The AIP Team

  • Tricia Taylor-Oliveira, Director

    Tricia Taylor-Oliveira, Director

    Tricia Taylor Oliveira is Director of the Academic Internship Program at UC San Diego. Tricia manages the development of AIP’s partnerships with faculty, departments, and community organizations, and advises students seeking opportunities to connect their studies with real-world experience. Having benefitted from her own  internship experiences, she enjoys empowering students to take ownership of their own development and experience the personal, professional and academic value of engaging in hands-on learning.  Tricia earned her M.A. in Counseling from the University of San Diego, and joined AIP in 2002 after working with the Center for Creative Leadership in La Jolla. 

    Contact Tricia at (858) 534-7892 or

  • Daniel Carrillo, Senior Internship Counselor

    Daniel Carrillo, Senior Internship Counselor

    Daniel has over 10 years of experience in higher education and joined AIP in 2015. Previously, Daniel worked with Jumpstart at the University of Washington, and with the Education Studies department at UC San Diego. Daniel is an advocate of experiential learning opportunities and is passionate about working with underrepresented communities. 

    Contact Daniel at (858) 534-4366 or

  • Jillian Payne, Internship Counselor

    Jillian Payne, Internship Counselor

    Jillian completed her M.A. in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego prior to starting her position with AIP. Along with her degree, she brings experience in Career Services, Human Resources, and Student Success Initiatives to the AIP team. Jillian is passionate about advising students and encouraging exploration of interests through internships and student involvement. Outside of the AIP office she enjoys rock climbing, cheering on her favorite football teams, and exploring the San Diego food scene with her friends.

    Contact Jillian at (858) 822-3862 or

  • Jennifer Homrich, Internship Counselor & UCDC Coordinator

    Jennifer Homrich, Internship Counselor & UCDC Coordinator

    After graduating from Central Washington University, Jennifer entered the field of Higher Education and joined UC San Diego. During her career at UC San Diego, she worked in Student Affairs and International Education to enhance the overall student and scholar experience. As an advocate of experiential learning, she believes that education extends beyond the classroom and encourages students to gain hands-on experiences that connect their academic and career interests. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring beautiful San Diego.

    Contact Jennifer at (858) 246-2719 or

  • Melissa Damo, Experiential Learning Assistant Advisor

    Melissa Damo, Experiential Learning Assistant Advisor

    Melissa provides support to the Academic Internship Program, and is the first point of contact for UCSD students, faculty, staff, and external partners. Prior to entering UCSD, Melissa was the assistant to department chairs at National University, School of Business and Management. She earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Communications, Women’s Studies, and Counseling/Social Change at San Diego State University. As a first generation college graduate, Melissa is particularly interested in supporting students holistically, and helping them make the most out of their experience while navigating through the complexities of the college system. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and finding the best places to eat in the beautiful city of San Diego.

    Contact Melissa at (858) 534-4355 or

  • Susan Hou, Peer Advisor

    Susan Hou, Peer Advisor

    I’m a current junior from Warren College, majoring in Bioengineering: Biosystems and minoring in Human Developmental Sciences. Since the beginning of my undergraduate career, I’ve been very involved in research, working as a research assistant on cell culture projects in the Sanford Engler Lab and an education policy evaluation at UCSD CREATE. However, somewhere in the middle of sophomore year, I realized that I wanted to be involved in more than just the technical side of science, but also in the policy realm of science. I came to the realization that bettering the human experience is not only about innovation but also about regulation, careful regulation that takes into account various input. With that, I applied for the UCDC Summer 2018 program and interned at the American Institute of Physics, a science federation that also advocates for science policy and STEM education policy. At my internship, I scheduled over 100 Congressional meetings, attended coalition meetings and held workshops for science advocacy. UCDC was an amazing and milestone journey for me, and I hope to return the favor by helping others as a UCDC Peer Advisor. This year I will also be writing my Senior Thesis for my Human Developmental Sciences minor, work on campus community involvement and go on midnight runs for snacks with my roommate.

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  • Ian Lin, Peer Advisor

    Ian Lin, Peer Advisor

    Ian is a fourth year ERC student majoring in Cognitive Science with specialization in Human Cognition, and minoring in Business. He was one of the first undergraduate interns to participate in the StartR Accelerator Program at the Rady School of Management, during which he assisted a startup company with business development, concentrating on advanced lean startups and customer development principles. Afterwards, he joined AIP as a Peer Advisor in hopes to share his experience, and help other students bridge the gap between academic and professional settings through experiential learning. Outside of school, he enjoys cooking, going to music festivals, and petting all canines in sight.

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  • Yang Lu, Peer Advisor

    Yang Lu, Peer Advisor

    Yang is a third-year Marshall student majoring in Psychology/Clinical Psychology. During his first two years of university, he served as a PSYC 199 research assistant in cognitive and social psychology laboratories. Seeking to expand his experiences with the professional field of psychology, Yang secured an internship at the American Psychological Association headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the Spring 2018 quarter. UCDC also provided him access to other cities on the East Coast, such as Philadelphia and New York, where he attended the June 6 recording of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Back on campus, Yang is involved in numerous student organizations, including the Marshall Honors Council, Psi Chi/Psychology Club, The Triton, and Student Innovation Ambassadors. In his spare time, he likes to explore San Diego with his friends and take photos.

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  • Rita Miwalian, Peer Advisor

    Rita Miwalian, Peer Advisor

    Rita is a third-year Eleanor Roosevelt student majoring in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. She interned at the Makarenkova Lab at The Scripps Research Institute through BISP 197. She studied defects in the lacrimal gland which can lead to dry eye disease by using fluorescent imaging. This was her first research opportunity which encouraged her to continue working in this lab to take on her own project. She appreciated the help and knowledge AIP provided for her and wanted to reciprocate what she learned with other STEM students. On her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, exploring coffee shops and new restaurants, and watching movies!

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