Berkeley Lab

Lab Ambassador Program

Welcome to the Berkeley Lab Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program, started in 2014 by former Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, is designed to advance our efforts to increase underrepresented groups at the Lab.

The Lab Ambassador Program is a joint effort between the Talent Outreach Office and the IDEA Office. The Talent Outreach Office is responsible for developing and leading the Lab’s diversity outreach efforts focused on women, veterans, under-represented minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Lab Ambassadors attend targeted conferences and events to do presentations, serve on panels, judge poster sessions and staff the career fair booth.

The Role of an Ambassador

Ambassadors can engage in the conference in a variety of ways:

  • Give technical presentations
  • Attend conference sessions
  • Judge a poster session / oral presentation
  • Be a panel member or moderator
  • Staff the career fair booth
  • Network with participants
  • Share your LinkedIn profile with the people that you meet
  • Refer people to the career fair booth where they can get more information about jobs and internships

Time Commitment:

  • Ambassador’s can volunteer as much or as little time as their workload and availability allow.
  • For example, information sessions run 30 minutes to 1 hour and virtual career fair booth staffing is 1 hour. Judging poster sessions or serving on a panel may require more time.
  • Some Ambassadors commit up to 1 hour a year, while others are able to participate in multiple events.

As a Berkeley Lab BRAND AMBASSADOR, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Promote LBNL as an employer of choice
  • Share our research, IDEA strategy, organizational values, ERG communities, internship programs and employment opportunities.
  • Make a difference and inspire others by sharing your passion for science..
  • Engage underserved communities by showing students the power of scientific research
  • Elevate your networking, presentation, and communication skills by presenting scientific concepts to various audiences
  • Improve your cultural awareness of diverse groups
  • Play a pivotal role in attracting top talent to join the Lab

Requesting Approval:

  • When you sign up to be a Lab Ambassador your supervisor will receive an email asking them to approve your general participation in the program.
  • After that, when you find an event you’d like to volunteer for, you will need to go back to your supervisor to get approval for that specific event to make sure the dates/times work and that any travel expenses can be covered.

Role of Outreach, IDEA and WD&E Offices

  • Provide registration for the conference
  • Host pre-event orientation and post-event debrief
  • Provide promotional materials (swag, collateral or printed materials)
  • Host the career fair booth and/or Informational Sessions
  • Provide information about LBNL internship opportunities: Undergraduate, graduate and community college students, and visiting faculty

Role of Division Leadership

  • APPROVE Ambassador to participate in outreach events and promote the value of diversity and inclusion at Berkeley Lab
  • FUND the Ambassador’s TIME &  TRAVEL COSTS for the conference
  • VALUE the Ambassador’s participation at selected conferences by acknowledgment in their annual performance review
  • SHARE the Ambassador’s efforts in the Division newsletter, at an All Hands Meeting, or in a Recognition letter

How to Apply

  • Complete the Ambassador Interest Form 
  • Let us know which conference you’d be interested in attending and any professional associations to which you belong
  • The IDEA office will follow up with you, reach out to your supervisor for approval and let you know when you’ve been approved

Upcoming Ambassador Conferences

To view all upcoming Outreach events and free offerings related to Diversity, STEM, Outreach, and Call for Participation requests, visit the Berkeley Lab Volunteer Portal.

Ambassador Success Story

I am reporting a “success” from the Ambassador program. I went to an NSBP meeting as a Lab Ambassador a number of years ago. I hosted a student I met there at LBL as a summer intern. He was recently admitted to and decided to attend UC Berkeley for Physics graduate school. He attributes his experience with us as being key to his success.” – Alex Kim

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