Summer Capstone Program


The California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA launched a three–part program, with support from the state of California, to enhance student engagement with industry partners and address the need for training that aligns with the needs of California’s high–tech employers. As part of the initiative, the ten–week CNSI Summer Capstone Program was created for rising and graduating senior undergraduates. Participating students work in teams to examine a case study startup company asking for funding and learn how to do due–diligence from the perspective of a potential investor. Participants will gain invaluable material from recognized academic and industry speakers that will inform their team projects throughout the program. Using their existing academic knowledge and program–acquired business knowledge and skills, they will build and make an investment recommendation pitch as their final deliverable. In addition, students will receive a weekly stipend of $700.

Length of Program: June 24 to August 26, 2024, approx. 20hrs/week

Eligibility: Any rising or graduating senior undergraduates enrolled as students at UCLA, including international/non-resident students. All majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply! Priority will be given to applicants who have demonstrated interest in learning about production at scale, product design, marketing, venture capital, and/or how to form startups.

Info Sessions: Held remotely on the following dates:

February 20 | 12:00 – 12:30 PM
February 22 | 3:30 – 4:00 PM
February 26 | 6:00 – 6:30 PM

Click on the link to join a ZOOM info session at one of the above listed times.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024 Monday, March 11, 2024 (Acceptance by April 1, 2024)

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Q: What exactly are we doing in the CNSI Capstone?
A: Please see our tentative schedule for more details
Q: What are the hours of the program?
A: The program will meet synchronously in person on Mondays from June 24 through August 26th (the length of the 10-week summer quarter).
Q: How does the stipend work?
A: Stipends are disbursed in two lump payments via UCLA’s financial aid system – one in June and one in July. The stipend amount is $700 per week for the ten weeks of the program.
Q: Can I do other things (classes / work / internships, etc) during the summer while doing the CNSI Capstone?
A: Students are welcome to pursue other activities during their summer but should leave their Mondays completely free for the program and expect to spend 20 hours per week total on the program. Some of those hours will involve group work that you will schedule with your team.
Q: Can international students apply?
A: Yes! Any UCLA student who is a rising or graduating senior is welcome to apply

Applications are now open. Apply here.