The Center for Community Learning assists students, faculty and community-based sites with internship courses through several academic departments. Consult the chart on our website for details about available courses.
California labor law requires that any student interning at a for-profit company must be either paid or earning academic credit. Verification of credit can only be supplied AFTER you enroll in a 195CE course through the Center for Community Learning or another course through an individual department. To verify that you are receiving credit for your internship, go to the Registrar's office (1113 Murphy Hall) to request a letter of verification from Kathleen Parent or Brian Venner. There is a $15 fee for the letter of verification.
No, you can only receive credit for off-campus internships. An alternative would be to set up an independent study research course with an individual faculty member. You are responsible to find a professor to sponsor your independent study. Contact the undergraduate counselor for the department that interests you for assistance.
Yes, you may receive both - get paid by your internship and receive credit for your internship. However, positions that would be classified strictly as part-time or full-time jobs by the Department of Labor (including most retail and commission-based sales positions) are NOT eligible for credit.
195CE internship courses require a minimum of 8-10 hours per week (minimum 80 hours per quarter). When arranging a weekly work schedule with their internship supervisor, students should take care to leave time in their schedule to complete the assignments for their 195CE course and any other courses they may be taking during the quarter. The Center for Community Learning discourages students from interning more than part-time (15-20 hours per week), particularly when positions are unpaid.
No, a student can only take one 195CE course per quarter.Students are strongly discouraged from enrolling in more than one 195CE course per quarter. All requests to enroll in an additional internship course in conjunction a second internship position must be reviewed by center administrators on a case-by-case basis and may not be approved.
You cannot enroll retroactively into a 195CE course. You must be enrolled in the course and interning simultaneously. Also, your internship must continue for the entire quarter in which you are enrolled in the course.
You will need to secure an internship before you can actually enroll into a 195CE course. Tips for researching internships can be found under “Looking for an Internship?” on our website. Remember that you also must meet the 195CE course requirements in order to enroll. (see What are the course requirements?). Enrollment begins in Week 8 of the quarter preceding the internship. Follow the steps on our website to contact the center to schedule an intake appointment.
You may take a total of three 195CE internship courses through the Center for Community Learning but only one per quarter. If you enroll for two or more consecutive quarters at the same internship site, you must enroll in a different internship course each quarter (e.g. if you have a yearlong internship at ABC News, you may take Political Science 195CE, English 195CE and History 195CE).
Only full-time international students who are earning a degree at UCLA are generally eligible for 195CE internship courses. International EXCHANGE students are not eligible. International students should first consult their Student Counselor at the Dashew Center to confirm eligibility and receive advice about required paperwork, including the process for securing Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization. Once you have confirmed that you are eligible to intern in the US, schedule an intake appointment at the Center for Community Learning, complete your enrollment paperwork, and then return to the Dashew Center to request CPT authorization.
No, only matriculated (officially registered) UCLA students are eligible to enroll. Graduating seniors completing their final quarter through UCLA Extension should contact the Center to discuss eligibility.
The 195CE courses are set up for students with internships in any corporate, non-profit or governmental agency. The internship must involve challenging college-level work and must take place at a supervised off-campus workplace site (no telecommuting or home offices). The field of your internship does not have to be directly connected to your major or to the department under which you enroll. For example, English majors interning at Sony Music or Smith Barney may enroll in Political Science 195CE.
During summer session, students who are interning outside the Los Angeles area (e.g. San Francisco, New York, London, etc.) can still enroll in a 195CE internship course as long as the internship meets the eligibility guidelines. During regular session, students interested in interning outside the LA area must contact the center to discuss their plans to ensure they will be able to maintain full-time student status and residency. Students who wish to intern while participating in a study abroad program at another university should contact the study abroad office to discuss options. Students who are approved to enroll in a 195CE course while interning outside LA County should meet with a coordinator before leaving town. Written work will be submitted via a course website and meetings will be held on the phone.
No. In accordance with UCLA policy for contract courses numbered 195 and above, 195CE courses are only open to students who have reached junior standing and completed at least 90 units. Lower-division students with an internship that requires credit can defer the internship until a later quarter or consult their home department about options for earning credit. Other options for gaining community-based work experience that are open to students of any class standing include securing internships with nonprofit and government agencies (which do not require academic credit), and enrolling in service learning courses.
You cannot enroll in a 195CE course through MyUCLA.. Please contact the Center to first set up an appointment with a Coordinator. During this meeting, you will receive instructions about how to create an independent study course contract for your internship course. If you need assistance generating your course contract, email your coordinator or call the Center for Community Learning.
Once you have secured an internship, email Center for Community Learning or call 310.825.7867 to schedule a meeting with a Graduate Student Coordinator in A265 Murphy Hall. 195CE internship courses are considered "contract courses" and enrollment cannot be completed through MyUCLA.
A Graduate Student Coordinator must approve your internship site. Once the site is approved, your coordinator will provide you with enrollment instructions.
All of the coordinators' office hours are set for the quarter. If the enrollment deadline has not already passed (Friday of Week 2), consult the Center for Community Learning about enrolling in a different course that accommodates your schedule. If the quarter is already underway, you will need to adjust your schedule in order to make the required bi-weekly meetings.
If your internship is outside Los Angeles County, you can arrange phone appointments. However, if you are interning in the Greater Los Angeles area, you must meet in person with your coordinator every two weeks.
Contact your coordinator first to let them know that you plan to drop the course. He/she will advise you about drop procedures. You can also consult the Registrar’s website or your undergraduate counselor. International students must also consult the Dashew Center before dropping an internship course because dropping is generally not advised for international students due to complications related to CPT authorization.
Grades can take 1-2 weeks to post after the end of finals week. If more time than this has passed, final grades may have been delayed if the department did not submit the grades before the posting deadline. Please contact your coordinator, who will follow up with the department.
You must be currently enrolled in a 195CE internship course to receive proof of academic credit. Go to the Registrar's office (1113 Murphy Hall) to get a letter of verification, from Kathleen Parent or Brian Venner. There is a $15 fee for the letter of verification.
California labor law requires that any student interning at a for-profit company must be either paid or earning academic credit.
To pass the course you must complete all requirements, which include fulfilling the minimum number of hours for the entire quarter. Please contact your coordinator immediately to discuss your situation. The final decision is made by the Center Director.