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Palomar Health Pathmaker Internship

The Pathmaker High School (Level I) internship is designed to give high school students unprecedented access to the inner-workings of the hospital system. 


Zoo InternQuest

Zoo InternQuest is a career exploration internship for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a profession in wildlife conservation. Interns get the rare opportunity to learn from our experts in pathology, genetics, veterinary medicine, animal behavior, reproductive physiology, ecology, zoology, horticulture, and more, by visiting the areas where they spend their day. During this seven-week internship, students meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:45 to 5:15 p.m., visiting a variety of professionals at different San Diego Zoo Global facilities. Meeting locations rotate each day between the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.  


Heithoff-Brody High School Scholars Program at the Salk Institute

Through the eight-week program, students are involved with a full-time research project as well as enrichment activities. Students learn how to formulate and test hypotheses, prepare experiments and draw conclusions from those experiments. They also learn to maintain laboratory notebooks and take part in regular lab meetings and group discussions. At the end of the program, students present their research projects to their mentors, lab members and families.  


UCSD Mentor Assistance Program

  1. Contribute ~2-4 hours per to the MAP mentorship
  2. Have flexibility within their schedule to work around the Mentor’s availability
  3. Participate in the on-campus activities which typically occur every 8-10 weeks, on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings
  4. Present their work in the form of a poster and mini-slide talk at the end of the year MAP Symposium

Birch Aquarium Volunteer & Internship Program

Are you a high school student, or recent graduate, looking for invaluable experience, professional connections and unique opportunities?  Birch Aquarium is committed to exposing the next generation of ocean conservationists to diverse careers within the field of marine science. We are seeking enthusiastic teens who are interested in science, have excellent communication skills and who are reliable, flexible and eager to learn. As an InterpreTEEN, you will increase visitor awareness of local and global conservation topics, while encouraging a sense of stewardship and connection to the natural world. You will be interacting with visitors of all ages on a regular basis.  

Scripps Research Internship Program

  1. Be at least 16 years of age on or before June 15;
  2. Have successfully completed at least one year each of high school-level chemistry and biology;
  3. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0;
  4. Commit to 40 hours/week for the duration of the program;
  5. Provide their own transportation; and
  6. Be able to obtain a work permit (if under age 18) from their school upon notification of hire. (More information on work permits can be found at your school counseling office.)

A special emphasis is placed on identifying and recruiting first-generation college-bound students as well as those from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences (e.g., African-American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander or Native American students).



Junior Deputy Program

The Vista Sheriff Department's Junior Deputy Academy is a 12 week character building program for youth between 10 and 16 years. The Academy is free and taught by Vista Sheriff deputies in collaboration with the City of Vista. The Academy is offered for free but is limited to youth who live in Vista.  


Law Enforcement Explorer Program

Explorer candidates must meet rigid standards in order to qualify to participate in the program. During the application process a complete records and background check will be completed, including contacting personal references. To submit an application you should meet the following criteria:

  1. An applicant must be between 16 and 20 years of age.
  2. Graduated, enrolled or possesses a GED certificate from high school.
  3. Maintain at least an overall “C” grade point average, if they are still enrolled in High School.
  4. Ability to perform 20 hours a month of service to the department. This may be accomplished through a balance of ride-alongs, performing office work, attending meetings and training, or special assignments.


North County Fire Protection District Explorers Program

The explorer post takes on new candidates every year!  If you are ages 15-21 fill out the Explorer Application which may be picked up and delivered to 330 S. Main Ave Fallbrook, Ca 92028.  
Once the application is received you will be contacted when the next hiring process begins.  The process involves an oral interview with 3 advisors.  
Explorers will be required to commit to every tuesday night drill as well as several community service events throughout the year in Fallbrook.  The explorer program is heavily involved with many volunteer organizations within the town of Fallbrook.  Additionally new explorers will be required to attend a mandatory Explorer Academy provided by North County Fire, Escondido Fire Department and Carlsbad Fire Department. The academy is held every other Saturday for 2 months.  



Bank of America Student Leaders

Through our Student Leaders Program®, we recognize civic-minded high school students by providing them with a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit and participation in a leadership summit in Washington, D.C in July.  



U.S. Government Internships

The Internship Program is for current students. If you’re a current student in high school, college, trade school or other qualifying educational institution, you may be eligible. This program offers paid opportunities to work in federal agencies and explore federal careers while completing your education.  


Information Technology


Each summer, ThoughtSTEM leads a unique and highly competitive internship opportunity for local high school students seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in education and technology. High school interns will not only mentor local youth in computer science, interns will also observe classes, learn teaching methodologies, and even develop their own educational technologies and resources. This internship helps prepare interns for college majors like education or computer science. Internship positions are limited. 



Summer Institutes:


Sally Ride Science Junior Academy 4-12

This year summer 2020 will be online.

The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy summer program offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workshops for students entering 4th-12th grade. During these workshops, students assume the roles of space explorer, marine biologist, computer programmer, and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects. Top-notch STEAM instructors lead these workshops, serving as both teachers and role models. These summer workshops also incorporate real-life stories of vibrant women conducting research in each field. Their examples inspire students and help make STEAM careers more accessible.  


Life Sciences Summer Institute

The program is taking a year off to analyze its approach and develop a new model for funding and operating the program. Look forward to more information about next year’s program in the winter of 2020.  


COSMOS (California State Summer School for Math and Science)

Check back in Dec for application for summer 2021

Tuition but Financial Aid is available

COSMOS strives to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become the future leaders for California, our nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars.