Riordan College-To-Career Program

College to Career Program targets first-generation students who are interested in preparing for internships, careers, or graduate school.


“In only a week, the Riordan College to Career Program completely changed my idea of careers possible. My family comes from a small village in Nigeria and being a first-generation American is tough when trying to understand the world of Corporate America. Speaking to diverse industry experts in marketing, sales, consulting, banking, and so many other fields was truly amazing and I'm excited to explore the possibilities of what's out there!.”

Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ifediba
College to Career 2020
Santa Clara University (B.A. ’22)

About the College to Career Program


Program workshops are designed to prepare you for your transition from college to a highly rewarding job.


  • Week-long sessions and workshops from June 24 - 28, 2024
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Discussions and case studies led by top UCLA Anderson faculty and staff
  • Guest lectures by top industry leaders
  • Graduate School Admissions preparation
  • Individualized Career Action Plan
  • Mentorship


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

Following the intensive one-week session, you will be paired with a mentor who will continue to support your professional development and career goals. The selected curriculum will prepare you for a summer internship/full-time job, which is highly encouraged for participants to secure by the start of the program. However, having a summer internship or a full-time position is not required 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. Our founders envisioned this program to be nothing short of transformational.

Applying to the College to Career Program


The 2024 College to Career Application is now live! The 2024 College to Career program will be In-Person at UCLA Anderson. The Riordan College to Career Program uses an online application process. Please submit all required information prior to the application deadline.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Rolling Admission until June 19, 2024

Program Dates: June 24 - 28, 2024

If you would like to apply to 2024 College to Career Program, please sign up using the link below.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Rising sophomore, junior, or senior standing at four-year university by Fall 2024
  • First-generation college student
  • Must have demonstrated leadership skills and community service involvement
  • Clear ability and interest in advancing own academic and career journeys
  • All majors are encouraged to apply!

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. 

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


Upload a copy of your current résumé to the online application.

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

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Personal Statements

Two personal statements are required of all applicants.

These statements provide you with the opportunity to describe how the College to Career Program can support you in pursuing your long-term career and/or academic goals, as well as allow you to provide some background information about yourself. Topics of discussion may include leadership potential, integrity and accountability, academic background, management experience, diversity aspects, problem-solving skills, motivation and the ability to relate well with others. Your statements should be 500 word max, minimum 250 words.

Personal Statement Question #1: The College to Career Program seeks applicants with a range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences. Describe your personal background, the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the College to Career Program.

Personal Statement Question #2: A mentorship transforms you through guidance and support. Delve into the impact of a mentor who shaped your journey and influenced your choice to pursue college.


Program Details

Sample Schedule
A Typical Day in the Program
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Announcements
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Entrepreneurship Workshop
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. The Art of Marketing
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15 – 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. Closing

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


Admitted College-to-Career Program 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. Business professional attire is required at all Riordan Programs functions.

Housing and Transportation

The Riordan Programs does not provide housing or cover transportation costs at this time. We encourage participants who need housing to connect with other C2C participants who live in Los Angeles and are willing to host participants. Alternatively, past participants have booked Airbnb rentals/hotels as a group or have stayed in Los Angeles with organizations they are members of. Daily parking will be provided free of charge to all participants.