The Delta Internship Program provides graduate students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to develop teaching and learning skills in real-world situations. Each semester, the Delta Program supports a new cohort of interns who partner with faculty and staff to improve teaching practices and learning environments through teaching-as-research projects. Interns develop, teach, and evaluate literature-informed teaching plans that aim to improve learning in a classroom, lab, outreach program, or any other learning context.
A core value of Delta is that, like your disciplinary research, teaching and learning is a dynamic and ongoing process, which can be improved by the iterative use of data to ask and answer questions about student learning.
The Delta Internship is an opportunity to refine your pedagogy by completing a teaching-as-research project, where you will identify a student learning challenge, pose a question grounded in the literature, develop and implement a teaching plan to address the challenge, and reflect upon the outcomes – to improve student learning.
Each project is unique, providing an experience to reach individual career goals — whether in outreach, industry, or higher education. By completing a Delta Internship, you will:
- Become a more effective, evidence-based educator.
- Try a teaching method or work on a goal that interests you, such as integrating active learning into large lectures, improving student motivation and retention, or designing and implementing a flipped classroom module.
- Be able to talk about something you actually did in your job interview.
In the process, you’ll learn how to become a reflective practitioner of evidence-based teaching and prepare for faculty and research responsibilities. Becoming a Delta intern is also a great opportunity to network with other people excited about teaching.
The best way to get started on a Delta Internship is to sign up for a Delta course so you can participate in the next pre-internship short course Teaching Plan 4-Week Series.