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The Academy provides a variety of out-of-school-time programs for middle and high school-aged youth. We are committed to providing the inspiration and training for young people to become science enthusiasts and stewards of the natural world.

An intern dissecting an animal.

Careers in Science Intern Program

Careers in Science is a paid, multi-year, year round science education and youth development program for underrepresented youth in San Francisco. 

Grades: 9th - 12th graders (only 9th - 10th graders can apply)
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Day/Time: Afterschool and weekends
Duration: Multiyear, year-round participation

TASC at Bay Area Science Festival

Teen Advocates for Science Communication

Teen Advocates for Science Communication is the Academy's youth volunteer program. Participants carry out our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life by designing and presenting youth-created educational programs to the public.

Grades: 8th - 12th graders
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Days: Saturdays or Sundays during fall & spring; Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays during summer
Duration: Fall, spring, or summer semester

Teen Think Tank testing out activities

Teen Think Tank

Teen Think Tank (T3) is a teen advisory group that provides feedback, perspective, and youth voice to a variety of institutional initiatives, projects, and programs.

Grades: 9th - 12th graders
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Day/Time: Thursdays, afterschool
Duration: Fall, spring, or summer semester

Youth Conducting Citizen Science

Science Action Club

Science Action Club (SAC) engages middle school youth in authentic, hands-on science through partnerships with local afterschool providers.

Grades: 6th - 8th graders
Location: Afterschool and community organizations nationwide 
Time: After school, varies by club

Teen Science Night

#TeenScienceNight

End summer with science: Immerse yourself in the natural world at the California Academy of Sciences’ annual #TeenScienceNight, a teen takeover night at the museum. Youth (ages 13-18) are invited to come explore the world of science at this free, fun-filled event.

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