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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.

Thank you for your interest in the Rising Leaders Program.
We will not be accepting applications for 2018-2019. Please check back in 2019 for updates.

Application Process - Applications will not be accepted for 2018-2019

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, or industries, the applicant hopes to pursue and why
    • 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 volunteer 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

Thank you for your interest in the Rising Leaders Program. We are not accepting applications for the 2018-2019 year. Please check back in 2019 for updates.

  • Track 1: INVESTMENT BANKING: CLOSED (date/time stamp applies on electronic entries for all application materials)
    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 for the subsequent summer.
  • Track 2: GENERAL RISING LEADERS: CLOSED (date/time stamp applies on electronic entries for all application materials).
    Track 2 includes, but is not limited to: Finance, Business, Real Estate, Investment Banking and Consulting.

If Selected, You Will Be Notified By: 

Track 1 Investment Banking/Accounting/Consulting
Track 2 General Finance/Business/Investment Banking
Successful applicants for the Rising Leaders Program will receive support and guidance to prepare them to compete for Summer internships.

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

1. Investment Banking/Accounting/Consulting – CLOSED

In response to investment banking internship deadlines, applications will be accepted in Spring Quarter. Applications will not be accepted for 2018-2019. Please check back in 2019 for updates.

  • Open to ambitious and well-rounded second-year students with a demonstrated interest in securing a summer internship in SUMMER 2019
  • 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 2019
  • Must be attending UCSD for at least one quarter following your internship or alumni coaching experience and expect to graduate by Spring 2020

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

2. General Finance/Business/Investment Banking – CLOSED

Track includes, but is not limited to the following fields: Finance, Accounting, Business, Real Estate, Investment Banking 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 2018 and early 2019. Applications will not be accepted for 2018-2019. Please check back in 2019 for updates.

  • Open to ambitious and well-rounded second-year and third-year students with a demonstrated interest in securing a summer internship in SUMMER 2019
  • 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 2019
  • Must be attending UCSD for at least one quarter following your internship or alumni coaching experience

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