Launched in September of 2007, the Burkle Center Internship Program offers UCLA students direct exposure to international relations and related disciplines. From major events and research initiatives to student-oriented outreach programs, the Burkle Center offers a variety of avenues for interested and engaged students to get involved. The Program is designed to offer students experience, exposure, and networking opportunities.
Internships are open to current UCLA undergraduate students and last throughout the academic year (fall through spring). Preference is given to juniors and seniors, although the Center has hosted sophomores in the past.
Hours and Expectations
Interns must commit to a minimum of seven hours per week, which includes a one hour weekly meeting with Burkle Center staff and fellow interns. In addition to the meeting, students generally work three hours at the Burkle Center's intern office and three hours at home. Hours are structured in consideration of academic commitments. These work hours also include event staffing and outreach activities. The Burkle Center places a strong emphasis on initiative and teamwork. Interns are expected to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance at all times.
All interns help staff events, participate in outreach, and assist the Center with short- and long-term projects and its daily needs. Other tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Event production and facilitation
- Graphic design (making event flyers, social media graphics, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, etc.)
- Social media and outreach, including content creation and coordination
- Website maintenance and listserv management
- Research assistance
- Photo, video, podcast, and transcript editing
To apply, please send the following information as a single PDF document to Alexandra Lieben, Deputy Director of the UCLA Burkle Center, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due Sunday, May 8, 2022 by 11:59pm Pacific Time.
- CV or Resume (1 page) - please include any volunteer or extracurricular activities and your current GPA.
- Cover Letter (1 page) - please tell us a little bit about yourself, explain what you hope to gain from the internship, and what strengths or skills you hope to contribute.
- Graphics experience is preferred, but not required. If you have graphics experience, please include which programs you can use and send examples of your prior work (event flyers, announcements, anything that demonstrates your sense of design and integration with text).
- A 2-page writing sample (excerpt from a recent academic paper, an article, etc.)
- 2-3 References (i.e. a past employer, professor, TA, volunteer supervisor, etc.) - please include name, contact information and brief affiliation only, i.e., "how do they know you?" This is NOT a request for a letter of recommendation.
- Please share your fall quarter commitments (academic, extracurricular, and jobs) to give us an idea of your general availability. Office hours and events are generally scheduled Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.
"Without a doubt, my favorite experience has been the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture with CNN's Jake Tapper. Not only was the lecture itself absolutely amazing, but I felt very proud to facilitate an event about a topic that is so important to me and so many others. Afterward, I heard from friends and professors how much they had learned from the event and how much they enjoyed our speaker. This was extremely rewarding as a Burkle intern and as a student pursuing international relations."
"Doing high-impact work is important to me, so my favorite part of the Burkle Internship has been exploring new ways to create event spaces virtually that undergraduates want to flock to. And with program coordinators who are invested in our professional growth, taking risks both within and beyond our defined intern roles is much less intimidating."
"As the co-captain of social media, I appreciate the hands-on experience with graphic design work and marketing. I also like how Odessa and Alexandra are very empowering as supervisors – they encourage us to pursue our individual projects through the Burkle Center and to use the Burkle Center's resources as much as possible while doing so."
“My favorite experience from this internship was the opportunity to initiate a new series at the Center called Student Voices. I enjoyed the visionary planning process as well as discovering the logistics and collaboration required to host the event and new series installment. It was great to work with the other interns because each of us are great at collaborating and supporting one another in our positions and projects."
Swan Ye Htut
"Being an intern for the Burkle Center has taught me invaluable skills for succeeding in a professional setting in the field of international relations. As an intern, I got to plan large-scale distinguished lectures, learn from the brightest minds in the IR field, help with outreach to students, and manage our social media networks. Through these experiences, I have gotten a chance to learn the organization, communication, professionalism, and discipline it takes to operate a successful international relations center. I am really grateful to the Burkle staff as well as the other interns for always being so helpful and helping me thrive. I highly recommend applying to this internship if you seek to grow as a professional, learn lots, and work with amazing people."
"The Burkle Center internship was an exciting way to work in the international relations sphere and acquire hands-on experience through office work and events. We helped organize and execute lectures with some of the most accomplished speakers on today’s global issues. The weekly office work was also a useful learning experience and I even got to learn cool new skills like podcast editing. I also really enjoyed working alongside my colleagues: our cohort of interns felt like a tight-knit family, led by the exceptional leaders who run the Burkle office. The internship also helped me explore and interact with the campus in ways I never otherwise would have. For these reasons, and many more, I recommend that all interested students apply to become future interns of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations."
"Being an intern at the Burkle Center for International Relations is one of the highlights of my UCLA experience. I had the fortune to work with a group of intelligent, ambitious, and friendly individuals enthusiastic about international relations under the supervision of excellent and supportive directors and managers, while gaining the unique opportunity to interact with renowned scholars, diplomats and political leaders from around the world contributing to international peace and security. In addition to knowledge about IR, I have gained important organizational, communication, social media, and detail-oriented skills as well as professionalism from working in the office. I am also very grateful for the resources the center provides including social event invites, and IR books and magazines. These experiences have provided me with additional benefits as a Global Studies major and enhanced my professional development in the IR field. I am extremely thankful to be part of the Burkle family and I highly recommend this internship to those pursuing IR, Political Science, Global Studies, and indeed, any field for their personal growth!"
Maxim P. Harrell
“The Burkle Center internship has provided me with the professional experience needed to begin the fulfilling international relations career I dream of. As an intern, you have the opportunity not only to organize major events with politicians, activists and distinguished lecturers but the chance to take leadership as an essential part of the center. I have gained both soft and hard skills during my office hours from excel, podcasting and InDesign to public speaking. Additionally, the most fulfilling aspect of the internship has been the supportive community that I found with my fellow interns and management with Alexandra and Odessa. Students rarely find the opportunity to prepare themselves for work in IR, public politics or affairs while keeping focus on academics along with the chance to ask questions throughout, with a cohort that wants you to succeed. I would therefore highly recommend this internship to any hard-working student who wants to bolster their UCLA degree with flexible, hands-on work experience.”