Career Center offers paid internships


Maylynn Melendez, Inroads program manager and coach talking to students about the requirements to apply to Inroads. Students must have a 3.0 GPA, attend a 4-year university, have one summer left toward undergraduate degree, and major in business, STEM, or liberal arts. Photo credit: Jocelyn Torralba

Jocelyn Torralba

The Career Center presented a workshop for students transferring to a UC or Cal State in the spring and fall 2018 and are interested in paid internships.

Maylynn Melendez, Inroads program manager and guest speaker at the presentation, was invited by Career Services Counselor Clara Ross Jones.

Melendez spoke to students about Inroads internships and their requirements.

“We help students obtain a full time paid summer internship, acquire professional training, as well as coaching and training,” said Melendez.

Inroads is a non-profit leadership development organization that was founded in 1970 by Frank C. Carr.

Internships averages 6,000 to 10,000 in pay over a 8-12 week period.

Inroads has impacted over 150,000 lives of professionals and it continues to grow according to Melendez.

She says Inroads helps students with interviewing skills and articulating their strengths.

Inroads works with companies such as Target, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Kaiser Permanente, Shell, AT & T, IBM, etc.

Once the students gets their internships, Inroads would help and coach the students to better their skills throughout the internship.

To qualify to be an intern you must :

  • Attend a 4-year college or university
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Have at least one summer left towards undergraduate degree
  • Major in business, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) or liberal arts

Patria Such, business major, is an international student from Hungary that plans to apply to Inroads.

“I was curious to come because I had so many questions about this program; they answered all my questions and I’m going to apply so I can get an internship in my major.” said Such.

Students can apply to Inroads at

Students must submit their non-official transcripts and résumé with their application.

Then, they will be invited to attend a candidate prep session were Inroads coaches train the students.

After the prep session they will be called to a mock interview to find a corporate match fit for the student.

Nataly Mejia, English major, said she will be applying to Inroads to get more experience on the work field.

“I wanted to see if there [are] any opportunities for an internship for next summer, so in the future I can put that in my résumé when I start applying for jobs in my field,” said Mejia.

Inroads does not offer internships to entertainment and law majors.

Deadline for applications is on May 2018.

Ross said she chose to do this workshop so students can have the opportunity to obtain an internship and get also get paid.

“The opportunity to internship and volunteer in a place where you are doing potential work you intend to do as a career choice is priceless,” Ross said.

She added that Inroads talked to students about the importance of internships and the many companies they work with.