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

  • Jocelyn Chan, Peer Advisor

    Jocelyn Chan, Peer Advisor

    Jocelyn is a third-year Warren student majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and minoring in Business. Through BISP 197, she interned in the George Lab at The Scripps Research Institute and studied drug-seeking and drug-taking behaviors in rats. She immersed herself in a completely new environment, working with animals for the first time and learning about the field of research. With a gained appreciation for scientific research and experiential learning opportunities, Jocelyn became an AIP Peer Advisor to help and guide students in exploring their interests, passions, and even curiosities. Outside of school and work, she enjoys going to the beach, playing volleyball and football, and eating out with friends

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  • Saloni Dalal, Peer Advisor

    Saloni Dalal, Peer Advisor

    Saloni is a fourth-year Marshall student majoring in International Studies-Political Science and minoring in Human Rights. During fall quarter of her third year, she studied abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea for four months. Eager to get as much real-world experience as possible, she left campus once again during spring quarter to participate in the UCDC program in Washington, D.C., where she interned with Freedom House, a human rights-based non-governmental organization. In her final academic year at UCSD, she will be the Mentorship Program Director for the International Studies Student Association and a Peer Advisor for the AIP office, while also completing her International Studies Honors thesis.

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  • Caroline Lee, Peer Advisor

    Caroline Lee, Peer Advisor

    Caroline is a fourth-year Warren student majoring in Communication and minoring in Cognitive Science and Business. While participating in UCDC, she interned on Capitol Hill with her hometown representative, Congressman Eric Swalwell. Caroline is excited to join the AIP team and is looking forward to sharing her D.C. experiences with other students. Fun fact: Caroline is the biggest fan of Captain Cookie and the Milkman, a place by George Washington University that makes amazing ice-cream sandwiches. During her ten weeks in D.C., she went there at least ten times!

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