Career Services recognizes that while internship experience supports career exploration and improves job prospects after graduation, unpaid internships may also lead to financial barriers for students. The Internship Scholarship Program offers awards in recognition of students who have excelled in landing internships, research, and related pre-professional experience that demonstrates career motivation and professional ambition. Eligible students are pursuing unpaid career-related experiences during the summer term within non-profits, government, education, arts, public service, and other industries that traditionally do not pay interns (unpaid internships with for-profit companies will not be considered).
The purpose of the Internship Scholarship Program is to make it easier for students to participate in experiential learning and career exploration, supporting preparation for the job market and helping offset potential financial hardships associated with unpaid internships. As such, award selections are not made solely based on applicants’ previous experience but rather on the following criteria addressed in student application:
- Potential substantive learning experience and benefits offered through internship
- How the internship experience supports career interests and future professional growth
- Financial need and impact of scholarship award
- Professional quality of resume and clear demonstration of General Eligibility and specific award criteria
Key 2018 Dates: Program opens on April 2, 2018 and closes April 24th at NOON
Summer 2018 Scholarship Awards
Career Catalyst Awards
- This is the core award category for students taking advantage of internship experiences that support career interests and future professional growth. Applicants must meet all General Eligibility criteria and preference will be given to those demonstrate financial need and impact of scholarship award.
- Available: Three $1500 scholarship awards
Debbie Fleming Awards
- This award category, in honor of former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Debbie Fleming, supports students taking part in internship experiences in the fields of either public health or Student Affairs. Applicants must meet all General Eligibility criteria and preference will be given to those demonstrate financial need and impact of scholarship award.
- Available: Two $1500 scholarship awards
- This award category, funded by Undocumented Student Services, is for those who are taking advantage of internship experiences that support career interests and future professional growth. Applicants must meet all General Eligibility requirements.
- Have a CA Dream Act Application on file
- Available: Four $1500 scholarship awards
- Scholarship award recipients will need to attend a mandatory internship preparation workshop with the Student Experience Coordinator in early June.
- Scholarship award recipients will need to complete a short post-internship reflection of their experience that may be used in related publications.
- Scholarship award recipients may be invited to participate in one to two Career Services events or programs during the academic year in order to share about their summer experiences.
- If eligible, you may apply to more than one scholarship, but you can only receive one award.
- Have secured an unpaid internship for Summer 2018 within non-profits, government, education, arts, public service, or other organization that does not traditionally pay its interns (Please note: While it is strongly encouraged that students have already secured an internship by the time of application, if you are in the process of applying for internships you are still encouraged to apply)
- Be currently enrolled undergraduate students. Seniors graduating Spring 2018 are not eligible to apply
- Demonstrate impact of scholarship award, including financial need
Students who identify as belonging to any population that may experience limited access to internship opportunities are highly encouraged to apply.
Applicants are encouraged to get their resumes critiqued during Career Services drop-in hours in the Career Resource Room.
Award Distribution & Recognition
If you have any questions regarding the Internship Scholarship Program, please email CareerInternships@sa.ucsb.edu
Award Recipients, Summer 2017: Read about Career's 2017 Recipients
Award Recipients, Summer 2016: Read about Career’s 2016 Recipients
Award Recipients, Summer 2015: Read about the six awardees on Career's blog
Micael Kemp Award, Summer 2014: Read awardee's story on Career's blog