UCI/CCC Internship

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The deadline has been extended and is now on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Have you ever considered teaching at a California Community College (CCC)? The unique learning environment at the CCCs means competitive applicants for tenure track positions must demonstrate their advanced pedagogical skills and understanding of community college culture and student populations.

The California Community College Internship Program (CCCIP) is an opportunity to experience the community college environment, expand your network, gain professionalization experience and receive advanced training in college-level teaching, all of which can give you an edge as an applicant for CCC faculty opportunities. While this program is administered through UC Irvine, a limited number of spaces have been made available to UCR PhD candidates and advanced MFA students. Interns will receive a $7500 fellowship stipend for the summer, during which they will engage in specialized training focused on community colleges and pedagogy.

CCCIP Required Summer Training:

  • UCI DTEI Course Design Certificate (8-10 hours)
  • Community College Teaching Training: Inclusive Teaching Practices at Community Colleges (1 hour)
  • Community College Career Development and IDP Workshop (2 hours)
  • Community College Teaching and Diversity Statements (1 hour)
  • Community College Faculty Panel (1 hour)
  • Additional Trainings (5 hours)

Note: We encourage participants not to take on additional responsibilities during the summer training period. However, in circumstances where students need additional financial support, interns may take on an additional appointment up to 50% during the summer.

During the academic year, interns will work closely with a faculty mentor at a local community college. Activities may include, but are not limited to, leading a classroom lecture, developing a classroom assignment and grading rubric, attending department meetings, and informational interviewing with community college faculty and other administrators. 

CCCIP Program Requirements:

  • 2-3 quarter commitment during the academic year following summer training
  • Submission of learning agreement prepared by student and community college faculty mentor
  • Registration in 2-8 units per quarter in UNI STU 297 (UCI students) or GDIV 498i (UCR students)
  • Complete ALL summer trainings/workshops and a minimum of 40 hours involvement over the course of the academic year
  • Quarterly check-in with the CCCIP Coordinator at UCI to review the program and your progress
  • Both student and mentor must submit evaluations

The deadline to apply for the program is Sunday, March 13th at 11:59pm. The deadline has been extended and is now on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 11:59pm

Application requirements include:

  • CCCIP Form/Application and Cover Sheet
  • Statement of Purpose: Please describe your aptitude and motivation for teaching, including your experience and future career goals. Please be specific about why teaching in a community college would be an especially good fit, paying particular attention to their diverse student populations and creating inclusive environments. Requirements: 1-2 pages maximum, 11 point font, double spaced with no less than 1 inch margins. 
  • Faculty Advisor Approval Form: *This is automatically sent to your faculty advisor via DocuSign once you have submitted your application.*
  • Recommendation Letter: This letter should be from someone who can speak to your abilities as a teacher.  Although you may choose to have a letter written by your faculty advisor, your letter writer does not need to be your faculty advisor.

Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria: 1) experience at a community college (as student or instructor); 2) commitment to diversity and inclusion; 3) post-secondary teaching experience; and 4) alignment of career goals with the CCCIP mission. 


Questions? Please contact GradSuccess Director Dr. Hillary Jenks at