First-Generation Scholarship

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The First-Generation Scholarship is a monetary award for first-generation students who secure unpaid summer internships.

This scholarship supports first-generation students looking to gain experience to complement their academic coursework. Students will be selected through an application and interview process. All internships must be a minimum of six weeks during the summer. An award of $2,000 will be given to selected students.


In collaboration with our First-Generation Mentor Program and campus partners, we are excited to offer this scholarship opportunity for first-generation students who secure unpaid summer internships. This initiative supports students looking to gain hands-on experience. Students will “test drive” a career field and enhance their professionalism through a career-oriented internship.


  • Currently enrolled first-generation college student in an undergraduate degree program at USC with a minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Graduation date between December 2019 – May 2022
  • Secured internship by 12:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Must work at least six weeks at an organization, in any field or industry
  • Must have written proof of internship, including intern supervisor name/contact information

Application Process

The 2019 application closed on April 5.  Details regarding our 2020 program will be able in June 2019.

Selection Process

Students will be selected based on their application and interview. Students are expected to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.

Student Testimonials

I was given the opportunity to intern at the U.S. Department of Education with the help of the First-Generation Scholarship. This scholarship helped me fund my stay at Washington D.C. and not worry about financial expenses. Therefore, I got to really experience D.C. and my internship to the fullest. Having had the opportunity to work at the U.S. Department of Education reassured me that I still want to make a difference in education through nonprofits.

-Roxanna; Major: Non-profit Leadership and Management; Class of 2018

I had the privilege to embark on a journey of discovery and career advancement with a resource that I was so graciously given by USC’s generous scholarship fund. Without this incredible scholarship, my financial limitation would have impeded my ability to partake in my summer internship in Los Angeles City Hall. Being able to work for Los Angeles City Hall has catalyzed my ambition to pursue further work in this field, and there are very few opportunities that could have led to this realization.

-Carlos; Major: Economics and Mathematics; Class of 2018


Call us at (213) 740-9105 or email if you need assistance finding an internship.

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