To address current California state budget challenges, the state has issued a temporary order to freeze certain one-time allocations of state funding until July 1, 2024. Unfortunately, the funding that supports the CNSI Propel Fellowships has been included in this temporary freeze, requiring us to refrain from making any new spending commitments. Updates will be made to this page pending new announcements. If you would like to post an internship opportunity, please contact Alana Beal ( or Sherylle Mills Englander ( so we can note your interest when funding is restored.


CNSI-Propel (PROmoting Professional Experiential Learning) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to build skills and gain experience while growing their professional network through the support of on-site internships with our region’s most innovative tech companies. The program, consisting of both fellowships and awards, is open to all STEM-based UCSB graduate and undergraduate students as well as community college students from partner institutions - Allan Hancock Community College and Santa Barbara City College.

Students who represent the rich diversity of California, including first-generation students and those from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The CNSI-Propel Fellowships are designed to help support the costs of participating in an internship opportunity. Two types are available to match the needs of both students and companies. The type of Fellowship offered is identified in the description of the internship opportunity:

CNSI-Propel Startup Fellowships: Propel Startup Fellowships provide comprehensive support for students participating in internships at California-based companies who have been incorporated for less than five years and have not raised Series A funding.

CNSI-Propel Futures Fellowships: CNSI Propel Futures Fellowships provide comprehensive support for first-generation UCSB and community college students from partner institutions to participate in internships with any California-based companies.

Internship terms covered by these Fellowships can be for up to 2.5 months during the summer, or up to 3 months during the academic year. Students receiving a Futures Fellowship automatically qualify for one additional 3-month extension, upon the company's request. Other extensions provided at CNSI's discretion, subject to availability of funds. 


The CNSI-Propel Awards provide one-time payments to students to reimburse unusual expenses associated with an internship opportunity.

CNSI-Propel Awards: Propel Awards provide up to $2,000 to support unusual expenses associated with an internship, such as travel and temporary relocation costs for in-state out-of-region internship opportunities, housing, or childcare. Internships must be in CA.

CNSI-Propel-IPS Awards: Propel-IPS Awards partner with the UCSB Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) program to provide up to $1,000 to support internship exploration or preparation support, including attendance at in-state, out-of-region industry trade shows or career-focused professional organization events to locate potential internship opportunities; job shadowing to explore a potential internship placement; and skill training to increase competitiveness for internships and jobs. Find out more about these IPS awards here:


Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives and Operations
Executive Director of Scientific Initiatives and Innovation
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 For Students


CNSI-Propel Fellowships

If you are interested in exploring available internships and applying for a CNSI-Propel Fellowship, click below.




CNSI-Propel Awards

If you are interested in applying for a CNSI-Propel Award to supplement an existing internship, click below. Internships must be in CA.


If would like to apply for a CNSI-Propel-IPS Award to explore new industry-focused professional development opportunities, click below.



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