Internships and Service Programs
Rewarding opportunities in the form of internships, community service work, industry and business positions, local, national, and international programs, and community-based teaching provide students with insights into a range of professional fields and the chance to apply academic theories firsthand.
Internship and International Opportunities
The UCLA Career Center, located in the Strathmore Building, offers advice and leads for internships, fellowships, and other experiential learning opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Many helpful resources are featured in the second floor Career Laboratory and on BruinViewTM. Options for current students and alumni include teaching or volunteering abroad, research or fieldwork, and internships in almost every occupation or industry. The Internship Peer Advocates Team advises students on search techniques to identify relevant employers and programs. All career counselors and peer advisers also offer support for students eager to gain hands-on experience. See the internships website.
DC Fellows Summer Internship Program
The DC Fellows internship program supports students seeking summer internships in Washington, DC. Assignments are available with elected officials, government agencies, public interest groups, international organizations, the media, and a wide range of public and private organizations. The program offers advice on searching and applying for internships, as well as housing support and the option to apply for alumni-sponsored scholarships. For further information, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or see the program website.
Quarter in Washington, DC
The Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) selects undergraduates each fall, winter, and spring to participate in its Quarter in Washington Program. The program offers an exciting opportunity to combine UC courses with research and field experience.
Students live at the UC Washington Center for up to 12 weeks, dividing their time between coursework and a part-time internship placement. They can earn credit in multiple majors. The core course, a research development seminar, is multiple-listed in political science, sociology, communication studies, and history; meets the capstone requirement for the Public Affairs minor; and is eligible for College Honors consideration. The internship placement fulfills the internship requirement for the Civic Engagement minor. At least one course in a subject other than political science, such as economics or history, is usually offered each quarter. All courses take advantage of Washington’s unique resources for study and research.
UC Washington Center administrators help students find a field placement that complements a substantial research project. Placements have included ABC News, the Brookings Institution, CNN, the Department of Justice, the Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and various members of Congress. For information, contact the CAPPP office by e-mail or call 310-206-3109.
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
The University of California, in accordance with the National Defense Act of 1920 and with the concurrence of The Regents, offers courses and programs in military training. This voluntary training allows students to qualify for an officer’s commission in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps while completing their college education. ROTC courses are offered by three departments within the College of Letters and Science: Aerospace Studies (Air Force), Military Science (Army), and Naval Science (Navy and Marine Corps). Equipment, uniforms, and textbooks are provided. The programs provide a monthly stipend to eligible students while on contract and additional financial benefits, including tuition and fee scholarships, to qualified students. Individual programs are described in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
Exciting teaching programs prepare undergraduate students for careers in teaching or education and allow them to serve in classrooms in the Los Angeles area. Many teaching opportunities are offered in conjunction with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS), which helps coordinate programs leading to various instructional credentials or to graduate study.
Education Studies Minor
The Education Studies minor provides a sequence of core and elective courses designed to introduce students to key issues, research, and policies in education. Students participate in a range of seminar and practicum courses to fulfill program requirements. The program office is in 1009 Moore Hall. See the minor website and the program description in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
Joint Mathematics/Education Program
The Joint Mathematics/Education Program (JMEP), offered jointly by GSE&IS and the Department of Mathematics, leads to a teaching credential and master’s degree in education for mathematics majors pursuing a career in secondary school teaching. The program offers courses in education for students completing courses required for a Bachelor of Science degree in a major within the Department of Mathematics. During their senior year, participants serve as teaching interns in an observational teaching program under the direction of a teaching coordinator. During the year following graduation, students take additional graduate courses and teach full-time in a secondary classroom with a full salary. For information, contact the Mathematics Student Services Office, 6356 Math Sciences.
Mathematics for Teaching BS
The Mathematics for Teaching capstone major is designed primarily for students planning to teach mathematics at the high school level. It provides exposure to a broad range of mathematical topics, especially those appropriate for the prospective teacher. Students who complete the major and meet the conditions of the Mathematics Department's California-approved subject matter program are eligible for a waiver of the California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics (CSET). For information, contact the Mathematics Student Services Office, 6356 Math Sciences. See the teaching credential website. At the end of their senior year, students may request a letter from the Mathematics Student Services Office verifying their completion of these courses and thus their subject matter competence for the CSET. See the degree description in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
Science Education Minor
The Science Education minor is designed for students who wish to become middle school and high school science teachers and is also attractive to students who plan to teach as graduate students in their disciplines. The minor provides the broad general science background included in California state subject matter credential examinations, selected coursework required for entry into a variety of postbaccalaureate credential programs, and field experiences in the development, management, and teaching of science laboratory instruction in grades 7 through 12, including Advanced Placement Tests. See the minor website and the program description in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog or call 310-794-2191.
Science Teacher Education Program
The Science Teacher Education Program (STEP), cosponsored by the College of Letters and Science and GSE&IS, allows science majors to observe and participate in classrooms in schools in the Los Angeles area and to begin teacher education courses in their senior year. Students earn a preliminary teaching credential the summer after the bachelor’s degree is received and a master’s in education the following academic year. For details, e-mail Dr. Arlene Russell or contact any science department undergraduate counseling office. See the STEP program website or call 310-794-2191.
Teacher Education Program
The Teacher Education Program allows students to obtain both a Master of Education degree and a preliminary multiple or single subject credential in a full-time, two-year program that provides clinical classroom experience and a full-year urban teaching residency.
Teaching Secondary Mathematics Minor
The Teaching Secondary Mathematics minor is designed for students majoring in fields other than mathematics who plan to teach secondary mathematics after graduation. The minor provides recognition for completion of requisite coursework for the Joint Mathematics Education Program and also prepares students for the contents on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Post-bachelor credentialing programs will see that students with this minor have taken coursework on secondary mathematics from an advanced standpoint that is recommended by the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences and the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This minor is not open to students in any Mathematics Department major. See the program description in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
UCLA California Teach
The UCLA California Teach program encourages and supports undergraduate students who are interested in exploring K-12 mathematics and science teaching as a potential career. Courses include 24 hours of observation, participation, and assisting in K-12 schools, and seminars to support those field experiences. See the program website or call 310-794-2191.
Visual and Performing Arts Education Minor
The Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) minor in the School of the Arts and Architecture is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental series of courses designed to introduce students to key issues and methodologies in the field of arts education for multiple publics and to a broad range of careers in the arts, including K-12 teaching, museum education, community arts education, creative arts therapies, and arts advocacy.
The arts education teaching sequence, an important component of the minor, consists of three courses in which selected undergraduate students explore core issues in arts education, creativity, and social justice. Students are assigned to K-12 classrooms in the Los Angeles area where they first observe and then implement an eight-week sequential arts-based lesson plan under the supervision of the guiding teacher. The program office is in 2101 Broad Art Center. See the minor website and the program description in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
UCLA Center for Community Learning
The UCLA Center for Community Learning serves faculty members, undergraduate students, and community partners through academic courses and programs, including credit-bearing internships, service learning courses, community-based research, AmeriCorps programs, and the Astin Scholars program. It is home to the undergraduate minor in Civic Engagement. The office is in A265 Murphy Hall, 310-825-7867.
University of California Center Sacramento
The University of California Center Sacramento (UCCS) is operated by UC Davis. The center’s long-term goal is to bring together UC faculty members with undergraduate students to pursue research related to state government, politics, and public policy. UCCS places students in intensive one-term policy-related internships throughout the State Capitol Building and in the Sacramento policy community. UCCS is open to all juniors and seniors with a 3.0 grade-point average. For more information, send e-mail to email@example.com.