Riordan College to Career


If you are a first-generation college student, this program will prepare you for internships and successful careers in management.

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Riordan College to Career is much more than simply a formal, one-week program. It has truly proven to me that anything is possible, and that there are so many diverse career fields I can pursue. The Riordan Programs provided a family that has helped me to begin unlocking my true potential.”

John Mendoza
College to Career 2015
University of Southern California (B.A. ’16)

About College to Career


The Curriculum

The program workshops are designed to help you transition from college into a highly rewarding job.

Curriculum Includes:

  • Professional development activities
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Graduate-level discussions and case studies led by top UCLA Anderson faculty
  • Guest lectures by top industry leaders
  • Individualized Career Action Plan counseling
  • Mentorship

Curriculum Topics Include:

  • Office culture
  • Managing your interests in a professional setting
  • The art of public speaking
  • Finding a job in today’s landscape
  • The successful internship

Following the intensive one-week session, you will be paired with a career mentor who continues to support your professional development and career goals.

The curriculum prepares you for a summer internship. All College to Career participants are encouraged to have a summer internship secured by the start of the program. However, having a summer internship is not required in order to enroll in the program.

Why Apply


Are you the first in your family to go to college? Do you need support with professional development? Are you interested in securing an internship? Every year, we elevate our students to the places they feel they are meant to be. This is the vision of our founders: nothing short of a transformational program.

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Applying to College to Career


Application Period

We are currently receiving applications for our Summer 2018 cohort. The Riordan College to Career Program uses an online application process and application decisions are made on a rolling basis. Please submit all required information prior to the application deadline.

First Round Deadline: January 26, 2018

Final Deadline: April 13, 2018

Program Dates: The week of  June 18-23, 2018

If you would like to join our 2018 College to Career Program Interest list, please sign up using the link below.

2018 College to Career Program Interest List

Application Requirements

Prior experience in or knowledge of business is not required.

Online Application

Complete the  Online Application. Upon completion, print the Application Summary Sheet and keep for your records.

Copy of unofficial transcript(s)

Upload a copy of your unofficial transcript to the online application. Your application is considered incomplete without the transcript.

Academic or community reference contact (1)

Submit contact information of one (1) professor, counselor or community reference. Notify your listed reference that you have applied, as we may contact him or her directly.

Personal statement

A personal statement is required of all applicants.

The statement may be up to four paragraphs long. There is no required topic for the statement. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Riordan Programs and describe how the Riordan College to Career Program can benefit you in pursuing your long-term career and/or academic goals. Topics may include leadership potential, integrity and accountability, academic background, management experience, diversity aspects, problem-solving skills, motivation and the ability to relate well to others.

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Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduate student at a four-year university. If you are currently enrolled at a community college you may apply for program admission contingent on verification that you will be attending a four-year university by fall 2018
  • Sophomore, junior or senior standing by fall 2018 semester/quarter
  • First-generation college student
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and community service involvement

Program Details


Sample Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Announcements
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Entrepreneurship Workshop
10:15 –10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 –11:30 a.m. The Art of Marketing
11:30 –12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Negotiation Case Study
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Steps to Becoming an Attractive Recruit
4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Wrap-Up


Tuition is free and there is no application fee. Classroom supplies, materials and food are provided for all session participants.


Admitted College to Career participants are required to attend all sessions. Participants are expected to exhibit a professional demeanor and actively participate in class discussions and all other program activities. Work-appropriate attire is required at all Riordan Programs functions.


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