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USC Dream Dollars


The USC Career Center will once again be offering a unique scholarship for undergrads who receive unpaid internships with a non-profit or government organization. The USC Dream Dollars Program supports students hoping to gain work experience from an unpaid internship. Students will be selected through an application and interview process. All internships must be a minimum of six weeks during the summer. The program provides $1,200 for each student.


The USC Dream Dollars Program aims to assist students in financing career exploration in the non-profit and government fields. Students will have the opportunity to gain a career development experience through the program.


Candidates must maintain good academic standing, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at USC. Candidates must have a graduation date between December 2015 and May 2018. Students must have an internship prior to applying for Dream Dollars. Please contact the Career Center Internship Programs Office (STU B1) at (213) 740-9105 if you need assistance finding an internship.

Application Process

Applications for Summer 2015 are available online now here and at the Internship Programs Office of the Career Center, STU B1. Applications and supporting materials must be completed and returned to the Internship Programs Office by 12:00pm on April 10, 2015. Candidates will be notified via e-mail by April 17, 2015 if they are selected for an interview with the USC Dream Dollars Selection Committee.

Please submit a complete packet, containing the following documents to complete the application process:

  1. Complete application form
  2. Current resume
  3. STARS Report (Available on OASIS)
  4. Personal essay: a one page narrative explaining your current academic program, why you are interested in the USC Dream Dollars Program, how you think this internship experience will enhance your undergraduate experience and have an impact on your future.
  5. Include a copy of your internship job description from your employer or supervisor.
  6. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member. No letters from peers or family members will be accepted. A faculty business card and/or department letterhead stationery are required. The letter should comment on applicant’s commitment to the non-profit and/or government sector.

Selection Process

Students will be selected based on their application, faculty recommendation, interview and internship. There is no minimum GPA requirement. Students are expected to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.


The mission of the Career Center is to provide exceptional career services to all members of the Trojan Family.

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