Explore STEM Careers With an Internship! An Internship is a chance to experience STEM Careers first hand as you develop new skills, learn from career experts and mentors, network with professionals, and build real-life work experience.

STEM at PCC helps connect you to local businesses, schools and organizations to find an internship that fits your interests. Check back often for the latest opportunities!

Programs at PCC

The Bridges to the Future Program is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health ( NIH) to develop the pool of talented minority students who will eventually become leaders in biomedical research. This grant specifically targets community college students.

Contact Marilyn Johnson (mdjohnson@pasadena.edu) for eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements: students majoring in STEM who have completed a 1-unit research methods course and are interested in conducting original research.

Contact Veronica Jaramillo (vijaramillo@pasadena.edu) for more information. 

Description: Students will be paired with a faculty mentor who will help them to complete a research project in the biomedical or health-related fields. Applications are available January each year.

Eligibility: Full-time students who have 1 year remaining prior to transfer and are considering a degree in biomedical science or other health-related field.

Contact Dr. Jared Ashcroft (jmashcroft@pasadena.edu) for more information

External Internship Programs

Purdue University offers a variety of research opportunities for community college students. This summer's projects includes: 

  • Fabrication of Solid Reactive Nano-composites
  • Modeling of 2D phase transforming cellular materials (PXCMs)
  • True stress - true strain relationships in nanomaterials
  • GUI for Surface Evolver

The application deadline is February 27, 2018.

Visit the Research Website to learn more about the projects and apply.

The  Community College Internship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab provides interns the opportunity to work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to DOE’s ongoing R&D programs, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

They offer both Summer and Fall programs. Visit the Berkeley Lab website to learn more and apply.  

This summer STEM at PCC will be sponsoring 6 students to take part in the SCEC's internship program. SCEC's Experiential Learning and Career Advancement (ELCA) program seeks to enhance the competency and diversity of the STEM workforce. 

Application Workshop

On Dec. 9, attend our workshop to learn how to create a competitive application to the program and the expectations of the students who are granted internships. For more information and/or to sign up, visit LancerLife.


Spend your summer doing exciting, cutting-edge research—no experience needed! Be part of a research center that studies life below the oceans, in the sediments and rocks of the subseafloor. This ecosystem is largely unexplored, and we need students to help grow, isolate, describe, and ultimately name the microorganisms referred to as ‘intraterrestrials’. C4 students will work in teams to characterize a novel microbe in laboratories at USC, learning state-of-the-art techniques ranging from DNA sequencing to microscopy and sterile techniques to analytical chemistry.

Learn More

Now Accepting Applications! This 6-month internship program provides community college students with the unique and valuable opportunity to perform high-impact, independent research in environmental science. Learn More 

The Bixel Exchange works with the City of Los Angeles and major technology companies such as Snap (maker of Snapchat), Headspace, Perception Robotics and more to offer paid internships to community college students in LA. Common Internship positions include Information Technology, Software Engineering, Product Management, Marketing, Big Data, and Production.

To be considered for an internship you need to:

  • be between 18 and 24 years old
  • be available to work at least 20 hours per week
  • have reliable transportation to get to work
  • have the right to work in the United States

If you're interested in a potential future Bixel Internship, you can visit their Google Drive Folder to explore the various companies and internship positions they offer!

Bixel Internship Descriptions (Google Drive Folder)