Cantú Interns

The Cantú Queer Center welcomes students of all identities to join our staff. Intern applications are available during the spring quarter of every academic year. Students may appiy via the Career Center's Employee Request System


The center's budget allows for a small staff of student interns. Interns are vital to the smooth functioning of the center. The library, QConnect weekly newsletter, reception, outreach tabling, website editing, programs, and publicity are some of the many projects interns focus on. Intern hours range from six to ten per week. When positions are open, they are posted on the Career Center website and are announced in QConnect. We give priority to workstudy eligible interns who can make a one year commitment.

Our interns not only serve the community, but they serve looks™ too.

    Adán Almeida (He/Him/El)

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    Capricorn sun, Sagittarius moon 
    I am a retuning Advocacy and Outreach intern here at the Cantu Queer Center.
    I was born and raised in San Diego, CA within a predominantly Black, Philipinx and Chicanx working class community. 
    I cherish the experiences I had early on within the intersections of my community and keep my city with me closest, through the tattoos on my body. 
    My experience with gender became most accurate during my first year at UCSC, where I found sanctuary in new friendships and spaces like the Cantu.
    Now is my chance to pay it forward to other queer and trans students [of color] through advocacy and coalition buidling at the UC. 
    #JusticeforPalistine #SchoolsNotPrisons #BlackTransLivesMatter #AbolishIce #WorkersRights

  • Erin (she/her/hers)

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    My name is Erin Roldan my pronouns are She/Hers/Her, and I’m one of the Lead Peer educators at the Cantù. I’m a fourth year, double major studying Sociology and Feminist studies, so if you ever have any questions about those two majors please feel free to reach out to me! I’m a Brown, Fat TransFemme who can be seen lounging around the Cantù. My work in the space is to facilitate educational workshops, and dialogues around LGBTQIA+ identities and issues, and to provide assessment on our programing and workshops. I love attention, nice clothing, and most importantly attention. My signs are Pisces sun, Gemini moon, and Sagittarius rising. Always reach out if you see me!

  • Ivy (they/them)

  • No alternative textMy name is Ivy, and I use they/them pronouns. I work at the Cantú as the Graduate Education Coordinator, and I'm a first-year PhD student in the sociology department. My research focuses on the experiences of queer and trans young people in educational institutions, and the lessons schools (implicitly and explicitly) teach about gender. At the Cantú, I work to support the undergraduate interns and create programming to build community among queer and trans graduate students. I'm an aries sun / 9w8 on the enneagram, and I can generally be found crafting, snacking, or reading in a corner.

  • Jamie (they/them)

  • No alternative textHi, I'm Jamie! They/them femme and champion/poster child of femme tops' rights. I'm the Programs & Community Engagement Intern at the Cantú and a 4th-year Politics major. My work at the Cantú primarily involves expanding the resources our Center currently offers, as well as implementing new ones to better meet the needs of queer students. I also incorporate this focus in our programming and events, to engage with the campus community holistically and with intentionality. I'm a Gemini sun/Virgo moon/Libra rising, so you know I love to talk; I'm passionate about astrology, theory/critical studies, and aesthetics. Catch me drawing attention to myself in a technicolor fit and a pair of platform heels <3 

  • Marz V. (they/them)

  • No alternative textHey ya'll I'm Marz. I go by they/them pronouns. I'm the Lead Programs & Events Intern at the Cantú. I'm a fourth year majoring in Sociology.  In my Sociology major I want to focus primarily in gender and sexuality but more exclusively with bisexual identified folks and also gender queer folks. While working at the Cantú I want to outreach to the LGBTQQIA+ communities here on campus, the local community and the larger UC system. If you ever wanna talk about moods, piercings & tattoos, life, or just weird and random stuff come find me at the Cantú or walking around Kresge. BTW my sun sign is Sagittarius, both my rising and moon signs are Cancer. I hope to see ya'll at the Cantú!  

  • Meryem (she/her)

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    I’m Meryem and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I’m a Lead Peer Educator Intern at the Cantú and I’ve also been working in the PeerEd program since my first year at UCSC. I’m a third year Intensive Psychology major and I have strong interests in clinical and forensic psychology. Outside of the Cantú, you can find me hanging out with my cat Ube, listening to a true crime podcast, drinking earl grey milk tea and going on walks through nature.

  • Nako (they/them)

  • No alternative textHey there(: my name is Nako, I use they/them pronouns and I am a Lead Peer Education Intern at the Lionel Cantu Queer Center. I am a first-generation indigenous/Latinx student originally from Koreatown, Los Angeles. Alongside the other team members, my responsibilities involve  creating educational dialogue around LGBTQIA+ subjects through informational workshops, and facilitating non-traditional conversations catered to communities of color. Currently, this is my third year majoring in Politics and Legal Studies; more specifically, my interests are in criminology, constitutional law, and religious studies. Typically you can find me sipping my signature jasmine milk tea boba rambling about Judaism, piercings, or (if you’re unlucky) BTS! Also, my sun sign is in Capricorn, moon in Aquarius, and Gemini rising so that probably explains my “7th grade science teacher” clothing aesthetic. #AbolishIce #transisbeautiful