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Welcome to the CIED Internship Hub

Discover. Connect. Advance.

 Your Gateway to Internship Opportunities at UCSC


At CIED, we are dedicated to enriching the professional journeys of UCSC students by connecting them with meaningful internship opportunities. As the primary hub for internships at UCSC, we offer resources, guidance, and access to a network of prestigious companies and startups alike.

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Diverse Fields, Infinite Possibilities

Whether you're pursuing science, technology, the arts, or business, CIED provides tailored opportunities to immerse yourself in your field. Our partnerships span across various industries, ensuring there's a match for every interest and expertise.


Here's what's available now:

Blackstone internship opportunities

Looking for a paid summer internship? Blackstone LaunchPad is giving you access to exclusive, paid summer internships across various industries. Click here to explore all opportunities, including many virtual roles. Applications are rolling, so apply ASAP! Many employers are currently selecting or have selected interns, and so we suggest you to apply to as many internships as you can with a good fit with your interests.

The UCSC CIDER Drone Pilot Training Program
To meet the needs of the growing drone industry and university research interests, the UCSC CIDER team has created a mentoring and education program aimed at training students in the safe and comprehensive use of drones, with a special focus on agricultural and environmental applications. We seek to increase diversity in the drone industry, which has historically struggled to include professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and identities.  Apply here for

 the 2025 cohort that will open in the fall 2024.

The program takes place over 16 weeks during Winter and Spring Quarters, meeting for approximately four hours of instruction each week both in the classroom and flight practice. During the classroom portion, participants are introduced to photogrammetry and image processing in GIS. Students also meet with a variety of researchers and flight professionals who use drones in the course of their work to explore emerging opportunities in drone aviation.

If you have questions about the program or application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information:

Here's what will be avaialble for Summer 25:

QB3 Summer Internship opportunities (applications have closed for Summer 24)

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at UC Santa Cruz (QB3-Santa Cruz) partners with local biotech companies and on-campus labs to offer hands-on summer internships to UC Santa Cruz undergraduates. QB3-Santa Cruz seeks top applicants for 10-week paid internship positions, where students will learn scientific techniques and contribute to state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research projects. Some of the current opportunities are: gene network/metabolic pathway modeling, marketing biology intern, UX research, unity coding, etc. Interns become paid, full-time fellows at the biotech company or UCSC student employees if working on campus for the duration of the internship. The program consists of orientation events, placement with a local biotechnology company or UC Santa Cruz core facility, in-program social and cohort building activities, and post-program presentations. Fellows will receive fellowship support via QB3-UCSC. They will not receive academic credit.

Interns will:

  • Acquire valuable, real-world research experience and training on a long-term project

  • Work full-time and earn a $10,000 fellowship

  • Explore career options and define the direction for graduate studies

  • Network with a variety of industries, QB3-Santa Cruz and student researchers

  • Work one-on-one with mentors and utilize advanced laboratory facilities

  • Participate in a weekly workshop with a cohort of peers

  • Develop new technical, communication, time management, and leadership skill

Transforming Futures: Summer Internship Scholarship Program
The Institute for Social Transformation is excited to offer an internship scholarship program called Transforming Futures. The goal of the program is to open up opportunities and remove financial barriers for first-generation, underrepresented, and low-income students at UC Santa Cruz so they can participate in career-advancing non-credit summer internships off campus. We know that internships provide an important experiential learning opportunity for students to gain professional experience, build professional networks, create future career pathways, and are an important component of student success. Unfortunately, a number of meaningful internships are unpaid, particularly at nonprofit or government organizations, and therefore not an option for many students with limited financial resources. In order to expand opportunities for these students, Transforming Futures provides summer internship scholarships.

The Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-Based Opportunities (CAMINO) is an inclusive community that aims to propel excellence by diverse undergraduates in ecology and conservation.

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