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EQUIP prepares undergraduates for successful internships in leading-edge companies through direct experience with innovation, leadership, and career development.

EQUIP—Entrepreneurship Quest: Undergraduate Internship Program—is open to students in all majors and disciplines, from the humanities to the social sciences to STEM. Students from traditionally underserved communities are encouraged to apply.

Through a series of highly interactive in-person sessions, you will clarify your career aspirations, develop innovation and leadership skills, build your network, and gain confidence as you take practical steps toward securing an internship. 

As you engage in activities that promote communication, teamwork, design thinking, problem solving and adaptability as well as other high-demand skills, you will receive direct support to apply for internships that align with your interests and goals.

Why Join Equip?
  • Meet other Aggie Innovators and develop entrepreneurial mindsets and skills for success in startups and other organizations
  • Apply career-related resources and activities to a customized plan for your future
  • Learn from leaders who are creating a positive impact in the world
  • Receive 1:1 coaching as you pursue an internship
  • Contribute to a supportive community that encourages progress and celebrates accomplishments
  • Form lasting connections in a broad and varied network as you continue to refine your vision for the future

Apply: spring 2024 cohort

mechanical engineering undergraduate student in his lab with race car model

EQUIP was really helpful in exposing me to different resources, events on campus, and people with amazing experiences who provided invaluable advice for my career search, balancing my time, networking and setting goals for myself. This advice helped me learn some new skills and form better habits that will help me shape my future."

​— Shail Trevedi | EQUIP Alumnus | B.S., Mechanical Engineering 20 | Mechanical Design Engineer at Tesla

  • Eligibility and Requirements
  • To be accepted into the program, you must:
    • Be a current UC Davis undergraduate student in good academic standing in any major. 
    • Be enrolled and available to participate for the duration of the program as outlined below.
    • Agree to complete an internship within a year.
    • Agree to attend all program events (see below).

  • Spring 2024 Program Schedule
  • Workshop/Event  Date Time

    Session 1

    Tuesday, April 9, 2024 

    3pm - 5pm

    Session 2

    Tuesday, April 16, 2024

    3pm - 5pm

    Session 3

    Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    3pm - 5pm

    Session 4

    Tuesday, April 30, 2024

    3pm - 5pm

    Session 5

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024 

    3pm - 5pm

    Session 6  

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024 

    3pm - 5pm

    Session 7

    Tuesday, May 21, 2024

    3pm - 5pm

    Internship and Career Fairs and Events

    Click link for current fairs

    Think. Do. Discover. -- Mitch Lasky
    *Note: We encourage EQUIP Scholars to attend this talk but it is not required.

    Tuesday, April 30

    5pm - 6:30pm

    Individual Career Coaching Sessions TBD  
    Internship / Career Development Experience TBD  

    Note: Workshops meet in person in Gallagher Hall.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • What if I have class during part of the session?
    Do I need to purchase anything?
    Do I need previous work experience to apply for EQUIP and/or an internship?
    What should I expect during a typical session?
    Is there any outside work that I'll need to do?
    I haven't declared a major. Can I still participate in EQUIP?
    Is there a recommended year or time of year to participate?
    I'm a senior. Can I still apply?
undergraduate woman in academic building with pen and notebook


The most important thing I discovered had to do with myself. I have the ability to do whatever I desire to do, and EQUIP reminded me of that. If you never try, the answer is always no."

—Munirah Talib-Din | EQUIP Alumna | Certified Designer at Closets By Design (City of Industry, Calif.)

Learn more about the program


Niki Peterson

Is EQUIP right for you? Do you have questions about the program? We're here to help.

Contact Senior Program Manager Niki Peterson 

Meet Sana Karimi

Sana Karimi (pictured at top of the page) participated in our pilot EQUIP program in spring 2019. She graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in sociology and psychology. Today Sana is an undergraduate academic advisor for the Psychological & Brain Sciences Department at UC Santa Barbara. 

“EQUIP taught me that it does not take a genius to create something of high value, but instead dedication to the process and grit to push oneself beyond the mundane. We are all capable of being an entrepreneur, in some form or another, if we apply the right tools and empower the creator inside us.”

Read more about Sana's EQUIP experience >