UC Irvine is a repository for academic excellence. An internship can be an excellent way to enhance to connect your academic experience to your career interests. There are many benefits to graduate internships, which allow a student to gain valuable exposure to the workplace, develop new skills, and apply knowledge gained from course work to real-world situations. The following internships and programs designed for graduate students.
Programs & Internships
California Community College Internship Program
A traditional graduate degree from a research institution generally does not provide the student adequate preparation for a career choice of teaching in a community college. The CCCIP addresses this need and gives students an opportunity to experience firsthand what teaching in a community college environment is all about. More information can be found here.
Pedagogical Fellows Program
UCIrvine fosters excellence in graduate student teaching, and one way we do so is through the Pedagogical Fellows program (PFP), an initiative of UCI’s Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation. Highly effective and experienced TAs are chosen as PFs. The PFs receive advanced pedagogical training that they will use in the services they provide to new TAs during the annual TA Professional Development Program. In addition to receiving advanced pedagogical training, PFs learn valuable strategies for success on the academic job market, including job search strategies, writing a compelling cover letter and CV, and writing a teaching philosophy statement. In addition to these professional development benefits, PFs receive a $2,000 fellowship! For more information about this exciting professional development opportunity, and to submit an application to become a PF, please see the Pedagogical Fellows program website.
Graduate students who are interested in advanced pedagogy and mentoring other graduate students can apply each year for the Pedagogical Fellows (PF) Program.
The PF Program is a highly regarded “preparing future faculty” program; selection is competitive, based on a record of excellent teaching, promising scholarship, and service to the University, department, and the disciplines’ professional community. The PF Program provides advanced pedagogical and professional development in an interdisciplinary community that emphasizes professional and personal support. In addition, Fellows receive personalized assistance with preparing for the academic job market. Click here for more information
CSU Long Beach Pre-Professor Program
The PRE-Professor Program (PREPP) is designed to support the University of California, Irvine (UCI) doctoral students’ and postdoctoral scholars’ transition to a faculty position by engaging them in a semester-long program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). In addition, PREPP is a blueprint to support CSULB’s efforts to foster a pipeline for prospective new faculty. The goal of PREPP is to immerse participants in the life of a faculty member at a comprehensive master’s granting institution. PREPP fellows will have individual mentorship from an experienced Faculty Mentor in three broad categories: Instruction, Understanding the Campus Culture, and Service.
We accept applications from candidates with expertise in any discipline/department represented at CSULB (please see link for departments at CSULB https://www.csulb.edu/academic-affairs/colleges/colleges-departments). Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.
PREPP Fellows will be partnered with a CSULB Faculty Mentor who will oversee the project. Fellows will learn what faculty life is like at a comprehensive master’s granting institution. Your doctoral studies and post-doc positions prepare you for research and scholarship, which is a large part of the job. This program focuses on the other components of a faculty position, instructionally related activities (teaching, curriculum, mentoring students), service activities, and how research is conducted at a master’s comprehensive university.
Instructional activities are a broad topic that encompasses teaching (and all the tasks associated with that) and mentoring. Teaching is a rather broad category that includes several tasks from planning for instruction, planning and teaching lessons, and mentoring students (teaching in small groups or one-on-one).
Fellows will learn how a campus runs and the role of a faculty member within the structure of a comprehensive university. First and foremost, Fellows need to learn about department life within their field(s). How does a department run, what’s expected of new faculty, and in what role(s) do junior faculty engage? How is research carried out, and what forms of support are there for research? These questions will be answered by participating in a variety of tasks, discussions, and assignments.
I = Instruction, M = Mentoring, C = Campus Culture, S = Service, JR = Job Readiness
Develop a Syllabus (I)
Prepare and teach two class sessions in a course within your eld (ideally one lower-division and one upper-division) (I)
Observations of teaching with debriefing (I)
Identify instructional support services on campus (I)
Curriculum Committee (I, C, S)
Attend a department meeting (C)
Meet with Department Chair (C)
Tenure/Retention Expectations (C)
Understanding Shared Governance (S, C)
Components of a good cover letter (JR, C)
Inclusive Excellence Statement/Teaching Philosophy Statement (JR, C)
Attend a lab meeting (M)
Attend a mentoring meeting between faculty and student (M)
Other Program Benefits
Free parking at CSULB, as a volunteer.
UCI Graduate Division will contribute a $500 stipend to all PREPP Fellows to support travel.
Learn more about the application process and hear from PREPP Alumni!
PREPP Information Session
Monday, April 4, 2022
12 pm to 1 pm Pacific Time on Zoom
Register on CampusGroups (log-in with your UCI credentials)
Interested doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars will prepare an application and submit the following documents to be reviewed by UCI and CSULB program faculty.
A PDF with application instructions is available here: Application Instructions
Please prepare the documents listed. Once you have them ready, complete the PREPP application and upload your documents to https://tinyurl.com/CSULBPREPP
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Statement (500 words or less) which focuses on the following prompts:
- Tell us about yourself.
- Why are you applying for this program? What do you hope to gain from the experience?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Teaching Interest / Experience Statement. Your statement might include responses to the following prompts (500 words or less)
- What teaching experience have you had? Describe your strengths and weaknesses as an instructor.
- What do you want to learn about teaching and instructionally related activities?
- What do you think teaching diverse undergraduate students might look like?
- What do you think would be the most effective approaches to teaching diverse undergraduate students?
- Describe a particular memorable teaching/learning episode.
- UCI Research Mentor Approval Form – to be emailed directly by Mentor (Download)
- PREPP Application Confidential Data Sheet (Download)
For more program information, contact PREPP@CSULB.EDU