Prospective Applicants

​​Applications for 2023-2024 will be available April 2023.



The Sara Miller McCune Endowed Internship and Public Service Program is a year-long service-learning program that integrates academic study with a paid internship in a local nonprofit organization. We place civic-minded UC Santa Barbara undergraduate students who have an interest in public service in a local Santa Barbara nonprofit, where they contribute substantively to the missions of the nonprofit organizations while also exploring their own interests and passions and gaining valuable professional experienced.

Students who are selected to serve as interns receive stipends totaling $2,000 and eight (8) units of course credit during their Junior or Senior year. They spend the fall quarter in a preparatory seminar, for which they receive four (4) units of academic credit. The course, entitled “Seminar in Social Ethics” (RGST 156CC), involves assigned readings and class presentations by leaders of local nonprofits or non-governmental organizations. The course helps to prepare students for their internships and provides them with training to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. During the winter and spring quarters, students serve as paid interns for a total of 200 hours (10 hours per week) in a local nonprofit organization under the supervision of a staff mentor, and also attend two meetings with the internship program coordinator. Participating students are paid half of their stipend ($1,000) for fulfilling their fall/winter requirements and the other half ($1,000) for completing the requirements for the spring quarter. In the spring quarter, in addition to their internships, students enroll in an Independent Studies course for which they receive four (4) units of academic credit. In this course, students prepare a paper integrating what they have learned through their studies and internship experiences. Finally, at the end of the academic year, each cohort of students participates in an end-of-year certificate ceremony.


Esmeralda Alvarez, Isla Vista Youth Projects

Julia Barrera, Wilderness Youth Project

Jonathan Carranza, Santa Barbara County Promotores Network 

Catherine Flaherty, Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County

Martha Garcia, Bienestar Latinx 

Kathryn Henry, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast

Katelyn Miller, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Christopher Sellgren, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy) 

Anya Sriram, Just Communities

Delaina Vanderzell, Girls Rock Santa Barbara



Mina Nur Basmaci, Direct Relief

Veronica Bruner, Just Communities

Almalina Gomes, Cottage Health (Population Health Program)

Betsabe Lopez Morales, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast

Lea Toubian, Community Environmental Council

Megan Yeager, Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County



Viviana Avelar, Santa Barbara County Promotores Network

Gabriela Chavez, Ensemble Theatre Company

Kate Cobarrubia, Fielding Graduate University

Joy Gursky, Santa Barbara City College Foundation

Yasmine Ibrahim, Sierra Club

Hanna Kiefer, Santa Barbara County ACEs Connection

Mariyah Lewis, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA)

Eric Nava, Santa Barbara Alternatives to Violence Project

Zainab Noorsher, Doctors Without Walls: Santa Barbara Street Medicine



Siboney Arias, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA)
Paige Bradford, Fund for Santa Barbara

Elmer Flores, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)

Alexandra Gessesse, Community Action Commission  – South Coast Taskforce on Youth Safety

Annie Golay, Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Rachel Kulik, Isla Vista Youth Projects

Marily Lopez, A Different Point of View

Michelle Pantoja, Just Communities

Kalina White, Pacific Pride Foundation



Lorena Alvarez, Pacific Pride Foundation

Monica Bi, Life Chronicles

Emmalie Hopping, Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Chinelo Nkechi Ikem, Pacific Standard Magazine

Yesenia Maldonado, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

Catt Phan, Just Communities

Jordan Pope, Santa Barbara City Council / Santa Barbara Justice Center

Zenzile Riddick, A Different Point of View

Lesly Silva, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy) 

Molly Silvestrini, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast

Esha Suri, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Tanya Cortez, Partners in Education
Eliza Garbutt, Domestic Violence Solutions
Doreen Govari, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)
Anumita Kaur, Pacific Standard Magazine
Brooke Klooster, Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
Aria Lucchesi, Doctors Without Walls: Santa Barbara Street Medicine
Alejandra Martinez-Ramos, Just Communities
Claire Nuttall, Pacific Pride Foundation
Anneli Olausson, Community Environmental Council
Chloe Siegel, Youth Interactive

Annick Adams, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Lindsay Apperson, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)
Areli Balderrama, Pacific Pride Foundation
Lauren Cain, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Marina Dalton, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast
Daniel Eyal, Direct Relief International
Diana Figueroa, Isla Vista Youth Projects
Jamelia Harris, Just Communities
Erica Taylor, Independent Living Resource Center

Beth Abramson, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)
Hannah Bartlebaugh, THRIVE Santa Barbara County
Melanie Broussalian, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Keanna Cohen, Direct Relief International
Kaitlin Cuskey, Just Communities
Heather Goold, Community Environmental Council
Abigail Mortimer, Life Chronicles
Stephanie Teuber, Teachers for the Study of Educational Institutions (TSEI)
Lauren Trujillo, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Julia Varboncouer, Wilderness Youth Project

Laura Barley, Wilderness Youth Project
Sarah Bourke, Community Environmental Council
Izabella Ferayan, World Business Academy
Neil Fasching, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Reena Fram, Green Business Santa Barbara County
Michelle King, Just Communities
Hamza Mannan, Direct Relief International
Alena Nelson, Direct Relief International
Franz Rivera, SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship
Rachel Wachtel, Pacific Standard Magazine

Claire Badger, Santa Barbara Interfaith Initiative
Monica Bobadilla, Pacific Standard Magazine
Hannah Brown, Planned Parenthood
Nadim Houssain, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Carly Kray, Orfalea Foundation
Emily Michael, SEE International
Cezanne Rothberg, Storyteller Children’s Center
Rachel Siegel, Direct Relief International
Casey Swank, Foodbank of SB County
Rahel Zeleke, Linked Foundation

Hanna Beckman, Pacific Standard Magazine

Marlenee Blas, Future Leaders of America
Robert Bustamante, Partners in Education
Matias Eusterbrock, Casa Esperanza
Sarah Heindel, Direct Relief International
Kasey Kokenda, Storyteller Children’s Center
Sarah Sloat, LifeChronicles
Rebecca Whitley, Community Action Commission
Madeline Wirthman, Women’s Economic Ventures
Kimberly Zilles, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Nanor Balabanian, Life Chronicles
Kendra Burns-Edel, Direct Relief International
Angela Ebiner, Environmental Defense Center
Meredith Eckard, Planned Parenthood
Nicholas Farnum, PathPoint
Nicole Foley, Jodi House
Justin Galle, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Oscar Gonzalez, Partners in Education-SB County
Kathryn Porter, Isla Vista Youth Project
Kiley Widelitz, Tri-County Child Abuse Coalition

Kitzia Esteva-Martinez, PUEBLO
Nicole Fletcher, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Anna Giang, Channel Islands YMCA
Maggie Hott, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Vincent Inzano, PathPoint
Andrew Knauer, Casa Esperanza
Emily Ludden, Wilderness Youth Project
Quinn Nguyen, Just Communities
Elizabeth Watson, Legal Aid Foundation
Stephanie Welty, SEE International

Carolina Bergin-Valle, Storyteller Children’s Center
Monica Borba, Casa Esperanza
Lisa Charakul, Partners in Education
Genevieve Cook, Just Communities
Pamela Ibañez, Cure Meso Applied Research Foundation
Courtney Moore, Substance Use Prevention Education Resource
Luis Moreno, Youth Cine Media
Alyssa Hoyle, SEE International
Jessica Wiggins, SEE International
Jennifer Zapata, PUEBLO