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HACU Conference Award

2024 HACU Conference

Applications for the 2024 HACU Conference Award will be available in March. 

This year's award covers flights, transportation, meals, 4 nights stay hotel accommodations, conference registration, dress shirts, padfolios, and professional development activities.

2019 CSUSB HACU Team

The HACU Annual Conference is a three-day conference, where participants may secure internships and full-time employment as they network with hundreds of students and potential employers.

The online application takes approximately 10 minutes and must be completed from start to finish. You cannot save your progress. Please have your resume ready for upload. See application questions below.

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Full-time student during Fall 2023 at CSUSB (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students eligible)
  • If you have been selected for this award in the past, you are not eligible. 

Application Questions

Besides name and contact information, the application includes questions regarding educational background, expected graduation date, year in school, resume upload, and the following information:

Please provide and explain any of your community service involvement, leadership, recognition, campus involvement, and activities.


Q: Are international or undocumented students eligible?

A: Yes

Q: What is the HACU Conference?

A: The HACU Conference is a three-day conference, where students will attend workshops, a career/grad school fair, employer info sessions, luncheons, dinners, networking activities and more.  Students are encouraged to make the most of the experience by connecting with others and applying for various opportunities such as internships, jobs, and graduate programs. Learn more at

Q: What does the conference award cover?

A: This year's award covers flights, transportation, meals, conference registration, shirts, padfolios, and professional development activities.

Q: Do you need to be Hispanic/Latinx to be selected?

A: No, ALL students that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered. (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students eligible)

Q: Do I need to be enrolled full-time?

A: Yes, you must be a full-time student during the fall 2023 semester in order to qualify. undergraduates: minimum 12 units, grad students: minimum 6 units

Q: What if I was selected to attend HACU in the past?

A: Only student who have not been selected in the past are eligible. 

Q: What if I have class during the conference?

A: If you have class during the three-day conference, contact your faculty prior to the conference, to make up any responsibilities.

Q: How can I find out which employers and schools will be attending the conference?

A: You can find a list of schools and employers who will be attending the conference on the official HACU website, starting summer 2023.

Q: How many students will be selected?

A: We will be selecting approximately 20 students.

Q: Should I apply even though I am unsure if I will be a full-time student in the Fall 2023 semester?

A: Definitely, Yes!

Q: I plan to graduate in May 2022 and currently applying to grad school at CSUSB from Fall 2023. Can I still apply?

A: Yes

Q: Since the conference is in Chicago, do I need a REAL ID to fly?

A: If selected, please see these ID requirements from TSA

Q: What are the departure and return dates?

A: Departure date is Oct.27, 2023, return date is Oct 31, 2023.

Q: Will I get my own hotel room if selected?

A: Students will be sharing a room with one other student, only 2 students to a room and each student will have own bed.

Q: Can I choose who I get to share a hotel room with?

A: No

Q: I have never been on a plane or attended a conference? Will the Career Center help me prepare for these experiences?

A: Yes, absolutely.

Q: Can I apply if I don't have a resume?

A: Contact the Career Center to create your resume because you will need a resume to apply.

Q: What If I have class during the time the conference is planned?

A: We strongly recommend that you make arrangements with your faculty beforehand, with the support of the Career Center.


For assistance with any of the required materials for this application, come to our drop-in or schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor using MyCoyote-Advising Tools-Navigate.

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