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SLI Internships

Summer SLI Internships

SLI provides internship opportunities for Foothill College students during the summer. Stipends are provided through the generous support of SLI donors and allow students to pursue these opportunities, no matter one's financial situation.

Summer 2022 Summer Internship Opportunities

STEM Summer Internships CLOSED

Through SLI, Foothill College students will have an opportunity to engage in an internship either in research or industry, under the guidance of a mentor/ supervisor. Institutions and companies include biotech startups, Stanford University, San Jose State University, and other tech companies in the Bay Area. Please see the Project Catalog (updated 4.26.22) before you fill out the application. Here is also a complete Project List of all project titles with keywords. 

If you think you'll be applying, please fill out the interest form below. This is just a way for us to stay in touch with you. This is not binding - it doesn't mean you are making a commitment. Just share that you are interested. 

The SLI team offered info sessions and recorded them. Please view them for additional information about the internships. 

Internship commitments:

There are two types of part-time internships – micro-internships which are a shorter time commitment, and regular internships which are for more hours per week. If you are transferring to another institution in late summer/ fall 2022, keep in mind you are expected to finish your internship through the end date in order to get your full scholarship. If this is not possible, you will need to make other arrangements with SLI and your mentor/ supervisor BEFORE your internship starts.

Micro-internships
  • Commitment of 6 – 7 hours each week for 9 weeks in summer 2022. The micro-internships will run from 6/27 – 8/26/22. Total hours for internship estimated at 60 hours.
Regular internships
  • Commitment of 15 or 20 hours each week for 9 or 10 weeks in summer 2022. *There are a few internships that don't follow this cycle. Pay attention to the description in the Project Catalog (updated 4.26.22)
    • The 9 week internships will run from 6/27 – 8/26/22 (estimated 135 hours for 15 weeks; 180 hours for 20 weeks).
    • The 10 week internships will run from 6/27 – 9/2/22 (estimated 150 hours for 15 weeks, 200 hours for 20 weeks).
All internships require:
  • Summer course enrollment in ITRN with Dr. Miloni Gandhi (depends on projected number of hours of internship). Course tuition will be covered by the Science Learning Institute or your financial aid.
  • A program orientation during week 8 of spring quarter and a training on the first day of the internship on Monday, 6/27/22. These are run by the Science Learning Institute.
  • Submission of a final report of your internship experience at the end of the summer.
  • Final presentation at the end of August or early September for an audience of all interns and mentors in the program.
  • Attendance at a biweekly (every other week) cohort seminar on professional development topics (included in your hours/week)
  • All above activities/ sessions are included in the total hours of your internship, on top of the hours on your internship project.
Stipend Amount:

Amount varies depending on internship selected

  • Micro-internship - $1000 (6 – 7 hours per week for 9 weeks)
  • Regular internship options
    • 15 hours for 9 weeks - $2200
    • 15 hours for 10 weeks - $2500
    • 20 hours for 9 weeks - $3000
    • 20 hours for 10 weeks - $3400
    • there are also a few internships that all outside of the above schedules and payment. Check the Project Catalog for details. 

Scholarship payments will occur in two installments and will depend on successful completion at each stage: one in the middle of the internship and one at the end after completion of the final report and final presentation.

Application criteria:

  1. Interest in STEM discipline(s). You don’t have to be a STEM major!
  2. Review the “required skills” in the Project Catalog (updated 4.26.22) and make sure you meet the minimum requirements. For some projects, this may include advance coursework and for others there are minimal requirements.
  3. Have completed at least 6 units at Foothill College in the winter 2022 quarter.
  4. Be enrolled at Foothill College in spring 2022 for at least 6 units.
  5. Have Foothill College as your primary school (more credits at Foothill College than at De Anza College).
  6. Full completion of the application, including naming a faculty/staff reference and upload of a resume. A full letter of recommendation IS NOT required.
  7. You must be 18 and over to apply. 

The deadline is closed.

Priority given to:

  • Students who have demonstrated financial need (through completion of the FAFSA, CA Dream Act or an explanation of financial need in the supplementary questions).
  • Students who have not previously had an internship or company experience.
  • Students who have the intent to transfer to a 4-year university.
  • First time degree earners (no prior degree such as a Bachelor’s or Associate).

Application requirements:

  • Fill out academicworks general scholarship application. (The deadline is closed.)
  • Fill out supplemental application questions, including uploading your resume. You will be asked to select up to 5 projects that you are interested in. Review the Project List and Project Catalog
  • Upload unofficial transcript to scholarship portal.

Selection process:

A team from SLI will work with the project mentors/ supervisors to review applications and then select candidates. Finalists may be contacted for an interview depending on the project. Review the Project Catalog (updated 4.26.22) for more details. Students may get more than one offer but can only accept one project. Final decisions will be made by mid-May.

Deadline for student application: Sunday, May 1, 2022, 11:59pm (deadline has been extended)

PROJECT CATALOG (UPDATED 4.26.22)

Host Placement Outreach and Information

SLI is looking for mentors and companies to host a fully-funded Foothill College student intern for summer 2022. As an internship host:

  • You will propose a 9 or 10 week project related to your research or work that a student can work on independently, with some guidance from you.
  • Then you'll get matched with a Foothill College student, and they will work with you for the summer (starting 6/27 through end of August).
  • You have the option for a micro-internship (6 – 7 hours per week for the intern) or a regular internship (15 – 20 hours per week).
  • This will involve a 3 - 6 hour per week commitment as a mentor (depending on whether it is micro or a regular internship).

 Please read more in this program overview and flyer

Applications for hosts are now closed.

Physics/ Astro Internship (spring + summer) CLOSED

Through the Science Learning institute (SLI), 3 Foothill College students will have an opportunity to participate in a two quarter internship to work with a Foothill College astronomy instructor and UC Santa Cruz professor and research team in their summer Science internship Program (SIP).

Applications are closed

Spring quarter:

Work with Astronomy instructor Geoff Mathews on preparing for the summer internship as well as supporting his research. If you do not already know Python programming, you will learn that skill in the spring. This portion can be in-person or remote with Dr. Mathews.

Summer: June 21 – August 13, 2022

Before the internship officially starts, there are two weeks of optional training and special activities. Then you will be an intern in the Science Internship Program (SIP) at UC Santa Cruz, on a research team with a professor and other students for eight weeks, committing 20 hours per week. The internship program is scheduled to be hybrid for summer 2022 though this is subject to change. You can find out more about SIP at https://sip.ucsc.edu/. This portion can be in-person/ hybrid at UCSC or remote. 

Internship commitments

  • Commitment of 3 – 4 hours per week in the spring quarter and 20 hours per week for 8 weeks in the summer.
  • Enrollment in an ITRN course both in the spring (ITRN 50) and summer (ITRN 53 or 54). Course tuition will be covered by the Science Learning Institute or your financial aid.
  • Program orientations for the summer internship program – one in mid June for SIP and one in late June for SLI.
  • Submission of a final report of your internship experience along with a final presentation as part of a larger internship cohort at the end of the summer.
  • Participation in an internship seminar during the summer – more details to be shared upon acceptance.

Scholarship amount: $3200 total

Scholarship payments will occur in three installments and will depend on successful completion at each stage:

  1. End of spring quarter - $500
  2. Middle of summer - $1350
  3. End of summer - $1350

Application criteria

  1. Majoring in a STEM discipline.
  2. Have completed at least 12 units of STEM coursework at Foothill College by the time spring quarter starts (any science, technology, engineering or math course).
  3. Have Foothill College as your primary school (more credits at Foothill College than at De Anza College).
  4. Full completion of the application, including naming a faculty/staff reference.
  5. Desired coursework and skills (equivalent experience and knowledge will be considered):
    1. Physics (mechanics)
    2. Physics (E&M)
    3. Astronomy 10A or 10B
    1. Python programming knowledge and/or other computer programming language.
    2. Physics and/or Astronomy coursework
    3. Calculus or Statistics
Priority given to:
  • Students with have demonstrated financial need (through completion of the FAFSA or CA Dream Act)
  • Students who have not previously had an internship or company experience.
  • Students who have the intent to transfer.
  • First time degree earners (no prior degree such as a Bachelor’s or Associate).

Application requirements

  • Fill out academicworks general scholarship application.
  • Fill out supplemental application questions, including uploading your resume.
  • Upload unofficial transcript to scholarship portal.
  • Deadline to apply: Monday, 2/14/22, 11:59pm. Apply here through Academic Works. 

Download this flyer to share. 

Summer 2021 Internship Program

See below for some information from our summer 2021 internship program. 

Summer Lunch STEM Seminar Series

This was a series of four sessions in July and August 2021 on professional development topics to further prepare you for the workforce.

LINK TO VIEW TOPICS AND RECORDINGS

Student Final Report Journal

Student interns each composed a one page journal report to document their internship. Read through to see the range of internship placements as well as about the student interns themselves. 

Link for Final Report Journal

Flyers from last summer's opportunities

Review these flyers to get an idea of the types of placements we hosted in summer 2021

Student Eligibility for Internships

Students who participate in the SLI STEM Summer Internship program should be aware of the following guidelines:

Commitment

  • Enrollment in ITRN 50 or 51 (depends on projected number of hours of internship).
  • Course tuition will be covered by the Science Learning Institute or your financial aid.
  • A program orientation for the summer internship program in late June with the Science Learning Institute. Some placements also require additional meetings, sessions, and professional development.
  • Submission of a final report of your internship experience at the end of the summer.
  • Part-time weekly commitment for 8 - 12 weeks. Duration and weekly commitment varies for each placement.

Criteria

  • All placements require some kind of minimal coursework depending on the relevant discipline.
  • Applicants should be full time Foothill College students majoring in a STEM discipline.
  • Priority is given to
    • Students with demonstrated financial need, who have not previously had an internship or company experience, and who have the intent to transfer.
    • First time degree earners (no prior degree such as a Bachelor’s or Associate)

Benefits

  • Scholarship/ stipend provided through the Science Learning Institute
  • Work-based learning and experience to add to your skillset and resume
  • Mentoring and support from your placement and from the Science Learning Institute

Application Process

  • Each placement has a different application associated with it - this is to be able to allow students to focus on making their case for each company or institution.
  • Some internship placements may require uploading a resume and/or participating in an interview.
  • Pay close attention to the application process and fill in all necessary forms.

Questions? Email the SLI Director

How to Apply

All internships offered by SLI that have a stipend can be found at https://fhda.academicworks.com/ (directly through the link or see the AcademicWorks tile in MyPortal. Search for "SLI."

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Sophia Kim, Director Science Learning Institute

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