The CITRIS Workforce Innovation Program helps UC students pursue world-changing research and accelerate their careers.
Apply early! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The last day to submit your application is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.
Questions about hosting or interning? Join the virtual info session on Dec. 12, noon–12:30 p.m.
The program offers select University of California students the opportunity to inform their career decisions through eight-week paid internships, where they’ll build in-demand skills through on-the-job experience. Participants will receive training in leadership and project management, and will be supported throughout the internship program by dedicated CITRIS staff, as well as the community of peers in their cohort.
CITRIS and the Banatao Institute invite undergraduates from all majors at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz to apply for placements in one of six areas of emerging IT innovation important to the state of California: aviation, climate and energy, cybersecurity, data for social impact, digital health, and semiconductors. Graduate students from all four campuses may apply for the semiconductor track.
Students who represent the rich diversity of the University of California, including women, people from underrepresented backgrounds, Pell Grant recipients, undocumented students and first-generation students, are encouraged to apply.
Internship duration: 8 weeks
May–August 2024 (UC Berkeley and UC Merced students)
June–August 2024 (UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz students)
Who can apply:
Undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz (all areas)
Graduate students at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz (semiconductor area only)
Hear from the summer 2023 cohort
- Aviation: Expanding use of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs), electrification of flight, leveraging data to improve air transport
- Climate and Energy: Improving energy efficiency, water use, environmental monitoring, food tech, ag tech, decarbonization of transportation and other industries
- Cybersecurity: Enhancing security of systems and data, increasing availability of cyber solutions, and furthering understanding on the intersection of human nature and cyber risk
- Data for Social Impact: Using techniques of data science in application areas that may benefit nonprofits, government agencies or other social benefit organizations
- Digital Health: Delivering quality care and improving access, expanding data analytics and telehealth technologies
- Semiconductors: Advancing next-generation micro- and nanoelectronics and related emerging technologies, including quantum computing
- Earn $6,000 for participating in the Workforce Innovation Program
- Receive real-world experience (remote or in-person) at an established company, startup, national lab, campus lab, government agency or nonprofit engaging in an emerging area of innovation
- Participate in a series of co-curricular workshops to gain communication and leadership skills
- Learn practices to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset before and during job placements
- Work on projects to add to professional portfolio
- Provide a fresh perspective and creative ideas to address concrete problems
- Network with peers and industry professionals
Host organization obligations
- Provide a structured internship experience focused on active mentorship
- Ensure that 75 percent of work scope is experiential learning and no more than 25 percent of duties are administrative in nature
- Complete a brief, 30-minute training in best practices for hosting interns to maximize student experience
- Commit to providing a welcoming and inclusive work environment
- Conduct at least two professional reviews — one at midpoint and the other during the last week of the internship
- November: Applications for students and hosts open (Apply for an internship now! | Apply to host an intern!)
- December: Info session on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at noon PT
- January: Applications accepted on a rolling basis; final submission date for students and hosts is Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. PT
- February: Host organizations are selected
- March: Students are notified of their selection and potential host organization match; interviews may be conducted to confirm matches
- April: Internships are confirmed
- May–June: Internship training workshops begin
- May: Internships begin, running through August 2024
- August: Workshops end, local receptions for students and hosts
- September: Closing symposium
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