Tricia Taylor-Oliveira is Director of the Academic Internship Program (AIP) 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.