Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students


On-Campus Opportunities

Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence (rolling; not offered for 2019-20 academic year - more info forthcoming) - This fund is used to cover expenses related to the dissemination of Arts research, including conference and travel.

Arts Professional Pathways Internships Scholarship Fund is available to students who are hired into internships (off or on-campus) and need financial support for living or other related expenses (such as travel, or giving up other employment) during the period of their internship.

College Nine and Ten Student Project Funds (quarterly) - Applicants must be a member of one of the residential campuses.

Cowell College Student Project Fund (quarterly)

Crown Student Project Funds (quarterly) - Applicants must be a member of the residential campus.

Earth Futures Institute - The Earth Futures Institute is a new entity designed to focus world attention on the existential question of Earth’s future on the time scale of decades to a million years. Check for current opportunities.

Humanities Institute Grants (multiple) - Check for regular and special funding opportunities available to students in the Arts.
Institute for Social Transformation Building Belonging Program - Social Science faculty apply for funding to work with undergrads majoring or minoring in a Social Science program.

Kresge College Student Scholarships and Grants (multiple) - Applicants must be a member of the residential campus. 

Merrill Student Special Project Funds (quarterly) - Applicants must be a member of the residential campus. 

Oakes College Rigoberta Menchú Scholarship (February) - Applicants must be a member of the residential campus. 

Oakes Student Project Grants (Fall and Spring quarters) - Applicants must be a member of the residential campus. 

Porter College Undergraduate Fellowships and Awards (multiple)
- Applicants must be a member of the residential campus.

Rachel Carson College Student Project Funding

Research Center for the Americas Undergraduate Research and Professional Development Award (rolling) - Supports undergraduates actively working in Chicano, Latino, Latin American, migration and/or human rights studies.

Rick Hooper Scholarship - Open to all UCSC undergraduate students in good academic standing, the Rick Hooper Scholarship is intended to fund travel expenses for any of the following purposes:

- Study at a college or university in an Arabic-speaking or Muslim-majority country
- An internship in peace and conflict resolution or human rights
- Study or work in Palestinian human rights issues

Right Livelihood College Funding - Apply for a travel grant to visit a laureate or Right Livelihood College to develop a shared research or education project.

STARS Re-Entry Scholarship (April) - Funding support for transfer, re-entry, and veteran students.

Stevenson College Student Research Project Funding (quarterly) - Applicants must be a member of the residential campus.

Student Fee Advisory Committee Annual Funding (January) - The Student Services Fee was established as a supplement to tuition. The Student Services Fee exists to support the services and programs offered to students that are not a part of the core academic mission of the university.


External Funding and Internship Opportunities for Undergraduates

Smithsonian Institute

Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship

Deadline: February 14

The Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program is a need-based program supporting internships for undergraduates in research and collections projects at the Smithsonian Institution. The program is generously funded by the Katzenberger Foundation and administered by the Office of Fellowships and Internships. Six internships are offered each summer.


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Summer Internships

Deadline: February 15

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s internship program offers students behind-the-scenes exposure to the day-to-day operations of one of the country’s leading modern and contemporary art museums. An internship at SFMOMA is an excellent first step if you are a college student or recent graduate interested in learning more about how museums work, are considering pursuing academic credit for an undergraduate or graduate-level program, or hoping to pursue a career at the museum.


Smithsonian American Art Museum

Summer Intern Program

Deadline: February 15

The Summer Program is an introduction to museum work, designed for students who have little or no previous museum experience. Instead of moving through different museum areas, interns in the Summer Program concentrate on one assigned department or office, compatible with his or her interests or career goals. Students with a four-year college degree and undergraduate college seniors and juniors (students completing their sophomore year at the time of application) may apply. Graduate students will be considered for this program on an individual basis.


Getty Institute

Getty Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships

Los Angeles

Deadline: February 22

Getty Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships aim to increase diversity in the field of art conservation. Launched in the fall of 2020 as a pilot program, the internships are the first nationwide effort to provide yearlong financial support and hands-on conservation experience to post-baccalaureate young professionals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds preparing to apply to conservation graduate programs.


Archives of American Art

Summer Internships

Deadline: February 25

The Archives of American Art offers internships year-round to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs who wish to learn and gain professional experience in various fields including archival science, information management, museum studies, art administration, art history, and cultural studies.


Smithsonian Libraries and Archives

Summer Internships

Deadline: March 1

The Smithsonian Libraries and Archives welcomes current or recent undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain archival experiences, capturing, preserving, and sharing the history of the Smithsonian. Internships are available in the following teams: Archives, Institutional History, Preservation, and Virtual Projects.


Smithsonian Institute

Conservation Internship for Broadening Access

Deadline: March 15

CIBA aims to help diversify the field of museum conservation by introducing students to the field who come from varied economic, cultural, social, and educational backgrounds.  Students and recent graduates from Minority Serving Institutions of higher education such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply to this program.


Strauss Foundation 

Applications are submitted to Don Bard, the Strauss UCSC liaison, at ur_hnrs@ucsc.edu

The UCSC application deadline is February 11, 2022

Encouraging young leaders from 22 pre-selected California Colleges and Universities to undertake a high-impact project in public service or social change in their junior or senior year. More information can be found here.


Peter A. Krueger Internship

Summer Internships

Deadline: February 28

The Peter A. Krueger Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain professional skills and learn about museum practices at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States that is exclusively devoted to historic and contemporary design. Interns will acquire in-depth knowledge and develop an enriched understanding of how the museum fulfills its mission to educate, inspire, and empower people through design.