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The Student Success Internship (SSI) program, now in its 9th 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 35 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:

-To prepare and enhance undergraduate students’ academic and professional development.

-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 faculty and staff mentors.

-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 2023-24 year is now open. Click here to submit a proposal:

The deadline to submit a proposal is Thurs., August 31st, 2023 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 2023-2024

  • Tues., August 1st, 2023:  Call for departments to submit SSI Projects is now open!

  • Thurs., August 31st, 2023: SSI Project Submission Deadline (5:00 pm PST)

  • Week of September 5th, 2023: SSI Projects selected and departments notified

    • Student Recruitment & Selection Begins 

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

  • April 2024 - TBD - Student Success Intersnhip Poster Symposium