The Rapidly Evolving COVID-19 Situation

The Science Internship Program team is committed to the health and safety of our students, mentors, faculty and staff. The well-being of those affiliated with our program is our highest priority.

The uncertainty around COVID-19 remains. SIP is currently planning for a hybrid program in Summer 2022, meaning that there will be an in-person component and a remote component. Research projects will plan to be either remote or in-person on an individual project basis. SIP continues to adhere to all state, local, and campus guidelines. We will update the SIP website as the situation evolves.

We know from many successful summers of in-person and remote learning that SIP provides the same level of critical thinking and depth of learning regardless of the platform.

Thank you for the amazing experience that our son had this summer (with SIP). We could not have imagined how much he would learn through an entirely virtual program. You and your team set a very high bar for what virtual learning can really look like and inspire in our future research leaders.– Sharon Chinn, parent of a 2020 SIP intern

All changes to policies will be communicated here and below in the informational areas of this page.

In community and health,

The SIP Team

2022 Application Portal

The 2022 application portal will open Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 8 AM PDT and closes on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 5 PM PDT.

PLEASE NOTE: SIP has extended the application filing period from three weeks to the full month of March for 2022.  This change was enacted with the intention of giving all applicants and teacher recommenders ample time to complete and submit all application materials.  The March 31, 2022 at 5 PM PDT deadline is the same for all application materials from both applicants and teachers.


Students be at least 14 years of age on the program start date of Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (at least 16 years of age for certain research project placements) and currently enrolled in high school. While many SIP interns are “rising seniors” (in the summer between junior and senior year), this is not a requirement. Students who expect to have graduated high school by this summer are generally ineligible. Students will generally fall into one of the following three categories: (1) those who use weekday housing from Monday through Friday, and have a clear plan for local weekend housing, such as staying with a relative in the bay area on weekends or going home for the weekend, (2) those who use full-week housing seven days a week (typically only students who live out of the area), and (3) those placed into remotely-mentored projects must participate in the program remotely, and do not live on campus.

A limited number of partial and full need-based scholarships are available. Scholarship requests will be considered after admission offers have been made. We encourage interested students to apply regardless of their financial situation; every effort will be made to provide financial assistance.

For questions about disability-related accommodations, please contact the program staff at

Key Dates for 2022

Application portal opens March 1
Application deadline March 31 (5 PM PDT)
Teacher Recommendation deadline March 31 (5 PM PDT)
Admission offers emailed April 22
Admission offer acceptance & deposit deadline May 1
Full payment and registration form deadline May 10
Research Preparation Weeks June 6–17
Program Kickoff Saturday, June 18 (9 AM – 11 AM PDT)
Main segment of program June 21–August 12*
Final presentation day Saturday, August 13

*Please note, the first day of the program is a Tuesday. Monday June 20, 2022 UC Santa Cruz is closed in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday.

Program Costs for 2022

Application fee (non-refundable)
Deposit to hold spot
Remainder of academic program fee ($4,000 minus $400 deposit)
Optional weekday dorm housing fee per week for up to 8 weeks*
Optional weekday shuttle fee per week for up to 8 weeks*


*Housing and transportation costs have not been determined for the 2022 program.

A limited number of application fee waivers will be available upon request. Need-based scholarship requests will be considered to cover all or part of the academic program fee, dorm housing fee, and shuttle transportation costs.