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 fully remote program in Summer 2021. SIP continues to adhere to all state, local, and campus guidelines and we will add in-person participation as protocol allows. We will update the SIP website as the situation evolves.

We know from our successful Summer 2020 program that a remote version of SIP provides the same level of critical thinking and depth of learning as our in-person program.

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

2021 Application Portal

The 2021 application portal opened on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10 AM PST and closed on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 5 PM PDT.


NOTICE: Due to technical difficulties with the SIP application system and the continuing situation around the global pandemic, the deadline for teacher recommendations was extended by a week to Friday, March 26 at 5 PM PDT. Recommendations received by this date/time will be included in the review of the corresponding applications.

Please note that the application itself was due on March 19 at 5 PM PDT. Complete applications with paid/waived application fees (with or without teacher recommendations) will be reviewed for SIP admission.


Students be at least 14 years of age on the program start date of June 21, 2021 (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. Most students accepted into SIP will be from Bay Area high schools. Out-of-area students will generally fall into one or more of the following three categories: (1) those who use weekday-housing and have a clear plan for local weekend housing, (2) those who use full-week housing when available (in both cases, the students will have to overcome the logistical challenges associated with a minor’s participation in a remote summer program), and (3) those placed into remotely-mentored projects (there is a limited number of such projects available).

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 2021

Application portal opens March 1
Application deadline March 19 (5 PM PDT)
Teacher Recommendation deadline March 26* (5 PM PDT)
Admission offers emailed by 5PM PDT April 6**
Admission offer acceptance & deposit deadline April 12** (5 PM PDT)
Full payment and registration form deadline May 7
Research Preparation Weeks June 7–18
Program Kickoff June 19 (9 AM – 11 AM PDT)
Main segment of program June 21–August 13
Final presentation day August 14

*The deadline for teacher recommendations was originally March 19, but it has been extended to March 26 at 5 PM PDT.
**Due to circumstances beyond the SIP team’s control, admission notifications for the 2021 program were delayed until Tuesday, April 6. As a result, the deadline to accept admission offers and pay the deposit was also extended, to April 12 at 5 PM PDT.

Program Costs for 2021

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*


*No cost is listed for housing or transportation as we will not be offering these services during the 2021 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.