Personal development

Berkeley Lab activities

Join as many clubs provided by the Employee Activities Association as you like. The clubs are a wide variety of activities or interests, such as ukulele, LGBT, or photography. Also, feel free to start your own club or activity!

Education & Outreach

The Lab has a great track record of connecting with the community, and schools in particular – there’s nothing more satisfying than engaging middle-schoolers in science! We also have year-round research internships for undergraduate students, and you can serve as a mentor or a guest speaker. If you want to learn more, please, visit or contact the Workforce Development & Education group directly at

The Lab also offers tours to lay people. This is a great opportunity for you because by becoming a tour guide you can yourself learn more about the history of the Lab. So, if you are interested in becoming what we call an Ambassador for Science and Berkeley Lab, contact Christina Bruther.

Bay Area Scientists in Schools

Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) is one of the largest science outreach organizations in Berkeley, with over 500 scientist volunteers. BASIS volunteers teach fun, hands-on science lessons in local elementary classrooms. Most volunteers adopt tried-and-tested lessons; others choose to develop their own. It’s a great opportunity for researchers to make a broader impact with their work, and to build communication and outreach skills.

BASIS volunteers reach over 12,000 students per year, but still BASIS gets many more requests from teachers than we have volunteers available. We are currently looking to recruit additional post-doc volunteers. If you would like to know more about this program, a flyer with more information is attached. You can also reach out to or visit us online at

Activities outside the lab

For people interested in tinkering with robots and 3D-printing machines, the CITRIS Invention Lab allows you to use their fully equipped facility located in Sutardja hall on campus for $125/semester. It is a great bargain, and, who knows, maybe you’ll invent the next big thing!


Volunteering is a sure way to meet new people and have fun. Today at Berkeley Lab often advertises volunteering opportunities such as acting as a Lab Ambassador for tours or outreach events.

There are, of course, many other opportunities to volunteer outside the Lab in the East Bay; for example, construction building (Habitat For Humanity) as well as immigrant and refugee support (East Bay Sanctuary Covenant).