GIVE TO MESA

Internships: Mesa Impactship Program

Mesa Impactship Program (MIP)#

Mesa Impactship: Interning with a purpose

Make an impact & intern with a purpose!

  • The Mesa Impactship Program (MIP) supports students with exploring careers, developing professional skills, and compensating hands-on industry experiences through internships, volunteering, or Directed Clinical Practice (DCP). MIP is designed to promote workforce training & employment opportunities with focus on underserved student populations.
  • Eligible Mesa students may receive a one-time $1000 payment (also called a stipend) OR hourly compensation for student workplace training & enrollment in a Work Experience or Directed Clinical Practice (DCP) course. Funding is intended to support students with reducing or eliminating out-of-pocket expenses such as childcare, equipment, fees, meals, professional attire, & more.
  • MIP students will be part of a cohort community supported by Mesa faculty to help them prepare for career pathways.

Need help finding an internship? Students do not have to have an internship secured to apply. The MIP team will work with students for internship coaching and exploring opportunities. Contact a Mesa Internship Coordinator for help and complete the MIP Intake Form early. A placement must be secured by the student in order to be eligible and approved to participate.

Apply for MIP#

APPLY NOW FOR MIP! Complete the Mesa Impactship Program (MIP) Summer & Fall 2024 Intake Form to check your eligibility to participate. 

  • **Deadline to apply is July 26, 2024**
  • Students do not have to secure an internship in order to apply as MIP support is available.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early for assistance & to be considered for Summer 2024 as space is limited.
  • SAVE THE DATE! Approved MIP students for Fall 2024 will need to attend a mandatory kick-off event on August 12th from 12:00-3:00pm at Mesa College - Details provided by MIP.

Requirements for MIP#

Requirements of the Mesa Impactship Program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Identify with at least one underserved student population (Please review the MIP Student Agreement definitions for more details)
  • Secure a job, internship, volunteer, or directed clinical practice (DCP) position for the participating semester.
    • Contact a Mesa Internship Coordinator for help finding an internship – Apply to MIP early. MIP will offer assistance & resources in applying for workforce training or internships, but a placement must be secured by the student in order to be eligible and approved to participate.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete at least 1 unit of Occupational Work Experience Course (WORK 270), other Discipline Work Experience Course, or DCP Course within the participating semester.
  • Attend Mesa Impactship Program Kick-Off event for participating semester as required. Details provided by MIP Coordinators.
  • Complete the minimum Work Experience or DCP hours required by the units enrolled within the dates of the participating semester. Work Experience credit is awarded based on 60 unpaid hours per unit the student is enrolled. DCP hours vary by program/course.
  • Actively participate in Mesa Impactship Program Canvas shell as required. 
  • Provide Video Reflection(s) for the Mesa Impactship Program regarding your work placement experience and exploration of career pathways.
  • Complete all Mesa Impactship Program (MIP) forms and Completion Survey to provide your feedback regarding your work placement experience.

Note: Students may only receive funding from one grant source from Mesa College at a time. If accepted in both, students must choose to participate in the Small Business Virtual Incubator (SBVI) Program or the Mesa Impactship Program (MIP). 

Note: MIP hourly wage compensation is funded through LAEP which is a form of financial aid and is included in your total financial aid package. LAEP wages may not exceed your unmet need for the academic year. Unlike other types of financial aid, LAEP earnings are not applied directly to your tuition and fees. Students who participate in MIP internships compensated through LAEP receive the funds in a paycheck as they earn them, based on hours worked, just like a normal job. MIP students will not be permitted to exceed the set hour limit or work more than 25 hours per week. Wages or compensation earned through MIP must be reported on FAFSA and will apply to the expected family contributions thereby potentially reducing future financial aid eligibility. Please contact the Mesa College Financial Aid Office if you have questions.

MIP Career Interest Tracks #

Veteran Internship Program (VIP) Track

Mesa VIP provides student veterans the benefit of gaining career-enhancing experience while providing financial incentives for successful completion of the internship program requirements. Student Veteran Learning Outcomes:

  • Express understanding of skills, values, and goals related to the internship experience.
  • Knowledge of career exploration through assessments, workshops, training, and experience.
  • Understanding daily operational tasks for successful employment.

Learn more about the VIP here.

To be considered, complete the Mesa Impactship Program (MIP) Intake Form (Choose VIP Track)

Sustainability & Food Security Track

Mesa College’s Strengthening Our Roots and Sustainable Food Futures grants provide students with paid internships to work in the on-campus TerraMesa Community Garden or conduct food system-related research. Interns earn a $1,200-$3,600 stipend by practicing and marketing organic gardening techniques and researching the benefits of sustainability. Learn more about these internships and related opportunities here.

If you are interested in these opportunities for your MIP internship, please contact Professor Waverly Ray at wray@sdccd.edu.

To be considered, complete the Mesa Impactship Program (MIP) Intake Form (Choose Sustainability & Food Security Track)

Encoding Geography Track

Encoding Geography is a National Science Foundation-funded collaborative grant project that aims to prepare students for future careers in geocomputation—the bridge or intersection between geography and computer science. Interns from Mesa College will serve as Research Assistants to help in the development of culturally relevant geocomputation exercises for middle school, high school, and community college GIS, geography, and computer science classrooms. If approved to participate in the MIP Encoding Geography Track, student will receive total compensation ranging from $3,000-$4,500 split into two payments paid through the NSF Encoding Geography Grant. Student compensation will be based on the number of Work Experience credit hours the student enrolls in for the participating term and will be confirmed at the start of the term. Review the Encoding Geography project information flyer and webpage.

If you are interested in these opportunities for your MIP internship, please contact Professor Rachel Russell at rrussell@sdccd.edu

To be considered, complete the Mesa Impactship Program (MIP) Intake Form (Choose Encoding Geography Track)

UCSD Biomedical Research Track

Discover research with CADRE at UC San Diego with hands-on experience in biomedical, clinical, and translational science.Gain experience and professional skills as you work alongside esteemed UCSD scientists in labs completing groundbreaking research. Learn more about these internships and CADRE here. *NOTE: No research background or experience required to apply.*

Eligible & approved students completing the MIP UCSD Biomedical Research Track, must also fulfill the additional requirements listed below to apply. Students will be notified of steps to apply and approval to participate by MIP Coordinators.

  • Completion of 15 college units, verification with unofficial transcript 
  • One page statement of interest in biomedical research and intent to transfer
  • Resume encouraged, but not required

If approved to participate in the MIP UCSD Biomedical Research Track, students will receive hourly wages at $19.32/hour funded through CADRE at UC San Diego upon completion of the internship hours and MIP requirements. Students will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.

To be considered, complete the Mesa Impactship Program (MIP) Intake Form (Choose UCSD Biomedical Research Track)

MIP Campus Mentors#

The MIP team is seeking Mesa College and SDCCD employees (faculty/staff/admin) to serve as MIP Mentors to student interns in your department or program.

MIP Mentor Info Sessions - Learn how to hire a Mesa Student Intern!

  • REGISTER HERE to attend an upcoming info session, connect with the MIP Team, and begin the steps to hire a Mesa student:
    • March 14 @ 1:00-2:30pm - Hybrid, BT-101 or Zoom
    • April 16 @ 2:30-4:00pm - Hybrid, BT-101 or Zoom
    • May 9 @ 10:00-11:30am - Hybrid, BT-101 or Zoom
  • View MIP Mentor Info Session flyer here

MIP Mentors Support Students By:

  • Identifying valuable training opportunities to develop student professional skills
  • Providing ongoing support & work direction
  • Nurturing student career exploration
  • Participating in evaluation of student work performance, project completion & professional skills

Steps to Become a MIP Mentor:

  1. Speak with and receive appropriate approval first from your direct Supervisor in your student support department or academic program in order to participate and serve as a MIP Mentor.
    • *NOTE: Any Mesa employee can serve as a MIP Mentor regardless of your level and/or title. You will be supporting a student to give direction on work projects, not serving in a supervisor capacity.
  2. Develop a list of at least 3 projects/research that MIP students will complete as an intern within your student support department or academic program.
  3. Complete the MIP Mentor Interest Form - You will be notified about next steps and if there is an eligible MIP student to mentor for this term.
  4. Conduct interviews & hire Mesa student(s)
  5. Onboard, train, & supervise MIP student(s)

MIP Employer Partners#

Employer Info Sessions - Learn how to become a MIP Employer Partner!

  • REGISTER HERE to attend an upcoming info session, connect with the MIP Team, and begin the steps to hire a Mesa student:
    • March 21th @ 2:00-3:30pm - Hybrid, Mesa Commons-211A or Zoom
      • *NOTE: After SDCCD District Career Fair at Mesa College
    • April 18th @ 1:00-2:30pm - Hybrid, Mesa Commons-211A or Zoom
    • May 8 @ 3:00-4:30pm - Hybrid, Mesa Commons-211A or Zoom
  • View the MIP Employer Info Session flyer here

Thank you for showing interest in supporting the career preparation of students and building your talent pipeline! 

Benefits of Becoming a MIP Employer Partner:

  • Receive Funding to Pay Student Interns - Hire Mesa students for workforce training positions & receive funding to cover all or some of student wages. Funding type will be determined based on eligibility and is intended to support students with reducing out-of-pocket expenses 
  • Lead Industry Preparation - Nurture development of desired industry skills & career exploration for underserved students & populations that face barriers to employment
  • Grow Your Talent Pipeline - Gain access to a pipeline of qualified, motivated candidates to reduce recruitment costs, minimize hiring risks, & boost company interest
  • Diversify Your Workforce - Exceed your DEI commitments by hiring from Mesa College as a HSI, AANAPISI, & military friendly campus serving diverse populations

Which Employers Are Eligible & How Is Funding Awarded?

  • Research Centers or Institution Operated by Public College Campus (UC, CSU, CCC, or Affiliate Campuses) - institutions with opportunities to engage in research
    • MIP may provide up to 100 percent of student compensation or full stipend
  • Public Educational Institutions - operated by a school district, county superintendent, Department of Youth Authority, or Department of Education
    • MIP may provide up to 90 percent of student compensation or full stipend
  • Non-Profit - CA nonsectarian, nonpolitical organization or corporation
    • MIP may provide up to 90 percent of student compensation or full stipend
  • For-Profit - CA nonsectarian, nonpolitical organization or corporation
    • MIP may provide up to 50 percent of student compensation or full stipend

MIP Employer Partner Commitments:

  • Identify valuable training opportunities to develop student professional skills
  • Complete a MIP Employer Agreement to receive approval prior to participation
  • Pay student at comparable rate to similar positions within your organization
  • Provide ongoing support & supervision
  • Nurture student career exploration
  • Participate in evaluation of student work performance and project completion - Review employer expectations of Work Experience

 Steps to Participate as a MIP Employer Partner:

  • Share available internship or workforce training opportunities directly with MIP Coordinators and post through our Handshake SDCCD Job Board to recruit students
    • Connect with our MIP team for assistance with student recommendations or vetting support
  • Complete your internal hiring process (e.g. accepting applications, interviews, etc.)
  • Once you have hired a Mesa College student and secured a student placement, please contact the MIP Coordinators via email for next steps and required forms including the following information:
    • Hired Student Name
    • MIP Employer / Company Partner
    • Type of Company
    • Rate of Compensation Per Hour
    • Site Supervisor Name & Contact Information
    • Expected Weekly Hours

Additional Resources#

Ready to apply for your next employment or internship opportunity? Get prepared and receive support by visiting our Workforce Skills & Preparation page.

Contacts#

Questions or Interested in MIP?

©