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Gaucho Intern Spotlight: Featuring Career’s Internship Scholarship Program 2017 Recipients

October 4, 2017



Student Name: Sydney

Expected graduation date: June 2019

Major(s): History

Organization Name & Internship Title: University of California Office of Federal Government Relations Legislative Intern

Location of Internship: Washington, D.C.

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

During the times that congress was in session, I was required to attend congressional hearings chosen by our staff. After attending a hearing, I would return to the office to complete a hearing summary which I then submitted to the FGR staff. I also assisted the Communications Specialists with special projects such as social media tracking and updating information sheets used for lobbying efforts. The office also gave me the freedom to attend hearings that interested me and this kept me on Capitol Hill around three times per week. One of the highlights of my internship include lobbying in the Capitol building, because I was given an insider’s tour of the building and also learned the importance of lobbying on the federal level.


  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

This internship was a great first introduction to an office setting, and I was fortunate to have given an end-of-internship presentation that improved my public speaking, research and presentation skills. This internship also gave me the freedom to explore my interests in addition to my daily duties. I intend to pursue a career in law and my internship gave me the permission me to attend Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and meetings with practicing lawyers. Attending these hearings and meetings got me interested in constitutional law as an emphasis and expanded my professional network which I will later use when applying to law school.


  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

I used much of the award to pay for housing at the UC Washington Center. However, I did set aside money to pay for business formal attire and a couple of weeks worth of groceries.


  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

Do not doubt your ability to apply to programs like UCDC or EAP. You may not have the same qualifications as other candidates, but that is what makes you unique. If I would have been discouraged to apply to the UC Washington program because I was younger than the average applicant, I would have missed out on solidifying my future career. Also, if you are applying to internships in Washington, D.C. in the summer, do not get discouraged if you do not hear back from some of them, continue applying and you will find your dream internship.


Student Name: Aziz

Expected graduation date: August 2020

Major(s): Pre-Biology

 Organization Name & Internship Title: Heartland/Hospice Care

Location of Internship: Irvine & Laguna Hills

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

During training, I spent hours with my volunteer coordinator about the right ways to spend time with a hospice patient. Hospice patients are terminally ill and often times very old patients who know they are terminally ill. My trainer was very pleasant and welcoming in her training sessions and would often remark how we as volunteers are never obligated to complete any task for our patients. During a typical visit for one of my patients I would welcome them and tell them a bit about my day. I would then ask them how their day was spent and if they had any plans for the rest of the day. Hospice visitations are quite simple in their nature as their goal is to detract the patient from thoughts on their terminal illness. Seeing the smile on a my patients’ face upon seeing as well as hearing the thank you from them is probably my favorite part of each visit.


  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

This volunteering opportunity greatly helped me in my pursuit of a medical career, as I looked a little closer into the types of people that I would be working with on a regular basis. I think this experience has greatly improved my patience and conversation skills. (I had a patient with dementia who would often times think hard for a response and many times not respond at all to a direct question due to him forgetting).


  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

Career services graciously awarded me with a scholarship so that I may pay rent for my off campus apartment over the summer. Without this money I would have had to devote almost all of my summer time to obtaining money for rent.


  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

I would say that if there is a will there is a way. If you put in the effort looking for an internship like this one then you will be rewarded. We are past the points in our lives where you can benefit greatly without putting in hard work.


Student Name: Damaris

 Expected graduation date: June 2018

 Major(s): Sociology, Educational Studies

 Organization Name & Internship Title:

Santa Barbara Education Foundation, Development Assistant

 Location of Internship: Santa Barbara, California

  1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments?

During my typical day at Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF), I am responsible for overseeing several databases by maintaining updated information. A continuous data project is managing our Donation records and creating customized thank you letters for all donors. Also, I helped manage the social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter while figuring out effectve marketing strategies. One of my main projects was creating official transcripts for students that took summer classes. I helped create SBEF’s first transcripts system by efficiently correlating the multiple courses students took with their corresponding mailing addresses. My favorite highlight is when I attended a Music Teachers’ Appreciation gathering. It was amazing to see how the teachers openly discussed the issues they are facing at their host schools. This is valuable because I learned the importance of group collaboration as they were brainstorming ways to help provide equitable education to all students.


  1. How did this internship or research experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

This internship helped me explore the field of higher education at a non-profit organization. I was able to gain experience in a professional setting, at the only non-profit organization that supports all the schools in Santa Barbara Unified School District. I feel honored for this opportunity and it has even further inspired me to help my hometown’s education system in Inglewood. In the future, I will like to join the executive board of the Inglewood Educational Foundation. I believe that all students have a right to achieve higher education and my goal is to help lead the district’s administration. I learned about the various programs SBEF offers students, such as Band camp, summer classes and even mentorship. I admire SBEF contributions to the community and one day, I hope Inglewood can provide students with similar opportunities. I plan to attend graduate school for my Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs to prepare for my career goals. SBEF has helped confirm my desire to pursue a career as an Education Guidance Specialist and Project Coordinator.


  1. In what ways did Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award help you to participate in this summer internship?

The Career Services’ Internship Scholarship award made my experience possible. Since my internship was unpaid, I decided to apply for this scholarship because I have a passion for higher education. This scholarship helped fund my summer housing expenses. I had a wonderful time: getting to know some executive directors, learning about the ongoing projects and providing my perspective on their projects. I am grateful that I had Career Services’ financial support because it eliminated a huge financial burden. I focused more on growing professionally instead of working just to make ends meet. I truly had a wonderful summer experience thanks to this Internship Scholarship.


  1. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship, or a similar internship?

When it comes to higher education, we prioritize community returns. My advice is to identify your exigence within the field of higher education and that would guide you to pursue your passion. Always take advantage of your resources to pursue what you love.

From one Gaucho to another, I am here for you.


Be careful out there! Learn how to recognize fraudulent jobs.

August 23, 2017

Handshake (UCSB’s official site for jobs, internships, and on-campus interviews) and other online job systems have made it easier for you as job seekers to find positions posted by employers seeking candidates. Unfortunately, the same technology makes it easier for scammers to create fraudulent positions to take advantage of you. Career Services wants to re-emphasize the importance of taking caution when searching for jobs and internships on the internet.

While Career Services does not knowingly accept fraudulent postings, false jobs may appear from time to time. Even though we monitor employer accounts and job/internship postings, it is still your responsibility, as a job seeker, to exercise common sense and caution when applying to positions, whether on Handshake or any other job search website.

The staff at Career Services has created a webpage to help Gauchos navigate the current job search environment. On this page, you can learn how to identify potential job scams, effectively research companies to verify their authenticity, and identify red flag markers to help you avoid falling victim to these scams. However, it is your responsibility to be aware of the dangers of online job searching, to review the Safety Tips for Online Job Search webpage, and to carefully examine potential employers before applying.

Here are some red flag indicators that a position you’ve applied for may be fraudulent:

  • You are hired without ever interviewing or meeting your potential employer.
  • All of your correspondence with the potential employer is via text and email.
  • There are multiple misspellings in the job description and in your correspondence with the employer.
  • At the time of hire, the employer tells you they are traveling internationally and needs you to be their assistant or run errands for them.
  • You are asked to give credit card, bank or PayPal account numbers.
  • You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier.
  • You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account – often for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • You receive an unexpectedly large check.
  • You are promised a large salary for very little work or the salary is way out of range for an entry level position, part-time job, or internship.
  • You are asked for personal information such as your Social Security Number before being considered for the position.
  • You are requested to send a photo copy of your ID, i.e., driver’s license to “verify identity”.
  • You are asked to complete a background check before you can be considered for a position.
  • The posting appears to come from a legitimate company or organization, but the contact’s e-mail address doesn’t match the company’s website domain (i.e., rather than
  • The job posting doesn’t mention the specific responsibilities of the job; rather it focuses on the amount of money you will make.

If you suspect a potentially fraudulent employers or job postings while job searching, please report your concerns immediately to UCSB Career Services in person at our front desk, by phone at (805) 893-4412 or by email to

Thank you and safe searching,

Ignacio Gallardo
Director, Career Services

That’s a Woman’s Job: How Do Certain Careers Acquire a Gender?

August 9, 2017

Why do we think of a firefighter as a man and a nurse as a woman and not the other way around?

Sarah Thebaud, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara and Laura Doering, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill University examine the effects of gendered occupational roles on men’s and women’s workplace authority by looking at data and research that they gathered from a microfinance bank in Central America.

Career visits LinkedIn

July 26, 2017

The Career Services Staff has been visiting with companies this summer to learn about specific company recruiting needs, to gain an glimpse inside of company headquarters, to meet with fellow Gauchos at these companies, and to gain a better sense of industry trends. All of the information garnered from these visits will help inform the practice of our staff and will, in turn, help Gauchos to succeed in the application process and more adequately understand the job market.

One such visit took place this week at the LinkedIn office in Carpinteria, CA. During this visit we were able to meet with recruiters and HR professionals to learn about their hiring needs, get a tour of the LinkedIn campus, and have lunch in their fabulous facility. At the LinkedIn office in Carpinteria, they concentrate on the LinkedIn Learning platform which offers an online learning program for premium account holders. LinkedIn Learning combines industry-leading content from with LinkedIn’s professional data and network.  If you haven’t checked it out, you should!

Given their concentration on the LinkedIn Learning platform, this office primarily hires experienced professionals in the areas of Content Management, Content Production, Video Editing, Motion Graphics Design, and Live Action Directing. From time to time, they may have entry-level roles in their Customer Support or Sales division. LinkedIn also has U.S. locations in Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Omaha, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington state which offer more job opportunities for recent graduates.

If you’re looking to get your foot in the door with LinkedIn, consider their robust internship program. They have opportunities in technical, business and creative programs. The recruiters we met highly recommended students applying to the internship program to gain a competitive edge. To learn more, visit:

If you’d like to learn more about this visit or about working at LinkedIn, consider making an appointment with one of our career counselors. They can discuss ways in which you can stand out in the application process and share with you the tips we discovered in our visit. In the meantime, browse some of the photos below which will give you an inside look into the LinkedIn office in Carpinteria.

Career Staff in front of a LinkedIn Green Screen where they film educational videos.

The LinkedIn Cafeteria where they provide free delicious lunch everyday!

Voice recording studios.

Forget your ear buds or mouse at home? No problem, just swipe your employee ID for access to a vending machine full of your technology needs.


One of the LinkedIn common areas.






A message from graduating senior-Alexa Dickinson

June 30, 2017

In the fall of 2013, I came to UCSB undeclared and without any ideas about what major and career I would pursue. As all current and former college students know, people start asking you questions about what you’re going to do with your life about a month before you graduate high school and don’t stop until you have a full-time job. This was rather troublesome for 18-year old me, as I didn’t have a clue where I was headed.

Now, I am finally about to walk across the commencement stage and can give a definitive to all the people who asked me what I am going to do with my life. Starting this summer, I will be doing marketing for T-Mobile at their headquarters in the Seattle area. My path from “what the heck am I doing” to “okay I know what I’m doing” was very complicated, somewhat stressful, and a lot of work, but here are some of the key things I learned along the way:

Be Fearless: College is a time to try new things, take chances, and make mistakes. I would have never guessed that I’d end up in marketing, but I decided to be bold and open in my search for a major/internship/job. When I applied to Career Services, I didn’t think I knew enough about careers to get the job, but I applied anyways. When I applied to my first marketing internship, I felt like I didn’t have enough experience to work at a big corporation, but I still talked to recruiters. When I declared the communication major, I only had one class under my belt and was unsure what the rest of the pre-major would be like. In all these cases, I put myself in positions that were out of my comfort zone and ended up succeeding.  Don’t hold back because you’re afraid, be uncomfortable sometimes and push yourself to try new things. Every situation has two outcomes: you succeed or you learn something. Neither of those should scare you that much.

Ask for Help: I didn’t start finding a major or career direction until I started working at Career Services and began interacting with resources. This isn’t just a shameless plug, I really think that the resources and services offered in the Career Center are integral to both self-discovery and career planning. Some students are scared to come in because they don’t know where to start, but those are the students who could benefit the most. As a career peer, I was trained to handle everything from “I have no idea what to do-please help me” to “I applied to X and have a specific question about Y,” so don’t worry about what stage you’re in, come get help every step of the way.

Network Constantly: When I started college I didn’t know anybody, so I decided to get involved so I could meet people. I joined a sorority and started volunteering, both of which led me to where I am today. The more involved I got, the more I met people who connected me with other opportunities. I got my job at Career Services because a sorority sister showed me the application, I got one of my internships after going to office hours for a professor who is connected to local companies, and I’ve had countless informational interviews with UCSB alumni. Get involved on campus, go to networking events, and utilize your connections while you’re in college. This is the ultimate time to build your network, as you’re surrounded my smart and ambitious people who want to see each other succeed.

Don’t think you have to figure out your plans right away or that you have to do it alone. Be strong, be open to new people and new ideas, and utilize the university setting as much as possible. Best of luck, Gauchos!

Alexa Dickinson is a career peer at UCSB Career Services

Congratulations to the 2017 Internship Scholarship Program Award Recipients!

June 12, 2017

Career Services and the Internship Scholarship Selection Committee are thrilled to announce the six recipients of the 2017 Internship Scholarship Program and to celebrate the career ambition and accomplishments of these undergraduates as they surpass barriers towards professional success. The 2017 award recipients for both the Career Catalyst and Dream Awards have landed impressive summer internship and research positions that will expand their professional network and career opportunities.  The program promotes attainment of professional preparation and provides scholarships of $1,500 to make necessary experience more accessible by offsetting financial hardships associated with unpaid internships.


2017 Career Catalyst Award Recipients & Summer Highlights

Sydney  — B.A. in History— Intern with the UC Office of Federal and Governmental Relations
“I applied to the University of California, Washington Center Program (UCDC) with the hopes of gaining experience beyond what is offered in California.  When I was accepted, I was ecstatic and excited to venture on this journey to our nation’s capital.  My acceptance to UCDC proved to me that my background does not define me and that I have the ability to achieve my dreams…As an aspiring lawyer, I have applied to legal internships…to gain early experience before applying to law school…My professional and career goals center around helping the communities that cannot help themselves and my criteria for an ideal internship takes this into account.  I take any opportunity and treat it as a learning experience, and this internship is no exception…I will create a space for myself of learning and scholarship.” – Sydney

Damaris  –B.A. in Sociology, minor in Education Studies —Intern with the Santa Barbara Education Foundation
“The Santa Barbara Education Foundation invests in the community’s public education by promoting educational equity within all schools in the Santa Barbara Unified District.  As a Development Intern…I will be responsible for helping the Development Officer with fundraising, data entry, projects, marketing and event planning…By interning for SBEF, it would be an amazing opportunity to give back to the community while continuing while continuing to motivate students from Santa Barbara Unified School District…My interests circle many areas such as Assessment and Evaluation, Equity and Diversity, Marginalized communities as well as the student population as a whole.  I would like to gain a better understanding of these areas and share insights with professionals at SBEF.  I am looking forward to meet(ing) new people, learn(ing) more and improv(ing) my skills…” – Damaris

2017 Dream Award Recipients & Summer Highlights

Maribel — B.A. in Environmental Studies, B.A. in Spanish— Intern with UCSB Sustainability

“I am excited to be a part of the group of interns as we get to put into practice what we learn in class and work on projects on campus.  I hope to improve my networking skills at this internship through constant networking that I will be doing with students and staff.  I would like to become an environmental planner and one of the most important things is being able to connect with the community and…I will get to hear and voice concerns of student organization leaders and serve as their representative.” – Maribel

Rony — B.A. in Sociology, minor in LGBTQ Studies — Intern with the National Center for Transgender Equality

“At the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) in Washington D.C., I will support the commitment to create visibility, policy change, equity and equality for Transgender People in the United States.  There is urgency to create change and change policy to best serve the lives of Transgender People at the state, local and federal level.  I am extremely honored to have been chosen by NCTE to intern in the Summer of 2017 through UCDC at UCSB.  This internship will allow me to engage in critical dialogue, challenge existing policies, and bring back knowledge and wisdom to create local change in the community at UCSB, especially for Transgender People on our campus.  As an Undocumented Queer Student of Color, I feel supported by the community of faculty, fellow students, friends and people who continue to support Dreamers to reach their goal of obtaining an education.  I am thankful to the Career Services Team and Undocumented Student Services for creating new roads to success for Undocumented Students at UCSB.” – Rony

Abdelaziz — Pre-Biology, B.A. in Music— Actively seeking a laboratory or volunteer opportunity

“I am definitely in need of financial support in order to help me through my plans this summer…The money graciously granted from this scholarship would allow me…to work with my professors.  My plans for this summer are to aid a professor or…a professional researcher on campus with their research…I am tirelessly working to meet that goal.” – Abdelaziz

Janeth — B.A. in Anthropology — Intern with CAUSE

“I believe that this summer internship will allow me to use skills I already possess such as organization, problem solving, and public speaking to grow as a leader and community organizer.  After I receive my B.A. in Anthropology, Cultural Emphasis from UCSB, I plan to attend Law School and learn about Immigration Law to…help the undocumented communities and Latino communities…I look forward to interacting with the Latino and undocumented communities in the Santa Barbara area and learning about how I can help them now and in the future.” – Janeth


Program Overview

Internship Scholarship Program recipients are selected based on demonstration of financial need, impact of scholarship award, and justification of how the internship supports career interests and professional growth.A special thank you to the Internship Scholarship Selection Committee for their dedication during the competitive blind-review process and commitment to the success of UCSB students!

2017 Internship Scholarship Selection Committee

  • Malaphone Phommasa, Transfer Student Center Director
  • Diana Valdivia, Undocumented Student Services Coordinator
  • Jo Ann Villanueva-Salvador, Career Counselor
  • David Lee, EOP Counselor
  • Tracy Smith, Career Peer, B.A. in Psychology

I’d also like to especially recognize the efforts of Diana Valdivia and Undocumented Student Services at UCSB, who generously funded four of the scholarships for this year’s recipients.  Thank you for your service and partnership!

Consider partnering with Career’s annual program to sponsor an award and help students gain necessary experience to prepare for opportunities beyond UCSB. For more information about the program please visit the Internship Scholarship Program webpage. To get involved, please contact Amanda Asquith, Student Experience Coordinator and Career Counselor ( & appreciation to artist Erin Ryan!


College Graduation is a Time to Start Fresh

June 5, 2017

Be respectful to everyone. Don’t be condescending to those without college degrees. Anyone at an organization longer than you, has more experience. Learn from them.

Do everything to be helpful. Not in your job description? Do it anyway. If you don’t, there are plenty of candidates for your entry-level job who will. (Exception: don’t get pressured into doing anything illegal or unethical.)

Pay attention to your table manners. Sit up straight, don’t use your fork as a shovel, take bite-sized pieces and don’t talk or let your mouth fall open while chewing. I have plenty of stories about people not hired or passed up for promotions because their sloppy eating habits would have been an embarrassment to an organization.

Graduate to a working wardrobe. Even in a casual work environment, avoid flip flops, maxi dresses and the rumpled little boy look. If you can wear it to the beach, don’t wear it to work (unless you work at the beach.)

Leave childish college binge drinking behind. Celebrating birthdays, job offers or because it’s the weekend, by getting drunk, is a road to nowhere. There may be hard choices ahead about leaving behind former drinking buddies. They’re not looking for your friendship. They want you as an enabler. If you can’t drink responsibly, don’t drink at all.

Beware the office gossips. They are not looking for your friendship either. They are priming you for material, to be later used against you.

Come early and stay late, without complaint. Don’t be a clock-watcher. If work begins at 9 AM, get your coffee before 9 AM. If work ends at 5 PM, do not start packing up at 4:45 PM.

Always look forward. College was fun, but look for the fun in your future.

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