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Latin American Studies


  • About Us

    The Latin American Studies Major is part of the International & Area Studies program and is designed for students who want to focus their studies on the culture and society of the following subregions:  South America, Central America, Southern Cone, Amazonia, or the Caribbean. Students are required to achieve intermediate level of any two modern foreign languages related to the area (e.g., Portuguese 3 or 11B; Spanish 5 or 7; an indigenous language of Latin America, e.g., Quechua, Nahuatl, Zapotec, through that level).


    Students can declare the major after having completed all preparation courses* with a minimum UC GPA in these courses of 2.00 and at least a grade of "C" or better in the International & Area Studies 1 course.

    *Completion of the elementary year of the foreign language is acceptable when applying for the major. Completion of the intermediate year of the foreign language is required to fulfill all preparation requirements, but can be done after being accepted to the major. The minimum prep GPA of 2.00 will still need to be met with the inclusion of this course.

  • Major

    Summer Courses 2019:

    Approved Summer Courses for Latin American Studies

     

    Fall 2019:

    Fall 2019 Additional Courses List

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    Do you have an Internship during the Spring or Summer?

    International and Area Studies 195CE internship course is offered during the Spring and Summer.   Depending on the type of the internship, the course can be applied to the International and Area Studies major by petition to the chair.   

    Requirements:

    • The internship has to have an international component
    • The internship must supervised
    • Students must intern 8-10 hours a week
    • Attend 5 bi-weekly meetings with a TA
    • Submit weekly response papers and a final research paper

    Students enrolled in International and Area Studies 195CE during the Summer session may apply forMurel F. Siebert Scholarship. 

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    International and Area Studies 191
    Schedule for 2019-20 Academic Year

    Fall 2019
    I A STD 191 sec. 1: Title TBA (East Asian Focus)
    Instructor: Bellette Lee

    I A STD 191 sec. 2: Title TBA (European Focus)    
    Instructor: Adam Moore

    Winter 2020
    I A STD 191 sec. 1: Chocolate in Americas: Bittersweet Bliss 
    Instructor: Bonnie Taub

    Spring 2020 
    I A STD 191: Title TBA (Southeast Asian Focus)
    Instructor: Patrick Heuveline

    Students can submit a Petition to the Chair of Latin American Studies if they want to apply a course not included on the major worksheet. This may also include courses taken or to be taken abroad. Students must include the course syllabus with their petition.

    ** Please be aware that the petition may be denied and you will need to plan alternative coursework. **

    Petition Form - New Online Petition Form!

    Petition submissions will be checked at the end of each week. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the committee's decision.

    Members of the 2018-2019 Departmental Honors Cohort

    The Departmental Honors program is designed to offer highly motivated Latin American Studies students the opportunity to design and conduct their own independent research under the guidance of a faculty adviser.  The program consists of three courses — International and Area Studies 198A, 198B, 198C — culminating in an honors thesis.

    Departmental Honors and Highest Honors are recorded on the final transcript and diploma after students successfully complete the program. Please see "Guidelines" below for official requirements.

    Admission

    To enter the departmental honors program, students must

    • have completed all preparation for the major requirements with a 3.5 grade-point average
    • have a 3.5 GPA in all upper division coursework for the major,
    • Secure a faculty member to supervise their honors thesis, and
    • formally submit an application to the honors program.

    *Students are encouraged to apply in the Spring of their Junior year to begin their thesis in the Fall. In some cases, students may begin their thesis mid-year.  

    Application and Guidelines

    Departmental Honors Guidelines & Booklet

    Application

    Past Theses:

    List of IAS Honors Theses

    Interested? Don't know where to start?

    1. Visit our Advising Offices in 10254 and 10256 to express your interest in the program!

    2. In Spring, attend our annual Research Workshop to prepare you to start your research in the Fall.

    3. Attend an online or in-person library research workshop/tutorial on narrowing down your topic, finding sources, organizing information, etc.

    4. Attend events during Undergraduate Research Week (annually in May) to gain inspiration from peers and learn about new research opportunities.

    Resources:

    International and Area Studies Library Resource GuideCollege Inquiry LabsCPO Writing Success ProgramUndergraduate Writing CenterUndergraduate Research Center (Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences)

    Apply for Latin American Studies Major

     

    Incoming UCLA Students

    Incoming freshmen and transfer students may enter UCLA as an International & Area Studies Pre-Major (pre-African & Middle Eastern Studies, pre-Asian Studies, pre-European Studies, pre-Latin American Studies).

    Transfer students interested in an International & Area Studies Program major should complete as many preparation courses prior to coming to UCLA as possible, leaving only I A Std 1 to be taken at UCLA during the Fall Quarter of their Junior Year (unless taken during a prior summer term at UCLA).

    If you would like to verify that the courses you have taken are applied to the preparation requirements correctly, please feel free to have your DARS modeled for the particular International & Area Studies IDP major at your College Counseling Unit.

    Note: If you have completed any preparation coursework outside of UCLA prior to the application period, you must ensure that this coursework posts to your DARS. Please contact the UCLA Admissions Office if any non-UCLA coursework is still pending. 

    Students can request declaring the major  by clicking on one of the options below.  Requests are accepted at the end of each quarter after all the preparation courses for the major and the elementary level of the foreign language have been completed.  Note that students have to maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 UC to be in good standing.   All the grades must be posted before submitting the request to declare the major.  

     

    Any additional questions may be directed to the Academic Counseling Office in Bunche 10254 or 10256.

    undergrads@international.ucla.edu

  • Minor

    Students can submit a Petition to the Chair of Latin American Studies if they want to apply a course not included on the minor worksheet. This may also include courses taken or to be taken abroad. Students must include the course syllabus with their petition.

    ** Please be aware that the petition may be denied and you will need to plan alternative coursework. **

    Petition Form - New Online Petition Form!

    Petition submissions will be checked at the end of each week. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the committee's decision.

    To be admitted to the minor, students must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.00 GPA overall) and have completed all preparation courses for the minor with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in these courses.

    Students who have reached 160 overall units will need to get a permission from their College Counseling unit before they can declare the minor.

    Please contact our Academic Advising office to declare the minor. 

    Magda Yamamoto, Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor

     

    10256 Bunche Hall

    Mail Code: 148703

    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

    Tel: 310.206.6571

    Fax: 310.206.3555

     

    Drop-In Hours:

    Monday-Friday, 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM

     

    Email: undergrads@international.ucla.edu

     Katie Osterkamp, Undergraduate Advisor

     

    10254 Bunche Hall

    Mail Code: 148703

    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

    Tel: 310.206.6571

    Fax: 310.206.3555

     

    Drop-In Hours:

    Monday-Friday, 10:00AM-2:00PM

     

    Email: undergrads@international.ucla.edu

  • People

    INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES
    FACULTY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE 2019-20

    Michael Thies, Chair, International & Area Studies

    Jennifer J. Chun, Ph.D., Asian American Studies, International Institute
    Robin L. H. Derby, Ph.D., History
    Nile S. Green, Ph.D., History, International Institute
    Patrick C. Heuveline, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
    Jennifer Jung-Kim, Ph.D. , Asian Languages and Cultures
    Namhee Lee, Ph.D., Asian Languages and Cultures
    Adam D. Moore, Ph.D., Geography, International Institute
    Lucia Re, Ph.D., Italian
    Helen M. Rees, Ph.D., Ethnomusicology
    Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Public Health
    Kevin B. Terraciano, Ph.D., History
    Michael Thies, Ph.D., Political Science

    Counseling Unit

    Our Mission

    We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops and events that focus on academic and professional planning, inspire exploration of research, internship opportunities and experiences abroad. We are committed to fostering growth, enthusiasm and pride for our International Institute majors and minors in addition to empowering our students to draw connections between their UCLA experience and their personal and professional ambitions. Our ultimate goal is to encourage our students to make a positive impact in the world both during and after their college careers as informed and responsible global citizens.

     

     Magda Yamamoto, Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor

     

    10256 Bunche Hall

    Mail Code: 148703

    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

    Tel: 310.206.6571

    Fax: 310.206.3555

     

    Drop-In Hours:

    Monday-Friday, 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM

     

    Email: undergrads@international.ucla.edu

    Katie Osterkamp, Undergraduate Advisor

     

    10254 Bunche Hall

    Mail Code: 148703

    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

    Tel: 310.206.6571

    Fax: 310.206.3555

     

    Drop-In Hours:

    Monday-Friday, 10:00AM-2:00PM

     

    Email: undergrads@international.ucla.edu

     

    *Online Advising is available by appointment only, for students studying abroad or away for the quarter/summer. Please email our Advising Office to inquire. 

  • Study Abroad

    
    

     

    STUDY ABROAD OPTIONS

     

    UCLA SUMMER TRAVEL STUDY * UCEAP PROGRAMS * NON-UC PROGRAMS

     

     UCLA SUMMER TRAVEL 

    Quick Facts:

    • Programs Offered in the Summer ONLY
    • Courses taught by our own UCLA Faculty
    • Open to anyone over the age of 18
    • UCLA Courses (automatically show up on transcript)
      

    Global Health

    in Peru

    Approved for: Global Health, Latin Am St, & IDS 

     

    Business Leadership and Communication

    in Hong Kong

    Approved for: AMES, Asian St, European St, & Latin Am St

     

    Global Challenges in Postcolonial France

    in Paris

    Approved for: Global Studies

     

    Global Governance and the United Nations System

    in New York City

    Approved for: Global Studies

     

     Consequences of the New Market Economy

    in Shanghai

    Approved for: Global Studies, IDS, & Asian St

     

     UCEAP PROGRAMS 

     Quick Facts:

    • Programs Offered Year-round (i.e. Fall, Winter, Spring, Winter & Spring (Semester), Summer, and Year-long programs)
    • Full Immersion -  Take Classes at a University Abroad, Classes taught by University Professors, Live in University dorms (some programs)
    • Programs run through the UC system, not specific to UCLA 

    Visit our UCEAP Databases to see which courses have been pre-approved:

    *You are not limited to these courses. If you would like to take a different course, please submit a petition. See below for details.

     

     

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    Check the IEO Scholarship page for a complete list of scholarships.


  • Jobs and Internships

    If you have an internship available for students, please visit this page.

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    Our students have interned in Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Spain, and Washington DC on health, education, business, marketing, policy and more. For recent/upcoming opportunities see our Facebook page.


    ACADEMIC CREDIT

    I A STD 195CE (International and Area Studies) allows students to receive academic credit for an internship. The internship should take place off-campus and may be paid or unpaid. It is expected that interns will contribute roughly 8-10 hours each week to their internship.

    ENROLLMENT:
    Summer Note: class only offered during the 10-week Summer Session A . Internships must overlap with a minimum of 8 weeks out of the 10 week session to be eligible for credit. 195CE courses are NOT offered during Summer Session C. To enroll in the course, students must secure an internship and schedule an intake appointment at the Center for Community Learning.

    CREDIT FOR MAJOR/MINOR:
    International Institute students may petition to count this course for their major or minor. Students must submit a petition form to their respective program. Please consult with your department counselor for information on the electives this course may fulfill. The “Petition for Committee Review” form can be found on your major/minor website page under the 'Courses' tab.


    FUNDING

    SUZAN & TERRY KRAMER and MURIEL F. SIEBERT INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS:

    Multiple scholarships of up to $2,000 will be awarded to students enrolled in the International and Area Studies (I A STD) 195CE internship course spring or summer who have secured international internships that promote leadership, career development, and financial literacy. Students demonstrating financial need and good academic standing are especially encouraged to apply. 

    Eligibility, additional information, and application available HERE.

     

     FINDING AN INTERNSHIP

    1. REFLECT: What kind of work do you enjoy? In what specific area of development would you like to pursue a career (public health, planning, finance, human rights, education, environment, etc.)? What skills do you have or need to acquire and how will the internship help you meet those goals (field work, practical experience, opportunities for networking or building professional relationships)? What kind of institution do you want to work with? Do you have an interest in a particular geographical area or issue area? When do you want to do this internship? Are you willing to gain experience by volunteering alone, or are you only seeking paid internships?

    2. TALK: to other students who have had internships and with career advisors.

    3. SEARCH: Look for internships on Handshake, attend Career Center fairs, and read our Weekly Bulletin to learn about internship and job opportunities available to International Institute Students:

     

    INTERNSHIP RESOURCES

    Find internships on selected fields by clicking on the links below:

    1. UCLA Resources
    2. Governmental Organizations
    3. Intergovernmental Organizations
    4. International / General Development
    5. Environment
    6. Economics / Trade / Labor / Agriculture
    7. Health
    8. Relief / Food Aid / Community Development
    9. Education / Training / Technology
    10. Policy / Law / Human Rights
    11. Job Search Websites

    1. UCLA Resources

    UCLA Center for Community Learning

    UCLA Career Center

    UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP)

    UCLA International Education Office (IEO) / UCEAP Internships Abroad opportunities 

    UCLA Community Programs Office

    UCLA Community Service Commission

    2. Governmental Organizations

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Center for California Studies: Executive Fellowship Program

    (also see Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program)

    State government: placement of offices of Governor's executive branch: Health and Welfare Agency, the Department of Finance, the Department of Social Services, the Governor's Office, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of the State Treasurer

    Sacramento / 1 year

    $1,882 / month plus benefits

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Environmental Science

    Washington D.C. and regional offices -- full-time (summer) or part-time (school year)

    Political Campaign Interns: Search Government internships under Bruin View

    Campaign development

    Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and California

    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): Volunteer Student Intern Program

    All fields relating to economic development

    Washington, D.C. and global

    U.S. Department of State Internship Program

    Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical Sciences

    Washington, D.C. or at Embassies / Consulates abroad / 1 semester or summer

    USA Jobs. U.S. Office of Personnel Management

    All Federal Government: Search:

    Co-Operative Education
    Federal Jobs by College Major
    Internships
    Outstanding Scholars
    Student Temp Educational Prog (STEP)
    Summer Employment
    Volunteer Service

    U.S.

    3. Intergovernmental Organizations

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Food Security, Rural Development

    Global

    International Labor Organization

    Employment, economics and statistics, labour law and labour relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labour, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

    Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

    Permanent Mission of Italy to International Organizations in Geneva

    All fields

    Global

    UNICEF -- Los Angeles Regional Office

    International children's health and well-being: Advocacy and Fundraising

    Los Angeles, semester or longer

    United Nations Development Program Internship Program

    All fields relating to Economic Development

    Global- pursue opportunities through country offices abroad

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    World Bank Internship Program / Young Professional Program / Junior Professionals Program

    All fields relating to economic development

    Washington, D.C.

    4. International / General Development

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    ACDI / VOCA

    All agriculture, rural finance, community development, business management

    Overseas / 2-4 weeks (some 1-2 month assignments)

    Amnesty International

    Law, international politics, international human rights law, international relations, intergovernmental organizations

    London, Geneva, New York / 6 months

    Council on International Educational Exchange Work / Volunteer Abroad Programs

    All fields

    Global

    The Foundation for Sustainable Development

    Microfinance/Microenterprise, Health, Environment, Gender Equity, Human Rights, Community Development, Youth and Education

    8-52 Week internship in Nicaragua, Argentina, Bolivia, India, Kenya, Uganda

    Global Volunteers

    Education, Child Care, Construction, Public Health

    Global and U.S.

    Idealist -- Action without Borders

    All fields

    Global

    International Cooperative Education

    Retail sales, supermarkets, hotels/restaurants, agriculture, offices, hospitals, banks, computer science, engineering, marketing, recreation, and teaching

    Belgium, Finland, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Switzerland / 1-3 months

    International Jobs Database

    All fields

    Global

    International Labor Organization

    Employment, economics and statistics, labour law and labour relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labour, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

    Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

    International Medical Corps

    Registered Nurses, Physicians, Psychosocial Advisors, Emergency Medicine Personnel, Public Health, Program Directors, Finance Officers, Nurse Practitioners, Logistics and Administrative Officers

    Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Pakistan, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 2 months or longer

    International Rivers Network

    Environmental Protection, Human Rights Advocacy

    Berkeley, CA, and international: Africa, India, Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America

    International Volunteer Programs Association Database

    All fields

    Global

    JET: Japan Exchange and Teaching Forum

    Teaching English as a Second Language

    Japan / 1 year

    OXFAM International

    All fields relating to development

    Washington, D.C., and international

    Parliamentary Monitoring Group, South Africa

    Democracy, Policy, Law

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Peace Corps

    Education, Business, Environment, Agriculture, Health, Community Development

    Global

    Population Services International

    Social Marketing for HIV/AIDS awareness, Public Health and Health Education

    Washington, D.C., Europe, Eurasia, Haiti / 1-2 semesters

    SOLIDAR

    International labor issues, social services, trade unions

    Brussels, Belgium

    Stanford University's Africa Internship Database

    All fields

    Africa, various countries

    Transparency International

    Global corruption, democratic / transitional governance, civil society

    Berlin, Germany

    United Nations Development Program Internship Program

    All fields relating to Economic Development

    Global- pursue opportunities through country offices abroad

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    University of Pennsylvania's Africa Internship Database

    All fields

    Africa, various countries

    Volunteers for Peace

    All fields

    Global and U.S.

    Volunteers in Asia

    English-language education and English-language resource development

    China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, U.S. / 1-2 year assignments

    5. Environment

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Center for Environmental Citizenship's Earth Net 

    Environment and Sustainable Development

    U.S.

    Coalition for Clean Air

    Environment, Advocacy

    Los Angeles

    Directory of Development Organizations

    All Fields relating to Development

    Global: sorted by World Region- excellent in-country contact information

    Environmental Careers Organization -- Sustainable Communities Leadership Program

    Urban Planning, Sustainable Development, Affordable Housing

    California -- 12-24 weeks

    Environmental Careers Organization Internship Database

    Environmental Science

    U.S.

    Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development (IPED) at Fordham University's Database

    All Fields relating to Development

    Global

    Green Corps: Environmental Leadership Training Program

    Environment and Sustainable Development

    Boston and U.S.- 1-year

    Greenpeace

    Environmental Activism

    U.S.

    International Rivers Network

    Environmental Protection, Human Rights Advocacy

    Berkeley, CA, and international

    Population Institute -- Future Leaders of the World Fellowship

    Population growth, family planning, environment

    Washington D.C.- 1 year

    Reef Check Foundation

    Environment: Coral Reef Preservation

    Los Angeles

    Target Earth

    Sustainable Development

    Belize- 8 weeks

    Tufts University Development 

    All Fields relating to Development

    Global

    UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    6. Economics / Trade / Labor / Agriculture

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    ACCION International

    Microfinance, small loans to self-employed poor

    Boston

    ACDI / VOCA

    All agriculture, rural finance, community development, business management

    Overseas / 2-4 weeks (some 1-2 month assignments)

    Everett Public Service Internship

    Art, Education and Communications, Economic and Social Change, Environment and Health Advocacy, Social Justice and Human Rights

    *NOTE: Program is currently not offered. 

    Washington, D.C., New York City / 10 weeks

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Food Security, Rural Development

    Global

    International Development Exchange, IDEX

    Asia, Africa, Latin America: food security, indigenous people's rights, labor issues, micro-credit, popular participation, women's empowerment, youth action

    San Francisco

    International Labor Organization

    Employment, economics and statistics, labor law and labor relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labor, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

    Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

    Microfinance Gateway Database

    Microfinance

    International / U.S.

    Society for International Development -- Washington Chapter

    Economic Development- information exchange

    Washington, D.C. / 3 months or more

    SOLIDAR

    International labor issues, social services, trade unions

    Brussels, Belgium

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    Watts Labor Community Action Committee

    Community Development

    Los Angeles

    7. Health

     

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    A3M: Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches

    Public Health, Asian community

    Los Angeles

    African Community Resource Center

    African Refugees, Domestic Violence Prevention, Community Health Education

    Los Angeles

    APLA: AIDS Project Los Angeles

    Public Health, AIDS/HIV Community Education / Outreach

    Los Angeles

    BienEstar

    Public Health, Latino Community

    Los Angeles

    CEDPA: Center for Development and Population Activities

    Women's Reproductive Health, Family Planning

    Washington, D.C.

    Global Health Council Internship Program

    International Health Facilities -- Information and Resource Development

    Washington, D.C. and White River Junction, VT -- semester or summer

    International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

    HIV/AIDS, women's health, international public health

    Washington, D.C.

    International Medical Corps

    Registered Nurses, Physicians, Psychosocial Advisors, Emergency Medicine Personnel, Public Health, Program Directors, Finance Officers, Nurse Practitioners, Logistics and Administrative Officers

    Global / 2 months or longer

    Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

    International Public Health

    New York

    Operation USA:

    Disaster Relief, International Public Health, Medical Supply Procurement

    Port of Los Angeles

    Planned Parenthood Los Angeles:

    Public Health, Reproductive Health and Education

    Los Angeles

    Population Council

    International Public Health, Health Education

    New York, Washington, D.C., (international?)

    Population Institute -- Future Leaders of the World Fellowship

    Population growth, family planning, environment

    Washington D.C.- 1 year

    Population Services International

    Social Marketing for HIV/AIDS awareness, Public Health and Health Education

    Washington, D.C., Europe, Eurasia, Haiti / 1-2 semesters

    U.S. Doctors for Africa

    HIV/AIDS, International Public Health, Africa

    Los Angeles, Africa

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    8. Relief / Food Aid / Community Development

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Americorps

    All fields relating to domestic community development

    U.S., 10 months -- 1 year

    Beyond Shelter

    Housing, Community Development

    Los Angeles

    Bresee Foundation

    Community Development, Tutoring

    Los Angeles

    Center for the Pacific Asian Family

    Domestic Violence Prevention, Pacific Asian Community Development

    Los Angeles

    Chinatown Service Center

    Translation (Cantonese), Community Outreach, Tutoring

    Los Angeles

    Coro Fellows Program

    Community Development, Public Service / 9 months

    Los Angeles

    East Timor Action Network/L.A.

    Human Rights, East Timor, Indonesia, Advocacy work

    Los Angeles

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Food Security, Rural Development

    Global

    Food First

    Food security, human rights

    Oakland, "virtual" internships

    Habitat for Humanity -- L.A. Chapter

    Housing development for low-income communities, public outreach

    Los Angeles

    Inter Action: American Council for Voluntary International Action Database:

    Refugee Relief

    Various

    Operation USA:

    Disaster Relief, International Public Health, Medical Supply Procurement

    Port of Los Angeles

    Public Allies -- Los Angeles

    Community Development

    Los Angeles / 10-month apprenticeship

    Rav Tov Committee to Aid New Immigrants - Hayim Tovim Adult Day Care Center

    Mr. Uri Mayerfeld
    1061 S Fairfax Ave
    Los Angeles, CA, United States
    90036
    Primary Phone : (323) 937-5646 Ext: 103
    Email : ravtov@juno.com
    Fax : (323) 937-0491

    English language training, social work, Persian immigrant community development

    Los Angeles

    Relief International

    Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Aid

    Westwood, Los Angeles

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    Watts Labor Community Action Committee

    Community Development

    Los Angeles

    9. Education / Training / Technology

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Academy for Educational Development (Family Health International)

    Global education, health education and communication technology

    Washington D.C. / Ongoing

    America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST)

    Arab/Middle East studies, international education or international development

    Washington, D.C. / semester or summer

    Center for Democracy and Technology

    Internet policy; "Cyber-liberties" advocacy, free expression and privacy in global communications technology

    Washington, D.C.

    Institute of International Education

    Education / Academic Advising to international students about U.S. education

    Overseas- contact individual overseas offices

    Teach for America

    Public school teaching, community development

    U.S.

    VITA: Volunteers in Technical Assistance

    Training and Capacity Building in Computer/Internet Technology / Development

    Global

    Volunteers in Asia

    English-language education and English-language resource development

    China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, U.S. / 1-2 year assignments

    10. Policy / Law / Human Rights

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Amnesty International: Legal and International Organizations Program Internship Program

    Law, international politics, international human rights law, international relations, intergovernmental organizations

    London, Geneva, New York / 6 months

    Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center

    Legal dispute / conflict resolution, Asian Pacific community development

    Los Angeles

    Center for Democracy and Technology

    Internet policy; "Cyber-liberties" advocacy, free expression and privacy in global communications technology

    Washington, D.C.

    Center for National Policy

    Public policy think tank; policy research

    Washington, D.C.

    CHIRLA: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

    Immigrant Rights Advocacy, Immigration Law

    Los Angeles

    Everett Public Service Internship

    Art, Education and Communications, Economic and Social Change, Environment and Health Advocacy, Social Justice and Human Rights

    *Note: Program currently not offered 

    Washington, D.C., New York City / 10 weeks

    Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR):

    -Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship (9-12 months) $1600 / mth. + benefits

    - IWPR/GW Fellowship in Women's Public Policy Research $10,000 stipend and tuition and fees for graduate study at George Washington University

    Equal opportunity, economic and social justice for women

    Washington, D.C.

    New Voices National Fellowship Program: Ford Foundation and Academy for Educational Development-

    Foreign policy, international economic policy, peace and security, international human rights, women's rights, racial justice, migrant and refugee rights

    U.S.

    Parliamentary Monitoring Group, South Africa

    Democracy, Policy, Law

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Political Campaign Interns: Search Government internships under Bruin View

    Campaign development

    Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and California

    American Friends Service Committee

    Multiple internships for college students interested in social and economic justice, peacebuilding, international diplomacy

    Pennsylvania, U.S.

    Rock the Vote

    Voting outreach

    Los Angeles

    SAJE: Strategic Action for a Just Economy

    Poor and working class people's rights

    Los Angeles

    Transparency International

    Transparency, Democratic governance

    Berlin, Germany

    U.S. Department of State Internship Program

    Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical Sciences

    Washington, D.C. or at Embassies / Consulates abroad / 1 semester or summer

    Women in International Security

    International Affairs, Gender Issues, Security

    Global

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    Note: This is a work-in-progress. Your feedback is very important, so let us know which sites are more or less useful to you as you search for the right work experience. Also, let us know if and when you do get an internship as we'd love to hear about it! Please e-mail us at idps@international.ucla.edu. Thanks, and good luck in your search!

     

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  • Nebila  Abdulmelik
    Nebila Abdulmelik

    MA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Use the degree and exposure as a starting point for further learning and understanding of the most pressing issues. Understand the differences between theory and practice. Be open. Travel. Question and challenge.

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    Nicole  Abeckett
    Nicole Abeckett

    BA '03

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Be a citizen of the world. It is greatly rewarding. Get out and live in another country that challenges your comfort level. Your perspective on human relations will become greatly enriched. Most importantly - learn another language!!!

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  • John  Arboleda
    John Arboleda

    BA '96

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: I would encourage students to become truly global. One is not born global but becomes global, and it is vital that we understand the world in which we live in. And, to do so requires that we

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    Natalya  Berenshteyn
    Natalya Berenshteyn

    BA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Focus less on classroom learning and more on learning out in the real world. Study abroad. Intern. Use college as a platform to explore interesting hands-on opportunities.

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  • Tiffany  Cantrell-Warren
    Tiffany Cantrell-Warren

    BA '06, MA '16

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: International Development Studies is a very unique major that can prepare you for multiple careers that require critical thinking, creativity, and cultural sensitivity. I took my degree to a hospital in the US (national, healthcare, nonprofits)

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    Rafael  Cardona
    Rafael Cardona

    BA '96

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Travel as much as possible and take yourself out of your comfort zone as often as you can. These practices will enable you to understand the world better and give you fresh perspectives about where humanity has

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  • Sarah  Chenault
    Sarah Chenault

    MA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Be involved with your cohort! What they are studying is pertinent to your experience as a graduate student and developing professional relationships after your program.

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    Aerin  Cho
    Aerin Cho

    BA '08

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: As broad as the field of international development is, there are so many opportunities and you will never be bored in it (if not overwhelmed with amount of information). What I found helpful for myself is

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  • Cecily  Couture
    Cecily Couture

    BA '06

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take all the classes you can! Don't just do the bare minimum to graduate. There is such a wealth of knowledge there that you can draw on in your future endeavors! Go to office hours when

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    Karla  Galdamez
    Karla Galdamez

    MA '03

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: I'm so happy that I chose to attend UCLA and study Latin American studies. The degree provided me with opportunities to examine the world from a broad range of perspectives. Because of the degree I feel

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  • Alejandro  Garcia
    Alejandro Garcia

    BA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Go to office hours! Letters of recommendation will are crucial for future applications so build relationships with your professors early! Study abroad and consider double majoring.

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    Gayle  Gienger
    Gayle Gienger

    BA '03

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Spend some time abroad! It is an incredible, eye-opening, soul-searching experience. Go at least for a semester, a year if you can. Consider going to a smaller city - it's easier to integrate into the local

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  • Kimberly  Grano
    Kimberly Grano

    BA '15

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: If you can't get away for a quarter during the school year because of work or campus activities, make the most of your summers! Some of my favorite memories from my four years as a UCLA

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    Kaitlin  Highstreet
    Kaitlin Highstreet

    BA '15

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Make the most of your time here! It really goes so quickly and the opportunities for learning and having fun are incredible. Work hard, but remember that you learn so much out of the classroom and

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  • Zachary  Jarvinen
    Zachary Jarvinen

    BA '06

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Get out there and DO STUFF. Bring things to completion, whether in your own hood, or internationally. You can come back to your friends and family (no ones getting married that quick in the 21st century),

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    Kristin  Kalla
    Kristin Kalla

    MA '92

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Find a supportive mentor, take risks, travel and volunteer, be a positive role model, stay humble and motivate others.

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  • Kalani Matthew-James Wonyou  Kim
    Kalani Matthew-James Wonyou Kim

    BA '11, MA '14

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Use your time wisely and don't let the opportunities that present themselves to you to slip through your fingers. Be proud of your accomplishments that have made you a Bruin and always be an excellent representative

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    Nancy  Knowles
    Nancy Knowles

    BA '90

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Get a degree in a field you like and are good at. The type of bachelor's degree doesn't matter too much to most employers and graduate schools. Many like the breadth of a degree in one

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  • Tanya  Lara
    Tanya Lara

    BA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Definitely study abroad - even if it's just for a summer term. There is nothing better for the development of your language skills and cultural awareness than being immersed into your country/region of study.

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    J. Eric  Lomeli
    J. Eric Lomeli

    BA '00, MA '02

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: First, dedicate yourself into learning a wide perspective, then narrow down your focus to become an expert.

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  • Emily  Marsh
    Emily Marsh

    BA '09

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: An international degree is one of the most well-rounded and relevant degrees you can earn today. The Global Studies major, in particular, examines the every day trends and movements of today's world with a strong ties

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    Angela  Mc Duffie
    Angela Mc Duffie

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Never think that you will be limited to what you learn in school. Remember that what you may think is useless now will become helpful one day and make a huge impression on someone. UCLA is

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  • Laurel  McAndrews
    Laurel McAndrews

    BA '07

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take advantage of ALL UCLA resources while you are there. Take as many classes as you can and be sure to utilize the UCLA Career Center BEFORE you graduate. It costs money to use it afterwards!

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    Ray  Minjares
    Ray Minjares

    BA '02

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Definitely do a semester or year abroad through EAP. This changed my life. Take classes that interest you, and think outside the box. Don't get buried in books. Go have fun.

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  • Caley  Moffatt
    Caley Moffatt

    BA '14

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Travel, expand your worldview, and examine different cultures. The Global Studies Travel Study program in Paris was one of the most memorable parts of my time at UCLA. Also, writing a senior thesis was by far

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    Conor  Moore
    Conor Moore

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Go to office hours! Meet your professors and develop those professional connections that you will need whether you decide to pursue graduate studies or jump straight into the workforce. Spend time with your peers and colleagues

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  • Ben  Moore
    Ben Moore

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Pursue some of the more unique niches within UCLA's expansive course offerings; follow your heart and give your all. Take chances and enter every experience with a positive attitude. Don't forget to have a sense of

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    Gael  Murphy
    Gael Murphy

    MA '82

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Apply a human rights framework to what you choose to do and where you choose to do it!

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  • Jennifer  Patton
    Jennifer Patton

    BA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in travel study programs and other study abroad opportunities. Also explore the wonderful language programs at UCLA, which offer many courses that cross over with the Global Studies major.

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    Jessica  Salgado
    Jessica Salgado

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Develop strong study habits; go to office hours; develop relationships with Professors and Teaching Assistants, and fellow classmates; be the first to say, "hello!"; challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone; expose yourself to

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