Director’s Apprenticeship Program

Applications for BLDAP 2024 are now closed.

The Director's Apprenticeship Program serves as a hands-on introduction to STEM fields for students near the start of their STEM journey

Berkeley Lab Director’s Apprenticeship Program (BLDAP)

What is BLDAP?

The Berkeley Lab Director’s Apprenticeship Program (BLDAP) is a project-based high school STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) program designed to help participants develop 21st century skills, learn about Berkeley Lab’s research activities, receive college and career guidance, and develop a STEM network in a real-life work environment. BLDAP 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 in Action

Who Should Apply

This program prioritizes public school students in 10th and 11th grade in the Bay area, particularly Alameda, San Francisco, and West Contra Costa counties, and seek to reflect the racial demographics of the residential population. While those in surrounding counties are encouraged to apply, this is an non residential, in-person program. Students will have to travel to Berkeley Lab a minimum of six weeks during the summer. 

Students from underrepresented groups in STEM (including students who are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ+, from low income households, and first-generation college attendees) are highly encouraged to apply! 

The Program

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 public health policies.

The 2024 apprenticeship program will take place in-person from June 18 - July 26, 2024

2024 Application

Program objectives 


This program is sponsored by Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell and Deputy Director for Research Carol Burns.