Community Opportunities

Share Your Stories

Each year, Berkeley Lab receives requests for speakers during career days and STEM events. Find out about the many opportunities to talk to students about your career path. How did you get to Berkeley Lab? What skills do you need for your job? What advice would you give to your younger self? These are just a few of the questions students, parents and teachers need your help answering. Check below to find out about upcoming programs.

Volunteer Opportunities Listed Monthly


Dinner with a Scientist

  • Date: May 4 and May 5
  • Location: Chabot Space and Science Center
  • Description: Dinner with a Scientist (DWS) celebrations bring together local scientists, teachers, and students to learn about science over a semi-formal dinner. Each event will have ~250 people each.
    • Be a featured scientist: This includes researchers, graduate students, professors, engineers, doctors, and other professions that use science in their daily work. Our ideal candidate is someone who has an engaging personality, is excited about their work, and wants to share it with teachers and students. We encourage the recruitment of a diverse group of scientists and historically underrepresented groups. There is no cost to participate. The registration deadline for scientists is April 10. Sign up using the DWS Scientist Registration
    • Be a keynote speaker: Ideally, this would be an interesting person with a fascinating narrative about their work. The format is similar to a 20 minute TED talk. If interested, email

OUSD K-12 District Science Fair

  • Date: May 13 (5:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Location: Chabot Space and Science Center
  • Description: This culminating evening celebration features ~200 student projects and hosts over 600 teachers, students, families, and community members each year. We are looking for event judges. We invite you to interact with students, ask them questions about their research, and provide feedback on their work. Let us know if you are interested by completing this judges registration form.


Synopsys Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair (SACSEF)

    • Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 (7:00 am - 5:00 pm)
    • Location: Alameda State Fair Grounds
    • Description: The SACSEF is open to all students 6th-12th grades in Alameda County and is affiliated with both the CA State Fair as well as the ISEF International Fair. Our goal is to have each student participant speak to a minimum of seven (7) judges, thus, we are in need of 500 field experts who can ask questions and evaluate student projects. We will provide breakfast, coffee, lunch, and snacks throughout the day. Register to be a Judge.

Sophomore Engineering Day

  • Date: March 12, 2020 (8:00 am - 12:15 pm)
  • Location: Pinole Valley High School - 2900 Pinole Valley Rd, Pinole, CA 94564
    • Rooms D108, D109, D110
  • Description: Pinole Valley High Engineering Academy 10th graders are taking Principles of Engineering this year. The Academy attempts to expose students to as many STEM hands on activities and study trips as possible throughout the year. This event is one of those methods of exposing students to various STEM disciplines. The Engineering Academy is seeking speakers to take part in this "reverse job shadow" day for 10th graders. The goal is to bring in people from industry to share with our 10th graders their work experience. Check out the schedule here. Please contact or with your reply and the time you can speak. We look forward to seeing you.


Annual Junior Achievement SHE Leads STEM Summit

    • Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 (11:20 am - 2:00 pm)
    • Location: Richmond Convention Center 403 Civic Center Plaza Richmond, CA 94804
    • Description: S.H.E. Leads connects local businesswomen and outstanding female high school students from the Bay Area in a day of STEM career path exploration. We are looking for 150 female mentors to connect and engage with our students during the mentoring part of the event. Our goal is for our students to leave feeling connected to our local economy and inspired by the career opportunities presented. You can sign to be a mentor here!

High School Manufacturing Ambassador Speaker Series

    • Date: Thursday, February 6 (11:10 - 11:45 am) OR Wednesday, February 12 (11:10 - 11:45 am)
    • Location: Aragon High School, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94402
    • Audience: 35, 10-12th grade
    • Description: Share your career path with engineering classes. Speakers should share their career path, what they do now and how they got there.
    • Contact: Helen O'Brien:

Urban Promise Academy's Career Day

    • Date: Tuesday, February 18 (9:55 - 10:45 [7th Grade], 10:48 - 11:38 [6th Grade], 1:17 - 2:07 [8th Grade])
    • Location: Urban Promise Academy, 3031 E 18th St, Oakland CA 94621
    • Audience: 35, 10-12th grade
    • Description: The purpose of our Career Day is to expose students to a variety of careers, the educational path followed to get there, and to excite them about the possibilities for their future. Volunteering would entail committing to speak to students in small groups about your career or career journey and answering any student questions. This will happen in a setting of approximately 5-8 students and you would get a chance to speak to multiple groups of students. Students will be supervised by their teachers and the small groups will be facilitated by another adult. You can commit to participating for 1 or more time slots.
    • Coordinator: David Ramirez:

San Leandro High Speaker Event

    • Date: Tuesday, February 25 (8:05 - 11:55 am, 11:20 - 11:55 am, 12:05 - 1:15 pm)
    • Place: San Leandro High, 2200 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577
    • Students: 10 and 12th graders
    • Description: Morning Session: 8:05 to 11:55 am - Kick-off breakfast networking opportunity, Speaking in classrooms (REQUIRED FOR ALL SPEAKERS). Prepare to speak for at least 20 minutes per class including Q&A from the students. Guest speakers are asked to share their career path story: who are you? ( your goals and values), what do you do? ( past, present and the future), and how did you get there? (how did you get to where you are now?) Networking Lunch: 11:20 - 11:55 am - Network with other speakers (must participate in AM and/or PM) Afternoon Session: 12:05 - 1:15 pm - Mock Interview (Seniors interview the professionals)
    • Coordinator: Lisa Jackson: ; 510-618-4467


High School Manufacturing Ambassador Speaker Series

    • Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 ( 8:30 - 9:45 am, 10:00 - 11:15 am, 12:15 - 1:30 pm, 2:00 - 3:15 pm)
    • Location: Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland @ Various classes (volunteers check-in at the theater)
    • Audience: 300, 9th grade students
    • Description: Speakers are participating in speed networking with students. After introductions, speakers will discuss their career paths with small groups of students. Speakers will rotate between the small groups during the hour session. Contact: Tatiana Newman-Wade ;