University of Dreams

Dream Careers Inc. formerly known as University of Dreams, is an American corporation, specializing in scouting for summer internship programs around the world, though they also provide fall and spring programs. The company is based in Redwood City, California, and has 55 full-time employees (as of February 12, 2009). Dream Careers guarantees internship placement, housing, transportation, meals, weekend activities, professional résumé revision, and interview preparation for a flat fee; they have about an 85% success rate. Dream Careers mission statement is “to positively impact culture on a mass level by inspiring, equipping, and challenging people to discover and pursue their dreams". According to the NY Times, they are the most visible player in the industry. Dream Careers Inc. (formerly known as University of Dreams Inc.) was founded in February 2000. That first summer, 73 participants joined us at Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, where they had the opportunity to meet other motivated college students, grow as individuals, and pursue their dreams in their desired career field with an internship. In that first class in 2000 were a handful of future employees, including the current president of Dream Careers Inc..

Dream Careers Inc. has continued to expand the number of cities they operate in to allow students the choice to pursue their dream jobs in the most exciting cities around the world. After the initial program in the Silicon Valley, Dream Careers Inc. has added programs in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Barcelona, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Sydney, Washington D.C., Boston, and Dallas. Additionally, Dream Careers Inc. will begin to offer the option of Fall and Spring Internship Programs in select cities for students who want to further their career through living, working, and earning contract academic credit for an entire semester in their dream city. Enrollment in the Dream Careers Inc. college internship programs has grown each year, including over 1,500 participants in 2011, proof that students are having fantastic experiences and are spreading the word about Dream Careers Inc.

Dream Careers Inc. was recently featured on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies and also on NPR Radio for their approach to securing internships for college students. Dream Careers Inc. currently has offices in Silicon Valley, New York, and Barcelona.

Financial Aid

Dream Careers Inc. offers a variety of scholarships each year to help supplement the cost of participating in the all-inclusive summer programs.

Career Speakers

Many notable speakers have given talks about career success and shared life stories at a Dream Careers Inc. program, including Judith Harrison (Senior VP of HR for Weber Shandwick), Alephonsion Deng (Author of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky), Patrick Combs (Spearker & author of Major in Success), Candice Carter (Senior Associate Producer Oprah Winfrey Show), Charlie Caudill (Former CNN Senior Executive Producer), Carla Harris (Managing Director in Global Capital Markets Morgan Stanley), Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (Emmanuel’s Gift & Challenged Athlete Activist), Heather Hale (Screenplay Writer of The Courage of Love), Antoine Lewis (Producer of ESPN’s SportsCenter), Shaun Robinson (Co-Anchor, Access Hollywood), Chip Stone (VP at Smith Barney), Marisa McGrath (VP of National Publicity, Sony Pictures Entertainment), Joel McHale (The Soup, E! Entertainment), and dozens more.

Foundation

The Dream Volunteers (formerly known as University of Dreams Foundation) is a non-profit foundation that offers volunteer opportunities abroad in social, educational, and community areas in Africa and Guatemala. Recently, a team of Dream Careers Inc. alumni and employees participated in a volunteer mission to help support the cause of social activist Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (2005 Recipient ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award). At the end of August, Eric Lochtefeld and 15 employees, alumni, and family traveled to Ghana, Africa, to help build a job center and to establish the campaign headquarters for Emmanuel in hopes to get him elected to parliament. Additionally, the company distributed more than $100,000 worth of products at the grand opening. Outside contributions we collected from Wranglers ($35,000 in denim), University of Dreams Foundation ($20,000 in computers and office supplies), Sports Basement-Sunnyvale (150 brand-new soccer balls), and Northern California grammar school (hundreds of athletic uniforms).

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