Student Programs

Student Programs

Taking students from science projects to science careers is at the heart of Biocom California Institute’s vision to inspire, prepare, and diversify the life sciences workforce. We provide K–12 students with opportunities to collaborate directly with life science professionals and gain hands-on experience in meaningful projects. Participation in our programs prepares students to appreciate the scientific process, learn important scientific concepts, and construct a deeper understanding of life science career paths.

Life Science Young Leaders High School Internship Program

The High School Internship Program is a paid internship opportunity for students in San Diego County (ages 16 to graduating seniors) interested in gaining experience in a life science company or research institution setting. Students work at cutting-edge companies and research institutions such as the Salk Institute and Cibus. The internships bring new ideas, technologies, and skills to assist students with their education and increase the scope of their exposure to the life sciences.

  • Pre-internship “Bootcamp” training, followed by a paid internship.

  • Opportunity to be mentored by scientists and life science professionals

  • Paid work experience in a research laboratory or biotech company

  • Opportunity to present work to peers, mentors, teachers, family, and industry partners

  • Participation in seminars, career panels, networking events, and other enrichment activities

  • Obtain a unique experience to add to college application

Life ScienceXP

Life ScienceXP provides K–12 students and educators engaging, hands-on learning experiences in the life sciences. The content offers students an opportunity to think like scientists. Life ScienceXP features the following components: hands-on learning kits for each student, coupled with virtual lessons; connections with industry professionals to learn about the variety of careers available in the life sciences; and curriculum aligned with Life Science Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Life Science Young Leaders Fellowship Program

The Life Science Young Leaders Fellowship Program provides meaningful career readiness experiences to first-generation college students interested in a career in life science. Fellows participate in resume reviews, networking activities, industry events, and professional development opportunities.


Partner Programs

Biocom California Institute partners with major industry leaders to develop education programming that exposes educators and students to state-of-the-art research technology and engages them in real-world, hands on experiences. These programs provide training and professional development for educators, while providing students impactful experiences that are designed to introduce them to the excitement of scientific discovery and make professional industry connections.