Career Services 2016 Internship Scholarship Program!


Career Services and the Internship Scholarship Selection Committee are thrilled to announce the two 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 2016 award recipients 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. Read more about their achievements below. Recipients were also recognized at OSL’s Leadership & Activities Awards Ceremony on May 18th.

2016 Award Recipients & Summer Highlights

Katrina Miller— B.S. in Biopsychology— Intern with the Santa Barbara Channel Marine Biodiversity Observation Network Miller Lab at UCSB
“My current work at SBC MBON has the ability to open up numerous doors in that it is a collaborative effort from multiple labs.  This provides a beneficial networking platform because not only am I getting to work with the researchers in the Miller Lab, but also with professors and graduate students from neighboring labs that are collaborating on the project and doing research in the field that I’m hoping to soon be submerged in…The summer research course I’m hoping to attend in Alaska will provide me with immense hands on experience and an invaluable look at what it is really like doing field research.  This is my last summer before graduating and I would be immensely grateful for any financial support to continue my research with SBC MBON and make conducting research in Alaska possible.” – Katrina

Madison Villanueva–B.A. in Asian American Studies—Intern with ASPIRE – Los Angeles (Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles)

“I believe the work I will be doing with ASPIRE-Los Angeles through this internship will allow me to develop skills that are valuable in many professions…My past work in non-profit organization and student affairs has cultivated my interest in pursuing career in these fields.  In coordinating the nationwide convening, I can develop skills in program building and event coordination that can be helpful in providing information and resources for students…Maintaining an organization also involves important communication skills and management, both of which are important in a student affairs department or non-profit organization.  By the end of my internship, I expect to have built a strong network this is helpful for people-oriented fields such as non-profit work and student affairs.” – Madison

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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!

2016 Internship Scholarship Selection Committee:
Jo Ann Villanueva-Salvador, Career Counselor
Angelica Caudillo, EOP Counselor
Omar Grajeda, Career Peer, B.A in Chicano Studies

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 (

Credit & appreciation to artist & photographer Erin Ryan!