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Explore career opportunities through the Student Success Internship.

Student Applications Now Open!

STEP 1: Log in and search on Handshake

Use the key words: Student Success Internships

STEP 2: Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter on Handshake to projects of interest.

STEP 3: Participate in Selection Process

Using their own selection process, the department will review resumes and select candidates to interview and select for the project.

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The Student Success Internship (SSI) program, now in its 7th year, provides UC Merced departments the opportunity to design internship positions for undergraduate students to complete professional projects. The interns are paired with department faculty and staff mentors who provide guidance and advice throughout the projects.

Each August, departments, faculty, and staff are invited to submit an SSI project proposal. On average 30 projects are selected and students complete the project over the course of 6-8-months here on campus or a satellite location. Funding for the projects is awarded through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships as a student stipend and will be added to student financial aid awards. A selection committee approves all projects.

The Student Success Internship Program is designed to:

-Create collaboration between undergraduate students and the campus's administration to prepare and enhance students’ academic and professional development.

-Involve students in the operation and development of the campus by drawing on student talent to contribute to the campus community.

-Provide students with learning, leadership, and project managerial experiences, as well as opportunities to enhance team-building, communication, time management, and delegation skills under the guidance of administrative personnel.

-Provide opportunities for students to build experiences and skills related to future goals and integrate them with their academic learning. 

Submit a Project Proposal

The call for departments to submit a project proposals for the 2021-22 year is now open. Click here to submit a proposal:

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, August 27th, 2021 at 5:00 pm (PST) 

If for any reason you have trouble completing the application, please contact us at       


Feel free to check out previous SSI projects and see the impact SSI interns are having at UC Merced. 

Timeline 2021-2022

  • Friday, August 6th, 2021:  Call for departments to submit SSI Projects is now open!

  • Friday, August 27th, 2021: SSI Project Submission Deadline (5:00 pm PST)

  • Week of September 13th, 2021: SSI Projects selected and departments notified

    • Student Recruitment & Selection Begins 

    • Mandatory Orientation Sessions for Project Supervisors - Virtually (dates TBD)

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022: Student Success Intersnhip Poster Symposium - 4:00-5:30 p.m.