The Program

Program Description

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Internship Program at Hartnell College supports and engages students in undergraduate academic research and/or professional internship experiences. Internships include relevant and innovative 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 share their work with academic and professional communities 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.

What is an internship?

An internship is an excellent way for a student to gain relevant experience in a particular career or field of study. An internship can expose students to careers or fields of interest to help determine if they have a genuine interest in that particular field. Internships are an excellent way to begin building important connections that are invaluable in developing and maintaining a strong professional network for the future. Opportunities in our program range in commitment level and scope. In Micro Internships you can participate in Hartnell faculty-led, 25-hour STEM exposure offered with a variety of timings, year-round. A variety of full and part time summer internships can allow you to delve deeper in a topic related to your major or interests. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are available at universities and colleges across STEM fields around the region and nationally.

What is a Micro-Internship?

Micro-Internships (MI) are designed to reduce barriers and inequalities inherent in the internship paradigm by providing access to professional, experimental, applied, and research skills for 200+ students per year. It is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant ESTEEM (Award #1832446), for STEM Building Capacity and Improving Undergraduate STEM Education at HSI.


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 and academic networking opportunities

To begin preparing for your internship experiences and to get information about opportunities as we hear about them, click the button and fill out this short form.

Who To Contact

Anely Meneses
Program Assistant for Science and Math Institute
Phone: 831-770-7037
Building: S – STEM Center Building
Office: S-107
STEM Center Building