Advanced CaT Internships

WINTER 2019 CaT2 Application Period is CLOSED as of 11/8/18.
SPRING 2019 APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA
(Apply anytime using the Intent Form below)

There are three possible entry points for most Cal Teach interns: CaT1 in fall or winter, the Intensive Internship in September, and Learning Assistant positions most quarters. Prospective science or math teachers who successfully complete a first internship may continue with further Cal Teach internships.

All advanced internships have a school or other educational placement and require enrolling for academic credit. The courses associated with CaT1, CaT2, and CaT3 are taught as seminars that meet weekly; Special Projects are offered as independent study courses for UCSC undergraduates only.

What is expected of CaT2 and CaT3 interns?

CaT2 and CaT3 interns must:

  • spend 3-5 hours/week in a middle or high school science or math class for a total of ~35 hours
  • enroll in a concurrent Cal Teach seminar course (2 credits for CaT2; 3 credits for CaT3) that enhances the classroom placement
  • work with one or more K-12 mentor teachers

What are the benefits of enrolling CaT2 and CaT3?

CaT2 and CaT3 interns will:

  • work closely with a mentor teacher
  • work closely with students in the same class 2x/week for10 weeks
  • work closely with a motivated cohort of future math and science teachers
  • develop and teach a lesson in their host classroom (CaT2)
  • plan an instructional unit (CaT3)
  • receive a transportation stipend if the school placement is more than 10 miles from UCSC
  • be reimbursed for required fingerprinting and TB testing
  • earn a scholarship, dependent on availability of funds ($300 for CaT2, $600 for CaT3)

How to Apply for CaT2 and CaT3

1) You do not resubmit the CaT1/Intensive Internships application. For CaT2, CaT3, and intensive interns who want to take CaT1, you need to submit the Intent to Participate Form 

2) Send us your updated unofficial transcripts showing courses you have taken since your last Cal Teach internship. Specific instructions can be found here. 


What is a Cal Teach Special Project Internship?

The Cal Teach Special Project is an individual studies (independent study) project to work with K-12 students on science or math topics, ideally, involving inquiry-based learning. The type of placement is very open: interns may work with students who are pulled out of their regular class (for remedial or advanced support); interns may work with clubs or enrichment programs at a school or other educational setting. Some background reading and short writing assignments are expected, but the main emphasis is the internship experience.

What is expected of Special Project interns?

Special Projects interns must:

  • have successfully completed the CaT1 internship
  • have a project idea or interest in an available Cal Teach project 
  • be able to commit 3-9 hrs/week to the project (to receive 1, 2, or 3 units of UCSC credit)
  • recruit a Cal Teach sponsor (typically the Director or Internship Coordinator)
  • read appropriate background materials and submit short written assignments, negotiated with the Cal Teach sponsor
  • Be an enrolled UCSC undergraduate with significant math, science, or engineering background

What are the benefits of a Special Project? 

Special Projects interns will:

  • gain instructional experience with children in informal or non-traditional educational settings (usually)
  • experience the satisfaction of supporting science or math learners
  • be supervised on site by a credentialed teacher or experienced education professional
  • have flexibility to develop a unique, creative project
  • receive 1, 2, or 3 units of credit (for a project involving 3, 6, or 9 hours each week).
  • receive a transportation stipend if the placement is more than 10 miles from UCSC
  • be reimbursed for required fingerprinting and TB testing
  • receive a scholarship, ONLY if one is available for the specific project

How to Apply for a Special Project Internship:

You should begin this process at least two weeks before the end of the preceding academic quarter!

Petition for Undergraduate Individual Studies Course form

Instructions: Individual Studies Form

  • Step 1: Identify an internship project you would like to do and determine whether your schedule would support such a project. Review the Petition for Undergraduate Individual Studies Course form.
  • Step 2:  Email or schedule a meeting with your proposed project sponsor to discuss your ideas. Send or bring the Individual Studies form, your most recent Course History or unofficial transcripts, and your plan of classes for the quarter you want to do the internship.
  • Step 2a: Complete any follow up research or planning to get the project ready to start.
  • Step 3: In collaboration with the project sponsor, complete the Individual Study Course Form. Get the Class Number and a Permission Code from the project sponsor to enroll.
  • Step 4: Submit the signed Petition form to Cal Teach and enroll. Cal Teach will forward the form to the Education Department for additional signatures there, give you a copy, and keep a copy.