Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply to the Director's Apprenticeship Program?

    • This program is open to public school students in Alameda, West Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties, and seek to reflect the racial demographics of the residential population.

    • Students must be full time residents of the state of California to apply.

    • We encourage high school students from underrepresented groups in STEM - African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Latinx, LGBTQ+, students from low income households, and those who will be the first generation in their family to attend college - to apply.

What are important dates to keep in mind?

  • Applications open: Feb 8, 2021

  • Applications close: Mar 15, 2021

  • Program dates: June 28 - July 30, 2021

What are the session hours during the week?

    • Sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00pm every day from Monday to Friday.

What types of activities will students do?

    • Interactive chats about Department of Energy national laboratory research

    • Introduction to coding in Python and Data Science through lessons and activities

    • Short projects that build on learned skills

Who are the people that run the program?

    • BLDAP is hosted by the Government and Community Relations office's K-12 STEM Education and Outreach team at Berkeley Lab. The program is also supported by various scientists, engineers, and staff from Berkeley Lab.

For Students

What environment is best to get the most out of BLDAP?

    • It would be ideal to have a quiet environment where you (the student) can dedicate your full attention to the session/activity. As much as possible, communicate with family and household members to help support you during specific program hours.

What do I need to participate?

    • All the technology necessary to participating will be provided by Berkeley Lab on a loan. Equipment will need to be returned upon program completion.

Do I have to attend all the sessions every day?

    • Yes, please plan to attend all the sessions each day to get the maximum benefit. The scientists, engineers, and staff volunteering are excited to share their knowledge and hope to create an interesting, engaging, and meaningful experience for every student.

Will we be able to visit the National Laboratories as part of the program?

    • Plans are being made to hold an event at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab once the site is open to the public. At this time, we do not anticipate an event before fall 2021.

For Parents

What parts of the program can parents participate in?

    • Parents, guardians, and family members are invited to attend orientation and opening sessions at the beginning of the program as well as the closing session and presentations. You are also invited to visit the lab with students once physical visits are permitted.

What environment is best to get the most out of BLDAP?

    • It would be ideal to have a quiet environment where the student can dedicate their full attention to the session/activity. As much as possible, please minimize distractions and allow students to create productive learning environments during specific program hours.


For those with additional questions please submit questions via this form. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.