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Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology


iCLEM (Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology) is a 7-week, paid high-school internship program targeted to rising juniors and seniors from underrepresented, low-income backgrounds in Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Francisco Counties. Students gain experience in state-of-the-art labs at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), and receive a stipend of $3000. 

iCLEM connects students with high-school teachers, undergraduate students majoring in science at UC institutions, and research advisors at JBEI, exposing them to the industry field of microbiology. Students are further immersed through industry field trips and career exploration workshops to prepare for the college admissions process. 


iCLEM takes place at the Joint Bio Energy Institute (JBEI), a state-of-the art laboratory managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. We are located in Emeryville, CA. Take a look at our Laboratory Tour Video!


of iCLEM participants are the first generation to attend high school.


of iCLEM participants go on to college.


Plan to major in science or engineering.

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