Program Requirements

The Student Success Internship (SSI) Program is funded by the University of California Office of the President and launched in Fall 2015. It is a partnership between the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Division of Student Affairs. The SSI Program gives undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a meaningful, career-driven internship experiences across university departments. 


  • The SSI internships are centered on the UC Merced campus or its satellite locations.
  • Internship will be project-based and may not replace or replicate existing student employment positions.
  • The SSI program is not intended to supplement student positions that are currently funded. 
  • Participating departments design internship projects and designate a supervisor-mentor to guide and support the intern as they undertake professional and institutionally meaningful projects. 
  • The SSI internship must have clearly defined learning objectives and goals related to the internship project and integration of the student’s academic learning.
  • A selection committee approves all SSI internships.


Interns are paid $15.00 per hour up to $3500 as part of the SSI funds graciously provided by UC Office of the President. Interns may not work more than 18 hours per week during the academic year. 

At the conclusion of their internship experience SSI interns will present a poster at the Student Success Internship Symposium and share their demonstrated learning with other students, faculty, and the campus community. Costs associated with the production of the intern posters and final symposium are covered by the SSI program.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS                                                                                                                                     

Interns will participate in at least three of four professional development seminars (in-person). Topics may include resume writing, building your professional brand on social media (LinkedIn), developing your professional network, and improving interviewing skills.

MENTOR GUIDELINES                                                                                                                                                                           

Mentor-Supervisor have the opportunity to make an impact by engaging students’ professional curiosity and development, entrepreneurial spirit, cultivating leadership skils, critical-thinking, project management and other skills while influencing your intern’s journey through career exploration.

Submit Your Proposal: 2019-20 Department Intern Project Proposals opened on Monday, August 19th, 2019. The application process closed on Friday, Sept. 13th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PST.