There are three key elements to the program:
- PRE-EXPERIENCE: Create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and review it with a mentor
- EXPERIENCE: Awardees participate in the chosen career or professional development opportunity
- POST-EXPERIENCE: Awardees reflect on their experience and present it to their peers
After their experience is complete, awardees can either sign up to give a 10-minute presentation (including Q&A) at an in-person Meet & Eat or submit a 3- to 5-minute IPS Insights video about their experience. All awardees must also submit a written summary (max 300 words) of their experience, regardless of which presentation option they choose.
Note: Applicants seeking funding for opportunities $100 and under will be taken through a streamlined application process and are only required to submit the written post-experience summary (not give a Meet & Eat presentation or create an IPS Insights video).
Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
Applicants must identify a mentor (e.g. career counselor, faculty advisor, professional/industry mentor) who can help them review this plan and discuss how to make the most of their upcoming experience to further their career preparedness and professional growth. Applicants in need of an IDP mentor may reach out to Graduate Career Counselor Maya Hargens (Maya.Hargens@sa.ucsb.edu).
While a completed IDP is not required in order to fill out the IPS grant application, we strongly recommend that applicants fill out this document before applying in order to strengthen their application. To learn more about IDPs, visit the Career Services website.