Intensive Internship

Intensive Internship Dates: 

Mon-Fri Sept. 13-17, 2021 
Sun Sept. 12, 2021 - mandatory orientation

Priority Deadline for 2021 

Sunday, May 16, 2021 by midnight 
**Transfer Students- Sunday, June 6, 2021 by midnight 

* COVID-19 update: The Intensive internships in September 2021 will be in person. We do not have the ability to accomodate virtual Intensive internships this year. You must be vaccinated to participate. *

(scroll to bottom of this page for application) 


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. 

Intensive Interns 2019 at the orientation

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.

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. For detailed instructions on how to to do this, see the Cal Teach Intern Toolkit.

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 CaT1 in order to be considered successful/complete?

  • Full & successful participation for entire 5 days

How to Apply

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.

2) Send the Cal Teach recommendation Form link to a present or past supervisor, professor, teacher, advisor or tutor. When requesting your recommendation give your recommender the link and inform them that there is no need for a letter. NOTE: If you have already participated in a Cal Teach internship in the past, you do not need to submit a new recommendation letter.