonymous donor, Barbara and Gerson Bakar; Caroline H. Damsky; Genentech, Inc.; Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education; Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Kimball Foundation; Angela Nomellini and Kenneth Olivier; Quest Foundation; San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families; The Sato Foundation; Jane and Bernard Von Bothmer; and Wells Fargo Foundation.

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