Internships & Fellowships

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Open to all students enrolled in our Professional Certificate in Educational Innovation, an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates a student’s learning experience with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.  Internships allow USD students to gain valuable applied experience and make professional connections in innovative educational organizations, while also giving employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.  Each of the employers we assist in listing opportunities shares this commitment to making their internship program a true learning experience. Both paid and unpaid internship opportunities are available.


  1. Hours: 40 total hours working on an educational innovation project in a professional education setting. The days/time and length of internship are set by the employer and/or negotiated with the intern.

  2. Confidentiality: You may be asked to sign confidentiality or intellectual property agreements, if necessary. 

  3. Innovation Project: Planned in partnership with the employer, complete an educational innovation project. Mentor support will be provided by both the employer and USD. Requirements, deliverables, schedule will be agreed upon.



The Jacobs Institute offers a limited number of fellowships to highly qualified candidates each semester. Jacobs Fellows work with institute designers and researchers on our innovation research and development initiatives. Fellows are hired as part-time USD employees, between 10-20 hours per week.

Applications to serve as a Jacobs Fellow are accepted on a rolling basis. Submit your resume and letter of interest to In your email, introduce yourself, your background experience, and explain how being a Jacobs Fellow will help you meet your career goals.