2014 STEM Interns at the 8th Annual Symposium
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The 2015 Summer STEM Internship Program is currently closed for new participants.  

For future interest, please fill out the interest form under the resources tab to be considered as an applicant for the program. The STEM Internship Program has become a huge success thanks to the dedicated STEM students that have paved the way for future STEM internships. Interested students should complete the form and make contact with the program coordinators.

1. Complete the 2015 Interest Form (go to Resources tab or click here)
2. Attend an Informational Meeting (see the calendar)
3. Meet with a STEM counselor and create an ED plan
4. Declare a STEM major
5. Obtain a recommendation from a Hartnell STEM faculty member
6. Make a commitment to transfer to a 4-year university
7. Meet with an Internship Coordinator
8. Complete SCI-124 - Internship Preparation Course offered each Spring


An internship is an excellent way for a student to gain relevant experience in a particular career field as well as getting exposure to determine if they have a genuine interest in the field. Internships also provide research opportunities which are an excellent way to begin building those all-important connections that are invaluable in developing and maintaining a strong professional network for the future.  The length of a summer STEM internship is typically 8-10 weeks and in most cases funded by a stipend intended for training and experience in research.

The Internship Program at Hartnell College is intended to bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world.  Internships promote academic, career and personal development as well as:
Career related experience
Practical knowledge
Opportunities to explore varying career options
Valuable work experience for your resume
Increased self-confidence
Industry networking opportunities

The STEM Internship Program at Hartnell College supports and engages students in undergraduate research.  Internships include relevant and innovative research projects with regional research institutions, local partners or national REU (research experience for undergraduates) programs. Internships are guided by mentors and supported by training in research, presentation skills, communication skills, professionalism, and transfer preparation for upper division and graduate studies. Students are also given the opportunity to communicate their work to the academic community through presentations and publications. 

Hartnell College is strengthening diversity in STEM while taking on the challenge of meeting our nation’s skilled workforce needs. We are creating a new legacy of opportunity for the families of the Salinas Valley by producing future generations of bright young scientists through innovative and comprehensive STEM programs and initiatives. Over the past several years, our unique STEM Internship Program has achieved unprecedented success, matching hundreds of community college students with university researchers and industry experts in prestigious laboratories throughout the Central Coast.

At Hartnell College, we are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement.

Vision Statement

Hartnell College will be nationally recognized for the success of our students by developing leaders who will contribute to the social, cultural, and economic vitality of our region and the global community.

Mission Statement

Focusing on the needs of the Salinas Valley, Hartnell College provides educational opportunities for students to reach academic goals in an environment committed to student learning, achievement, and success.