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

“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 the College-to-Career Program

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


  • Professional development activities
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Discussions and case studies led by UCLA Anderson faculty
  • Guest lectures by industry leaders
  • MBA admissions preparation
  • Individualized Career Action Plan counseling
  • 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 2023 College to Career Application is now live! The Riordan College-to-Career Program uses an online application process. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Please submit all required information prior to the application deadline.

Deadline: April 7, 2023

Program Dates: The week of June 19-23, 2023

If you would like to apply to 2023 College to Career Program, please sign up using the link below.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Sophomore, junior or senior standing at a four-year university by fall 2023 semester/quarter (if you are currently enrolled at a community college, program admission is contingent on verification that you will attend a four-year university by fall 2023)
  • First-generation college student
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and community service involvement

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. 


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.


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.

Personal Statements

Two personal statements are required of all applicants.

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.