Director’s Apprenticeship Program

BLDAP Info Session March 2021.mp4

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Director's Apprenticeship Program

Berkeley Lab Director’s Apprenticeship Program (BLDAP)

The Berkeley Lab Director’s Apprenticeship Program (BLDAP) for high school students seeks to remove systemic barriers, such as a lack of access to professional networks and work-based opportunities, by providing strong connections to the scientific community at Berkeley Lab. BLDAP is a project-based high school STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) apprenticeship program that will provide an opportunity for underrepresented students in STEM (which include: African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Latinos, LGBTQ+, students from low income households, and first-generation college attendees) to develop 21st century skills, learn about Berkeley Lab’s business and research activities, receive college and career guidance, and develop a STEM network in a real-life work environment.

This program will prioritize public school students in the Bay area, particularly Alameda, San Francisco, and West Contra Costa counties, and seek to reflect the racial demographics of the residential population.

Participants will engage in hands-on projects, an engaging computer science short course, and weekly discussions with STEM professionals. Projects will focus on building 21st century research skills such as problem-solving, communication, and collaboration while building a vibrant STEM network.

Participants who successfully complete the apprenticeship summer will have the opportunity to participate in additional short courses, workshops, and special seminars at Berkeley Lab throughout the following fall and spring. Students in good standing prior to the next summer will receive an invitation to participate in a traditional laboratory internship. An on-site internship is dependent upon 2021 public health policies.

The 2021 apprenticeship program will take place over 5 weeks from June 28 - July 30, 2021.

Program objectives:

  • Build STEM confidence and Identity

  • Cultivate interest in STEM activities and careers

  • Increase exposure to specific STEM careers, professionals, and skillsets


This program is sponsored by Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell, Deputy Director for Research Horst Simon, and Department Head & Senior Scientist for the Data Science & Technology Department Deb Agarwal (eScience funding).