For Students

There are many opportunities for high school and undergraduate students to participate in one or more Systems Education Experiences. Through the resources on this page, students can begin learning now by Engaging in Systems Thinking and STEM Career Explorations. They can learn more about our programming and plan to apply for future events by Learning From Previous Interns & Ambassadors. And during the months of January through mid-March, they can Apply for New Experiences that take place during the summer and/or following academic year. Please read and click below to learn more.

Engage In System Thinking & STEM Careers

Use these self-paced activities and projects to learn about unique STEM careers and to gain systems thinking, computational, and other STEM skills.

Systems Thinkers in STEM

Systems Thinkers in STEM is an interactive series containing videos of STEM professionals and their workplaces. Through this content you will learn: how systems thinking plays a role in all STEM career pathways, what skills are needed in different STEM fields, how YOU can be a systems thinker. View profiles of systems thinkers and create your own.

Gaining Insight  through Systems Thinking and Computational Modeling

These activities introduce you to systems thinking and computational modeling. Once you are in the mindset of a systems thinker, move through the modules of varying difficulties - Introductory (easiest), Intermediate, Advanced (hardest) - at your own pace. Create and share your own computational model activity.

Project Feed 1010

PROJECT FEED 1010 (1010=10 billion) aims to make scientific breakthroughs for scaling up sustainable agriculture while transforming STEM education to generate a massive workforce and entrepreneurs for a new economy.

We dream of a future where every unused urban space is repurposed for sustainable food production, where everyone is a citizen scientist, and we are all prosumers (producers + consumers) in a smart food supply chain. How: Self-start your own aquaponics system.

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Learn From Previous Interns & Ambassadors

View the work showcased by our high school student alumni!

High School Interns
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Each January, Systems Education Experiences posts a job opportunity on the ISB careers website, enabling high school juniors to apply for a competitive, paid summer internship. This internship is very different than those typically found in research labs. The systems biology approach allows students to work with many specialists, directly involving the students in a variety of projects, using many types of technology and techniques. Students gain valuable microbiology, engineering, and computational experience. Due to the unique nature of this curriculum building and research-based laboratory experience, students are highly engaged in creative problem solving as well as both independent and group learning. The internships are focused on bringing these key opportunities to students who typically would not have access to a professional work environment and a state-of-the-art research lab. View the webpages created by previous interns.

Systems Thinkers in STEM Ambassadorship (STiSA) and the 2021-2022's STiSA Showcase

Learn about previous Systems Thinkers in STEM Ambassadors and explore their projects and the skills they have gained.


Featured Student Projects

Explore featured student projects on STEM careers, environmental stewardship, health, and many other topics through our filterable projects page.


Project Feed 1010 Ambassador Profiles

Learn about previous Project Feed 1010 Ambassadors, their food security projects, the challenges they faced.


Computational Modeling Workgroups

42 students used computational modeling to model a systems problem of their choice. Learn from their projects and the various tools they used to gain insight into their interest.


STEAM Towards a Healthier World Course

18 students participated in the STEAM ambassador course where they gained an understanding of systems medicine through the relationship between the environment and health. Each student developed art projects to teach others about these important topics, serving as agents for change in optimizing current health and future wellness for themselves and their communities.

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Apply for Summer & School Year Experiences

This year’s application window is now closed. The deadline for submitting an application was Friday, March 15, 2024 at 4:00pm Pacific Time. Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants who submitted a complete application are eligible to participate at some level. We will email you from the "" or "" domains. Please set your email client to receive our emails and monitor your spam and promotions folders. If you need help learning how to do this, view this page. Learn more about this year's programming and our timeline on these pages: high school internship, Systems Thinkers in STEM Ambassadorship, and the Student Programming FAQ Page. Please be on the lookout for an email from our team during the month of April or sooner. 

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