Summer STEER Program

Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) in Environmental Health (EHS) for Undergraduate Students 

Former STEER Intern

"I could not have asked for a better summer or better people. I think that through this experience this summer, I not only grew as a scientist but also as a person. I will definitely be looking to come back to UCB for a graduate program."

Are you interested in how the environment affects human health?

 Spend 9 weeks (June 14, 2021- August 12, 2021) in a paid summer internship program working with a University of California researcher. Gain valuable experience and join other students interested in careers in science working on research projects that could be important for future academic and career opportunities.

What you can expect if admitted into the STEER Program

Valuable Research Mentorship

EHS Seminars and Workshops

Real-World Exposure to EHS Issues


1. Valuable Research Mentorship

Each of our STEER interns is provided a meaningful opportunity to work with experienced faculty on some aspect of a research project addressing the relationship between environmental exposures and human health.


2. EHS Seminars and Workshops

As an intern, you will participate in a series of seminars & workshops that will:

  • Introduce you to a range of research being carried out by EHS faculty

  • Instruct you on the responsible conduct of science and the protection of human participants and animals in research

  • Teach you about job opportunities in environmental health sciences

  • Provide you with some practical instruction in applying to graduate school in environmental health sciences

  • Provide you with an opportunity to discuss your research experience and present your findings.


3. Real-World Exposure to EHS Issues

Interns in the STEER program also have the ability to participate in field trips to give you some valuable experience of environmental health issues in the real world.

Exploring Environmental Health

Potential topics for your environmental health research project could include (but are not limited to) examples such as:

  • Biological consequences of chemical exposures in humans

  • Health effects of long-term exposure to hydrogen sulfide

  • Early-life exposure to particulate and development of respiratory symptoms

  • Exposure to ambient air pollution and bioaerosols and asthma illness

  • Respiratory effects of exposure to polycyclic hydrocarbons from traffic

  • Use of geographic information systems in assessing health outcomes

  • Biomarkers in children exposed to biofuel in indoor air

  • Microbial risk assessment and dispersion patterns in indoor air


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