• STEM Institute

CAP Program 2019-2020 Wrap-Up

“Each day, I submitted my resume to an internship or job posting, and each day I waited for someone to respond. After months of waiting, I decided to start networking and attend the company presentations and tours provided through the STEM Institute. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner! The STEM Institute gave me the opportunity to put a face to a resume, and allowed me to express myself in ways that my resume could not. Without them, I never would have been able to meet recruiters and other professionals, be exposed to companies I never heard of, and even land an internship!”

– Sunshine, Senior at Cal State East Bay, Class of 2020

The Institute for STEM Education expanded the scope and reach of the Career Awareness and Preparation (CAP) program this past school year to support STEM majors at CSU East Bay, as well as high school students and educators in the East Bay. Drawing from our vast network of community and business partners, the CAP program has, to date:

Internships & Jobs:

  • Placed more than 50 students into paid internships with companies including Aemtek Labs, ATUM, Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL), Nodexus, Scientific Adventures for Girls, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL), Illumina, Siluria Technologies, and Baxter Healthcare. 

  • Three CSU East Bay students have transitioned into full-time jobs post-graduation

  • Shared more than 100 internship and job opportunities with students via social media, the Institute website, and email

  • Hosted the Port of Oakland, Rising Sun Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Illumina, and Sandia National Labs to recruit CSUEB interns

  • A Berkeley High School Junior secured a summer internship with LBNL through a connection made at the East Bay STEM Career Awareness Day

Professional Development:

  • Hosted twelve workshops that have reached more than 300 students and have included professionals from Delta Electronics and Management Leadership of Tomorrow (MLT)

  • Partnered on campus with the Office of Career and Professional Development, Academic Advising and Career Education, the Office of Sustainability, and the College of Science

  • Provided one-on-one feedback to more than 25 students who applied for scholarships, graduate school, jobs, and internships. This includes one CSU East Bay student who secured a $30,000 scholarship through the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Career Exploration:

  • Provided behind-the-scenes site visits for more than 100 CSU East Bay students to local companies including RefleXion Medical, LBNL, LLNL, Illumina, Delta Electronics, and Baxter Healthcare

  • Worked with hundreds of professionals to provide career exploration and awareness for more than one thousand high-school students.

  • Developed STEM CareerX, a new model to connect local governments’ Economic Development Departments, school districts, and industry to provide site visits and facilitated career exploration activities, which have reached 50 high-school students and have the potential to reach hundreds of students during the school year.

  • Developed a MESA Industry Advisory Board that supports more than 600 middle- and high-school students and 28 teachers throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. 

As we have shifted to remote learning and virtual experiences due to COVID-19, the Institute for STEM Education continues to support STEM students in career exploration and preparedness. We will be hosting professional workshops for students, with priority given to graduating seniors, later this month. Students will learn how to craft resumes and cover letters, as well as work on their interviewing skills. To provide a high-quality experience for our students, we are providing one-on-one feedback for their written materials and offering individual mock interviews.

If you are interested in supporting students by reviewing resumes or cover letters, or would like to serve as a mock interview judge, please contact Janiene M. Langford at Janiene.Langford@csueastbay.edu.