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CAP and Berkeley Lab Announce Paid Internships for STEM Majors

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has partnered with the Institute for STEM Education’s Career Awareness and Preparation (CAP) Program to launch a nine-week paid summer internship for students in CSU East Bay’s College of Science. The Advancing STEM Pioneers in Research in Energy Sciences (ASPIRES) internship program aims to provide ten undergraduate students exposure to Berkeley Lab’s vast scientific network and shine a light on many potential career paths available with a degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, engineering, math, physics, and statistics.

The CAP Program and Berkeley Lab have worked together to make ASPIRES more accessible to students by removing both the GPA and lab experience requirements to encourage historically excluded students to apply. Throughout their nine-week fellowship from June 6th to August 5th, 2022, Berkeley Lab will generously compensate each ASPIRES intern with a $5,400 stipend and an additional $3,000 housing support allowance. Interested students were supported by the CAP Program team through a series of workshops to improve their resumes and cover letters as part of the application process.

The ASPIRES interns will be paired with mentors from the following divisions: Advanced Light Source, Chemical Sciences Division, Materials Science Division, and the Molecular Foundry from Berkeley Lab’s Energy Sciences Area (ESA). Mentors will assign each student a project focusing on scientific disciplines such as materials, chemistry, physics, nanoscience, computing, and science communications. Alongside learning the technical skills that come with working on these projects, students will gain valuable experience with exploratory research in a world-renowned lab; learn fundamental techniques, and establish a professional network among the ESA staff and intern cohort.

The ASPIRES program is set to be an annual partnership between Berkeley Lab and CSU East Bay and can potentially serve as a model for developing a relationship between a racially and economically diverse regional university and a National Lab. We look forward to sharing highlights from our first year of the project in future newsletters.

If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to: maziexylyn.mauricio@csueatbay.edu