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Rising Leaders Program

The UC San Diego Rising Leaders Program is a career-launching scholarship opportunity for undergraduates interested in Investment banking, finance, or general business.

The Department of Economics and its alumni Economics Leadership Council have designed this program to promote the professional mobility of our top undergraduates majoring or minoring in economics, management science, international studies-economics, or joint math-economics.

In addition to receiving a $1,500 academic scholarship, this program provides an alumni volunteer industry advisor to coach recipients and help them prepare for, and possibly secure, a career-launching internship. Past Rising Leaders have interned for top companies including: Citi Group, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, Bank of Singapore, Booz & Co. South Korea, and Kroll Bond Ratings.

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 across the academic year)
  • Increased marketability and value to employers for future internships or full-time positions

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 quarter and deadline: CLOSED FOR 2014-2015 COHORT

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, 2016.

- Open to ambitious and well-rounded second-year students with a demonstrated interest in securing a summer internship in SUMMER 2017
- Have a cumulative UC GPA of 3.50 or higher, and will have completed some of the upper division core course-work prior to coaching and/or internship
- Available for at least 10 weeks during Summer 2017
- Must be attending UCSD for at least one quarter following your internship or alumni coaching experience and expect to graduate by Spring 2017

2. GENERAL FINANCE/BUSINESS – Application quarter and deadline:
Fall 2015 - 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2015

NOTE: date/time stamp applies on electronic entries for all application materials

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 2015 and early 2016.

- Open to ambitious and well-rounded second-year and third-year students with a demonstrated interest in securing a summer internship in SUMMER 2016
- Have a cumulative UC GPA of 3.50 or higher, and will have completed some of the upper division core course-work prior to coaching and/or internship
- Available for at least 10 weeks during Summer 2016
- Must be attending UCSD for at least one quarter following your internship or alumni coaching experience

All Rising Leader Applicants must:

  • Plan to return to UC San Diego for at least one quarter after successful completion of coaching with an volunteer alumni industry advsior, or successful completion of an internship
  • Have a cumulative UC GPA of 3.50 or higher and will have completed some of the upper division core course-work prior to summer of 2016
  • Be interested in professional development in the industry/internship areas
  • Be willing to travel if selected for an internship
  • Be available to participate in a scheduled in-person or Skype interview with alumni volunteer industry experts, as part of the application process

Application Process

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

  • Professional Resume (See Rising Leaders FAQ page for preparation resources)
  • One copy of a recent degree audit
  • One letter of recommendation from a UC San Diego faculty member or a work supervisor on company letterhead, in a sealed envelope. Note: UCSD faculty members may submit directly via their UCSD email to risingleaders@ucsd.edu
  • One cover letter (not to exceed 500 words) discussing:
    • Industry statement of interest, including the career and industry the applicant hopes to pursue and why
    • Top three (3) companies for which the applicant is interested
    • Top three (3) geographic regions in which the applicant is interested
    • Relevant academic studies and skills developed that make the applicant qualified for that career
    • Any employment or extracurricular experience that has prepared the applicant for the industry of interest

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

Students must be available for a scheduled in-person or Skype interview with alumni voluteer industry experts, as part of the application process.

APPLICANT PREPARATION: Visit the Rising Leaders FAQ page for Questions and Answers about preparing resumes, cover letters, and interview strategies

Application Quarters and Deadlines

  • Track 1: INVESTMENT BANKING: CLOSED FOR 2014-2015 COHORT
    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: Fall Quarter 2015 - Deadline: 4:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH (date/time stamp applies on electronic entries for all application materials)
    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: NOTIFIED
Track 2 General Finance/Business: November 2015 (Projected)
Successful applicants for the 2015-16 Rising Leaders Program will receive support and guidance to prepare them to compete for Summer 2016 internships.

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