Internships & Partnerships

NeuroLab Residential Research Institute with Coastal Marine Biolab

“Hosted by Coastal Marine Biolabs, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the NeuroLab program invites high school students to join our scientists on an in-depth journey to the frontiers of developmental neuroscience. Learn and apply groundbreaking genetic, molecular visualization, and informatics tools to contribute new data that will aid scientists in unraveling the mysteries of nervous system development.” (read more at

3 Science Magnet students participated in the 10 day residential program in the summer of 2016.

Amgen Biotech Experience

“The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) directly aligns with the U.S. National Research Council’s finding that high-quality laboratory experiences promote students’ interest in science and science careers. The program engages students in learning molecular biology using relevant curricula, tools, and techniques. Participating teachers receive a loaned kit with research-grade equipment and supplies that allow students to participate in advanced science laboratories. The hands-on ABE curriculum ties the laboratory experiences to the development of medicines, using technologies employed by the biotechnology industry in the discovery of human therapeutics. Students learn the use of recombinant DNA techniques and important molecular “tracers.”” (read more at Amgen Biotech Experience)

Science Magnet students prepared reagents, uffers and agarose plates for the kits that other high schools use in their classrooms as well as test all equipment and protocols, after receiving training from Pierce College.

River Ambassador Summer Internship with the MRCA and NPS

“MRCA wanted to try out a program that was focused solely on the LA River and the factors impacting the health of the river. With EPA Urban Waters funding, MRCA was able to make this a reality.

The first component of the RA program will include a series of training sessions, led by MRCA naturalists, designed to empower urban youth to become River Ambassadors. Session topics may include Watershed Health and Conservation, River Ecology, Impacts of Community Greening, Strategies for Community Outreach, and Career Development. The second component of the RA Program is “Community Outreach of River Ambassadors.” This component ensures that the youth develop skills to share their knowledge with their local community. The ambassadors will create outreach presentations and conduct river walks for local schools and communities. Outreach topics will include water quality awareness, community greening, recreation opportunities, and access to the River.” (read more at Urban Waters Learning Network)

The Science Magnet had a cohort of students complete the program and one student who became a paid, part-time intern as an “Outdoor Leader” with the MRCA. He assisted full-time MRCA Naturalists on public programs, bus trips, outreach events, and campfire programs.

Santa Rosa Island Summer Internship with CSUCI

“The CI Santa Rosa Island Research Station (SRIRS) is open to use for qualified research, including studies conducted under teacher supervision, undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, or professional scientists.”

“On November 1, 2012 Channel Islands National Park granted CI a special use permit to create and develop the CI Santa Rosa Island Research Station (SRIRS). CI and the National Park Service (NPS) immediately began improving the existing physical infrastructure and, in collaboration with a wide variety of community partners, developed a strategic plan to provide and support future research, education, and outreach activities.” (read more at

Science Magnet assisted CSUCI graduate students in data collection for their research projects on the island.

Stanford Medical Research Institute
Solar Reserve
Camp CHLA (Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles)
UCLA Writing Workshop
Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer (SIMR)
Kaiser Hospital Summer Internship
COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science)
JPL Summer Scholar Engineering Institute
Embry-Riddle Aviation Camp
COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science)

California State University Channel Islands: annual field trip to CSUCI research station on Santa Rosa Island to work with graduate students in ongoing research, including biodiversity monitoring using DNA barcoding.

Coastal Marine Biolabs: students participate in data collection and research to contribute to the iBOL (International Barcode of Life) project to create a DNA barcode to identify all species of organisms on Earth. Students published their DNA barcodes in an article, Kelp Forests of Channel Islands, with NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) website.

Amgen (multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA) and Los Angeles Pierce College: in the Amgen Biotech Experience, students prepare reagents, buffers and agarose plates for the kits that other high schools use in their classrooms as well as test all equipment and protocols, after receiving training from Pierce College.

Los Angeles Valley Community College: a cohort of students earned a Biotechnology / Biomanufacturing Certification, which makes them employable at Biotechnology companies, through classes taught at Reseda High School and Valley College.

Oak Crest Institute of Science: provides technical advice for research projects and curriculum as well as summer internship opportunities for research.

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment): our students took 1st place at the U.S. Regional Science Fair at JPL with their entry Using DNA Barcoding to Study Biodiversity and Mechanisms of Molecular Evolution of Rockfish from the Northern Channel Islands.

Grifols, Medtronic, CalBioSci: provide speakers, mentors, workplace tours, job shadowing and internship opportunities.

Magic Mountain: engineers mentor and serve as judges as the students design prototypes for the Magic Mountain Roller Coaster Design Proposal competition.

National Park Service
Mountain Recreation Conservation Agency (MRCA)
Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
LiMPETS: a citizen science program that monitors the coastal ecosystems of California and helps youth develop a scientific understanding of the ocean.
UCLA Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve: located in the Cold Creek watershed of Malibu Creek
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)