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Grants & Fellowships

CSUCI scholarships : Our University offers scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. Apply or review the on campus scholarships.

CSUCI off campus scholarship offers a list of scholarships that are local as well as national.

Ventura County Community Foundation Scholarship: These scholarships are grouped by major and available to undergraduates and graduate students. Areas include Agriculture, Arts (creative writing, music, art education), business/career preparation, health, teaching/education, and STEM. Awards can range from $500 to $10,000. Some scholarships have special requirements, such as studying nursing and being a single parent (Schuler Scholarship). Most require students to be Ventura County residents. Few (like the Merfeld Family foundation Scholarship) prefer students from southern California counties or from the state of Iowa.

  • Application period: Late Nov to Late Jan
  • Review the description and eligibility guidelines of each scholarship
  • Provides an award of $3000 to each scholar to visit UC and doctoral-granting institutions. The purpose is to enable current students to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs in their chosen field of study.
    Application period: December to Mid Feb
    • Required to meet with the California Pre-Doctoral Coordinator on CI campus (Sara Alcala)
    • Qualifications: Junior, Senior, Grad students in CSU; show promise to succeed in graduate school (academic excellence) while experiencing economic or educational disadvantage; show commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level; enrolled on CSU campus
    • Pre-Doctoral Program template for Plan and Budget

Teaching Grants and Fellowships

Telacu College Success Program. Award from $500 to $5000, including matching funds from university. Renewable up to four years. Applications open in December every year.

Golden State Teacher Grant Program: for students considering a teaching credential and career in California. Grant prioritizes students teaching in a "high-need field" (special education), and at priority schools. To apply, you must send an email to

TEACH Grant: this grant provides up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to being a career in teaching in schools that serve low-income students. Grant recipients must agree to serve for four years.

Knowles Teaching Fellowship: This fellowship is intended help Fellows reduce debts while pursuing their profession; it includes funds for professional development, purchasing classroom materials, and summer stipend. This program supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers. They consider teachers who are entering their first or second year as teacher of record.

Internships & Research Opportunities

Research and professional internships are crucial for providing students with training and exposure to industry or academic research. It will also help students with personal and professional growth.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (Medical Education)

Summer Undergraduate Research Program lists programs across the nation in programs that include development biology, medical research, pharmacology, biomedical research etc. Deadlines for applications vary and often include stipends.

Research Internships and Experiences for Environmental Sciences and Resource Management

Pathway To Science provides a list for Undergraduate students and post-baccalaureate students.

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is open to all undergraduates interested in a range of field and research experience. $6000 stipend, on-campus houses, and travel is supported. Application deadline is in March.

Pathways Program, National Park Services (paid): Students and recent graduates can explore paid internships with the national park services in three programs: Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program, and Presidential Management Fellows Program. The Student Internship Programs vary from location and availability. More information can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) program fact sheet.

Summer Internships in Psychology and Psychology Research

APA Internship Program: There are a range of internships available. Some are paid; others provide academic credit. Internships are available in Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Undergraduate Research Programs in Psychology: Open to all undergraduates across the nation.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health & Human Services, Internship Program: This internship program aims to recruit traditionally underrepresented minorities into the behavioral health field. They encourage applications who are women, veterans, persons with disabilities, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and students of Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Students must be enrolled in a degree-program (BA/BS, Masters, Ph.D.,etc) and have completed their freshman year before internship begins. Please visit the website for more information on eligibility. All eligible applicants will be considered for other HACU national internships.

Science Internship Programs

NIH Summer Internship (paid): In this internship, student participants to work with leading researchers across a range of disciplines including bioinformatics, genetics, neuroscience, clinical research, cancer biology, molecular toxicology, statistics. Applications open from November to March. Undergraduates receive a monthly stipend (approx. $2000).

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (paid): National Science Foundation funds research opportunities for undergraduates. REU site programs provide stipends and usually assistance with housing and travel. Search for a REU site by discipline and research topic. You can also search by site location.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Summer Internship Program (paid): 10-week full time summer paid internship is recruiting undergraduates interested in pursuing degrees in STEM. Students will receive not only mentoring and education experience in their field of study but also tours, lectures, and career advisement. Application deadline is in March.

Business Internships and Opportunities

Experiential Learning Micro-Internship (paid): Hosted by CSUCI's Entrepreneurship and Small Business Institute. Micro-Interns can choose amongst two areas: marketing consulting and content marketing. Interns work based on projects and projects are offered throughout the year, including the summer.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program: Hispanic students from HACU member colleges and universities are qualified to apply for internships in corporations nationwide. The corporate internship program is designed to help students prepare for jobs (mock interviews, building resumes) as well as supporting them in their placement in companies such as Google, Oracle, Deloitte, and Petsmart. Applicants are encouraged to apply throughout the year (no deadline).

Kaiser Permanente offers a range of undergraduate internships in business-related areas in the health care industry such as sales operation, market research, finance, and communications.

Microsoft University Internship (paid): Internships are offered to students in Bachelor's, Master's, MBA, and Ph.D. programs. The areas range from engineering to Finance, Marketing, Sales, Services, Content writer/publisher.

Twitter Internships (Global/12weeks, paid): Twitter Virtual Internship Program is for Juniors (third year undergraduates). Open to students of all educational backgrounds and professional interests.

Google's Business Internship Program (paid): Google's undergraduate internship program ranges, based on availability. Use Google's own search engine to look for jobs in various Alphabet organizations (Google, YouTube, etc.).

James E. Webb Internship Program (paid). for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration. Currently closed. Deadline is usually February.

InRoads Internships (paid): Underrepresented minority students are encouraged to apply to the competitive Inroads internship program year around, but it is recommended that applications are submitted by March 31. Students from a range of disciplines are invited to apply including Business, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Management, and Liberal Arts. Interns are placed in a range of corporations across the country.

The Start Internship (paid) at PriceWaterhouseCooper: This is a diversity summer internship that recruits college sophomores and juniors from traditionally underrepresented groups (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, or two or more races, and/or individuals with disability). Preferred fields of study: accounting, finance, computer and information science, computer engineering, economics, finance and technology, management information systems and accounting, management of technology.

Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP): This seeks traditionally underrepresented minorities interested in a career in advertising. Must be a junior, senior, or graduate student. The program is a 22-week internship to work with industry professionals in advertising. Student receive 10 weeks of virtual training and 10 weeks of agency internship experience. Applications for the next year begins every Fall (2022 applications will open in September 2021) and culminates in MAIPCon in the summer in New York City. Read more about eligibility and application checklist.

Internships in Museums and Visual Arts Organizations

Internships in Los Angeles Area in Museums and Visual Arts Organizations. The Getty Foundation has put together a fairly comprehensive list of available internships ranging from research and archival work to arts education and curatorial internships.

Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship at the Getty Center and Villa (paid): Usually a 10-week summer internship with $6000 stipend. Application deadline is in February.

Internship opportunities at the Smithsonian: There are a wide range of internship programs offered at the Smithsonian. This includes the Diversity Awards Program, which is intended to attract underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in research conducted at the Smithsonian.

Internship in Communication/Humanities

National Public Radio (NPR) internship (12 weeks for summer; 14 weeks for winter, spring and fall): Interns support NPR's daily operations from news to music to communications and engineering. Summer internships are usually posted in late January and close in February. For Winter/Spring applications visit the web page in the end of Spring; Fall applications are available at the end of June.

AAAS Journal Internship: Love science writing? Join the internships at American Association for the Advancement of Science. Interns come from a range of backgrounds including English Literature, Journalism, Spanish, and Public Policy.

HarperCollins Summer Internship (paid; 10-week): Interns at HarperCollins are expected to work 28 hours per week from early June to mid August. The experience is to help students learn about the entire publishing process. Summer opportunities are posted in January/February and are open to seniors, graduate students and graduates. They also have Fall/Spring internships (with less scheduled hours). Opportunities are posted in Late July/Early August.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students (paid; location, remotely). The fellowship recruits one student three times a year to serve as an intern at the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington D.C. (in Summer 2021, students work remotely). Students develop experience researching and writing for nonprofit organizations and public programs. Students receive academic credit for the experience, but are also compensated by the hour. Three fellowships: summer, Spring, and Fall.

STEM Internship and Fellowship Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities

Underrepresented Minority Fellowships for students pursuing life sciences.

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women and Underrepresented Minorities ) (paid): The research internship program is seeking women and underrepresented minorities who are interested in pursing graduate studies in sciences and engineering.

Twitter Academy (12-week summer internship; paid)--a program specifically designed for second year computer science students from underrepresented groups (Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous).

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