This page shares information about regional internship opportunities for graduate students and professionals in the greater Los Angeles area who are looking to gain experience teaching in higher education. Interested candidates should inquire and apply directly through the program websites.

Does your institution offer a program that can be added to this list? If so, please contact jessgregg@ceils.ucla.edu so we can keep this information as comprehensive as possible.

Aspire Teaching Practicum – SoCal Collaborative 2-Year Colleges

Coming soon! The recent Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty Award to several institutions including UCLA provides funding for several practicum and mentorship experiences in teaching at a community college in Southern California. The application process is not yet identified, but will be posted here once available. Stay tuned!

Coast Community Colleges – Teaching Internship with Experienced Support (T.I.E.S.)

Image result for coast college districtIn the Teaching Internship with Experienced Support (T.I.E.S.) Program, the Coast Community College District seeks graduate students and professionals in the field who are interested in teaching at the community college level.  T.I.E.S. interns collaborate with full-time, discipline-specific Coast Community College District (CCCD) faculty members, who serve as formal mentors.  Through the mentor/intern relationship, T.I.E.S. interns gain first-hand observational and guided instructional experience; insight into course and lesson planning, student engagement techniques, and best practices for classroom management; and opportunities to shape and connect with the community college culture.

The T.I.E.S program encourage applicants who are committed to student success, inclusive practices, and equitable outcomes. Visit their website to learn more.

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ProjectMATCH – Los Angeles Community College District

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The Los Angeles Community College District, comprised of nine area community colleges, offers Project MATCH as a program to prepare and recruit a diverse community college faculty who are sensitive to the needs of the students and community it serves. The goals of the program are to improve the diversity pool of faculty in the District, for our interns to become role models reflecting that diversity in the District, and to better reflect the diversity of the community around the biggest community college district in the United States of America. View website.

Future Instructors in Training Program (Santa Clarita Community College District)

The Future Instructors in Training Program (FIT) provides a unique opportunity for qualified individuals to explore and develop a career in community college instruction through a paid internship program with the Santa Clarita Community College District. The FIT Program seeks to address diversity needs of the region by preparing our interns to become exemplars, as community college faculty, of the inclusive and sensitive teaching practices reflective of the diversity of our students and the community. 

The FIT program is always looking for dynamic instructors that can offer our students new perspectives as well as long developed experience. The FIT Program combines pedagogical trainings with mentorship and hands-on classroom experience, providing invaluable training through participation in projects and assignments that allow for the practical application of academic knowledge and the development of skills necessary for a career in higher education. The program is open to all qualified applicants who meet theState Minimum Qualifications in the subject area in which they are interested in completing their internship.

For more information, please visit the Future Instructors in Training website.

UC Irvine’s CCCIP (for UCI Grad Students)

University of California Irvine’s California Community College Internship Program (CCCIP) provides UCI graduate students with an opportunity to have a teaching experience at a local community college.

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 about next year’s program is available in the CCCIP flyer. To apply for the program next year, please see the CCCIP Application.

UCLA’s UPLIFT Program (for UCLA graduate students and Postdocs)

Uplift logo simple UPLIFT is an NSF IRACDA funded program at UCLA (in collaboration with CalState LA) that supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in the STEM fields. The IRACDA program combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. Other goals are to provide a resource to motivate the next generation of scientists at partner institutions and to promote linkages between RIIs and partner institutions that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching.

IRACDA fellows receive training and gain experience in pedagogy, teaching, and mentoring at Cal State, Los Angeles.  The program is sponsored through the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA), supported by the division of NIGMS at NIH.  Visit program page here. 

Teacher Education Programs

TEACH El Camino College

The TEACH El Camino Teacher Education Program was created in response to California’s projected need for teachers over the next decade.  Through partnerships with local universities, TEACH offers courses and fieldwork for those planning to teach at all grade levels as well as for students interested in other careers within the field of education, including school administration, school counseling, school psychology, school social work, school librarian, school nurse, and speech/language pathology.  The TEACH program staff will direct students to appropriate academic support services available on campus and in the community and will assist students in defining, pursuing, and ultimately achieving their professional goals.

View the website for TEACH El Camino.

California Community Colleges Teacher Preparation Program

The mission of the California Community Colleges Teacher Preparation Programs (CCCTPP) is to engage in developing successful teacher preparation programs by facilitating access to strategies, tools and resources that can boost the number and diversity of students entering the education field.

Addressing California’s severe teacher shortage is a top priority for California Community Colleges as we align our education systems to develop pathways and recruit teacher candidates in high-demand fields such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), career technical education (CTE), bilingual education and special education.

CCCTPP supports regional efforts to align systems, develop infrastructure, and disseminate resources needed for colleges to grow their own teacher preparation programs. CCCTPP emphasizes regional teacher preparation communities of practice, where key partners from K12, CSUs, and other Institutions of Higher Education collaborate to recruit and prepare a diverse education workforce dedicated to all students’ success.

View the website for CCCTPP