Life Sciences Career Lab

Program Description

The Buffalo Zoo is pleased to offer our Life Science Career Lab program: an eight-week, career-based educational program for high schoolers ages 14–18. This program provides in-depth, hands-on experiences for those who have a serious interest in life science careers (e.g., biology, ecology, environmental science, conservation, veterinary science, etc.).

This program provides:  

— Hands-on experiences in six different life science careers 

— Talks from professionals from the field 

— Group work and public speaking experience 

— A life science mentor 

— The opportunity to showcase final projects to friends, family, and the zoo community 

— A $350 VISA gift card awarded to those who complete the program 

— The opportunity to be selected for a paid internship at the Buffalo Zoo (awarded to two students who complete the program)

Program Details

What:STEM career exploration program

Who:  Teens ages 14–18

Where:  At the Zoo

When:  Every Saturday January 28–March 11, 2023 with an event day on March 18, 2023

Time:  9:00 am–1:30 pm (9:00 am–2:00 pm on event day)

Cost:  Chosen participants will receive a $350 VISA gift card upon successful completion of program

How: Submit application via the Google Form link

Applicants will be accepted based on the quality of their application. The Life Science Career Lab has very limited space available and we will only accept fifteen participants every year. The small group size ensures that all participants have ample opportunity for individual attention, mentorship, and one-on-one guidance.


To be eligible for program participation, you must:

— Be between the ages of 14 and 18 by January 27, 2023. 

— Attending a high school in Erie County 

— Show a demonstrated interest in science

— Show negative results on a PPD Tuberculosis (TB) skin test before the program begins

— Be available 9:00 am–1:30 pm every Saturday from January 28–March 11, 2023, and 9:00 am–2:00 pm on March 18, 2023. 


Other factors for consideration will include:

— Identifying as a student from a gender, racial group, or other status that is underrepresented in Life Science professions. 

— Submitting a compelling application along with a strong reference. 






Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2022.  Student application and reference form must BOTH be submitted by this date to be considered. We will notify applicants of their acceptance by December 22, 2022 by e-mail. Upon receipt of your confirmation letter, you will have one week to accept the opportunity. It is important to note that PRIOR to the start of the program, the Buffalo Zoo must receive proof of negative results on a PPD Tuberculosis (TB) skin test.