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 student's application, the teachers' recommendation, and the student's strong desire to learn biotech research skills and work hard during the summer. The student's GPA is considered, but it is not a major factor in our selection process.
ICLEM students and instructors, class of 2013.
iCLEM in the News
- "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"
The application for summer 2014 is now closed; we are no longer accepting applications.
If you wish to apply for the program in 2015, please check back to this site in early January 2015.
To qualify for iCLEM, students must have a deep interest in science, technology, engineering or math, be a current high school sophomore or junior, reside and attend school in Alameda, San Francisco, or Contra Costa counties. Other eligibility requirements are as follows:
- GPA of 2.5 or higher on 4.0 scale
- Completed year of high school Biology, Algebra 1, and Geometry by June 2015
- be a US citizen or permanent US resident (with green card)
- be 16 years of age or older by June 1, 2015
- be from a family whose total household income is $60,000 or less
For questions or additional information, please contact Kate Spohr.