USC Dream Dollars Program


The USC Dream Dollars Program is a unique scholarship for USC undergraduate students who secure unpaid internships with a non-profit or government organization. This program supports students interested in gaining 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. The program awards a $1,500 scholarship to selected students.


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.


  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at USC
  • Former USC Dream Dollar recipients are not eligible
  • If you receive additional USC summer awards from research grants, foundations, or scholarships, you will not be eligible to participate
  • Graduation date must be between December 2018 and May 2021
  • Must have secured an unpaid internship prior to applying for USC Dream Dollars. Please contact our Internship team (STU B1) at (213) 740-9105 if you need assistance finding an internship.

Application Process

2018 USC Dream Dollars Application will be available by Spring 2018.

Applications and supporting materials must be completed and submitted in connectSC, Job ID #146225, by 12:00 pm on April 6, 2018. Candidates will be notified via email by April 13, 2018 if they are selected for an interview with the USC Dream Dollars Selection Committee.

Please complete a three-step application process:

  1. Complete an online application form
  2. Submit supplemental documents via connectSC, Job ID #146225
    • Current resume
    • STARS Report (Available on OASIS)
    • Personal Essay: a one-page, single spaced (one-inch margins) narrative explaining your current academic program, why you are interested in the USC Dream Dollars Program, and how you think this internship experience will enhance your undergraduate experience and have an impact on your future. Essay must be typed in no smaller than 10-point font.
    • Copy of your internship job description from your organization or supervisor.
  3. Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from a USC faculty member via email to No letters from peers, family members, or supervisors will be accepted. A USC faculty business card and/or department letterhead stationery are required. The letter should comment on applicant’s commitment to the non-profit and/or governmental sector. It is the student’s responsibility to submit this recommendation prior to the deadline.

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.

Student Testimonials

This summer definitely helped me decide what career path I want to pursue after I graduate, and I could not have done this without the help of the Dream Dollars Scholarship. I believe that having funding from USC made me even more keen to explore career options in D.C., take advantage of public events in different agencies and organizations, and learn from the people around me. After spending time at a think tank, I realized that I want to be doing more field work to gain experience and expertise. Afterwards, I would like to pursue a career in the Foreign Service and (depending on which administration) even in the White House.

– Nitika; Major: Cognitive Science; Class of 2017


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