Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

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Students who are interested in receiving units for an internship or volunteer opportunity should review the individual study process.

Click on the link above to access. This list contains opportunities on and off campus, and can be sorted by organization, location, available positions, paid/unpaid, description, URL, due date and keywords. If you have opportunities to add to this list, please email your information to:

If you are having trouble viewing the list, download the excel worksheet here (last uploaded 6/6/16)

For a complete list of campus and non-campus internships see the Career Center website.

The Everett Program is a highly innovative, student-managed program that deploys the tools of information-communication technology (ICT) and social entrepreneurship (SE)  to advance social justice, sustainable practices and progressive institutional change at the global and local levels. (see:  Everett is sponsored by the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies (CGIRS) and the Division of Social Sciences.  Since 1998, the Everett Fellows have mentored and funded hundreds of info-savvy social entrepreneurs from UC Santa Cruz to design, implement and manage collaborative projects with civil society, community and non-profit groups. Practically, the Everett Program empowers students to focus their passion for social change by teaching them how to research, plan, design, fund, and implement ICT-driven projects in partnership with excluded communities.  Everett-sponsored students have worked with Muslim feminists in Malaysia, coffee farmer co-ops in Central America, democracy advocating NGOs in Ghana and aspiring high school students in Watsonville.  As managers of the program, Everett Fellows teach sections and mentor students enrolled in the intensive major and minor in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES) which is sponsored by the Department of Sociology.

GISES is a year–long course series, SOCY 30A/B/C, and meets on TTh 6-7:45pm. Students are encouraged to come to the first class regardless of year or status on MyUCSC.  For more information on the GISES major and minor, please consult the majors and minors page.

  • Meals on Wheels of Santa Cruz County Internship and 2-unit Field Study Option

Applications for Spring quarter are due by 4pm on Monday, March 13th

Meals on Wheels of Santa Cruz County recruits students interns quarterly. The call for recruitment is sent out to the Sociology email listserv by the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor a few weeks prior to a new quarter. If you do not receive emails regularly from the department, please send your request to have your email added to the listserv to:

The internship program, in collaboration with the Sociology department at UCSC, will be affording student interns an opportunity to assist Meals on Wheels with required program activities while providing students meaningful contact with the elderly community in Santa Cruz County. Student interns will be engaging in activities that provide opportunities to directly observe the challenges and issues of aging in our society.

Internship Position & Eligibility

The (unpaid) internship positions will begin at the start of each quarter, and will last the full 10 weeks of the quarter. Eligible applicants will be interviewed (phone) by the Meals on Wheels of Santa Cruz program manager prior the start of the quarter. Students must be available via email and phone. The majority of communications will be done via email. Chosen interns will also need go through the background check which generally takes about 10 processing days. 

Applicants should have a car, a valid CA driver's license, and car insurance as you will most likely be making home visits with the members in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Ben Lomond, or Live Oak. Students must be in good academic standing, be a Junior or Senior, commit to at least 6 hours of work a week, complete the academic portion of the 2-unit internship, and have interest or previous experience working with the elderly community, health care, food, or social work.

Duties of the positions may include:

Four home visits a week using health and nutrition screening tools

Making phone assessments

Working in the Louden Center dining center for two lunches a week

Meals on Wheels office work


If you meet the eligibility criteria, please submit the following items to the Undergraduate Sociology Advisor, or in person in College 8 Rm 226 (there is a drop box). When the office is closed, you can slide your application materials under the door or use the locked drop box at the beginning of the hall, next to Rm 235. 

  1.  Meals on Wheels Application Checklist (Download for a fillable PDF form)

  2. Your resume (cover letter optional).

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