Summer Internship Award

Summer Internship Award: COVID-19 Statement

We at the USD Career Development Center are committed to supporting students participating in meaningful summer internships, research, or career-related community service. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we understand that your upcoming summer experiences may look different than anticipated - you may be working remotely, jumping in on different projects, or having a condensed experience. We are so impressed with our employer partners who are developing creative ways to ensure their summer interns will still have meaningful and robust experiences, despite the challenges happening in the world.

We collaborated with our donors to determine options to help support students during this time while still meeting the foundational mission of this award.  These decisions regarding award requirements for Summer 2021 are now updated below.

What is the Summer Internship Award?

The Summer Internship Award supports eligible undergraduate USD students participating in meaningful summer internships, undergraduate research, or career-related community service. 

The award is not a replacement for wages, but rather is intended to offset living, transportation or other expenses associated with participating in a summer internship.  Students granted this award are eligible to receive up to $3,000 that will be disbursed in three payments.

Application Process

Step 1:  Submit Your Application

Applications Window:

January 25th, 2021 - May 2nd, 2021

To apply, you must already have been offered an internship or other qualifying summer position (undergraduate research, career-related community service, etc.).

Your answers will be assessed through the following criteria: General thoroughness and thoughtfulness of answers, draws connections between career exploration/goals to summer internship experience, clearly understands the purpose of the award, and meets word count recommendation. 

Step 2:  Submit Your Internship Verification and Estimated Summer Budget

Submission Deadline:

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Acceptable Internship Verification Documentation: 
  • Copy of official offer letter
  • Copy of email/communications with hiring manager/supervisor
  • Please email Abbey Racelis ( if you have any questions

Submit Documentation Here 

Estimated Summer Budget Form: 

Summer Budget Form   Submit Summer Budget Form Here

Step 3: Wait for Selection Results

Selection Process:

Applications will be carefully reviewed by a selection committee made up of Career Development Center staff members. Chosen applicants will be invited to interview in early-May. After the interviews, final decisions will be announced in mid-May.

For questions regarding the selection process please contact Abbey Racelis at

Internship Eligibility

Eligible internships must:

  • Be for the purpose of career exploration and/or development
  • Be a minimum of 6 weeks in length 
  • Be a minimum of 240 hours total 
  • Can be in-person and/or remote
  • Meet NACE internship guidelines

Ineligible internships include:

  • Internships that require students to pay to participate
  • Internships that require students to receive academic credit in order to have the internship*
  • Internships unaligned with USD's mission & values

*Please note that you may choose to receive academic credit as long as it is not required you do so by your internship provider

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Have an internship secured at the time you submit your application. Verification from the internship provider prior to and at the conclusion of the internship will be required.
  • Be a full-time University of San Diego undergraduate student who is neither incoming freshmen nor a graduating senior and who will be enrolled full-time at the University of San Diego (or in a USD study abroad program) in the fall semester following the summer internship.
  • Not be on academic or disciplinary probation.
  • If you are an international student you must apply for Curricular Practical Training(CPT)

What is required of students who receive this award?

  • Must complete the online Summer Internship Award orientation and paperwork prior to first award disbursement
  • Must submit the following items: photos/videos of internship throughout the summer, post-internship survey, and short essay reflective statements about your experience
  • Must have two virtual check-in meetings with an assigned USD Career Counselor during your summer experience 
  • Must update your resume to include your summer experience and have it approved by your assigned USD Career Counselor
  • Must have your supervisor complete internship confirmation form
  • Must inform the USD Career Development Center immediately of any changes to the internship information included on the application


  • The Kenrose Kitchen Table Foundation
  • The USD Parent Fund
  • Bourke and Herbert B. Tasker and Family
  • Tom and Karen Mulvaney
  • The USD Career Development Center

For More Information:

For more information about this award please contact Abbey Racelis at