Summer HS Internship Program (SHIP)

The Summer High School STEM Internship Program (SHIP) is a partnership between the School of Science and Technology (SST) at Sonoma State University and the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE).

Since 2008, this program has matched top Sonoma County high school juniors with faculty mentors at SSU to collaborate on research projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition to $1,000 stipends, students are given opportunities to work on challenging research projects in state-of-the-art facilities and interact with faculty and SSU students in the university environment. These students then act as ambassadors to relay the highlights of their work to their classmates, friends, counselors, teachers, and principals during their senior years.

Here is an overview and timeline of the 2017 program:

  1. Due Feb. 3: SST faculty submit short (1-2 paragraph) descriptions of their proposed high school student summer projects. Last year's list of projects is available here:
  2. Feb.–Mar: High school students apply to the program, specifying their preferred projects.
  3. April: An SST committee selects the student interns and matches them to faculty projects.
  4. May: Students and mentors meet at a reception at SSU.
  5. Summer: Students work with faculty mentors for at least 4 full-time weeks or the equivalent. The exact schedule is by arrangement between the individual students and their faculty mentors.
  6. September: Students present their findings at a culminating event at SSU.

Prospective faculty mentors should submit research project titles and 1–2 paragraph descriptions by email to Suzanne Rivoire ( and Cory Oates ( The deadline is February 3, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SHIP program coordinator, Dr. Suzanne Rivoire (

2017 Application Process

We will solicit student applications once the list of projects has been finalized. Students who are currently high school juniors in schools under the jurisdiction of the Sonoma County Office of Education are welcome to apply. The student applications will be sent to eligible high schools and made available online in mid-February.

Questions? Contact: Cory Oates ( or 707-664-2171) or Dr. Suzanne Rivoire ( or 707-664-3337).