Extracurricular Activities for Transfer Students

Why Extracurricular Activities?

Activities and Programs


Why Extracurricular Activities?

UCs prefer to see a demonstrated interest in your field of study and/or leadership potential, so try to participate in extracurricular activities that are related to your major or showcase your leadership abilities. You can join college clubs or student government, volunteer with community, nonprofit, or faith-based organizations, or work as an intern or at a job related to your major.

If you need to work full-time to support yourself or your family and you are unable to participate in extracurricular activities related to your major, make sure you indicate your work schedule on the application and find other ways to show your interest in your field of study.

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Activities and Programs

Below is a selection of activities and programs I have come across over the years. Broaden your search beyond the internet; check with your community college career center or transfer center for local opportunities and browse the library reference section for guidebooks on summer programs and internship opportunities.


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Educational Preparation Programs

You may have heard about “educational preparation programs” and the UC Application even has a section for them. So what are educational preparation programs?

Well, according to the UCs, educational preparation programs are “programs or activities that have enriched your academic experiences or helped you to prepare for college. Such programs may provide information, counseling, tutoring or other service or offer academic enrichment, research opportunities or special study opportunities, such as study abroad.”

Below is a list of the educational preparation programs that are available to college students. Look for them at your school and do your best to participate in them.

C-STEM – through UC Davis (serves students from grades K through 14)

Cal-SOAP – available throughout California (serves high school and community college students)

CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science) – available at most UC campuses, search for “California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science” for program locations (appears to only serve students from participating 4-year colleges)

CBOP (Career Based Outreach Program) – through UCLA

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) – available throughout California (serves elementary school, middle school, high school, community college, and 4-year college students)

PDP (Professional Development Program) – it’s now AAP (Academic Achievement Program), through UC Berkeley (serves college students)

Puente Program – open to all students (serves high school and community college students)

UC-TIP (UC Transfer Initiatives Program; formerly ERA) – through UC Merced (serves high school students going to community college and current community college students in Central California)

UCLA Community College/SITE – through UCLA (serves community college students)

Young Entrepreneurs at Haas – it’s now Boost, through UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (serves high school students; although community college students may volunteer for the program)

Other educational preparation programs to consider:

Study abroad – check with your community college for available study abroad programs

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UC Transfer Programs

You may have seen a long list of programs in the “Student Support Program Participation” section of the UC Transfer Admission Planner or in the “Transfer Admission Programs” section of the UC Application. Wonder how you can get in on the action to better prepare for transfer? Check out the program list below and do your best to participate in the programs available to you. Some transfer programs are open to current high school seniors.

Berkeley

Transfer Alliance Project (including all TAP-related programs listed) – targets underserved (socioeconomically disadvantaged) students at partner community colleges

Starting Point Mentoring Program – open to ALL California community college students

Davis

AvenueE – open to engineering or computer science students enrolled in partner community college districts

TOP – open to all students at partner community colleges

Irvine

ADELANTE – open to all students at Santa Ana College

AIRP – targets American Indian and Indigenous students

Edison Scholars – open to science, engineering, or mathematics students enrolled in a community college within the Southern California Edison service area and on track to transfer to a UC campus

SSRP – open to all students at Santa Ana College

SSTI – open to all students at Santa Ana College and Rio Hondo College

TLC – open to students enrolled in partner community colleges

U-Link – open to academically qualified students at Santa Ana College

Community College Honors Transfer Program – open to students enrolled in the honors programs at Honors Transfer Council of California member community colleges

UCLA

CCCP Scholars Programs (including all summer programs listed) – targets underserved (socioeconomically disadvantaged) students

STOMP – open to all California community college students

TAP – open to students enrolled in the honors programs at partner community colleges

Merced

STARS – open to all community college bound high school seniors

Summer Up – open to students planning to enroll in the summer Math-C course (Intermediate Algebra) at Merced College

TIP – open to all community college bound high school seniors and current community college students

Riverside

SSTA – program appears to be defunct

UCRP – open to all community college students in the Puente Project

San Diego

UniversityLink – targets underserved (socioeconomically disadvantaged) students at partner community colleges

Santa Barbara

Transfer: Making It Happen – open to community college bound high school seniors in the Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP

Santa Cruz

TPP – open to all California community college students

Additional Support Programs

EAOP (Early Academic Outreach Program) – through all UC campuses (serves students from grades 9 through 12)

Upward Bound – available from all UC campuses (serves high school students)

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) – available throughout California (serves middle/high school students and community college students)

Puente Project – open to all students

Cal-SOAP – available throughout California

EOPS – available through all California community colleges (targets socioeconomically disadvantaged students)

BOG Waiver – available through all California community colleges (targets economically disadvantaged students)

CalWorks – available throughout California (targets economically disadvantaged students)

Talent Search – available at most UC and CSU campuses, search for “trio talent search” or “educational talent search” at a UC/CSU campus near you (serves elementary school, middle school, and/or high school students)

Umoja – available through partner California community colleges (targets underrepresented minority students)

Other support programs – see Educational Preparation Programs

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Internships

Check with your college career center for local internship opportunities and browse the library reference section for guidebooks. Most large companies will post internship opportunities on their company website. If you are interested in a particular profession, you may also consider calling businesses in your neighborhood and inquiring about internship opportunities.

Other resources and ideas to help you get started with your internship search:

Search Google for “internship [city and state or zip code]” for local internship opportunities. You can also try free services like internships.com and Looksharp.

You can search for “internship” on the website of your congressperson or state assembly member (for California, visit the California State Assembly website and click on “Find My Representative”).

Find the California Superior Court near you and search “internship” on the website (internships are sometimes posted under Volunteer Opportunities).

Your local science center (science and technology museum) likely offers internships. Not sure if there is a science center near you? Search ASTC-member science centers and museums by location.

Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy runs the Community College Institute which places students from community colleges in paid internships at Department of Energy lab locations all across the nation. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer (May through August), Fall (August through December), or Spring (January through May).

California Highway Patrol’s Explorer Program is designed for young men and women, 15 to 21 years of age, to develop skills and knowledge needed to serve the people of California through assisting the CHP both in office and out in the field.

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Summer Programs

Here are some summer programs I have come across over the years:

Berkeley EECS has compiled a long list of Summer Research and Enrichment Programs for Undergraduates in STEM Majors and many of these programs are also open to community college/transfer students.

UCLA has compiled a long list of Summer Programs Outside UCLA and many of these programs are also open to community college/transfer students.

UCSB offers a number of STEM summer programs specifically for community college/transfer students.

Stanford Science Outreach Programs for Undergraduates from Other Schools lists opportunities from self-initiated learning (Stanford Engineering Everywhere) to residential programs (Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship; scholarship available).

FREE! Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science offers Transfer-to-Excellence Summer Research Program, a 9-week residential research experience for undergraduates who are enrolled in community colleges (participants receive a stipend, plus room and board). Available opportunities include Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Robotics. Deadline is in late January.

FREE! Charles Drew University has partnered with UCLA to offer Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program, a 12-week summer internship program designed for outstanding minority and underrepresented undergraduate students who are contemplating a career in biomedical-related sciences and working with underserved communities. Participants receive a maximum award totaling $4,000. Deadline is in early February.

FREE! Summer Health Professions Education Program aims to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. The program is offered at 13 sites, including Columbia, Rutgers, UCLA, and University of Washington. Deadline is at the beginning of March.

FREE! UCLA PREP is a program designed to provide premedical and predental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. Deadline is at the beginning of March.

Scholarships AvailableDisc* [Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities] is an intensive five-week summer program that explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Deadline is in mid-May.

FREE! King Hall Outreach Program is a unique initiative that helps college students from underrepresented communities prepare for the law school admissions process. Deadline is in late May.

FREE! The goal of UCLA’s CCCP Scholars Programs is to motivate, inform and prepare students to transfer from a California community college to selective Top Tier Research institutions such as UCLA. Deadlines vary depending on the program but are usually between late February and early June.

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Community Service and Volunteering

You can search for volunteer opportunities using the vetted volunteer matching service providers below. Sign up to receive email notifications when volunteer opportunities in the areas you are interested in become available. Most of these are national listings with opportunities in every interest area you can imagine.

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