Faculty Diversity Internship Program

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Applications open for the Fall 2024 cohort at: https://wvm.peopleadmin.com/postings/5673​

Program Overview & Structure

The WVMCCD Faculty Diversity Internship Program (FDIP) invites you to join in a semester of exciting learning
focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging. The key to success with today's diverse population of students is engaging pedagogy with an equity-minded focus.

You will receive 60 hours of training and hands-on experience in a community college classroom with a trained faculty mentor during the Fall semester. 

The FDIP provides a foundation in pedagogy as well as techniques, skills, and best practices for the classroom.  The program is designed to give you an understanding of the fundamental theories and skills necessary to be successful in finding and keeping a community college job. 

 In addition, you will be immersed in campus events and activities to help cultivate and promote understanding of the various responsibilities of community college faculty, staff, and students. Through this paid internship, you will have the opportunity to meet with the College Executive Management Team, Vice Presidents, Department Deans and Chairs, and various other stakeholders that work to support our district's mission, vision, and values.

The Faculty Diversity Internship Program (FDIP), a paid internship, has proven to be an effective means of providing high quality learning opportunities for faculty interns and enhancing the educational needs of our multicultural students.

The Faculty Diversity Internship Program has two components: (1) 60 hours of community college faculty training and (2) hands-on experience in an educational setting with a faculty mentor during the spring semester. The training content will include:

  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Theory and Practice
  • Effective Teaching/ Counseling and Classroom Communication Strategies
  • Diverse Learning Styles
  • Interview Tips and Tricks

FDIP Internship Objectives

FDIP Intern Learning Objectives  

It may be helpful for you to have a clear understanding of the main objectives for your internship. The three primary learning objectives for FDIP interns throughout the program are:  

Objective One: DEIAB Community College Classroom Learning 

Excel in equity- minded instructional pedagogy, design, and delivery at the community college level 

    • Learn about DEIAB principles in a community college setting
    • Become familiar with the community college student population 
    • Observe all class sessions for one course 
    • Meet with Mentor weekly to discuss equity-minded instructional pedagogy/ counseling
    • Work with Mentor to design, develop, and teach lessons  
    • Receive feedback from Mentor on instruction 

Objective Two: Community College Cultural Assimilation 

Understand WVMCCD community college culture, students, and institutions 

    • Meet division personnel and support staff 
    • Attend department or division meetings 
    • Tour the campus
    • Become familiar with student resources 
    • Learn about shared governance and leadership
    • Participate in campus committee meetings 
    • Observe a Senate and/or Curriculum Committee meeting 

Objective Three: Get Hired at a Community College 

Understand the community college application, interview, and hiring process 

    • Understand the hiring process 
    • Write a cover letter 
    • Complete an application 
    • Write a community college resume and vitae 
    • Learn where to find job relevant openings 
    • Practice interviewing skills 

FDIP Monthly Benchmarks & Activities


Here is the recommended monthly calendar with benchmarks, activities, and topics for interns to discuss with their mentors.  


Skills, activities, learning objectives


Accessible syllabus, Canvas overview, calendar with weekly units, Universal Design principles, accessibility, observation skills, Campus culture, student demographics, caring campus, creating a healthy classroom community, first day/week planning and implementation 


Student services and success, DESP/DSPS, Health Services, building classroom community, implementing regular and substantive interaction,  Dealing with difficult students, Health Services using classroom technology, lecture and facilitation skills 


OEI Online course rubric, Creating course modules/units/posts, lesson planning based on COR and SLOs, attend Curriculum Committee


Distance Education observation form, creating assessments and assignments to measure specific learning outcomes, online teaching tools, Teaching opportunities,  networking, collegiality, committees, shared governance, organization chart, attend Academic Senate Meeting.


Assessing learning outcomes/SLOs/final grades, college grading policies and procedures, final exams and tests, submitting final grades, Job search skills, CCC Registry, developing vitae/resume, cover letter, understanding tenure process, interviewing practice and feedback.

FDIP Support 

Contact Information              

FDIP Program Coordination 

For questions about hours, pay, program requirements and logistics, and/or to discuss issues:  

Liza Elish, HR Specialist

[email protected] 408-741-2415

Instructional Design and Training Team 

For questions about training and instruction, or for on-going support and/or resources: 

Meg Farrell, [email protected] 408-741-2490 

FDIP Mentor Liaison, WVC Communication Studies Instructor 

Michelle Francis, [email protected] 408-741-4082

FDIP Intern Liaison, WVC Child Studies Instructor, TEACH Center Coordinator