Summer Internship in Math & Science


UCLA’s CalTeach program offers a summer internship for math, science and engineering majors (UCLA undergraduate students) who want to continue their exploration of teaching as a career. Through this paid ($450) internship, students will get first-hand experience in a middle or high school classroom and work closely with a mentor teacher. One exciting component of this internship is that we partner with UCLA alumni who are teaching throughout Los Angeles. Most of our partner schools are located in Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Hawthorne and Lawndale. This will be an opportunity to witness and experience, first hand, urban education in high-need schools.

The 2017 summer internship will be approximately one week in duration during the week preceding the first week of UCLA Fall Quarter classes (September 17-22, 2017), with a two-hour follow-up meeting on Tuesday, September 26, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.. The first day of classes for Fall 2017 is Thursday, September 28, 2017, so there is no overlap with Fall Quarter classes.


Dates for Summer 2017

September 17-22, 2017

On Sunday, September 17, there will be a half-day Orientation on the UCLA campus from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.. The internship at the schools will be a full day (~6-7 hours per day), each day, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, for a total of at least 24 hours at the school.  Thursday is a pupil-free day for many of our partner schools, and therefore there will be no internship on that day. Schools generally are open roughly within the range of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with exact times varying by school. There will also be a required two-hour follow-up meeting on Tuesday, September 26, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at UCLA.


You must be an undergraduate student at UCLA.

Previous participation in at least one of the Cal Teach seminars is strongly preferred (i.e. having already taken at least one course from the following list: Science Education 1SL, Science Education 10SL, Science Education 100SL, Math 71SL, Math 72SL, Math 103 A, B,C, or Math 105 A, B, C).

You must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, or AB540 student. International students (F-1) are not eligible.

You may only do a summer internship one time; if you have already done an internship in a previous summer (e.g. Summer 2016, Summer 2015, Summer 2014, Summer 2013, etc) then you are not eligible for Summer 2017.

TB test taken within 6 months of starting the internship showing that your are free of active TB will be required, if accepted. The TB test must be negative and must be dated March 18, 2017 or later. Additionally, some schools require finger-printing.(You should wait until you are accepted before taking and submitting a TB test to us. You do not need to submit the TB test as part of your application). Once accepted, TB tests should be emailed to by September 1, 2017.

You must be intending to enroll at UCLA as an undergraduate for Fall 2017 Quarter. You cannot have already graduated from UCLA. Graduate students (or students enrolling as graduate students in Fall 2017) are not eligible.

To apply:


Priority deadline is Sunday, May 21, 2017. Go to APPLICATION


**Misrepresenting your information on the application (e.g. your current major, current minor, Cal Teach courses taken, etc) could result in dismissal from the internship and/or rescinding of payment in full.

Additional Information:

You will be awarded the $450 as a scholarship during Fall Quarter through the Financial Aid Office, subject to constraints imposed by financial aid. Please note that this scholarship payment may reduce your loans or other scholarships, depending upon your circumstances. Unfortunately, we cannot make payment through any other process to avoid these financial aid constraints. Also, you must be enrolled as an undergraduate during Fall 2017 in order to pay you.

We do not provide housing, nor do we cover costs of housing.

We will arrange transportation (via carpools) for students originating from UCLA (or near vicinity) only. If you are commuting from your home or other non-UCLA location, you must provide your own transportation. We do not reimburse for gas or mileage.

Please contact the Cal Teach staff at or 310-794-2191 with any questions.


Locations of schools from summer 2013

Note that the teachers and schools participating in our summer program vary year by year. Not all schools have both math and science placements. The 2013 map is provided to show the range of possible school locations for summer 2017 but are not  the final list for 2017. For example, we do not currently have any placements at Granada Hills High School.