Among the most crucial insights a college student can gain as he or she attempts to narrow career choices is an understanding of the available professional options. During internships Scholars work side-by-side with professionals in their fields of interest. These new challenges and experiences provide the Scholars with opportunities to reshape their goals, refine their existing skills and increase their self-confidence, thereby preparing them to compete in today’s job market. During the Scholars’ search for internships, Program staff offers assistance to Scholars with identifying appropriate internship opportunities, preparing resumes, letters of introduction, applications and other supporting materials. By providing this and other assistance, the Program tries to ensure that the Scholars have every opportunity to prepare themselves for the transition from undergraduate work to professional careers.
The Foundation staff members who work on the Milken Scholars Program communicate regularly with each of the Scholars to assist them with a variety of academic and career issues. Staff members periodically visit the Scholars in their college communities in order to bring them together to share experiences and participate in social and cultural activities. The type of guidance provided by the staff and other Scholars can be particularly important since most Scholars are first-generation college students.
The Program provides each Scholar with a fund to help pay for expenses associated with graduate school applications, the job interview process, unpaid internships, study abroad programs and other opportunities related to the pursuit of career goals. Scholars can apply for these funds during their undergraduate careers or can draw upon them in later years.