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Summer 2024 Intensive Internship Dates:

September 15 (Mandatory Orientation) + September 16-20, 2024


Application Deadlines:

Continuing UCSC students: Sunday, May 12 @ midnight

Incoming Transfer Students: Sunday, June 9 @ midnight


Group Interviews:

Continuing UCSC students: Thursday, May 23 + Friday, May 24

Incoming Transfer Students: Monday, June 17 + Tuesday, June 18


Cal Teach offers a week-long intensive internship before the UCSC academic year begins. This internship is open to new and continuing Cal Teach interns; each continuing intern serves as a mentor to a new intern. They provide a week-long experience in a high-need rural or urban school, and require participants to be available for up eight consecutive hours each day of the internship week.

Who Can Participate?

Continuing UCSC undergraduates (with or without previous Cal Teach experience), incoming UCSC transfer students, and college graduates with academic or professional training in science, mathematics, or engineering are all welcome to apply.

Note: If you are a current F-1 visa holder, UCSC policy mandates that additional requirements are met in order to participate. Please contact Cal Teach before submitting your application to discuss eligibility. 

What is Expected of Intensive Interns?

An intensive intern must:

  • be interested in a K-12 science or math teaching career and have appropriate science or math background
  • be available all five consecutive full school days (eight hours each day, Monday-Friday)
  • be able to commute to participating schools (e.g., James Lick High School, Gonzales High School, Fairview Middle School) by public transportation, personal vehicle, or Cal Teach carpool
  • Fingerprinting & TB test documentation must be completed in advance of the internship quarter. 
What are the Benefits?

Intensive internship participants will:

  • learn how teachers and schools support high-need students in the partner schools
  • work closely with a mentor teacher
  • work closely with a motivated cohort of future math and science teachers
  • earn a $450 stipend and support for transportation to and from the school sites
  • be reimbursed for TB testing and have fingerprinting costs covered
What are the requirements for the Intensive Internship in order to be considered successful/complete?
  • Full & successful participation for entire 5 days

Apply Now!

1) The Intensive Internship Application Form is a google form with short response questions (1-2 paragraph answers for each question). Make sure to have well thought out responses before submitting the form.

  • The application includes providing an Unofficial Transcript. Attach the PDF when prompted in the application.
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2) Recommendation Form: Send the Cal Teach Recommendation Form to a present or past supervisor, professor, teacher, advisor or tutor. The Recommendation Form consists of 1-5 scale questions with optional descriptions, so be sure to let your recommender know it only takes a few minutes to complete. NOTE: If you have already participated in a Cal Teach internship in the past, you do not need to submit a new recommendation letter.

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