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High School BLIPS: Berkeley Lab Internships for Precollegiate Scholars (Formerly HSSRPP)

Program Description

  • BLIPS is a seven-week internship which provides high school juniors with the opportunity to work with world class scientists or engineers on projects related to the Laboratory’s research programs. Assignments cover a wide range of laboratory tasks and assistance in basic research.
  • The internship runs from June 17 through August 7, 2009. Interns will receive a stipend of $2,000.


Applicants must be:

  • At least 16 years old by June 17, 2009
  • A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A high school junior in the 2008-2009 academic year
  • Attending school in one of these San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma

Selection Process

Selection will be based upon the candidate’s:

  • Interest in science
  • Academic grades
  • Recommendations
  • Availability of placements at the Lab.

Preference will be given to students from the Oakland, Berkeley, and West Contra Costa County school districts.

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In addition to their research assignments, interns will:

  • Write a one-paragraph biography
  • Write a scientific abstract
  • Prepare and give a presentation at the end of the program
  • Participate in a variety of workshops
  • Attend lectures and seminars

Students must attend the entire program and meet Laboratory standards in every aspect of their work.


All applications must be completed online.


Key Dates

  • Applications available: 5-Jan-2009
  • Applications due: 20-Feb-2009 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Transcripts due: 6-Mar-2009
  • Recommendations due: 6-Mar-2009
  • Program begins: 17-Jun-2009
  • Program ends: 7-Aug-2009