Opportunities for Teens

Our programs offer a captivating opportunity for teens to do science with real experts and a fascinating glimpse into the college experience and a career as a scientist!

Two students are holding up a model bridge that they have designed and built.

Summer Teen Research Programs

Registration now closed. Check back in winter 2023 for summer registration.

Calling all aspiring teen scientists! Explore a career in science, and conduct research at UC Berkeley in our Teen Research Programs. Our programs offer a captivating opportunity to do science with real experts and a fascinating glimpse into the college experience and a career as a scientist. 

EBAYS students are conducting research outdoors.

East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS)

Applications for Summer 2023 have closed. Check back next year!

Environmental contamination is a widespread problem in the Bay Area. EBAYS works with teens and young adults to help identify locations where there are contaminants in air, soil, and water. All participants complete a final, environmental justice-focused project. EBAYS programs include:

  • collecting, analyzing, interpreting community science research data
  • public presentation of research findings
  • hands-on learning about environmental justice
  • performing field work
  • developing leadership skills

Oakland teens encouraged to apply! Check our website for current and upcoming opportunities, including paid internships.

A teen intern is working with youth.

Teen Internship Program

Applications now closed. Check back in winter 2023 to learn about applying for next year!

Are you passionate about science? Do you enjoy working with youth? For over 50 years, The Lawrence Hall of Science has been providing fun and engaging science experiences for young people. Now you, too, can be part of the magic of science learning while enriching your teaching skills. In this Teen Internship Program, you will inspire young learners with curiosity, excitement, and passion for science. Together, you and an adult staff will mentor youth on a journey of exploration, investigation, discovery, and invention in multiple modalities and through interdisciplinary learning. 

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Teen Volunteers

Applications now closed. Check back in early 2024 to learn about applying for next year!

Interested in volunteering? Join our talented team of teen volunteers! Become an integral part of what we do and help facilitate science learning in the museum. Volunteers will meet new people and develop important job skills. At The Lawrence, volunteers enjoy the benefits of experiencing a work-related environment with professional staff, UC Berkeley college students, and teens from all around the Bay Area.

Get In Touch

Questions? We’d love to speak to you.

A young person is working on an AI project.

A.I. 4 All-Artificial Intelligence for Real-Life Problem Solving

Applications now closed. Check back next year!

Are you curious about the future of artificial intelligence (AI)? Explore cutting-edge AI technologies and concepts! Learn about ongoing artificial intelligence research from Berkeley scientists and experts. Then, develop your own skills in hands-on workshops on coding, creating a machine learning model, and mathematical concepts underpinning AI.

A teen volunteer and young students are making observations of nature in the Outdoor Nature Lab.

Climate Ambassadors

Applications now closed. Check back next year!

Are you interested in environmental science and have a passion for addressing climate change? The Climate Ambassadors program explores the crossroads of environmental research, climate communication, and personal and professional growth. 

Students are participating in a science activity at Solar Camp

Hands-on Solar Camp

Registration now closed. Check back next year!

Want to learn more about the sun and use engineering to solve problems? Join us for a free Hands-on Solar Camp this summer! Open to all current 7th and 8th grade students. We will be using teamwork and collaboration to solve problems and create solutions. Choose your session and join us for two weeks of fun where we will meet scientists and engineers, investigate sustainability practices, build solar devices and more!