Graduate Internships

To support the growth of internship opportunity for graduate students, the Division of Graduate Studies provides a Graduate Internship Matching Program for EDD, MFA, and PhD graduate students.*

This program provides $2,000 needs-based fellowships to graduate students enrolled in their area’s terminal degree who accept an internship position by an outside agency that comes with a minimum stipend of $4,000 over three months. The outside agency can be a for-profit or non-profit company, a city or government organization, a campus business or academic support unit, and/or a campus center or institute (funded by external grants or gifts).

The internship program must offer a professional development opportunity for the graduate student that is appropriate for graduate students enrolled in the terminal degree for their area, but not a simple extension of their current research.

This program is designed for three-month internships over the summer quarter; however, internships of longer duration or over the academic quarters will also be considered.

Doctoral students must be advanced to candidacy for consideration for matching support.

Graduate students, in partnership with the organization providing the internship, can apply for the $2,000 in matching support by sending an email to the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies with:

  • the name of the graduate student
  • the graduate student's degree program and their current status in the program
  • the name of the organization providing the internship
  • the stipend or funding provided to the graduate student by this organization
  • a brief description (up to 500 words) of the internship opportunity and how it fits into the graduate student’s professional goals

*The internship matching program is not open to MA or MS program students.


    Summer 2017 Internships

  • Cloud Brigade and Launch Brigade

    Cloud Brigade specializes in cloud computing, Linux, and open-source software. We routinely offer internships (over 40 so far) at our office in downtown Santa Cruz, alongside our sister division, Launch Brigade, which designs websites and web-based applications. Our internships often involve technical research and development projects to explore new technology, software development projects for internal tools we use to manage the business, and sometimes we build a website for a worthy non-profit. In all cases we provide a project which gives the participant mentoring and valuable experience solving a real-world problem.

    For our 2017 internships, we’re looking at R&D projects around the emerging IoT (Internet of Things) market, and web page speed optimization, leveraging new best practices driven by Google's search rank algorithms. Projects will start with a solid list of requirements and learning objectives, and work force experience credits may be available. For more information about our companies, check us out online: http://www.cloudbrigade.com/ and http://www.launchbrigade.com/.


  • Inboard

    Inboard Technology is looking for individuals who want to work with a team that is passionate about action sports, personal mobility, technology, and innovative ways to get difficult jobs done. We are a startup company, so it’s hard to say what you will be doing day to day. We all jump in to make sure everything that needs to get done is done. However, you will be working with a company that is developing a market-leading electric skateboard that is appealing to those who are looking for a high-performance skateboard product, as well as people interested in a first-mile/last-mile solution for their daily commute. We have intern opportunities in a number of areas, including engineering (mechanical, electrical, software, and testing), product design, marketing, and operations.

    Mechanical Engineering
    We use processes and have developed patented technology that differentiates us from others on the market. You will be able to work with other mechanical engineers to understand and improve some of these designs and processes.

    Electrical Engineering
    We have a sophisticated motor-controller/system-control board that integrates a lot of electrical knowledge, both analog and digital. You will work with engineers to test components, systems, and the full product. You will also be able to do some debug and troubleshooting, soldering and assembly, and design work on systems that support the production of these parts.

    Software Engineering
    Software engineers will have the opportunity to work on applications that correlate data gathered from the units in the field, apps that are used in manufacturing, apps for engineering support, and possibly customer facing applications.

    Product Designer
    This internship covers the full customer experience and attractiveness of our products from the M1 board itself to marketing materials, show booths, and internal corporate presentations.

    Marketing Intern
    Our team is working to maximize the return on our limited resources. We work within the action sports industry, as well as at tech and consumer events to reach people and make them excited about the Inboard product and company.

    Operations Intern
    This is the backbone of the company and has a great deal of interesting work necessary to order, build, ship, and service our product. All engineering disciplines are recognized here with a particular focus on quality and process.

    Skills and Attributes

    • Diligent, reliable and tenacious
    • Willingness to take on challenges and work with a group to identify solutions
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Organized, superior attention to detail
    • Have studied in the area you are applying for an internship in

    Details

    • Pay: $15 – $20 hr
    • Duration: Flexible depending on intern’s schedule and school obligations
    • Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8-hr days with some flexibility on start and stop times

  • InspecTools

    InspecTools is committed to creating inspection systems that raise our customers’ IQ. Our creative integration of new & proven technologies has consistently saved our customers money, time, and worry, by delivering information they can trust and rely upon for sound decision-making. Using technologies like custom UAVs & exotic sensors, we solve problems efficiently & thoroughly. For more information about our company, check us out online at http://www.inspectools.com/.

    InspecTools is seeking innovative individuals with skills in GIS, remote sensing, robotics, and mechanical and electrical engineering to join our dynamic team. We deliver unique hardware and software solutions on renewable energy assets, utility infrastructure, agriculture, and environmental projects for increased knowledge and insight.


  • Looker

    Looker is a complete data platform that offers data analytics, exploration, and insights to every function of a business and easily integrates into every departmental application to get data directly into the decision-making process. The company is powering data-driven cultures at more than 750 industry-leading and innovative companies such as Sony, Amazon, The Economist, Kohler, Etsy, Lyft, and Kickstarter. The company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London. Investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, Sapphire Ventures, and PivotNorth. We are looking for curiously brilliant individuals. Join us.

    The Looker Summer Intern program will run full-time from June through August at our Santa Cruz headquarters. We will have interns across the company, most notably in software engineering and marketing. Looker interns will participate in meaningful projects that will directly impact the product and our customers, while gaining experience at a fast-growing company with a strong and thriving culture. And did we mention fun? You will meet and work with the founders, participate in Looker outings all over the Santa Cruz area, and make new friends...maybe even learn to surf?

    Engineering Intern
    Our engineers work on small, autonomous teams across engineering, product, and user experience, building reliable, fast, responsive software that makes our customers smile. Our software engineering interns will be integrated into the team and be responsible for keeping Looker simple and making our customers faster and smarter by providing them with powerful ways to interact with their data. We’re looking for passionate engineers who get excited about building world-class software and solving hard problems. Our challenges span many technologies, from modern web applications (Angular) to server-side development (Ruby). For more information, connect with us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookG+, and YouTube, or visit looker.com.


  • NantOmics

    NantOmics provides solutions that can detect genomic and proteomic alterations in cancer and identify potential treatment options for the personalized management of patients. NantOmics is a leader in molecular testing and the first company to employ an integrated panomic approach to inform personalized treatment options for patients with cancer. Combining DNA sequencing, RNA sequencing, and quantitative proteomics, NantOmics offers extensive testing capabilities that provide a comprehensive molecular profile of a patient’s cancer. Our proprietary analytical platform delivers molecular diagnostic capabilities that provide actionable intelligence and molecularly driven decision support for cancer patients and their providers at the point of care.

    Bioinformatics Engineering Intern (AMS, BINF, CS, MCD Bio and related fields)
    Our bioinformatics engineering intern will apply computational methods on genomic sequencing and functional genomics data. You will analyze genomics datasets to answer biological questions. You will learn new methods, manage and download datasets, and collaborate with internal scientists and external academic scientists.

    Desired Qualifications

    • Competence in the Python programming language
    • Competence in version control software (git preferred)
    • Knowledge of molecular biology and high-throughput sequencing
    • Ability to read and understand a scientific manuscript from the bioinformatics literature
    • Excellent scientific and programming communication skills

    Desired hours: 40/week, Pay range: $20/hr to $30/hr DOE

    Software Engineering Intern (CS and related fields)

    The Software Engineering intern will aid in producing robust software modules to interact with terabyte-scale databases hosted in secured distributed systems (i.e., cloud storage), performing atomic scheduling of parallel computing tasks on clusters, and representing data to users through web applications. He/she will be expected to expand his/her knowledge base considerably with Python, SQL, and javascript/css.

    Desired Qualifications

    • Competence in the Python programming language
    • Competence in database query languages (MySQL, PostgreSQL, redis)
    • Competence with web languages (HTML, javascript/css)
    • Competence in version control software (git preferred)
    • Ability to read and understand existing software source code
    • Excellent programming communication skills

    Desired hours: 40/week, Pay range: $20/hr to $30/hr DOE


  • Santa Cruz Nutritionals

    Santa Cruz Nutritionals

    Santa Cruz Nutritionals is a leading supplier of confection-based nutritional delivery systems. We deliver high-quality dietary supplements and functional foods through innovative technologies, superior quality, flexibility, and rapid response to customer needs. Santa Cruz Nutritionals is committed to our customers’ success through strong, focused relationships and vendor partnerships.

    Job TitleIndustrial/Mechanical Engineer Intern
    FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
    Reports to: Director of Maintenance
    Date Revised: 1/23/2017

    Job Summary
    The Industrial/Mechanical Engineer Intern is responsible for assisting with the successful completion of projects throughout their experience. Projects can be related to process improvements, mechanical or electrical equipment reliability issues, solving of production problems, process control, or project engineering. As the student gains increased knowledge and experience, he/she will become responsible for completing independent projects.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Participate in the day-to-day activities of assigned functional area assisting in the completion of tasks as required to include but not limited to:
      • Assisting maintenance and engineering staff on special projects
      • Determining waste by cause
      • Downtime by cause analysis
      • Productivity and yield improvement plans
    • Assist in applying knowledge to analyze, investigate, and resolve non-routine pro blems
    • Assist in developing reports, records, drawings, and memos
    • Provide final report summarizing accomplishments during the internship & present to staff, management, and peers
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

    • Enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree program related to industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field
    • Completed 3 years of coursework or have a junior standing
    • Knowledge of industrial/mechanical engineering concepts
    • Basic knowledge of hydraulic, pneumatic, and electronic components
    • Basic knowledge of statistical analysis
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills
    • Skill in interpreting and understanding technical specifications
    • Advanced communication and interpersonal skills to interface with staff
    • Intermediate skill in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Ability to comprehend technical issues on machinery and apply solutions quickly
    • Ability to prioritize tasks based on urgency and needs

    Physical Requirements
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


    Job TitleProcess Engineer Intern
    FLSA Classification: Exempt / Non-Exempt
    Reports to: Director of Operations Date
    Revised: 1/23/2017

    Job Summary
    This individual will be responsible for assisting in the analysis of manufacturing process flow and individual job duties. They will take actions to implement lean manufacturing processes and systems. Other duties would include the creation of standard work in the form of illustrated work instructions, job safety analyses, and other documents as required. The person filling this role will play a key part in the overall continuous improvement activities.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Assist with Lean Six Sigma and process improvement initiatives with company staff
    • Analyze raw material scrap data and investigating opportunities for scrap reduction by working with manufacturing floor staff and management, and observing processes on the manufacturing floor
    • Develop data trending tools to facilitate rapid problem identification
    • Work on optimizing personnel and/or process flows within the manufacturing plant
    • Support management and tracking of lean waste reduction activities within the plant
    • Create standard work documentation in coordination with the employees performing the work
    • Assist implementation of workplace organization and standardization
    • Provide final report summarizing accomplishments during the internship & present to staff, management, and peers
    • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

    • Enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree program related to industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field
    • Completed 3 years of coursework or have a junior standing
    • Knowledge of industrial/mechanical engineering concepts
    • Knowledge of Lean Six Sigma methods preferred
    • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Skill in statistical analysis and data trends
    • Ability to work in a team environment

    Physical Requirements

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


    Job TitleQuality Intern
    FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
    Reports to: Director of Quality Control Date
    Revised: 1/23/2017

    Job Summary
    The Quality Intern role is to help execute exploratory tests as well as automated tests in order to help the Santa Cruz Nutritionals (SCN) Team ensure product quality. As a Quality Intern, you will take direction from the SCN Management Staff on projects, to help estimate, plan, and coordinate testing activities. This role will include a wide range of activities related to: analyzing information, reporting research results, and providing insight on possible process improvements; based on data.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    With the support of the SCN Management Team

    Participate in root cause analysis, determination & recommendation of corrective and preventive actions, pursuit of action implementation, and verification of action effectiveness post-completion
    Create detailed, comprehensive, and well-structured test plans and test cases
    Estimate, plan, and coordinate testing activities
    Record, document thoroughly, and track issues
    Provide final report summarizing accomplishments during the internship & present to staff, management, and peers
    Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

    • Enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree program related to engineering or food science
    • Completed 3 years of coursework or have a junior standing
    • Knowledge of Quality Assurance concepts
    • Good interpersonal skills, including written, visual, and spoken communication; capable of interacting effectively with individuals and teams at all levels
    • Intermediate skill in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Ability to compile and perform data trend analysis to improve consistency

    Physical Requirements
    The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


  • Your Future Is Our Business (YFIOB)

    Your Future Is Our Business (YFIOB) has been a non-profit for over 22 years serving students by linking education to the workplace. Your Future Is Our Business is dedicated to providing every Santa Cruz County student with opportunities to forge a path to a fulfilling and successful career. We connect students with workplace leaders to expose them to new career options, provide guidance, leadership, and outline pathways to achievement. Since 1994 YFIOB has been instrumental in helping thousands of students create roadmaps to successful lives through the following services: career exploration, soft skills courses, informational interviews, field trips/company tours, guest speakers, career panels and expos, job shadowing, student-run enterprises, service learning, mentoring/tutoring, and internships.

    Program Development Internship
    $4,000-6,000
    $20-30 hour /20 hours per week/ 10 weeks

    Your Future Is Our Business is beginning the transformation into a social enterprise that will be student led/student served. We are seeking an intern to be part of the development team, creating a social enterprise to include training for teen leaders and mentors, public outreach, and event planning. This position would provide real-world opportunities for graduate students who may have an interest in any of the following:

      • Human development
      • Working with programing for teens/secondary education
      • Social enterprise/social entrepreneurship development
      • Career development
      • Social justice