Community College Programs
Stanford Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers a unique summer research program that provides community college students with an opportunity to explore careers in aerospace engineering. Through participation in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Community Research Experience (AACRE) program, students will strengthen their knowledge, skills and understanding of research, and be supported in equitable access to higher education. Students work with a faculty mentor on a research project, participate in research meetings and professional development workshops, and share about their research and experience at a final research symposium.
The Canary Center at Stanford is dedicated to early cancer detection research. As part of its efforts to train the next generation of scientists, the Canary CREST Program offers paid and unpaid 10-week summer internships for undergraduate students.
The Community College Outreach Program (CCOP) aims to advance diversity in STEM and reach out to the local communities by providing hands-on research opportunities and career mentoring to students at community colleges. In the research track, we place students into Stanford Biosciences labs and pair them with experienced mentors for a paid ten-week research program. Our goal is to provide students with a direct and holistic exposure to laboratory life as well as an impetus to apply to graduate school. In the mentorship track, community college students are paired with one-on-one mentors, graduate students or postdocs at Stanford, to guide the students through their career planning. In parallel, students participate in an eight-week long bootcamp with weekly workshops and allocated writing sessions. The bootcamp provides students with essential resources for college transfer, internship, and scholarship applications, and hands-on mentoring focused on crafting application documents.
The Inclusive Mentoring in Data Science program pairs undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds with Stanford graduate students for online, one-on-one mentorship in data science. Participants receive coaching in planning their course of studies, advice on navigating internship opportunities, and preparing applications, as well as tutoring in some aspects of data science. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in mini-research projects, depending on their interests and experience level. Participation is open to any and all undergraduate students from institutions participating in Carnegie Math Pathways programs, or other undergraduates from populations that have been historically underrepresented in data science.
Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP) is a project-based seminar series designed for Bay Area premedical students seeking structured leadership development while improving community health and wellness. Successful participants will develop, implement, and evaluate community-directed projects aimed at improving health outcomes for a community of their choosing. Participants attend monthly seminars and working sessions between October and June, concluding with a capstone project that emphasizes health leadership and activism in the domains of service, advocacy, and/or research.
nano@stanford offers paid internships for local community college students in the Bay area. Learn how small things are made and seen at the nanoscale and microscale! The nano facilities are used for cutting edge research in areas including electronics, MEMS, optics, physics, biology/biotechnology, medicine, and chemistry. Students will work in a cleanroom or mass spectrometry lab to collect and report data, while working with staff to troubleshoot and maintain our facilities. All training will be provided; no prior background or experience is required.
Each year, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery hosts 15-30 talented high school and undergraduate students in our research laboratories. The program is free to participants. STARS interns spend 7 weeks mastering basic lab techniques, participating in research projects, and presenting their work all under the mentorship of experienced researchers. Typically the internship begins in late June and extends to the first week in August, exact dates to be determined.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a world-renowned laboratory with research opportunities in physics, chemistry, materials and environmental sciences, astrophysics, scientific computing, and many engineering fields. SLAC’s summer internship program offers exciting opportunities for community college students seeking to enter technical careers.
The CCI Program is sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science's Office of Workplace Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS). The 2022 summer program at SLAC will be virtual and runs for nine or ten weeks. Students selected for internships receive a weekly stipend and housing allowance.
During the internship, each student works with a mentor on technologies or instrumentation projects, or on research projects supporting SLAC's mission. At the conclusion of the internship, the student writes a research paper and makes a brief presentation on his or her project. Students also participate in a series of lectures focused on professional development, science, and tours. To learn more about the research conducted at SLAC, click here.
SSCCPP is a six-week residential experience for current community college students considered low-income and/or underrepresented in medicine. The program provides exposure to medicine through topics in health disparities, leadership challenges in health provision and administration, science courses, professional development, clinical exposure, the medical school application process, and postsecondary and graduate/professional school financing. There is no fee to participate.
A joint collaboration with the Office of Diversity in Medical Education and the Department of Pediatrics, SSCCRP promotes and nurtures science literacy, aptitude, and interest by providing talented and motivated, low income or first-generation community college students exposure to science in an exciting, committed, supportive environment through mentorship and scholarly pursuit. This opportunity was created to increase the number of underrepresented community college students who are committed to and well positioned for careers in the sciences and medicine. The program begins with weekly meetings aimed at preparing participants to transition to a full-time research internship in a lab with a Stanford faculty mentor for 7-9 weeks, mid-June through August.
Growth Sector is a nonprofit workforce intermediary that has recognized a national need to do more to prepare disadvantaged community college students for economic success in a changing economy. Growth Sector has developed the STEM Core Curriculum in partnership with federally funded labs, community colleges and other national workforce intermediaries and nonprofits to focus on expanding the pipeline of students for engineering and computer science careers. During the internship, each student works with an engineer or scientist on a project related to the Laboratory’s mission. Interns will obtain real-life experience in the laboratory’s machine shops, vacuum shop, light fabrication shops, mechanical and electrical departments, magnet shops, cryogenic facilities, IT and in other areas supporting the research at the lab. STEM Core interns at SLAC will be paid at a minimum rate of $15.00/hr for a full-time (8 hr/day), 10-week program. Salaries will be paid either by your Community College or facilitated through Growth Sector.
SURGE provides undergraduates (from Stanford and other U.S. institutions) with a mentored research experience in a geoscience or engineering laboratory. This fully funded, eight-week, summer residential program combines a rigorous research assignment with comprehensive training and mentoring. SURGE targets rising undergraduate juniors and seniors.
SURF is designed for undergraduates from Stanford and other U.S. institutions. SURF interns receive a stipend for 10 weeks during the summer to live on campus and work with a faculty mentor in the School of Engineering and other students to produce an identifiable research result.
In addition to many formal REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Programs, it’s possible to find a Stanford lab willing to host an undergraduate from another institution on an informal basis, usually in an unpaid internship. Here are some Tips for Finding an Unpaid Internship.