UMS/Garabedian Internship

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Thanks to a generous donation from The Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation, UMS offers major-related, para-professional experiences in the form of internships to UMS students.

The UMS/Garabedian Internship is offered to migrant students to develop professional skills and enmesh themselves in an environment  where they can establish contacts and learn more about their career.  Without internship experiences, migrant students find it difficult to earn career related experience due to their limited work experience and background.

UMS currently assists migrant students enrolled at California State University, Fresno pursuing a variety of majors. 

UMS provides academic advising and supportive services.  The program’s main objective is to retain, develop, and graduate its participants.  UMS students have proven to be of the best quality academically and professionally.


To be eligible you must be a currently enrolled, third year, upper division, or graduate student.  You must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and have a declared major or be seriously considering a specific career goal.  Interns will be selected according to a variety of factors including an unmet financial need of at least $1,000.  An application to the program does not guarantee a placement.

Time Commitment

Your time commitment will be arranged with your placement site supervisor.  The minimum time commitment at the placement site is 100 hours.  This may be full-time if you are placed during the summer, and if the agency has the time to supervise you.  Most likely, this will be part-time, and can be scheduled around your classes. 

Response paper

All interns must write and submit a 2-page written assignment describing their experiences during the internship. 


All interns will have the option of registering for a three-unit community service class.


If you have a placement site that would like to take you on as an intern, please give UMS the information, including agency name, supervisor’s name and telephone, and a description of the project you will be working on.  An internship is essentially an out-of-classroom learning experience, there must be specific responsibilities and skills you will gain by the end of your experience.  UMS cannot place you in a setting where you just answer the phone or lick envelopes.


At the end of your internship, you will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship if you have met all the requirements as stated.

Required Forms

Contact: Daryl Fitzgerald at Career Services for assistance with Portfolio 278-2381

Placement Site

Your placement site must offer you career related experience and give you the opportunity to network with other professionals in the field.

If you feel the UMS/Garabedian Internship Program is for you, fill out an application and submit it to:

Raúl Z. Moreno
University Migrant Services
5150 N. Maple Ave., JA62
Joyal Admin. Building #224
Fresno, CA 93740-8026
Phone: (559) 278-5750
Fax: (559) 278-2323