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EQUIP

Designed especially for undergraduates, EQUIP provides training in innovation, leadership and design thinking—and prepares students for successful internships in startups and other leading-edge companies.

The program will nurture your leadership development as you cultivate a network of fellow students, mentors and business leaders at UC Davis and beyond. After completing a series of educational workshops, you'll apply your new knowledge and skills at an internship, where you will further clarify your career aspirations and build a network for future opportunities.

EQUIP—Entrepreneurship Quest: Undergraduate Internship Program—is open to students in all majors and disciplines, from the humanities to the social sciences to STEM. The program is a collaboration between the UC Davis Internship and Career Center and the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Please check back for info about 2022/23 cohorts. 

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"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 in Spring Quarter 2022.
    • Agree to complete an internship within a year.
    • Agree to attend all program events (see below).

  • 2022 Program Schedule
  • Workshop/Event  Date Time
    Introduction + Teambuilding

    Thursday, March 31

    4–6 p.m.

    Idea Logs + Design Thinking

    Thursday, April 7

    4–6 p.m.

    Network/Growth Mindset + Activity (*lunch provided)

    Friday, April 15

    Noon–2 p.m.

    Elevator Pitch + Networking

    Thursday, April 21

    4–6 p.m.

    Building Network + Panel of Undergraduate Innovators

    Wednesday, April 27

    4–6 p.m.

    Interview Practice, Leadership + Internship Search

    Thursday, May 5

    4–6 p.m.

    How to be Successful: Professionalism + Managing Conflicts

    Thursday, May 19

    4–6 p.m.

    Internship and Career Fair 

    Click link for current fairs

    10 a.m.–2 p.m.  
    Reunion 

    TBD

    TBD

    Think. Do. Discover. Speaker Series: Michael Colglazier

    Wednesday, April 20

    5–6:30 p.m.

    Individual Career Advising Meetings TBD  
    Authentic Career Experience / Internship Placements Before Summer 2022  

    Note: Workshops meet in person at Gallagher Hall.

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“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

Questions?

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

  • Niki Peterson | Senior Program Manager | Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | 530.400.9531 or 530.752.2924

Meet Sana Karimi

Sana Karimi (picture 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 >