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 - many will 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 immense changes 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 2020 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 $5000 that will be disbursed in three payments.

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Application Process

Step 1:  Submit Your Application

Applications Window:

January 27th , 2020 - May 14th, 2020 (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

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

Step 2:  Submit Your Internship Verification

Submission Deadline:

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Internship Verification documentation can include a copy (PDF or picture) of your offer letter or email

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 mid-May. After the interviews, final decisions will be announced in mid-to-late May.

For questions regarding the selection process please contact Maya Sykes at

Internship Eligibility

Eligible internships must:

  • Be for the purpose of career exploration and/or development
  • Be a minimum of 4 weeks in length (reduced for Summer 2020 only)
  • Be a minimum of 160 hours total (reduced for Summer 2020 only)
  • Can be in-person or remote/virtual (Summer 2020 only)
  • 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 outgoing senior and who will be enrolled full-time at the University of San Diego (or in a USD study abroad program) in the fall 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 attend the Summer Internship Award Reception in September 2020 (on-campus)
  • 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


  • Kenrose Kitchen Table Foundation
  • USD Parent Fund
  • USD Career Development Center

For More Information:

For more information about this award please contact Maya Sykes at