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Mentor Information

The mentor application for SIP 2021 is now live! Click here to apply. For more information about becoming a SIP mentor, visit our Mentor FAQ page .

Online information sessions open to any UCSC graduate student, post-doc, or faculty interested in learning about SIP mentorship were held online in January and February. You can review a recording of one below:

January 8, 2021 – 3 PM PST (recording)

All mentor information sessions have passed, but we are still accepting applications for SIP 2021 mentors on a rolling basis!  If you have questions or need more information, please contact

Intern Information

Interested in being a SIP intern? Tune in to our upcoming virtual information sessions and workshops (each 1 hour long):

Information Sessions:
January 20, 2021 – 7 PM PST (recording)
January 27, 2021 – 12 noon PST (recording)
February 3, 2021 – 9 AM PST (recording)
February 10, 2021 – 6 PM PST (recording)
February 17, 2021 – 11 AM PST (recording)

Application Workshops:
February 24, 2021 – 3 PM PST (recording)
March 3, 2021 – 6 PM PST (recording)
March 10, 2021 – 12 noon PST
March 17, 2021 – 9 AM PDT

Check back here for login information the day of the session!

General Information

Based on our current knowledge of the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, SIP is currently planning for a fully remote program in Summer 2021.

The Science Internship Program team is committed to the health and safety of our students, mentors, faculty and staff. The well-being of those affiliated with our program is our highest priority. We continue to adhere to all state, local, and campus guidelines and will add in-person participation as protocol allows. Please keep checking the site for updates as the situation develops.

The SIP 2021 application for admission opens March 1, 2021 and closes March 19, 2021. Find more information and apply on our Application Process page.

SIP’s Impact

We are happy to announce that the 2020 Presentation Day videos have now been posted to the website! The password for the page has been sent out to the 2020 SIP community.

Latest News and Events

The Science Internship Program works hard to provide opportunities for all students to participate in the program and makes an intentional effort to recruit students from historically excluded backgrounds. Creating Equity in STEM (CREST) is the new initiative we have launched to strengthen the focus on these efforts across all of the programs SIP is connected to.

Record Number of SIP Alumni Participate in “the Super Bowl of Astronomy Conferences”

In January of 2021, 34 SIP alumni (as well as 4 SIP-STAR fellows from 2020) were featured as lead authors or coauthors on a cumulative total of 16 virtual poster presentations at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.