Sonoma County Office of Education

Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP)

Attention, high school juniors: Are you passionate about science? Would you like to get paid to spend the summer at Sonoma State University researching a topic like cancer therapy; how to improve healthcare for the uninsured in Sonoma County; how mussels respond to environmental changes; or designing a 3D printable spectrometer while under the mentorship of a professor? The SHIP program, a collaboration between SCOE and Sonoma State University’s School of Science and Technology, matches top high school juniors with SSU faculty mentors who are conducting research in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Participating students earn a $1,000 stipend and have the opportunity to work on challenging research projects in state-of-the-art facilities while interacting with faculty and SSU students in the university environment.

Event Details

When: Four-week summer internship
Where: Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
For: Sonoma County public high school juniors
Cost: Free
Register: Student applications forms are available on the SSU website in mid February.


Eligible students must be high school juniors enrolled at a public high school in Sonoma County. To apply for participation, students must submit a completed application form, letter of interest, high school transcript, and recommendation from a science or mathematics teacher. Forms and additional detail about the application process are available at the Sonoma State University website.

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