Although many programs have early submission deadlines, often in January and February, there are schools and organizations that offer programs that you can apply to throughout the year.
STEM Education and career preparedness are considered important for developing trained employees for that needed in the 21st century. Programs are being offered starting in kindergarten. And, programs are not only being offered by schools, organizations ranging from the YMCA to libraries to the 4-H Organization are also providing K-12 and college STEM education activities that include classes, workshops, events, camps and internships.
It doesn’t require a lot of money to get involved in exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Many year-round programs are offered throughout the country. The STEM programs listed here are free or low cost.
1. Black Girls Code (a href=“http://www.blackgirlscode.com/”) -- The organization’s goal is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.
2. Champions of Science -- Guided Labs, Lecture / Seminar. Grades 6-8;
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Math.
$0 stipend; Program is year-round
Champions of Science is an after-school program that meets one day per week. Students work both inside and outside of the classrooms, investigating age appropriate topics such as earth sciences, climate education, Nano technology, space...
3. Girlstart (a href=“http://girlstart.org/”) -- Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.
4. The Institute for STEM Education -- (https://www.instituteforstemed.com/circle-programs”). Located at California State University East Bay, the Institute is bringing real-life STEM education into underserved neighborhoods after school and on Saturdays. Most programs are for six weeks include opportunities to meet STEM professionals from companies throughout the East Bay.
There are four sites in the East Bay Area: Cal State East Bay Concord Campus, East Oakland YMCA, East Oakland David E. Glover Center and Emeryville Center for Community Life.
5. The Maker Mill = (a href=“http://www.themakermill.com/”) -- The program is a community Makerspace and STEM enrichment center for kids, teens, and adults. The immersive open space encourages creativity through exploration with the latest technology and STEM educational tools.
In addition to the open space for exploring, workshops are offered to excite kids to explore the latest technologies.
7. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Year-Round Internship Program
(a href=“https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/intern/apply/year-round-internship-program/”). The JPL Year-Round Internship Program offers part-time and full-time internship opportunities at JPL during the academic year as well as summers to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
As part of their internships, students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as the students' mentors. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of enrichment activities, including tours, lectures and career advisement, arranged by the JPL Education Office.
8. Pacific Whale Foundation -- (a href=“https://www.pacificwhale.org/research/internship-program/”). This non-profit organization dedicated to protecting whales and other marine wildlife through research, education and conservation. Our researchers have studied whales and dolphins throughout the Pacific for over 35 years and currently conduct or support projects in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador and Chile. A research internship with Pacific Whale Foundation is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal research.
The program seeks dedicated individuals for long-term internships based in Maui, Hawaii. Interns must be available on a full-time basis, including weekends as needed. Interns assist research staff with processing and analyzing data collected for mysticete (humpback whale) and odontocete (toothed whale and dolphin) studies and related projects.
A college degree is required. There is no financial compensation for internship positions and no housing is provided. Interns are responsible for their own travel and living expenses. There is public transportation available on the island.
The date ranges and deadlines for the internships are:
9. The YMCA -- (a href”http://www.ymca.net/STEM”). The YMCA is helping all children reach their full potential by supporting their unique youth development journeys. At more than 1,000 YMCA sites nationwide, youth are engaged in year-round STEM activities that nurture their curiosity, inspire creativity and teach them how to succeed.
The Y is also very supportive of equity in STEM, especially gender equity, Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers. The Y is working to help change that reality by incorporating gender-equitable practices into its programming. The organization offers after sschool and summer youth staff a companion training designed to help youth leaders understand the positive impact they can have by promoting gender equity in STEM.
Another program option that offers great flexibility is virtual internships. You decide how you want to work -- the location, time and device you use. You can work from home, classroom, library, or wherever you want. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Program is an example of an organization that offers virtual internships. You can search for virtual internships online to find other virtual programs.