Career Proudly Presents the Internship Scholarship Program 2015 Award Recipients


Congratulations to the 2015 Internship Scholarship Program Award Recipients:
Julie Nguyen, Kenny Imery Bonilla, Kimberly Herbert, Elliot Lee, Anna Wu, and Mollidee Silvestrini (not pictured)

Career Services and the Internship Scholarship Selection Committee are thrilled to announce the six award recipients of the Internship Scholarship Program and to celebrate the career ambition and accomplishments of these undergraduates as they surpass barriers towards professional success. The 2015 award recipients have landed impressive summer internship and research positions that will expand their professional network and career opportunities, ranging from on-campus and local positions to opportunities in the nation’s capital. 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. Read more about their achievements below. Recipients were also recognized at OSL’s Leadership & Activities Awards Ceremony on May 20th.

2015 Award Recipients & Summer Internship Highlights

Kenny Imery Bonilla— B.S. Aquatic Biology, Spring 2016— Intern with Surfrider Foundation—Isla Vista Chapter
“A scholarship award would be extremely beneficial in allowing me to be able to participate in something that I’m extremely passionate about. As an Aquatic Biology junior I think that protecting our oceans and educating the community about the impact we can have on our coast are essential in creating awareness. This internship will also give me the experience needed in order to work with other non-profit organizations in the future.” –Kenny


Kimberly Kathleen Herbert—B.A. Communication, Spring 2016—Pretrial Services Intern with Santa Barbara Superior Court
“The Pretrial Services Internship is an amazing opportunity to pursue my dream career, and increase my knowledge of the legal field. This scholarship award would enable me to afford rent over the summer and make it possible for me to excel in this amazing internship opportunity. Having the opportunity to work with officers of the criminal justice system, judges of the Superior Court, and meet many people of the community will expand my professional network and hopefully lead to more opportunities in the future.” –Kimberly


Julie Danthanh Nguyen—B.A. Political Science, Spring 2016—Intern with Congress Alan Lowenthal in D.C.
“This scholarship would be beneficial to me because I can focus on my internship while taking a course in Washington, D.C. Any financial help would motivate me to pursue my passions for government and law without worrying about how to finance my trip. I would be able to stay focused on my future career. This is a great opportunity for me to be more informed about foreign affairs in the world and to apply my foreign policy knowledge to different current events.” –Julie


Elliot Lee—B.A. Political Science & English, Spring 2016—Civil Rights Analyst Intern with U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
“Interning as a Civil Rights Analyst with the U.S. Commission on Civil Right (USCCR) means that I will be responsible for conducting research, interviews, and drafting reports for major civil rights studies – creating a written record of my capabilities, improvement, and ability to work with others. In a less tangible way, relocating to Washington, D.C. for the summer and working with the USCCR also offers invaluable time with others who have navigated the very same career path that I am starting on, from clerks and assistants to full‐time research attorneys.” –Elliot


Anna Wu—B.S. Electrical Engineering, Spring 2016—Research position with Mishra Group, UCSB
“If I receive this scholarship, it will greatly benefit me by providing me an opportunity to focus on my academic courses while still being able to obtain research experience. This is a great opportunity because I will be able to obtain a lot of hands‐on experience with the guidance of a mentor, while taking summer courses at the same time. I will be working under the supervision of the world‐renowned Professor Umesh Mishra who assisted 2014 Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura with his discovery of the blue light‐emitting diode (LED) which has enabled energy‐saving, bright lights worldwide.”—Anna


Mollidee Silvestrini—B.A. Global Studies, Spring 2018—Conservation Intern with Sierra Club in San Francisco, CA (not pictured)
“The scholarship award would greatly assist me in accepting an unpaid summer internship at the Sierra Club in San Francisco. Being a part of the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, would enable me to have the experience of a lifetime working with environmental activists in order to further my understanding of environmental issues and global studies. Being a part of such an influential program is an incredible work experience that will profoundly affect my academic career and serve me for years to come.” –Molly


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. Available scholarships include the Career Catalyst Awards, Micael Kemp Award, Deb Artz Award, and the Dennis Nord Award with particular awards to support transfer students, undocumented students, and first-generation college students.

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! 2015 Internship Scholarship Selection Committee:
Habiba Simjee, Undocumented Student Services Coordinator
Jo Ann Villanueva-Salvador, Career Counselor
Brenda Curiel, EOP Counselor/STEP Residential Coordinator
Kathy Nguyen, OSL Intern; B.A. Communication & Asian American Studies, Class of 2015
December Brown, ASUCSB University Owned Senator; B.A. Philosophy, Class of 2015

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 Brittany Manzer, Internship Development Coordinator; Career Counselor (

Credit & appreciation to artist Dave Palmer!