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Frequently Asked Questions from Prospective Applicants

1. How do I apply for the Faculty Diversity Internship Program? FAQ image

  • When open, applications are available through Peralta’s Human Resources site, Typically, FDIP’s application cycle begins in February or March. Sign up for the FDIP Informational Mailing List for more information.
  • Once you submit an application, please forward the confirmation email to the Faculty Diversity Internship Program Coordinator at
  • For disability accommodations, please contact the coordinator.
  • Note: application to the program DOES NOT GUARANTEE placement. Placement is predicated on the availability of classes or funding, the interest and support of a mentor, and other factors depending on each college and department.

 2. What is the process for acceptance into the Faculty Diversity Internship Program?

  • Once an application is submitted, please forward the confirmation email to the coordinator, so s/he can request that HR review your application. Then, the FDIP Coordinator will work with a selection committee to review the application and required documents. If the applicant did not submit all required documents, the application will not be forwarded.
  • Required documents for the Faculty Diversity Internship Program Application:
    • Resume
    • Cover Letter — Please include under what discipline you are applying.Kitty and Jennifer
    • Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
    • Two Short Answer Questions:
      • The goal of the Faculty Diversity Internship Program is to help our faculty body better reflect our student population. How do your life experiences or background help us achieve this goal?
      • What do you most hope to gain by participating in this program?
  • After your application to HR is complete, please forward your confirmation email, so the coordinator can ensure that HR reviews your application.

3. Is there a deadline for the Faculty Diversity Internship Program application each semester?

  • Each year, applications will only be accepted for a limited period during the spring term. Please see the FDIP Website for information.

 4. What is the difference between an Applicant, Participant, and Intern?

Stage Focus
Applicant Has an interest in working as an instructor, counselor, or librarian at a community college. Needs to complete all parts of the application and understand what classes they can teach in PCCD. Must file for equivalency (if necessary).
Member (no mentor) Builds a professional network through informational interviews, class observations, meetings with department chairs across all campuses. Creates portfolio. Attends FDIP trainings and workshops.
Participant (informal mentorship) Observes classes, gives a teaching demonstration, or job shadows; gains feedback on portfolio materials; learns about employment opportunities in their field; and practices interviewing for a full-time position
Faculty Intern (paid)

(Formal Mentorship)

Gains hands-on experience teaching in an ethnically diverse community college system; works closely and meet regularly with a Faculty Mentor; receives regular feedback and assessment. 5. How many semesters can someone work as an Intern?

An Intern can work up to four (4) semesters.

 6. Are FDIP Members required to attend the workshops?

Yes. The program will select a cohort based on their qualifications and the needs of the district. Members are required to participate in workshops and trainings in order to develop a portfolio of materials that will prepare them to become faculty members. Workshops are typically held once a month through the Fall and Spring semesters.

 7. Is membership in the Faculty Diversity Internship Program a paid position?

Not necessarily. Members and Participants do not receive any remuneration for workshop attendance, networking, or hands-on activities like teaching demonstrations. Interns who are offered a paid, contracted instructional, librarian, or counseling position are paid. Few FDIP Members accepted into the program will receive internships during their cohort year.

 8. Once I am accepted into the Faculty Diversity Internship Program, am I guaranteed an internship placement?

Acceptance into the Faculty Diversity Internship Program does not guarantee an internship. Placements are based on the needs of the disciplines at the colleges within the Peralta Community College District AND a demonstration of the Member’s readiness. Members who work to build a portfolio of materials that demonstrate their experiences and abilities are more likely find a placement. Unfortunately, while the program intends to place all Members, final placements are determined by a variety of factors outside the program’s control, including the availability of classes, college enrollment, and funding opportunities.

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