Intensive Internship

Continuing Students: Priority Application extended to midnight on Tuesday, April 24
Transfer Students: Priority Application due at midnight on Monday, June 4

Sunday, September 16 - Friday, September 21, 2018

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 of Summer 2017, standing with Marla & Tammy from Cal Teach

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
  • document negative TB status and pass a background check before the internship

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 stipend and support for transportation to and from the school sites
  • be reimbursed for TB testing and have fingerprinting costs covered

Application details

a) 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.

b) Submit your unofficial transcripts to Please format your transcript files as PDFs and and title them as Last Name, First Name_Quarter_Year. Specific instructions can be found here

C) 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.