An internship is a great opportunity to explore a career while gaining valuable work experience. Internships allow students to be immersed in a professional environment and connect with people in the particular field. What are you interested in?
Types of Internships:
Internships come in all varieties. Think about what you would like to gain from an internship and what is feasible based on living expenses and personal situations. Every internship has something to offer if you are wiling to put forth the effort.
Students can also choose to do an internship through an established program. Some examples of these are:
UC Sacramento Internship Program
UCDC (CAPPP) Internship Program
UC Davis Internships Abroad
UCEAP Internships Abroad
How to Secure an Internship:
The process for obtaining an internship is very similar to the process of landing your first job. This cycle of resumes, cover letters, interviews, rejection, and success will help you post-graduation. Check out our Internship Process Handout or watch our workshop recording on How to Find an Internship to get some tips. Handshake is also a great resource. Keep applying!
List of Internships:
Browse our Internship Database for a full list of internships related to international studies - such as governmental, health, development, economic, and human rights organizations.
Examples of past internships
Internship Academic Credit
International and Area Studies 195CE (I A STD 195CE) allows students to receive 4 units of academic credit for an internship. I A STD 195CE is offered through the Center of Community Learning every Spring and Summer. 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. To make sure your internship is eligible for internship credit, visit the Center for Community Engagement page.
Credit for Major/Minor
Students may petition to apply I A STD 195CE towards their major or minor. Please submit your petition through the Petition Form for your major/minor under "Current Students." Please consult with your major/minor counselor for information on which requirement this course may fulfill.
In Summer, I A STD 195CE is only offered during Session A, and is a 10-week course. 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 for Spring or Summer, students must secure an internship and schedule an intake appointment at the Center for Community Learning.
Kramer & Siebert International Internship Scholarships:
Multiple scholarships of at least $1,000 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, or internships that promote leadership and financial literacy. Students demonstrating financial need and good academic standing are especially encouraged to apply.
Eligibility, additional information, and application available HERE.
In order to accept an internship, International Students must earn academic credit by enrolling in a course like I A STD 195CE. The internship needs to be related to your major or minor. For any questions about employment and choosing internships related to your studies, please contact the Dashew Center.
Connect with the UCLA Career Center to explore internships and job opportunities. The Career Center can help you with every step of the internship/job hunting process, including resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, job search tips, career exploration and much more. The Career Center also hosts several Career Fairs and Workshops through the year. Make sure to use Handshake!
UCLA Career Center
501 Westwood Plaza, Strathmore Building
North Entrance, 2nd & 3rd Floors
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1573
(located by the Ackerman Turnaround and Luskin Center)
1. Schedule an Appointment:
Students can schedule a 30 minute appointment through Handshake. Appointments can be reserved up to two weeks in advance. Career Center hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm.
2. Drop-In hours
Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 10am-2pm. 15 minute sessions.
Handshake is essential for connecting students to Career Center Services. You can create your student profile, schedule appointments with a counselor, RSVP for events, and browse through job and internships postings.
UCLA Career Guide - Available on Handshake under "Resources." Published every academic year, the UCLA Career Guide has great examples of resumes and cover letters for different disciplines and experience levels.
GoinGlobal - Located on Handshake under "Resources." A database for international internships and jobs.
Join UCLA ONE and start connecting with UCLA Alumni and current students! UCLA ONE allows students to create a profile, network with Alumni, join groups, and search job postings. Look for Alumni who have added "Willing to Help" on their profile descriptions!
1. Create your Profile
2. Join our International Institute Academic Programs group
3. Start Connecting!
Gaby Solomon-Dorian, Director of Student Affairs
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
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