UC/US Bank Student Engagement Fund

U.S. Bank and the University of California, Office of the President have partnered to establish a Student Engagement Fund. U.S. Bank, as UC’s Commercial Card provider, and in recognition of our strategic partnership, has committed to support this unique fund.

The purpose of this fund is to support UC’s core missions of teaching, research and public service by offering students an opportunity to work with staff and faculty on projects that will improve UC’s procure-to-pay systems, processes or programs while providing a unique experiential education opportunity. This partnership is focused on finding innovative opportunities to improve UC’s payment programs, while driving efficiency and benefit back to UC.

Explore current and past awarded Student Engagement Fund projects.


The Student Engagement Fund is available annually for applications in the first quarter of each calendar year. Check back on this page in January of each year for detailed application information and timing.

2021 Proposal Timeline
January 1
March 5th
April 9th
Application Period Opens Applications Due Accepted Application(s) Announced

Who Can Participate

To reinforce the benefit of this funds intent, all proposals must include a student internship. Projects must be proposed by a current UC employee who manages or administers a department/function that is addressed in the project proposal (examples include Accounts Payable, Travel, Procurement). See the Student Engagement Fund application for more details.

Benefits to UC Staff

Opportunity to take on new challenges and drive innovative projects within your department or across additional departments/functions. Create new material, processes or programs that streamline your work and/or create added benefit for UC.

Benefits to Students

Internships are meant to enhance student development, provide real-world job experience and offer participants invaluable skills. Internships offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in exciting work that will be develop their own skills while improving University administration.

Each internship is a form of experiential education and is focused on developing best-in-class procure-to-pay programs within the University. Interns work directly with various departments at a UC campus, spanning groups such as Accounts Payable (Disbursements), Procurement, Travel and Strategic Sourcing.

Quick facts about internships:

  • Internships are a form of experiential education
  • Are offered to undergraduate and graduate UC students
  • Provide work experience and related training in a professional setting
  • Are paid
  • May be part-time or full-time and have a specified duration
  • Are overseen by UC staff

How to Apply

Interested in submitting a project proposal for the UC/U.S. Bank Student Engagement Fund? Download the Student Engagement Fund Application.*

*Please note access to the application is restricted to UC. To request access contact Stephanie Lopez (stephanie.lopez@ucop.edu).

If you have questions about the application or fund, you may contact Stephanie Lopez (stephanie.lopez@ucop.edu).