STEER Program

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

COEH Flyer for 2022 STEER InternshipAre you interested in how the environment affects human health?

Spend 9 weeks (June 14, 2021- August 13, 2021) in a paid summer internship ($6000) program working with a University of California researcher.

Gain valuable experience and join other students interested in careers in science working on Environmental Health Science (EHS) research projects that could be important for future academic and career opportunities. Over the course of this internship, you will:

  1. Participate in weekly seminars with faculty 

  2. Learn about the research process and the responsible conduct of science

  3. Network with current graduate students and postdocs to learn more about graduate school

  4. Participate in virtual occupational and environmental health virtual field trips

  5. Present the findings from your summer research at a virtual symposium

Important Dates

February 18th

The complete application is due by 11:59pm PST

March 7th - 18th

You may be asked to take part in a brief virtual interview prior to the final selection of applicants. 

April 1st

Final decisions will be made & announced to all applicants.

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.
Former STEER Intern

Exploring Environmental Health

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

  • 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

View the mentor profiles below to ​explore various research focus areas for 2022.

Notebook and IpadIntern Application Process

The following will need to be prepared in PDF format to apply & submit via the online application portal:

  • 2-page personal statement* 

  • A copy of your unofficial transcript

  • 1- to 2-page resume 

Please see the list of faculty members and their research and craft your personal statement based on what you would most like to experience this summer. Each student will be placed with one mentor but will have the opportunity to learn about other aspects of the research through seminars, tours, and group discussions. 

Student studyingInternship Requirements

  • Rising juniors and seniors will be prioritized 

  • A dedicated interest in obtaining a graduate degree and career in EHS

  • Open to students from all universities, colleges, junior colleges, and community colleges           

  • 3.0 GPA minimum preferred; all with high interest encouraged to apply        

  • Completion of personal statement, unofficial transcript, resume, and online application (see next section)

What can you expect if admitted into the STEER program?

Valuable Research Mentorship

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.

Real-World Exposure to EHS Issues

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.

EHS Seminars & 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.

Meet the STEER Mentors

Read each of the faculty profiles and determine which of them work in areas that are most interesting to you at this time. You will be asked to rank your top three choices in the STEER online application. Please do not contact faculty before you are accepted into the STEER program. 

If you have any questions for faculty or questions about the program, please email the STEER program coordinator, Jesús Alfaro, at

Do you still have questions? 


STEER Program Administrators