Applications for BLDAP 2023 will open February 6, 2023

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.

    • Students must be in grades 10 or 11 to apply (with the program taking place during the summer after sophomore or junior year)

      • Grade levels refer to the grade you are in at the time you are applying (i.e. the academic year before the summer you attend the program.) A student who attends the program between Sophomore and Junior year would be considered to be in 10th grade.

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

    • We encourage high school students from underrepresented groups in STEM - Black, Indigenous, 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: February 6, 2023

  • Applications close: April 3, 2023

  • Program dates: June 21 - July 28, 2023

What are the session hours during the week?

    • For the in-person program, sessions will take place from 9:00am to 3:00pm, 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 runs 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.

What are BLDAP's COVID-19 protocols?

    • We are working with Berkeley Lab's Health and Safety colleagues to develop proper COVID protocols to allow the in-person program to proceed as planned, or create a suitable virtual alternative if necessary. Applicants who are accepted will receive comprehensive details, as well as directions for students that are not vaccinated.

Are the children of Berkeley Lab staff allowed to apply?

  • Students with immediate family members working at Berkeley Lab are allowed to apply and will be considered, but they are also encouraged to pursue external programs to leave space for students without an existing connection to the Lab and its resources. View our list of external opportunities to find other internship, job, and volunteer opportunities for students.

For Students

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

    • In person, we expect apprentices to arrive on time and prepared for daily sessions. As much as possible materials, food, and items to support learning will be provided.

    • For the virtual program, 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. Laptop related 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 the program in-person during 2022. We will have final confirmation by May.

Can I apply if I plan to temporarily move to or stay with relatives in the counties listed in eligibility criteria?

  • In order to build strong and sustained relationships with students, we ask that all applicants are enrolled in the school districts highlighted. As we continue to grow programming, we look forward to expanding the regions in which we are able to serve.

For Parents

What parts of the program can parents participate in?

    • Parents, guardians, and family members are invited to attend online orientations, 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?

    • For the in-person program, students may need transportation support to the Downtown Berkeley Area. We will provide shuttles to the Laboratory from there. In addition, students should consider this a work based learning opportunity. Efforts to arrive on time and prepared for sessions are highly encouraged.

    • For the virtual program, 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.