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. What is the compensation?
5. Will the CUIP scholarship change my financial aid?
6. How do I apply?
7. How do I upload my application(s): resume, and cover letter(s), and letter of recommendation?
8. I accidentally submitted the wrong cover letter/resume to an internship. How do I fix this?
9. Do I need different letters of recommendation for the internships I apply to?
10. How do I submit my letters of recomendation? 
11. What should my author say in the letter of recommendation?
12. Do I need a separate resume and/or cover letters for each internship I apply for?
13. Who should I address the cover letter to? 
14. I did not do well last quarter/ I have poor academic standing. Does this mean I cannot apply?
15. How much time will the internship require?
16. What do interns learn? 
17. What do CUIP Alumni do with the experience?
18. 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 during fall, winter & spring quarters(Mondays 5:20-6:55 pm). CUIP interns are compensated with an $8,000 scholarship.

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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. While being enrolled in a 2 Unit course all three quarters, you will be working, roughly, 15 hours a week within your department to total to 450 hours at the end of the academic year. Different internships are proposed every year. You can find the list of the 2019-2020 internships here.

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4. Interns are awarded an $8,000 scholarship disbursed evenly each quarter (Fall, Winter, and Spring) of the academic year. Students who already have these fees covered by a grant still receive the equivalent funding. 

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5. The CUIP may affect your Financial Aid depending on your package. Like all scholarships, it may reduce Work Study and government loans. Please contact your Financial Aid Advisor or the Financial Aid Office to find out for your individual case.

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6. The application process is evolving! The process will be posted in Fall 2019. You are eligible to apply for 4 positions. 

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7. Submitting your on-line application:

The application process is evolving! The process will be posted in Fall 2019. You are eligible to apply for 4 positions. 

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8. 

You are able to edit your application. However, if you edit it will be reflected in the application. This includes changing the file uploaded for that document, changes to the name, etc.

Note that if the employer has already downloaded applications and documents, that they will not see the updated version.

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9. No, you only need one letter of recommendation.

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10. The CUIP requires 1 letter of recommendation (personal, academic, or professional)
The letter must be uploaded by the student with the other application materials in Handshake. For questions or concerns, please email us at cuip@ucsc.edu.

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11. A letter of recommendation guide is available

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12. You may submit the same documents for each position. However, we HIGHLY recommend catering each document (especially your cover letter) to each position as we have a variety of internships that call for different skill sets. You may apply for up to 4 positions.

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13. You can address the letter to CUIP Selection Committee. However, if you do know the primary mentor or the department of the internship you can address the letter to that specific person.

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14. 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 mid-February 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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15. Three academic quarters: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Interns work an average of 15 hours per week, roughly 150 hours per quarter, to total to 450 hours by the end of the academic year. Precise work schedules, tasks, and deadlines depend on the individual position, and sometimes can be negotiated between the mentor and intern.

Interns are also REQUIRED to attend a 2 Unit course on Monday evenings from 5:20-6:55 PM during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. The Leadership and Institution Building course fulfills the PR-S General Education Requirement.  

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

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 poster session in the Spring.  

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17. 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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18.  Timeline:

  • November - Mentor Proposal's Due
  • December - Internships Finalized
  • January - Internship Applications Open
  • Mid-February - Student Intern Applications Due
  • March through April - Mentors interview Student applicants
  • May - Chosen CUIPs notified
  • May - CUIP Orientation
  • June through September - Internships begin


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CUIP Guidelines 

Resources for Prospective Interns

Resources for Prospective Mentors

Information for Student Applicants