PRISE Summer Internship Program

Promoting Resources in Information Science Education (PRISE) Summer Internship Program places future science teachers in informal science education agencies to enhance their science education experiences and provide support for informal science education. The project is generously supported by Boeing Corporation and the CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) through the Cal State Fullerton Math and Science Teachers Project (MAST).

Applications are due in late March/early April and successful candidates complete a 90-hour internship in an informal science education agency
. Interns receive a summer stipend of $1,500 to develop and implement a science education project for the Fullerton Arboretum, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Ocean Institute, Newport Back Bay Science Center, Discovery Science Center, Newport or Santa Ana Zoo. Internships may also be available in other settings, including the CSUF Center for Careers in Teaching, Environmental Studies Program, and Science Education Programs Office. Projects must be completed between June 1 – August 14, 2010. Internship students may also enroll in and earn 3 units of credit for SCED 495A Internship if they complete additional course requirements.

This opportunity is open to CSU Fullerton junior, senior, or post-baccalaureate students, including credential candidates who are pursuing a single subject teaching credential in science. Selection criteria include: 2.5 GPA; good academic standing; pursuing, planning to pursue, or just completed (completion date no earlier than Fall 2008) a single subject teaching credential in chemistry, biology, earth sciences, physics, or foundational level general science; and successful completion of at least one single subject credential program prerequisite course OR passage of one of the CSET subtests #118 or #119.

Read about the PRISE program at The Ocean Institute at

PRISE Application

Examples of summer internships include the following:

Discovery Science Center
· Jessica Cianciotto participated in the Discovery Science Centers "Making the Grade" Program. She designed and presented a "mini-lesson" table top demonstration on gravity and inertia to a variety of visitors. The lesson had included two hands-on demonstrations: a beaker and vase with different sized objects on top.
· Joelle Tittlefitz developed a tabletop presentation at the Discovery Science Center which addressed topics relating to the density of water. She also presented the demonstration to multiple audiences and created a photo book of instructions for the presentation so that others can complete it as well.
· Robert Martin analyzed post-visit assessment data test for over 400 student visitors to determine best practices and student learning.
Santa Ana Zoo
· Sarah Easterbrook set up a booth outside the aviary and explained to children adaptations of different bird’s beaks. For example, by using chop-sticks to represent the Ibis beak, she asked visitors to try and pick a toy fish out of a cup of water. This exercise simulates the Ibis, found in the Aviary, and its beaks adaptation for eating. On Sundays she also assisted in weighing the animals from the Mobile Zoo and participated in the Zoo Theater animal education presentation by taking the animals around for kids to touch and get a closer look.
Newport Back Bay Science Center
· Jenifer Evans researched ideas for grades 7-12 science curriculum about Back Bay ecology, especially water quality and watershed issues. She also provided support for several NBBSC education workshops, including the Shark Camp and Marine Inventory.
Dana Point Ocean Institute
· Kimberly Deckerd created a unique portion of a field trip on Ocean Acidification, where high school students first experiment with natural chalk in two solutions that vary in pH and then experiment with baking soda and vinegar to create Carbon Dioxide in a closed system. Through these two activities students will learn that the burning of fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide and in turn is changing our atmosphere, oceans and Earth.
· Beverly Berekian also developed field trip components, including activities related to various areas of earth science, such as learning about ocean currents and their effects on global climate.
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
· Bill Salling created a wooden frame and collected information for a map of Endangered Species in Orange County map. This picture shows the wooden frame.