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 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 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 separate resume and cover letters?
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.

Required CUIP Orientation (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. Different internships are proposed every year. 

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4. CUIP pays an $8,000 scholarship toward student fees. Students who already have these fees covered by a grant still receive the equivalent funding. 

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5. CUIP will probably change your financial aid, because it relieves the need for you 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 affect your grants or loans. Please call the financial aid office at 831-459-2963 for any questions or concerns.

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6. This process is changing for the 2019-2020 application process! Stay tuned for information coming fall 2018.

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7. Submitting your on-line application:

This process is changing for the 2019-2020 application process! Stay tuned for information coming fall 2018.

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8. 

This process is changing for the 2019-2020 application process! Stay tuned for information coming fall 2018.

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

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10. ***CUIP Requires 2 letters of recommendation (personal, academic, or professional)
The two letters of recommendation required can be submitted through one of the following methods:

Signed letters are accepted at the Career Center office, 305 Bay Tree Bldg.

Or mailed to:

CUIP/UCSC Career Center
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

LETTERS SHOULD NOT BE FROM THE THIRD PARTY (YOU, THE APPLICANT) UNLESS THE LETTER IS SEALED AND SIGNED.

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11. A letter of recommendation guide is available

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12. 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 individual cover letters for each internship you apply to.

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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 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 on Monday evenings 5:20-6:55 PM during all fall, winter and spring quarters.. The Leadership and Institution Building course is required of all CUIP participants.

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

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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:

  • Proposals from Campus Units Due November
  • Internship opportunities  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