FAQ about Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP)

Frequently Asked Questions and Resources for Interns, Mentors and Applicants

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. WHAT IS CUIP?
2. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
3. WHAT ARE THE INTERNSHIPS LIKE?
4. COMPENSATION
5. WILL MY CUIP INTERNSHIP CHANGE MY FINANCIAL AID?
6. HOW DO I APPLY?
7. How DO I UPLOAD MY RESUME AND COVER LETTER(S)?
8. I ACCIDENTALLY SUBMITTED THE WRONG COVER LETTER/RESUME TO AN INTERNSHIP, HOW DO I FIX THIS? 
9. DO I NEED 4 DIFFERENT LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FOR THE INTERNSHIPS I APPLY TO? 
10. WHAT SHOULD MY AUTHOR SAY IN THE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION? 
11. DO I NEED SEPARATE RESUME AND COVER LETTERS? 
12. WHO SHOULD I ADDRESS THE COVER LETTER TO? 
13. I DID NOT DO SO WELL LAST QUARTER/ I AM STILL ON POOR ACADEMCI STANDING, DOES THIS MEAN I CANNOT APPLY? 
14. HOW MUCH TIME WILL THE INTERNSHIP REQUIRE?  
15. WHAT DO INTERNS LEARN?
16. WHAT DO CUIP ALUMNI DO WITH THE EXPERIENCE?
17. WHAT IS THE APPLICATION TIMELINE?

1. CUIP provides on-campus internships in administrative departments throughout campus. Interns work with a mentor to develop personal and professional skills, and take a lead role in producing a product or result in their one year internship, e.g., campus-wide recycling program; department newsletter or web page; policy recommendation report. Interns also attend a two unit leadership seminar led by the Dean of Undergraduate Education during both Fall and Spring quarters (Mondays 5-7 pm).

Required CUIP Oreintation (link available in January) to be completed in order to view and apply to the internships, only takes a few minutes.

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2.  CUIP is an opportunity available to continuously enrolled undergraduate students in good standing (academic and conduct) in any major with at least one quarter at UCSC.

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3. Internships are available in units across the campus. Each year different internships are proposed. The student page and the mentor page both have lisings of current and past internships including descriptions listed by year. In addition, there are success stories written about numerous interns especially over the past five years.

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4. CUIP pays a scholarship equivalent which covers $8200 of the intern's academic year student FEES directly to the student account. Students who already have these fees covered by a grant still receive the equivalent funding. Students who are not California residents pay an additional tuition and educational fee differential which are not covered by the scholarship.  Please refer to the Registrar's web site for the breakdown of fees.

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5. Probably, because it relieves your need to pay fees. Financial Aid may reduce the amount of loans you have (money you have to pay back with interest), then adjust a work study award if necessary (money you work to earn), and lastly consider adjusting any grant you have (money you do not have to pay back). See your financial aid counselor to determine how this will work for your individual case. The scholarship may effect your grants or loans. Please call the financial aid office at 831-459-2963 for any questions or concerns.

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 6. You must sign onto SlugQuest, complete your SlugQuest profile, click on the documents tab, choose your resume(s) and click submit, then choose your cover letter(s) and click submit. They will be uploaded to the documents section of SlugQuest. IF YOU DO NOT UPLOAD THESE DOCUMENTS FIRST THEN YOU NOT BE ABLE TO CLICK THE APPLY BUTTON! Then click jobs and internships, then click SlugQuest jobs and internships, in keywords type CUIP, then click apply on the CUIP you would like to apply for. Your resume is automatically updated and then you choose which cover letter to send in the cover letter section.

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7. Submitting your on-line application:

  • To have access to the CUIP positions you must complete the REQUIRED CUIP ORIENTATION (available in January) AND log into and complete your SlugQuestpersonal and academic profile 
  • Upload your resume and cover letter(s) in the documen section in SlugQuest
  • Apply for no more than FOUR internships on-line 
  • To apply sign into SlugQuest:
    • select Jobs & Internships tab
    • select SlugQuest Jobs & Internship button
    • under position type select CUIP in the drop-down box
    • review and select your four internships
  • Select apply while in the internship position, upload resume, cover letter, and if not already submitted attach the letters of recommendation (LOR) under the documents option you have already uploaded to SlugQuest or see other LOR options below

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8. Log into SlugQuest and on the left hand side of the page there is a tab that says applications submitted. Click that and a list of the applications you have submitted will appear in alphabetical order. Find the internship position in which you uploaded the wrong document and click 'Withdraw application'. Then go back to the CUIP list of internships and re apply to that internship. 

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9. No, you only need two letters of recommendation (both from different authors)

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10. A letter of recommendation guide is available

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11. You do not need separate resumes, however it is beneficial to make sure your resume is adhering to the duties of the application. You should have separate individual cover letters for each internship.

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12. You can address the letter to CUIP Selection Committee. Or, if you do know the  primary mentor or to the department of the internship you can address the letter to that speicifc person.

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13. The process of academic standing is a tricky one. Part of our contract with the mentors is that we will not send an application if the applicant is on academic probation. We check academic standing around February 13th before we sort and send the applications, so if you are on academic probation at that point your application won't be sent to the mentors.

Once you are removed from academic probation we can send your application to the mentors, however, by that time the mentors may have already reviewed the applications they received earlier and picked out the applicants they wish to interview. 

 You have the option to speak to your academic preceptor regarding the timing of probation.

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14. Three academic quarters, fall through spring. Interns work an average of 15 hours per week, 150 hours per quarter. Precise work schedules, tasks and deadlines are negotiated between the mentor and intern.

Interns are also required to attend a 2 unit course led by the Dean of Undergraduate Education. The Leadership and Institution Building course is required of all CUIP participants. The course is held on Monday evenings 5-7 PM during both Fall and Spring quarters.

Fall quarter is devoted to skill building focusing on proposal writing, presentation skills and University decision and planning processes.

Spring quarter focus on learning about leadership skills, and how leaders work with constituent groups to reach consensus, create solutions, and develop plans.

Through a series of lectures by senior administrators and student-led discussions, students will be introduced to the problems faced in building an institution such as the University of California and specifically, UC Santa Cruz. They will learn about leadership skills, and how leaders work with constituent groups to reach consensus, develop solutions and implement plans. Students will have the opportunity to discuss current issues with campus leaders and suggest solutions. Course requirements include: attendance at all classes, required readings, assigned projects, and formal presentations of Project Proposal in Fall and the results of the CUIP project at the CUIP Presentations in Spring.

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15. The 2004-05 CUIP Class brainstormed a list of skills they gained during CUIP.

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16. Interns gain skills in the internship and in the Leadership and Institution Building Course which they apply in their careers. A list of examples is available.

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17.  Timeline:

  • Proposals from Campus Units Due November
  • Internship oportunities posted by January
  • Student On-line Application Due mid-February
  • Interviews mid March-April
  • Internship begins in the Fall

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CUIP Guidelines 

Resources for Prospective Interns

Resources for Prospective Mentors

Information for Student Applicants

CUIP Success Stories