SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE CENTER - INTERNSHIPS

 

Eligibility
 
Citizenship
SCEC Internship programs applicants must be:
      • U.S. Citizens or
      • Permanent Residents of the U.S. or its territories
 
Class Standing
All interns should be enrolled as an undergraduate student during the entire year of 2018 (i.e. you must be in school at least until the end of the Fall 2018 semester/quarter). In rare cases, high school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study may be accepted.

Requirements

Writing and Meeting Attendance
Shortly after beginning the program, all interns must submit a work plan outlining his/her research project.

Near the end of each summer, all interns must submit an abstract to the SCEC Annual Meeting, and make a poster for that meeting.

Interns are encouraged to attend the 2018 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA in September.

During the internship, and a few weeks after the program concludes, all interns must complete a series of evaluation projects about their personal experiences within the program.

Time Management & Availability
Your internship should be considered your full-time job during the weeks you participate. If you need to take a class or work elsewhere during your internship, you must get SCEC's agreement – in advance – to ensure that other obligations will not be too demanding of your time or energy. Failure to do this could result in your immediate dismissal from the program.

Because UseIT is a team-based internship, without exception, USEIT interns are required to work in the USEIT intern computer lab on the USC campus every Mon-Fri, 8am – 4pm. Please do not apply to the USEIT program if you cannot be in the lab during those times.

Holidays & Time-off
SURE interns may observe any national holidays that fall during their internships. Any other days off need to be arranged with and approved by their SURE mentor.

USEIT interns will have the following days off:

  • Wednesday, July 4 (Independence Day, University Holiday)
  • One “personal” day (must be approved by the program manager at least 1 week in advance). Personal days are generally not granted on critical attendance days such as group presentations, special events, field trips, or days at the very beginning or end of the program.
Summer 2018 Deadlines and Timeline
January 8 - February 16: First priority applications accepted online
February 19 - March 23: First priority applications reviewed. Certain candidates or their references may be contacted to participate in telephone interviews
February 20 - May 31: Applications will continue to be accepted until all internship positions are filled, with priority given to applications received during the priority application time period. Don’t wait to apply! In recent years we have had very few internships for late applicants
Late February - May: Positions are offered. Each offer expires after one week. Some students will be notified that they are program alternates. In past years, several program alternates have later received offers.
May - September: SCEC/SURE program endpoints. Interns participate for 8-10 consecutive weeks in this time frame, with specifics dependent upon mentor and project.
June 11 - August 3: SCEC/USEIT 8 week program
Late May/Early June - August 5: Dates that USC housing is available for USEIT and SURE interns who are staying on the USC campus
September 9 - 12: SCEC Annual Meeting

 

Questions? Email internships@scec.org.