Undergraduate Research and Internships

Hands-on experience through research and internships is an important part of the USD experience. The opportunities for scholarly and professional advancement are many and varied, which ensures that our students find success as Changemakers.

Established in Fall 2011, the Office of Undergraduate Research was developed to encourage scholarly works across all academic disciplines. Research opportunities are available both on and off campus, independently, with a class or with a faculty member.

Research is funded in a variety of ways, and millions of dollars have been given to USD through grants from the National Science Foundation. Students are invited to present their research at our annual Undergraduate Research Conference, Creative Collaborations.

Students are encouraged to participate in an internship to enhance the education they are receiving inside the classroom. The large majority of students have at least one internship by the time they graduate, with many students experiencing two or three. Typically, internships take place in the career field a student is interested in pursuing, and students can receive course credit for completing an internship.

Companies and businesses throughout San Diego are eager to take on USD students as interns, such as:

  • Qualcomm
  • San Diego Padres
  • Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute
  • Old Globe Theatre
  • San Diego Gas and Electric
  • San Diego Superior Court Pre-Trial Services

Learn more about one student’s internship experience at MTV.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions
Serra Hall 201
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (800) 248-4873 or (619) 260-4506
Fax: (619) 260-6836

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.