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The 2024 Application is now open! Applications will close on March 17, 2024. Program will run from June 10 - July 26, 2024.


Requirements for Application

  • Be 15 years old by December 31, 2023

  • Have an annual household income of less than $104,445 in Alameda County, $100,780 in Contra Costa County, or $122,565 in San Francisco County. 

  • For families larger than four persons, $12,000 per person may be added to the income limitations for each county.

  • Be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior at a high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Francisco County;

  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient;

  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 and passed Algebra 1 and Biology;

  • Commit to one prep week: June 10 – June 14, 2024 (mostly virtual and asynchronous) to complete required trainings and orientations.

  • Commit to six weeks in-person research in our laboratories in Emeryville, CA: June 17 – July 26, 2024

If you do not meet all of these requirements, below are some other high school internship opportunities.

Berkeley Lab K-12 High School Student Opportunities

Bay Area Teen Science

Pathways to Science

  • Do you need prior experience in research to apply to be an intern for the iCLEM program?
    No, most of our participants have little to no experience. However, you must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have passed Algebra 1 and Biology in order to participate. You definitely should have the willingness to learn!
  • Can you still apply even if you don’t fall into the income range?
    No, iCLEM is targeted specifically at low-income participants. We have more resources on this page if you don't meet the qualifications.
  • Are the income requirements before or after dependent deductions?
    The income requirements are accounted for before deductions.
  • Are the income requirements before or after taxes?
    We will utilize the income before taxes.
  • I live in San Francisco, Alameda, or Contra Costa Counties, but I am homeschooled and attend a private school, online charter, or other educational arrangement. Am I eligible?
    Yes, as long as you meet all the other requirements.
  • How much work should I be expected to put in each week?
    All iCLEM students will be working synchronously 30+ hours a week and are expected to complete regular homework.
  • How much will I be getting paid from this program/What forms are needed to be completed?
    All participants will receive a stipend of $3,000 and a workshop on the second week on how to fill out the tax forms to get paid (2023). The program director will send out constant emails on the required forms so check your inbox regularly.
  • What is JBEI?
    JBEI is one of four BioEnergy Research Centers funded by the Department of Energy where iCLEM takes place - learn about all of them here:
  • What is the internship schedule?
    The schedule for the research component (June 17-July 26) will be Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm. There may be some days that the schedule gets adjusted due to research needs or other events. M,W,TH,F will be in person at our Emeryville laboratories and Tuesdays will be held remotely (morning will be college knowledge and application planning and the afternoons will be professional development in conjunction with the Berkeley Lab K-12 program). June 10-14 will be a prep week for training and mostly remote. There will be some set timing on things but a lot of it will be asynchronous. We are expecting that the 6/14 date may be the date we set aside for going onsite to get site badges. Some of the onsite dates will involve field trips to local colleges, laboratories, and companies.
  • Where is the lab located?
    Emeryville, CA (2023). Transportation costs to and from the lab will be reimbursed.
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