The Introductory College Level Experience In Microbiology (iCLEM)
The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology is an eight-week paid summer internship program for high-potential, low income high school sophomores and juniors. Developed in partnership with UC Berkeley and the Joint BioEnergy Institute, the program seeks to broaden students' understanding of biotechnology and the careers available in this field. In addition to basic science and research, the program also exposes students to career exploration and preparation for the college application process, including field trips to local biotech companies, career talks with scientists and engineers, writing a college personal statement, meeting college admission and financial aid experts, and visiting college campuses. Students are paid a stipend of $1500, plus a scholarship of $500 upon successful completion of the program.
While the application process is rigorous, we place primary importance on the teachers' recommendation and the applicant's strong desire to learn biotech research skills and work hard during the summer. The student's GPA is considered, but is not a major factor in our selection process.
ICLEM students and instructors, class of 2013.
The application period for summer 2014 is from January 1 to March 1, 2014. The application link will be posted to this website by January 1. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.
To qualify for iCLEM, students must meet all the eligibility criteria listed below. Students must:
- have a deep interest in science, technology, engineering or math
- be a current high school sophomore or junior (as of spring 2014)
- reside and attend a high school in Alameda, San Francisco or Contra Costa counties
- have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on 4.0 scale
- have completed one year of high school Algebra 1, Geometry, and biology by June 2014
- be a US citizen or permanent US resident (with green card)
- be 16 years of age or older by June 1, 2014
- be from a family whose total household income is $60,000 or less
More about iCLEM
- "Program Gives Teens a Jump on Science" (Mercury News)
- "Science Program Targets Underprivileged Students" (ABC TV newsclip)
- "iCLEM Provides Students with Hands-On Science Experience and a Salary"
- "A Summer with Science"
- "Taking Biofuels from the Lab to the Classroom"
- "Building an Energy Cathedral"
- "Not Your Typical Summer Job for High School Students"
For questions or additional information, please contact Kate Spohr.