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International Development Studies

COVID-19 UPDATES: 

Effective Wednesday March 11, UCLA will suspend in-person classes wherever possible and transition to online platforms through the end of Spring Quarter 2020. Winter Quarter final exams will be offered remotely. For updates, checkHERE

For student resources available during COVID-19, click HEREWe will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

Please see our "Advising" tab for information on virtual advising. 


 

The focus of the IDS major continues to evolve, so we encourage you to visit our About Us tab to learn more about our updated scope. We look forward to working with you. 

 

Student Spotlights

 

Kiara González Durán, IDS - Internship at MACRO

Kiara, an IDS student, did a summer internship at MACRO, a production company that represents voices and perspectives of people of color. Her advice for students looking for and participating in internships is to know what you want to learn from your internship experience early so that when you start, you know what questions to ask and who to meet with in order to really make the best of your experience and start preparing for your future career.

 

 

Vanessa Thomas, pre-IDS - Volunteer with BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America)

Vanessa volunteered for a month in Cofradía, Honduras as a camp counselor at a bilingual high school. The purpose of the camp is to expose the students of the school to English outside of the classroom. Her advice for students looking for volunteer experiences like these is to have an open mind, and to be grateful and kind to everyone around you. 

 

 

Jonathan Wisner, IDS - Internship at Regency Global in Cape Town, South Africa

Jonathan, an IDS student, interned this past summer at Regency Global, where he researched current needs of psychosocial skills of South African youth, and their impact on family dynamics. He also worked on amending the curriculum of the ResponsibleMe program, which is South Africa's largest HIV/AIDS prevention education program, and spearheaded a new project to create artisan training centers in communities to address youth unemployment and the country's need for skilled labor. His advice to students seeking internships is to start early and apply to many, and not be discouraged when internships say "no." He encourages students to be open to trying new and different things when interning abroad, and realize that you don't need to know everything going into an internship--you will learn on the spot! 

 

 Announcements 

IDS Departmental Honors

Are you interested in research? Consider the IDS Departmental Honors program!
Spend 3 quarters researching a topic of your choosing and writing a Senior Thesis with the guidance of a UCLA Faculty Member, and finish your project in the Summer! You'll have access to presentation and publication opportunities, and will receive Departmental Honors recognition to your diploma and transcript!
Please contact our office at idps@international.ucla.edu to see if you are eligible.

Events  

Internship Workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 5:00PM in 10383 Bunche Hall

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