One of the ways to build on your degree is by taking advantage of the wide array of programs available at UCLA.
UCLA has many study programs in the United States and around the world. If you are considering studying in another country, there are opportunities during the school year through the UC Education Abroad Program, and during the summer through UCLA Travel Study. If you are thinking about programs in the United States, there is the Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) program and the summer DC Fellows program. Many departments have their own study programs for students in those majors as well.
The Center for Community Learning provides students with internship opportunities for academic credit. The Career Center site can help you with many internship opportunities as well as more study abroad options.
There are many avenues for gaining volunteer experiences; the Volunteer Center can be a great starting point. For students interested in volunteering in the health sciences, several UCLA Health centers offers opportunities as well. Additionally, there are numerous student groups (see “Get Involved”) who engage in regular volunteer work in Los Angeles.
Research opportunities for undergraduates abound at UCLA; some are as easy as asking one of your professors, and others are available through the Undergraduate Research Centers.
Many students at UCLA are employed to support themselves as well as to gain professional development. From numerous student leadership positions to the Career Center’s BruinView, students can be employed both on- and off-campus and develop career enhancing skills for graduate and professional schools as well as careers. UCLA Alumni also offers career programs to connect undergraduates to alumni in the careers they seek.
UCLA Students are developing and launching their own startups. Startup UCLA offers a ten-week summer accelerator for teams to develop their digital startups, with a full program designed to help cultivate your idea into a business. The Blackstone LaunchPad at UCLA connects students in the initial stages of a venture—from high tech to nonprofit—with people and resources to turn your ideas into a viable business.
With over 1200 student organizations at UCLA, there are lots of ways to get involved, meet other students, and gain on- and off-campus experience. Through the Student Organizations, Leadership and Engagement (SOLE) site, you can find organizations that interest you, or start a new group.