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Once you have been offered a job, download both parts of the work permit application above.  Complete the forms and turn them in to our counselor, Mr. Crowe, in the Zoo Magnet Office.  He will submit the application online and provide you with a copy of your application. 


LA Zoo Animal Husbandry

Our ideal candidate will possess a strong interest and passion for Zoology, Animal Science, Ecology, Animal Behavior and Animal Husbandry (the care, management and breeding of domesticated animals).  Interns should be detail oriented, eager to learn, have excellent communication skills. The ability to work independently with minimal supervision is a must. Interns must feel dress in appropriate attire (Zoo Magnet T-Shirt, earth toned pants/shorts that meet school dress code, work gloves and work shoes designated for the internship.  Interns must be able to walk 3 miles and lift 25 lbs.

Grades: 12

Deadline: Applicants for Spring 2019 must submit a completed application and all requested documentation by November 16, 2018.


Griffith Park Ranger Internship

The City of Los Angeles Park Rangers seeks two qualified Zoo Magnet high school student with a strong interest in the outdoors and nature for a Ranger Internship for one semester during the 2019 -  2020 school year. The intern will gain experience in administrative assisting, research, ecology and park management.

Grades: 11,12

Deadline: Applications will be available in April 2019

LA Zoo Research Internship

Dr. Cathleen Cox, Director of Research at the Los Angeles Zoo, seeks two qualified Zoo Magnet student with a strong interest in ethology, animals behavior and research for a research internship during the 2019–2020 school year. The intern will gain experience in the field of animal behavior, research about the development and management of hands-on installations and the development of visitor-centered approaches to sharing exhibition content.

Grades: 11,12

Deadline: Applications will be available in April 2019

Autry Collections Management Intern

Under the guidance of the Education Curator and the Director of Education and Visitor Engagement, our Collection Management Intern will participate in a variety of activities including: creating and maintaining a database of objects in docent carts, learn how to do condition reporting, proper handling of native objects, the ethics of collection care, attend meetings with the collection team and discuss development for future exhibitions.

Grades: 11,12

Deadline: Applications will be available in April 2019


All Internships and programs listed are not affiliated with the Zoo Magnet or LAUSD. Most programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Ignite LA Earthwatch Scholarship

The Ignite LA Student Science Awards is an innovative program that aims to stimulate curiosity and interest in science and technology through participation in a fully-funded, scientific research expedition on an Earthwatch expedition in the continental US this summer. Keep in mind the application requires two recommendations: one from a science teacher and another from either another teacher (any subject) or an adult mentor.

Website: http://earthwatch.org/Education/Student-Fellowships/Ignite

Grades: 10,11 students who will be 16 in June 2019

Deadline: December 2, 2018

CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp (DDC)

This free program is provided by the CDC Museum.  Located in Atlanta, Georgia the academic camp is for students who are able to immerse in  public health interventions, global health, infectious disease, chronic disease, injury prevention, data analysis, surveys, school wellness programs, violence prevention, environmental health, emergency preparedness, outbreaks, scientific communication, laboratory technology, disease surveillance, epidemiology, and public health law.  

Website: https://www.cdc.gov/museum/camp/detective/index.htm

Grades: 11th, 12th

Deadline: TBD check in December for the 2019 sessions  

Cost: Free tuition, but applicants must arrange for their own housing.

Stanford Institute for Medicine Summer Institute

The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.

Website: http://simr.stanford.edu/

Grades: 11,12 and must be 16 years old by 6/11/18 and U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a green card.

Deadline: Application opens December 14, 2018

US Naval Academy Summer STEM

Interested in coding, game design, game developer or engineering than you should think about joining the summer STEM program at USNA. USNA offers ways of exploring, creating, building, and making cool things with students from all over the country.

Website: https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/STEM.php#fndtn-panel1-Attending

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th

Deadline: Application open in January 2019

Tuition: $550

Research Science Institute (RSI)

RSI is a summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings.

Website: https://www.cee.org/research-science-institute

Grades: 11th

Deadline: January 12, 2018

Tuition: $65.

MIT Women’s Technology Program (GIRLS ONLY)

The MIT Women's Technology Program is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students are given the opportunity to explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects.

Website: http://wtp.mit.edu/

Grades: 11th

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Tuition: Free for students whose annual family income is less than $120,000. If not, tuition is $3,500.

Telluride Association Summer Program

A free six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college. Students are able to attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.


Garde: 11th

Deadline: January 16,2018

Girls on Ice (GIRLS ONLY)

Girls on Ice gives girls the opportunity to explore and learn about glaciers and alpine or marine environments. Through scientific field studies with a team of professional glaciologists, scientists, artists, and mountaineers, interns will build critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, and make lasting friendships.

Website: http://www.inspiringgirls.org/

Age: 15-17 years old

Deadline: January 19, 2018

Tuition: Free

MIT's MITES Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science Program

MITES is a rigorous six-week residential academic program for students entering their senior year who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. MITES is a full-time commitment during the summer. This program stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers all while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in fields of science and engineering.

Website: http://oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites/program-details

Grades: 11th

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Tuition: Free

Apply to COSMOS

This Math and Science summer program is open to juniors.  If you’re accepted you’ll spend a month studying math or science at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego or UC Irvie.  Students apply to one of the four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, the curriculum of each program builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. 

Website: https://cosmos-ucop.ucdavis.edu/

Grade: 9 - 11

Deadline: February 2, 2018

Clark Scholarship Program

Texas Tech University helps the Scholars to have a hands-on practical research experience with outstanding and experienced faculty. The program allows students the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with outstanding faculty in a research intensive setting. The seven-week program also includes weekly seminars, discussions, and field trips.

Website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/honors/academicsandenrichment/affiliatedandhighschool/clarks/

Grades:  11th, 12th (must be 17 by the start of program)

Deadline: February 8, 2019

Tuition: Free

Bank of America Student Leadership

Applicants will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local non profit where you will learn the needs of your local community and work 35 hours a week. Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.


Grade:11th, 12th

Deadline: February 12, 2018

Girls in Science Earthwatch Scholarship

Earthwatch will award talented young women with a fully-funded opportunity to spend a week performing field research on a U.S.-based project during the summer. Girls in Science seeks candidates who are interested in science and are interested in supporting and learning from female scientists in the field while collecting critical research data. The application requires one recommendation: from a teacher, coach or an adult mentor.
Grades: Students who will be 16 - 18 years old in June 2018

Deadline: February 25, 2019.

University of Notre Dame Leadership Seminars

Get the chance to participate in a paid seminar, exploring topics affecting our global community. Norte Dame will select 100 students to study at their school tuition- free. Each student will be eligible for one college credit in the many programs in the arts, global issues and science.

Website: https://precollege.nd.edu/leadership-seminars/

Grade:  Entering 12th  

Applications open October 1st, 2018

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Program Date: July 13 – July 24, 2019

Tuition: $150

LA Promise - The Intern Project - Paid Summer Internship for Juniors and Seniors

The Intern Project pairs deserving students with dynamic paid internships at companies like Fullscreen Media, Skanska, Omaze, and Kaiser Permanente. We recruit and select outstanding high school seniors and juniors from LA County public schools, place them in internships based on their skills, and provide coaching and additional supports to all our students throughout the summer.

Website: https://theinternproject.weebly.com/

Grades: 11,12

Deadline: March 2019

Become a Teen Volunteer at Cedars-Sinai Hospital

Teen volunteers can choose to perform clinical or clerical duties:A clinical volunteer helps in a patient-care setting by interacting with patients and clinical staff. Teen volunteers assist at nursing stations; deliver flowers, magazines and amenity items; and run other errands for patients and staff. A clerical volunteer helps with general administrative tasks in departments throughout the medical center, including answering phones, computer work, data entry, filing and other projects.

Website: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/About-Us/Volunteer-Opportunities/High-School-Students.aspx

Grades: 9 - 12

Deadline: The application window opens March 1, 2019.

Tuition: Purchase a $30 volunteer smock/jacket

Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)

This FREE, STEM-intensive, college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer STEM enrichment program which provides access to rigorous coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color.  The programs will take place at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford, UCLA, Morehouse, the Wharton School of Business, and Wayne State University.  

Website: http://www.lpfi.org/smash/  

Grade: 9th

Deadline: March 1st.  

Student Conservation Association National Crew

SCA’s National Crews offer you a chance to visit places you’ve never been to. At SCA you will be camping in places like Rocky Mountain National Park to the Cumberland Island National Seashore, from Amistad National Recreation Area to the Blue Ridge Parkway public lands across the United States. You’ll be building trails, conserving vital habitats, and protecting natural resources for future generations. National Crews will also set you on the path to other SCA opportunities, like Conservation Internships and team-based Corps positions.

Website: https://www.thesca.org/serve/national-crews

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Deadline: March 4, 2019

Tuition: $500

Stanford EXPLORE: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research For High School Students

The Stanford Explore Lecture Series is an exploratory series covering the basic fundamentals and current research areas represented by the various research areas of the Stanford School of Medicine (Immunology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Medicine, Regenerative and Stem Cell Medicine, Cancer Biology, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Genetics). The lectures will be taught by Stanford Faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  

Website: http://explore.stanford.edu/

Grades: 9 -12 and should be US citizens or permanent residence with a green card

Registration opens March 1, 2019

Sea Grant Summer Science Camp

Spend a week on Catalina Island learning about marine science, microbes and ecology at the USC Wrigley Marine Institute.  You’ll work with researchers, snorkel, and kayak.  

Website: https://dornsife.usc.edu/uscseagrant/summer-science-programs/

Grades: 9 - 11

Deadline: March 9, 2018

Princeton Summer Journalism Program 2018 The Princeton Summer Journalism Program is an all expenses-paid journalism and college preparation program at Princeton University for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. Website: www.princeton.edu/sjp

Program Dates: Aug. 3-13

Grade: 11

Requirements: Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and be from a financially under-resourced background (a yearly family income of $45,000 or less). Deadline: March 23, 2018

Perimeter Institute's International Summer School for Young Physicists

The ISSYP is an exciting and challenging two-week program in Waterloo, Canada for international high school students who have a keen interest in theoretical physics and intend to pursue physics studies at the university level.


Grades: 11th, 12th

Deadline: March 29, 2018

Tuition: $400 plus airfare.

MIT Lincoln Lab Intro for Student Engineers

The Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) program is a summer workshop teaching 18 students how to build small radar systems. This summer STEM program is a FREE two-week residential project-based enrichment program for outstanding students currently in their junior year in high school. This workshop is typically held the end of July.

Website: https://www.ll.mit.edu//outreach/LLrise.html

Grades: Must be completing 11th

Deadline: March 31

Tuition: Free

US Naval Academy Summer Seminar

Juniors interested in joining the Naval Academy should consider applying to the summer seminar. It will give you a feel of what college life would be at the Naval Academy.


Grade: 11th

Deadline: Application opens April 1

Tution: $525


The Summer Introduction to Engineering & Science Program (SITES) is a 6-week paid internship that includes training, workshops and educational field trips. Earn $12/hr and gain work experience in civil, environmental and chemical engineering, environmental science, statistical analysis, marketing, communications and public relations.

Website: SITES

Grade: 10 - 12

Deadline: April 20


Glendale Community College is offering a 4 unit Marine Biology Course in Baja CA this summer.  Swim with what sharks and sea lions! Observe whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Explore and snorkel and discover the biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez.  Space is limited so apply now! Cost is $699 plus standard summer session enrollment fees.

Website: https://www.glendale.edu/academics/special-programs/baja-program/summer-2017-flyers

Contact: For more information contact Dr. Javier Gago (818) 240-1000 extension 5369 or fgago@glendale.edu

Grade: 9-12


Boston University High School Honors

The High School Honors program offers academically motivated incoming juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while getting a taste of college life. Qualified students need to be in Honors and/or AP courses and have taken a PSAT, SAT, ACT, or Pre ACT standardized test. For more information please visit the website below

Website: https://www.bu.edu/summer/high-school-programs/honors/

Grades: 11th, 12th

Deadline: Submit 500-750 word personal statement June 1, 2018

Check website on December 15 for info on the 2019 session

Tuition: $5,440 or FREE - Scholarships Available

Carnegie Mellon Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion

A three-week summer program  providing rising juniors and seniors with the opportunity to focus on creativity and problem solving, in a supportive, challenging environment, which provide building blocks for future study in a college setting.  For more information please visit the website below.

Website: https://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/summer-access-opportunities

Grades: 11th, 12th

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible

Tuition:  No tuition fees for selected students

Harvard Secondary School Program (SSP)

There over 200 courses to choose from. Students are given the opportunity to branch out from typical high school offerings, and explore more advanced topics that aren’t normally available. Students will study with Harvard faculty and visiting scholars, and earn college credit that is transferable to their chosen university.

Website: http://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/secondary-school-program

Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th

Deadline: Financial aid- February 1, 2018 by 5PM

Domestic students: May 7, 2018

Tuition: $ 12,500

Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program (GIRLS ONLY)

The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program is a four-week residential program for young women with strong interests in science, engineering, and medicine. Select high school students from across the country come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.

Website: https://www.smith.edu/academics/precollege-programs/ssepb

Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Deadline: TBD check website in December 2018 for details about 2019 session

Tuition: Changes depending on program chosen.

SSP – Summer Science Program

SSP is an immersion into experimental science, designed to challenge and inspire rising seniors from all over. Working in teams of three, participants complete a research project from beginning to end: either in Astrophysics or Biochemistry. Each team acquires its own original data and performs its own analysis.

Website: https://summerscience.org/

Grades: 10th, 11 (No current freshmen or seniors)

Deadline: March 1, 2019.

Tuition: $6,950 and $500 airfare

University of Pennsylvania Engineering – Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology (SAAST)

The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) welcomes highly motivated and talented students to explore Engineering at the college level.  The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies.

Website: https://esap.seas.upenn.edu/

Grades: 10th, 11th and must be at least 15 years of age

Deadline: Applications not currently open.  Check back January 2019.

Tuition: Application Fee- $85, Program Fee- $7,635


Meets with LAUSD's Superintendent to advise, provide feedback and present viable solutions on District initiatives and programs. The SSAC also acts as the advisory council to the Student Board Member.

Application and Information: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/11267

Grades: 10-12

Deadline: Applications not currently open.  Check back in January 2019

Paid Internship at the Melrose La Brea Animal Hospital

The Melrose La Brea Animal Hospital is seeking two veterinary assistant interns to work part time or full time over the summer. Duties will include cleaning, handling animals, clerical work, and assisting clients. Contact Dr. Jordan at (323) 449-5109

Website: http://melrose-labreaanimalhospital.com/

Grades: 9 - 12

Deadline: May 15, 2018

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)

Summer Focus summer study at UC Berkeley is a comprehensive 6-week or 8-week pre-college summer program offered for high school students in a rare public-private partnership between  Education Unlimited® and UC Berkeley Summer Sessions.


Grades: 11th, 12th

Deadline: consider signing up for the program at least 45 days prior to the camp start date.

Tuition: Application Fee- $40, no cost for program

UCLA Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions is a unique opportunity to advance your academic career. During the summer, many academic courses that make up UCLA's regular curriculum are offered in two sessions, Session A and Session C . With over 100 courses to choose from, including online courses, you can have an unforgettable summer no matter where you are.

Website: https://summer.ucla.edu/ushsstudent

Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Deadline: as soon as possible

Tuition: Free

USC Young Researchers Program

The USC Young Researchers Program is a six-week summer program that matches talented and motivated local high school rising seniors with USC PhD student and faculty mentors to conduct their own research project.

Website: http://youngresearchers.usc.edu/apply.php

Grade: Entering 12th

Deadline: April 2, 2018

Tuition: Free

SEA Education Association, Woods Hole: SEASCape  SEA Science on the Cape

This three-week summer program at SEA offers motivated high school students the opportunity to study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, literary, and nautical. Participants live and study at our campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Website: http://www.sea.edu/high_school_programs

Grade:  9th, 10th, 11th

Deadline: Rolling Admission

Tuition: $4,900  

Acting and Performance Summer Institute

The UCLA Acting and Performance Summer Institute is a three-week, UC credit-bearing, intensive program for high school students in theater arts, encompassing performance training classes, movement-based techniques, a final performance project, guest workshops and field trips. The program is designed for high school students completing grades 9 through 12, with a serious interest in theater arts, and who seek the discipline and training required for participation in a university theater program or a career in the performing arts.

Website: https://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/ActingandPerformance

Grade:  9th, 10th, 11th, 12th   

Deadline:  Summer Institutes registration for Summer 2019 will open on February 15.  For updates on deadlines and to be considered, you must complete an online application: https://r.summer.ucla.edu/contact/InterestInstitutes.cfm

Tuition: $150

American Legion Auxiliary

Get the chance to participate in a mock program creating a mock legislature, submitting bills and resolutions, participating in senate sessions, holding a national convention, and electing officials such as president and vice president. Special field trips include visits to the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, monument tours, and a day on Capitol Hill meeting with state senators and representatives. A once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of ALA Girls Nation and State.

ALA Girls State


ALA Girls Nation

Must be selected from Girls State to attend



Call: 415-861-5092

UCLA High School Languages

UCLA offers special language classes for high school students who speak, understand and/or hear Armenian, Korean, Persian or Russian at home and want to learn to read, write to expand there speaking and interaction abilities..

Website: http://international.ucla.edu/hslanguages

Garde: All

Deadline: Applications are closed. To be added to the mailing list to receive updates on the 2019 schedule,  please email hslanguages@ucla.edu .

Tuition: $200

LA Zoo Student Volunteer Program

Students participate in a 12-week course to learn about conservation and ecology issues, biomes, and abbreviated taxonomy of the plants and animals at the Zoo. Upon successful completion of the class, students are eligible to apply to become a part of the Student Volunteer Program and participate in and help with the Zoo’s special events, education stations, and assist with ZooWorld Patch Program, Animals & You Teen Talks, World of Birds Show, and Muriel’s Ranch, as well as much more!

Website: http://www.lazoo.org/support/volunteer/student/

Grades: 9,10

Deadline: October 28, 2018

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

This program prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. NSLI-Y goal is to provide opportunities to American youth to interact with different languages and culture and to study abroad.


Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Deadline: October 30, 2018, 4 PM Eastern time

Cancer Research Mentorship

Students from across the country will be paired with a university-level mentoring scientist to collaborate on a cancer research project to develop valuable research, organization and communication skills! 100 students will be awarded the mentorship opportunity, plus they will receive a Google Chromebook and $1500 for research expenses.

Website: Emperor Science Award application

Grades: 10,11

Deadline: submit a 750-word essay by November 1, 2017