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Faculty Diversity Internship Program (FDIP)


The Faculty Diversity Internship Program (FDIP) is a paid internship program that brings interns from diverse backgrounds into the College of the Siskiyou community for training and hands-on experiences in our classes and programs. Our FDIP is distinguished from those at other California Community College because of the emphasis on online teaching and remote student services. Siskiyous interns gain valuable professional development and career exploration opportunities while our students and institution benefit from increased diversity, expanded faculty hiring pools, and new perspectives.

Ultimately, by attracting, recruiting, and providing advanced training for talented, aspiring faculty with diverse backgrounds and ideas, we hope to better serve our students. Specifically, we aim to:

  • Promote equitable achievement for students of all gender identities, and cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and
  • Ensure Siskiyous students from underrepresented groups have role models from their gender category, race, ethnic, or cultural background who they can identify with and recognize as examples of high achievement

Program Structure

Interns from across the region will be paired with Siskiyous faculty members in their academic discipline or student support area. In the fall, Interns will receive remote training in online teaching or student support topics and meet regularly with their mentor for one-on-one guidance and career advice. In the spring, Interns will work as an Expert Instructional Aides in their mentor's online class or student support area for 7 hours per week and complete an e-portfolio that includes examples of their work and a professional philosophy statement.


Faculty interns are committing to a year-long program that begins in the summer and ends the following spring. This is what an academic year 2024-2025 intern can expect in terms of timing.

  • January-February 2024: Eligible interns apply for the program.
  • Late May 2024: Interns attend a remote onboarding meeting with the Program Coordinator.
  • Summer 2024: Interns complete self-paced Canvas training (approximately 10-15 hours) and Online Teaching, Learning and Design (approximately 50 hours).
  • Late August 2024: Interns attend a Meet and Greet remote meeting.
  • Throughout the fall 2024 semester: Interns meet every 2 weeks with their mentor. Interns will complete a 30-minute FERPA training.
  • Throughout the spring 2025 semester: Interns meet every 2 weeks with their mentor and complete 7 hours of work per week in their online class or student service area.
  • March 2025: Interns attend a 2-hour remote training workshop.
  • May 2025: Interns attend the FDIP symposium where they will present their e-portfolio.

Apply to be a Faculty Intern

Applicants for the Faculty Intern role must:

  1. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  2. Meet one of the following educational requirements:
    • For interns in academic fields: Be an enrolled graduate student nearing completion of a Master's degree
    • For vocational fields:
      1. Have a minimum of two years of full-time occupational experience in a vocational/technical area and be nearing the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in that field or
      2. Have a minimum of six years of full-time occupational experience in a vocational/technical area and be nearing the completion of an Associate’s degree in that field

Intern Application

We are accepting applications from interns from January 2024 for our program that will begin in summer of 2024. Note that we are only looking for Faculty Interns in the disciplines listed on the Siskiyous Human Resources job opportunities webpage. To apply you will need:

  1. A cover letter that explains how you meet the criteria above and how your participation in the program would increase the diversity of our college
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial transcript
  4. Contact information for three references

Apply to be a Faculty Mentor

All Siskiyous faculty are eligible to apply to be FDIP Faculty Mentors. Special consideration will be given to teaching faculty members with online teaching training above the college's minimum requirements and/or courses that have gone through the Course Design Academy or other online teaching accomplishments. Teaching faculty must be planning to teach an online course in spring of 2025. For non-instructional faculty, special consideration will be given to faculty members with experience or training in offering remote services to students.

Faculty Mentors are expected to:

  • Attend the August Meet and Greet
  • Meet with their intern every 2 weeks throughout the academic year
  • Complete internship learning objectives and EIA role ideas form
  • Create opportunities for interns to engage with their spring 2025 semester, online class or to complete a project in their non-instructional department in the spring
  • Provide interns with feedback on their e-portfolios
  • Attend the May 2025 FDIP symposium
  • Complete the program evaluation survey, and
  • Participate in a May 2025 campus tour if your intern comes to campus.

Mentors will be paid a stipend of $200 in the spring of 2024 for their time spent screening and interviewing intern applicants and $1000 at the end of fall 2024 and the spring 2025 semester.

We are accepting applications for FDIP Faculty Mentors for the 2024-2025 academic year in November 2023. To apply to be a mentor, send the following to by December 1, 2023:

  1. A paragraph describing your commitment to equity-minded practices and the success of all students.
  2. A list of accomplishments and/or trainings you have received in online teaching or supporting students remotely.
  3. A list of courses you anticipate teaching online in the spring of 2025 or a description of one or two potential Faculty Intern project(s) in your student services area.


The Siskiyous FDIP Handbook describes the program in greater detail. It is meant to be used as a guide for Faculty Interns, Faculty Mentors, and the Program's Coordinator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, College of the Siskiyous is unable to hire interns or staff with F1 visas.

For interns in academic fields, unofficial transcripts from your Bachelor's and Master's programs will suffice. For interns in vocational fields, unofficial transcripts from your Associate's program and Bachelor's program (if applicable) will suffice.

Siskiyous Human Resources department will notify successful and unsuccessful intern applicants in May or sooner.

Yes, if you are selected, a mentor will be assigned to you.

The internship is 100% online. The courses our interns take are online and meetings are conducted via Zoom. Our interns work remotely in their mentors' online courses, through the Canvas LMS, in the spring semester. At the end of the internship, there's an optional in-person visit to the College of the Siskiyous campus which is located in Weed, CA (travel expenses covered by the intern).

Once your mentor has been assigned, you will be able to develop a schedule that will not conflict with your graduate program.

We recruit Faculty Mentors from our faculty first and then search for Faculty Interns within the Faculty Mentors’ academic disciplines. We aim to recruit Mentors and therefore, Interns, in a variety of disciplines.

Contact Faculty Diversity Internship Program

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