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The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is a grant funded through the National Science Foundation to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors and professionals to become certified secondary (grades 7-12) science and math teachers.

The Mesa Community College Education Studies Department in conjunction with the Northern Arizona University Center for Science Teaching and Learning jointly facilitate the NAU Noyce Fellows grant, September 2010 - August 2015 (Phase I).

MCC oversees paid Noyce internships in STEM-focused, K-12 summer youth camps in order to provide college freshmen and sophomores with backgrounds in STEM subjects and an interest in teaching a chance to observe and engage in STEM education.

NAU oversees juniors, seniors, and post-baccalaureate students that are selected for substantial Noyce Fellows scholarships and are enrolled in an NAUTeach secondary education STEM teacher certification program.

2015 Noyce Summer Intern Program Partners

    • Summer Youth College
    • Robotics & STEM Camps
    • Bioscience Summer Camp
    • Summer Math Academy
    • Camp Innovation
    • Uncle Percy's Kids Camp
    • Nizhoni Academy
    • Centennial Forest Camp

Q) What do Noyce interns do?

The STEM youth camps are staffed with experienced instructors.  Noyce interns assist the instructors with demonstrations, outdoor education, field or lab investigations, designing instruction, small group instruction, one-on-one instruction, tutoring, and assisting with set up /clean up.

Q) How much are Noyce interns paid?

Intern stipends are calculated at $15 per hour.  The total stipend amount depends on the needs of the individual youth camps that the interns are placed in.  The 2015 stipend range is between $1082 and $2744, depending on internship placement. 

Q) When are the Noyce summer internships?

Camp and training dates and times vary depending on which program interns are placed into.  Some camps are all day, some are only in the mornings.  Placements run from 2-5 weeks.  Camps begin at the end of May or start in June or even in July. 

Click here for camp dates, times, locations, and stipend maximums:

Q) What did previous Noyce interns have to say about their experience? 

  • It is difficult to describe just one highlight when there was at least one huge highlight every day.
  • I loved all the kids and the site workers. It was a very upbeat environment and a lot of learning took place.
  • Interacting with children of different ages furthered my interest in pursuing a career in teaching.
  • It was difficult at times and during those moments it was challenging to stay patient, but in the end I would redo all of it in a heartbeat.
  • I loved teaching and had one student come back the next day telling me about everything he had gone home and researched after my lesson!
  • I connected with a student that none of the other teachers were able to connect with and watched him grow from a stubborn, angry little child to a kid that LOVED to be at camp.
  • It was great to hear high school students say that they wished I could be their math teacher.
  • Working one-on-one with students and seeing how well they performed after my tutoring and mentoring made me feel accomplished.

Q) Who can apply?

  • Required:
    • Be a freshman or sophomore attending a Maricopa County Community College or Northern Arizona University (includes May high school graduates registered for fall classes).
    • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
    • Have or be qualified for a plastic AZ Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance card.  Offenses that preclude obtaining a fingerprint clearance card are per A.R.S. 41-1758.03
    • Demonstrate competency in math and/or science per school transcripts.
    • Have a highly positive reference from a math/science/education instructor or employer.
  • Desired but not required:
    • Have volunteer or paid experience working with youth.
    • Have volunteer or paid experience instructing or tutoring others.
    • Have completed EDU 111 at MCC or TSM 101 at NAU.

Q) How and when are applications accepted?

Submit the online application plus additional required documentation between Wed, March 25 - Fri, April 17.  Late applications will be reviewed ONLY IF not enough qualified applications are received by the deadline.  Candidates will be notified by early May.

  • Complete the online application HERE (Summer 2015 application is now closed.)
    • After submitting the online application, a note should pop up saying, "Thank you, the online portion of your Noyce application has been recorded." An email confirmation is NOT sent directly to applicants from the form.

  • Mail or hand-deliver the following additional required documentation to: MCC Education Studies Department | Attn: Noyce Internship Program | 1833 W. Southern Ave. - Bldg. ES 9| Mesa, AZ 85202
    1. Legible photocopy of citizenship/status proof. (Ex. Arizona drivers license, birth certificate, social security card, US passport, or permanent resident card). 
    2. Legible copy of all college/university transcripts (unofficial okay) OR high school transcripts if graduating from high school in May.
    3. Legible copy of plastic Arizona Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance card, or copy of recently submitted fingerprint clearance card application.  If applying for a new card, a level one Identity Verified Prints (IVP) card is recommended. 
      • For a listing of local agencies that provide fingerprinting services, see Fingerprint_Card_Vendors_3.pdf.
      • Offenses that preclude obtaining a fingerprint card are listed at A.R.S. 41-1758.03
      • It takes approximately 6-8 weeks for a new fingerprint clearance card to be issued.
  • Follow up with the professional reference provided in the online application to make sure the person completes the online recommendation form that will be emailed directly to him/her.
    • Applications are incomplete without submission of the online recommendation form from the professional reference.
    • Noyce Intern Program staff will contact the reference to complete the reference form that will be emailed to him / her, but it is helpful when the applicant checks with the reference to encourage filling it out in a timely manner.
  • Once all items from the application checklist have been received by the Noyce Summer Intern Program / MCC Education Studies Department, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant.

Contacts:, 480-788-9821 |, 480-461-7890