WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY MAJOR?
EIGHT COMPETENCIES FOR A CAREER READY WORKFORCE
Ask yourself: Which competencies are your strongest? Which would you like to improve?
CAREER & SELF DEVELOPMENT
Proactively develop career through:
Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons in and outside organization
Identify and respond to needs based upon understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information
EQUITY & INCLUSION
Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals
Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals
What career path would combine your skills and your interests? Explore your options with these Career Center resources! Activate your Handshake account to use these tools.
Free assessment tool on Handshake to match your skills and interests to career options.
Find out what it's really like to work in a specific industry or profession. Access through Handshake.
Find UCLA alumni and networking events on UCLA ONE and start connecting today!
BUILD & EDIT YOUR RESUME
Use VMOCK, a 24/7 smart resume tool, to build your resume and get detailed feedback.
Search for jobs and internships abroad!
Find paid micro-internship opportunities for all majors and class levels on Parker Dewey.
Watch "Before you Apply: Is Grad School Right for You?" Explore areas like health or law.
Discuss your interests and create a personalized career plan! Make an appointment through Handshake.
WHERE DO OUR GRADUATES WORK?
Communication and Administration Analyst
Financial Services and Insurance Manager
Human Resources Associate
Senior Coordinator for International Promotions
Trade and Investment Manager
Bilingual Quality, Training, and Compliance Specialist
Diversity Programs Coordinator
Elementary/Middle School/High School Teacher
Independent Research Consultant
Professor of Anthropology and African & Latin American Studies
Research Librarian for Humanities and Literature
Community and Government Relations Operations Manager
Foreign Service Officer
Intellectual Property Associate
Presidential Staff Officer
Veteran Service Representative
Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
Front-End Web Developer
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Telehealth Project Coordinator
Life Coach and Podcast Host
Museum Professional, Researcher, and Community Organizer
Special Events Manager
Videographer and Editor
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 who have secured internships during Spring or Summer. Students demonstrating financial need, who are participating in internships abroad, who are advancing their understanding of international issues and/or financial literacy 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!
For Spring 2022 Quarter, we will be offering virtual and in-person advising support.
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, exploration of research, internship opportunities, and experiences abroad.
We can assist you with:
Please include your name and UID in all emails. (Email us if you need accommodations for same day or outside office hours appointments)
✉ Undergraduate Advising: email@example.com
✉ Graduate Advising: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current UCLA students can make an advising appointment with Magda or Olivia at MY.UCLA APPOINTMENT SCHEDULER. If you're not a UCLA student, please e-mail us at the corresponding email as noted above. The appointment will be cancelled if you're not present (online or in person) within 5 minutes of the scheduled time.
Bunche Hall 10256 & 10254 (10th floor)
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
For other questions or concerns, please review the following information:
Refer to your main Counseling Unit for questions about GE/IGETC Requirements, Course Add/Drop Petitions, Degree Plan Contracts, College-specific requirements, Holds, Grad Checks, Academic Probation status, Readmission, etc.
Questions about registration, fees, classes, etc.
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