Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply to Experiences in Research?

  • This program is for rising juniors and rising seniors enrolled in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways in West Contra Costa, Oakland, and Berkeley Unified School Districts with a GPA of at least 3.0.

What types of projects will students do?

    • We are hosting both STEM and STEM-adjacent projects in these general categories: administrative, communications, coding, data science, and experimental research. Applicants will be able to read through individual project overviews during the application process.

Who are the people that run the program?

    • This program is hosted by the Government and Community Relations office's K-12 STEM Education and Outreach team at Berkeley Lab. We will be working with various scientists, engineers, and administrators at the Lab to develop projects and support mentorship activities.

For Students

What environment is best to get the most out of this 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.

How much work am I expected to complete each week?

  • Responsibilities and time breakdowns will differ depending on your project, but expect to spend 20 hours per week on your internship work.

Do I have to attend all the sessions?

    • Yes, please plan to attend all assigned meetings as assigned by your mentors to get the maximum benefit.

Will I be able to visit Berkeley Lab in person?

  • In 2021, all internships will be completed remotely. Any necessary project materials will be delivered to the interns and mentors will be working with their interns virtually.

Will I be able to meet other interns?

  • Each project mentor will host a couple (2-3) interns to be able to collaborate on projects. In addition, the K-12 will host professional development sessions for all high school interns to participate in.


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