Careers in Science (CiS)

CiS intern dissecting flower

Careers in Science is a multi-year, year-round paid internship and youth development program for San Francisco youth who come from communities typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

  • Grades: 9-12 (must apply in grade 9 or 10)
  • Commitment: 2-3 years
  • Schedule: Training and work hours vary during school year and summer
  • Cost: CiS interns are paid Academy employees

Teen Science Night (#TSN)

Coral Reef Dive at Teen Science Night

#TeenScienceNight is planned for teens, by teens. Join us for this fun and free night to learn, engage with science, and connect with the Bay Area community.

  • Ages: 13-18
  • Cost: Free

Youth Action for the Planet (YAP)

CiS interns observing limpets

Youth Action for the Planet (YAP) is growing a global youth movement to regenerate the natural world. Teens in YAP access resources, skills, and networks of support to tackle our planet’s most pressing science and environmental issues.

  • Grades: 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Schedule: Virtual meetings every other week and onsite events
  • Cost: Free

Academy Naturalist Teen (ANT) Volunteer

Flight lab

Are you a teen who is interested in inspiring others to explore the natural world? Volunteer with us and help Academy guests of all ages learn, tinker, and investigate, while gaining skills in public speaking and informal science engagement.

  • Ages: Participants must be between the ages of 15-17
  • Commitment: 3 months
  • Schedule: We offer spring and fall sections, ANTs are expected to consistently attend a 10:30  AM - 2:00 PM shift every other Saturday
  • Cost: There is no cost to participate
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In the press

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