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Hours Per Week: 12-15 hours
Wage: $14/hr.
Preferred start date: Fall 2017
Commitment date: Must be available to participate through June 2018
Primary Department: Early Academic Outreach Program (with support from UCSB Sustainability)
Transportation: Must be able to travel to downtown Santa Barbara (La Cuesta Continuation School) twice a week. Students will be required to travel by bus or personal vehicle to the school site.  Mileage and gas will not be reimbursed.

Work-study students are encouraged to apply, though participation in the work-study program is not a requirement for applicants. We realize that most students will not be certain if they are work-study eligible until later in the summer. More information on work-study here.


Educating Future Leaders Program

The Educating Leaders for the Future (ELF) Program is managed by the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and the Sustainability Internship Program of the Department of Geography.  The program aims to:

  • —Increase Access to Higher Education;
  • —Encourage at-promise youth to pursue green academic and career pathways;
  • —Diversify the environmental movement and field of study;
  • —Provide youth most affected by environmental issues with a context for understanding those issues; and
  • —Integrate sustainability into curriculum.

In partnership with a Biology teacher at La Cuesta Continuation School, we present course modules which transform high school biology curriculum into material that is relevant to the lives of the students, connected to their communities, hands-on/applied, and fun.  La Cuesta is a credit recovery program which helps students that for reasons of life circumstances and/or learning styles that don’t fit with the standard school curriculum, have resulted in the student being behind in their course credits. The intern will serve to present informative lesson plans to students alongside other interns (and the biology teacher) in the classroom at La Cuesta High school for two to three 50min length class periods. Lesson plans focus on connecting the students experiences to the lesson plan, the focus ranges from the environment, sustainability and their relevance to the students and their communities. The intern will review and practice the lesson plans with the other interns and supervisor beforehand. Internship also includes time supporting a quarterly field trip to UCSB for the high school students.

UCSB is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage students of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to apply.  This is a great opportunity for a first generation college student to share their success story and help others through similar challenges.


The ELF Curriculum Coordinator will primarily be responsible for facilitating in classroom and service activities with the youth.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate pre-developed lesson plans
    • Interns who stay with the program longer than a quarter, can start developing their own curriculum in the 2nd quarter and beyond.
  • Coordination
    • Attend weekly meetings
    • Assist program coordinator on occasional field trips, events, and outreach activities
    • Collaborate with UCSB EAOP in scheduling outreach talks at the high school


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a current UCSB student
  • Ability to speak publicly, especially to a youth audience
  • Basic familiarity with the concept of Sustainability
  • Comfortable working with high school aged youth
  • Available to work 12-15 hours a week throughout the term of the internship and is comfortable working during at least 75% of hours during midterms. The high school terms end before finals, so we have more flexibility to reduce hours in finals week.
  • Ability to commute to local school sites by bus or personal vehicle.
  • In the last stage of applicant review, the applicant must complete and pass fingerprinting, a background check, and any other requirements of our high school and youth organization partners. The program will pay for the costs of the necessary tests/checks.  Only applicants that we are serious about offering a position to will need to complete these tests/checks.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Advanced public speaking skills
  • Experience doing some form of college recruitment or readiness program  (AVID, MESA, EAOP, etc)
  • Experience working with high school aged youth
  • Familiarity/Fluency in Spanish
  • Participating in the work-study program
  • Coursework in the natural sciences

Application Instructions:
Please read these instructions carefully.  Documents should be sent to: .

The required three documents include:

  1. Intern Application
  2. Résumé (Check out career services’ page on writing cover letters and résumés)
  3. Cover Letter

UCSB Career Services offers support and advising in writing cover letters and résumés.  Please consider taking advantage of their generous services, especially if this is the first time you have written a résumé or cover letter.

Please ensure that when you submit your three documents the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “ELF” Internship.

If you have any questions about the program, position(s), other internship opportunities, or the application process, please contact Katie Maynard 805-448-5111.  Please make sure you have read through the posting thoroughly before contacting Katie.