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Rising Leaders FAQ

Do I have to have a 3.50 UC GPA to apply?

Yes. The 3.50 UC GPA is one of the criteria necessary for selection. Not only does the 3.50 UC GPA indicate academic excellence, it is required by companies to secure placement in internships.

I am not majoring nor minoring in economics, management science, international studies-economics, and joint math-economics, can I still apply?

No. The UC San Diego Department of Economics and the Economics Leadership Council (ELC) created the Rising Leaders program to help students pursuing majors and minors in economics, management science, international studies-economics, and joint math-economics. Students need to be studying economics in one of the listed majors or minors in order to be eligible to apply for this internship/scholarship opportunity.

What are some of the companies at which Rising Leaders have obtained internships?

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.

Why is the Investment Banking track application deadline so early?

In response to the Investment Banking internship deadlines, Rising Leaders applications are accepted in the SPRING quarter of the year prior to start of the internship. For example, a Rising Leader (Investment Banking track) who is successfully accepted in the spring of 2014 will be prepared to apply for internships which open in August, 2014, for internships that begin in the summer of 2015.

What is General Finance/Business, and why is there a separate application deadline?

The General Finance/Business track includes, but is not limited to the following fields: Finance, Accounting, Business, Real Estate, and Consulting. Successful candidates will be prepared to apply for internships that align with the business cycle, which begin opening in late fall and early winter for the following summer (For example, a Rising Leader in the General Finance/Business track selected in the fall of 2014 will be prepared to apply to internships which begin in the summer of 2015).

Can F-1 students accept a paid internship off-campus in the U.S.A.?

Please view the F-1 Students: Working in the USA page on the International Center website for complete details/rules/regulations.

NOTE: The Department of Economics does not approve Curricular Practical Training (CPT), as internships are not a required, nor optional, part of the undergraduate curriculum.

How can I prepare my Rising Leaders application materials, including resume and cover letter?

Prepare Resumes and Cover Letters  

Triton Career and Professional Development Guide

UC San Diego Career Service Center Home Page (in-person appointments, workshops, etc.)

In addition, you may find the following link helpful (from the Department of Economics website):

Tips on how to write a solid cover letter and professionally market yourself (PDF)

How to Land a Job: Tips from ELC member Emmy Sobieski, about developing better skills for building LinkedIn profiles, writing resumes, building professional networks, and interviewing (PDF)

How can I prepare for my Rising Leaders applicant interview?

If selected for a Rising Leaders Applicant Interview, please prepare by using the following tips/tools/resources:

Interview format:

Each interview will be scheduled for a 25 minute period. It will be a formal interview, so dress accordingly, and be sure to bring your resume and any other items you want to share with the interviewers.

Arrive a few minutes early, so that you will be relaxed and centered, when called into the interview room. If you have a Skype interview, prepare as if you have an in-person interview.

Be prepared to clearly articulate your thoughts, and share examples that demonstrate your knowledge in the industry for which you are interested.

Prepare for the interview:

Use Interviewing page on the Career Services Center website for interviewing resources, such as:

Set-up an appointment with a career advisor

Attend Interview Effectively Workshops

Read the Triton Career and Professional Development Guide

Practice interviewing with Big Interview (using a webcam and your computer)

You may also find the following links on interviewing skills helpful (from the Department of Economics website):

How to Land a Job: Tips from ELC member Emmy Sobieski, about developing better skills for building LinkedIn profiles, writing resumes, building professional networks, and interviewing (PDF)