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Rising Leaders Program

High quality internships provide students with valuable work experience that can enhance their future careers. The UC San Diego Department of Economics and the Economics Leadership Council (ELC) have created a program to help top students pursuing majors and minors in economics, management science, international studies-economics, and joint math-economics.

The ELC, a group comprised primarily of UC San Diego Economics alumni and financial executives, has identified a network of professionals at top firms in finance, consulting, hedge funds, and accounting. Students selected as Rising Leaders will obtain assistance from the Department and members of the ELC and be marketed to these companies as top candidates for internships.

Opportunities for internships will be with companies throughout the U.S. with a high concentration in San Diego and New York. Paid internships typically last 10 weeks. Students who get an internship must be willing to travel to the placement location. Some internships serve as a recruitment process for permanent staff positions to start after the intern graduates. Because UC San Diego students will be competing against applicants from other top universities, the selection process is very competitive. Selected students are expected to play an active role in their internship search, and will receive advice relating to resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.

Benefits of Being a Rising Leader

  • A competitive advantage when applying to internships as a result of the direct advising and coaching of a distinguished alumni volunteer
  • Scholarship of $1,500 (disbursed in the 2014-15 academic year)
  • Increased marketability and value to employers for future internships or full-time positions
  • Support of a strong alumni network to assist in obtaining prestigious summer internships

Available Tracks & Qualifications to be Selected
as a Rising Leader

Be a current UC San Diego student, majoring or planning to minor in: economics, management science, international studies-economics, or joint math-economics, and interested in a future career in one of the following tracks:

1. INVESTMENT BANKING –Application deadline: May 1, 2014

In response to investment banking internship deadlines, applications will be accepted in Spring Quarter. Successful applicants will be prepared to apply to internships which open in August, 2014.

- Open to ambitious and well-rounded second-year students with a demonstrated interest in securing a summer internship in SUMMER 2015
- Have a cumulative UC GPA of 3.5 or higher, and will have completed some of the upper division core course-work prior to internship
- Available for at least 10 weeks during Summer 2015
- Must be attending UCSD for at least one quarter following your internship and expect to graduate by Spring 2016

2. GENERAL FINANCE/BUSINESS – Application deadline: October 24, 2014

Track Includes, but is not limited to the following fields: Finance, Accounting, Business, Real Estate, and Consulting. In order to align with the business cycle for internship deadlines, applications will be accepted in Fall Quarter. Successful applicants will be prepared to apply to internships which begin opening in late 2014 and early 2015.

- Open to ambitious and well-rounded second-year and third-year students with a demonstrated interest in securing a summer internship in SUMMER 2015
- Have a cumulative UC GPA of 3.5 or higher, and will have completed some of the upper division core course-work prior to internship
- Available for at least 10 weeks during Summer 2015
- Must be attending UCSD for at least one quarter following your internship

All Rising Leader Applicants must:

  • Plan to return to UC San Diego after successful completion of the internship
  • Have a cumulative UC GPA of 3.5 or higher and will have completed some of the upper division core course-work prior to summer of 2015
  • Be interested in professional development in the internship areas
  • Be willing to travel if selected for an internship

Application Process

To be considered for the Rising Leaders Program, students must submit the following materials:

  • Professional Resume (students are strongly encouraged to consult Career Services prior to submission)
  • One copy of a recent degree audit
  • One recommendation from a UC San Diego faculty member or a work supervisor on company letterhead, in a sealed envelope (UCSD faculty members may submit directly via their UCSD email to risingleaders@ucsd.edu)
  • One cover letter (not to exceed 500 words) discussing:
    • The career the applicant hopes to pursue and why
    • Relevant academic studies and skills developed that make the applicant qualified for that career
    • Any employment or extracurricular experience that has prepare the applicant for an internship

Submit all materials to the Department of Economics Sequoyah Hall 245 or via email to risingleaders@ucsd.edu.

Application Deadlines

  • Track 1: INVESTMENT BANKING: May 1, 2014
    In response to investment banking internship deadlines, applications will be accepted in Spring Quarter. Successful applicants will be prepared to apply to internships which open in August.
  • Track 2: GENERAL RISING LEADERS: October 24, 2014
    Track 2 includes, but is not limited to: Finance, Business, Real Estate, and Consulting

If selected, you will be notified by:

Track 1 Investment Banking: June of 2014
Track 2 General Finance/Business: November 2014
Successful applicants for the 2014-15 Rising Leaders Program will receive support and guidance throughout the year to prepare them to compete for Summer 2015 internships.

Candidates with diverse academic or cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.