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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.

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, 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

  • Track 1: INVESTMENT BANKING, SPRING QUARTER 2017 - Applcation Now 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: FALL QUARTER 2017 - Application Due October 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm (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: May, 2016
Track 2 General Finance/Business/Investment Banking: November, 2017
Successful applicants for the 2018-19 Rising Leaders Program will receive support and guidance to prepare them to compete for Summer 2018 internships.

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

1. Investment Banking – Spring 2017: Application Closed

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, 2018.

  • Open to ambitious and well-rounded second-year students with a demonstrated interest in securing a summer internship in SUMMER 2018
  • 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 2018
  • Must be attending UCSD for at least one quarter following your internship or alumni coaching experience and expect to graduate by Spring 2019

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

2. General Finance/Business/Investment Banking – Fall 2017: Application Due October 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm

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 2017 and early 2018.

  • Open to ambitious and well-rounded second-year and third-year students with a demonstrated interest in securing a summer internship in SUMMER 2018
  • 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 2018
  • 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