Prepare for Experience

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How can you prepare for your future career using the homemade support from Career Services? Take part in one of our experiential programs to help you gain exposure to the world of work, build skills for your next step after graduation, and let others know about your experience and discovery.

See what it is like to work in a specific job or organization by participating in the Gaucho Job Shadow Program or by shadowing a professional on your own. Help fund an unpaid summer internship by applying for the Internship Scholarship Program. Or, share any summer internship or research experience with others by joining the #GauchoSummerExperiences campaign!

Learn more about each of these experiential programs below.

Internship Scholarship Program


Special Notice
: The Dream Award deadline has been extended to May 7th, 2021.

Internship experience supports career exploration and improves job prospects after graduation, in addition to providing an important financial benefit to students. However, not all internships are paid, which can create barriers to participation. The Internship Scholarship Program is intended to increase student access to experiential learning, supporting preparation for the job market and helping offset potential financial hardships associated with unpaid internships.


Internship Scholarship Program

The Internship Scholarship Program offers financial awards for those who want to work in the non-profit sector or in industries that typically don’t pay interns, allowing students to pursue their professional dreams regardless of financial challenges.

Award selections are made on the following criteria addressed in the student's application:

  • Potential substantive learning experience and benefits offered through the internship;
  • Explanation of how the internship experience supports career interests and future professional growth;
  • Quality of resume, and clear demonstration of general eligibility and specific award criteria (see below); and
  • Financial need and impact of scholarship award.

Key Dates

Application Period

For the 2021 application cycle, applications open on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 8 a.m. and close on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to have their resumes critiqued through our Document Review service. 

Scholarship Disbursement

Scholarships are disbursed after July 1, 2021.

General Eligibility

To be eligible for Internship Scholarship Program awards, UCSB students must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Must have secured, or be in the process of securing, an unpaid internship for summer within the nonprofit, government, education, arts, or public service industry, or within an organization that does not traditionally pay its interns. Remote internships will be considered. Unpaid internships within for-profit companies will not be considered.
  • Must be a currently-enrolled undergraduate student. Seniors graduating in spring quarter are not eligible to apply.
  • Must demonstrate the impact of the 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.

Scholarship Awards for Summer 2021

Career Catalyst Awards

  • Our general award category, these awards are made possible by Career Services Student Fees. Applicants must meet all General Eligibility criteria and preference will be given to those who demonstrate financial need and impact of scholarship award.
  • Available: Eight (8) $1,500 scholarship awards.

Debbie Fleming Awards

  • Honoring former Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, Debbie Fleming, this award category supports students taking part in internship experiences in the fields of Public Health or Student Affairs. Applicants must meet all General Eligibility criteria and preference will be given to those demonstrating financial need and impact of scholarship award.
  • Available: One (1) $1,500 scholarship award.

Dream Awards

  • Special Notice: The Dream Award deadline has been extended to May 7th, 2021.
  • Funded by Undocumented Student Services, this award category 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. Applicants must have a California Dream Act Application on file.
  • Available: Two (2) $1,500 scholarship awards.

Award Distribution and Recognition

The Internship Scholarship Program manages one-time, non-renewable scholarship awards. If awarded a scholarship, please note that the award is considered part of your financial aid package.

Please note: awards may be distributed any time after the start of the summer term, and they often take some time to be processed.

Apply Now

Special Notice
: Only the Dream Award deadline has been extended to May 7th, 2021.

Applicants must meet all General Eligibility requirements. Applications for the Catalyst and Debbie Fleming Awards closed on April 16. Dream Award applicants must have a California Dream Act Application on file.


Reflection and Recognition

Recipients of internship scholarships are required to submit a short post-internship reflection of their experience that may be used in related publications. We also request that students share photos or stories so that other students may learn about the exceptional opportunities these internships provide.

Award recipients may also be invited to participate in one to two Career Services events or programs during the academic year to share about their summer experiences. 

Previous Participants

Want to learn more about the impact of the Internship Scholarship Program? Check out the previous award recipients below!

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Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the Internship Scholarship Program, please email

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