USD Supports Career Readiness with Summer Internship Financial Aid

Monday, May 11, 2020

Two business students walk on University of San Diego campus

Students can look to the University of San Diego and the USD School of Business for financial support as they pursue internship experiences this summer — whether paid or unpaid. As the university continues to navigate the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains committed to preparing students for career success upon graduation.

In spite of the challenges that this health crisis presents, employers have also shown a desire to provide students with valuable work experience this summer as they get creative with their internship opportunities.

Summer Internship Award

All USD undergraduate students with an internship secured this summer are eligible to apply for the Summer Internship Award. Applicants can be awarded up to $5,000 and must apply by May 14. Last year, 58 students received financial support through this award.

The Summer Internship Award was established in 2014 by the Power Family and is managed by USD’s Career Development Center. Over the past few years, more families and individuals have demonstrated their generosity by giving to this award, allowing even more students to participate in life-changing summer opportunities.

"The Career Development Center's commitment to supporting all students and alumni hasn't slowed during this period of change,” says Robin Darmon, senior director of the Career Development Center. “We're still here for our students - Zoom, phone calls, emails! We're also incredibly blessed to have generous donors who contribute to the Summer Internship Award fund. Connecting students to employers can literally change the career trajectory for students and we're 100 percent committed to making that happen." 

Eligible students can apply for the Summer Internship Award online.

School of Business Student Internship Fund

Students with a declared business major and MBA students are eligible to apply for a financial award from the School of Business Student Internship Fund. Eligible students can receive a minimum award of $250. In recent years, students have received awards of over $1,000. 

The School of Business Student Internship Fund was made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Albert P. Carey, former chief executive officer of PepsiCo. Additional donors continue to contribute and grow the fund to support business learning opportunities for students.

"The School of Business has adapted quickly to support students as they face challenging circumstances this summer,” shares James Sillcox, senior director of career services for graduate business programs. “We are excited to be in a position where we can offer virtual networking opportunities, career coaching appointments, as well as financial support through the Internship Fund."

Applications are now being accepted through July 15. Awards will be applied toward the student’s account for the Fall 2020 semester. Eligible students can apply online.


Maya Sykes