195CE Internship Courses

195CE Internship Course

The Center for Community Engagement provides students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for a secured internship by enrolling in a 195CE Internship Course.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define and apply the following core concepts: civic engagement, social responsibility, and experiential learning;
  • Apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to address situations and challenges that arise in 21st-century work environments;
  • Develop and execute a research paper integrating analysis inspired by experiential learning (i.e. an internship) with knowledge gained from an academic discipline;
  • Explore how off-campus work experience contributes to an undergraduate’s intellectual, personal, and professional development and informs future career choices.

Course Requirements:

  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with your departmental 195CE Graduate Student Instructor
  • Complete 8 weekly journals/writing assignments
  • Submit 8-10 page final research paper
  • Log a minimum of 80 hours of work with internship site on a timesheet 

195CE Benefits

ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

INDIVIDUALIZED 1:1 INSTRUCTION

RECEIVE UPPER-DIVISION COURSE CREDIT

Special Attention

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) continues to be guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UCLA guidelines about COVID-19. Because public health conditions are still unpredictable worldwide, CCE is extending remote 195CE internships only for Spring Quarter 2021 at this time.*

Elements of a successful remote internship include:

  1. Meaningful, substantive work
  2. Consistent remote supervision from a site supervisor
  3. Opportunities for interactions with other staff

Only internships that meet the above criteria will be approved. The Center for Community Engagement is remotely staffed and fully operational at this time. We are available to answer general questions via email at 195CEinfo@college.ucla.edu.

*In the best interest of the safety for both students and internship sites, CCE is moving forward with only approving remote internships at this time.  If public health conditions significantly improve, on-site work may be considered at that point.

195CE INTERNSHIP COURSE OFFERINGS

The following departmental 195CE courses are open to enrollment for students in all majors, unless otherwise noted.
195CE Courses Units Grading Graduate Student Instructor Faculty MENTOR Course Notes
Anthropology 4 Letter Grade Aditi Halbe Aomar Boum Offered in Winter and Spring quarters only
Community Engagement & Social Change 4 Letter Grade Matthew Griffith Douglas Barrera Highly recommended for students with a nonprofit or governmental agency internship
Disability Studies 4 Letter Grade Cymone Mack Victoria Marks Must be a declared Disability Studies minor
Education 4 Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Alison Munzer Mitsue Yokota
English 4 Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Comfort Udah Joseph Dimuro
Film & Television Letter Grade N/A N/A Not Offered in Spring 2021

Must have a Film/TV related Internship

Must be enrolled in FTV 194 in the SAME semester as FTV 195CE course

Food Studies 4 Letter Grade Cassidy Bennett Amy Rowat Must be a declared Food Studies minor
History 4 Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Chantiri Resendiz Katherin “Tawny” Paul
International and Area Studies 4 Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Jessica Pena Michael Thies Offered in Spring and Summer only

Restricted to International Institute major and minors for Spring Quarter

Political Science 4 Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Ana Maria Duran Calisto Christopher Tausanovitch
Society & Genetics 4 Letter Grade Jessica Bendit Christopher Kelty Best suited for students with a background in the life sciences and/or prior coursework in the social sciences focused on the human body.

Internships may be in any field but students must be able to explore connections between human biology and society.

Sociology 4 Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Eric Baldwin Jessica Collett

CESC 95CE Course

95CE Course
Units
Grading
GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR
FACULTY OF RECORD
COURSE NOTES 
Community Engagement & Social Change* 4 Letter Grade Matthew Griffith Douglas Barrera Students must complete CESC 50XP (Engaging Los Angeles) prior to 95CE enrollment Internship location is the same site as the CESC 50XP community partner match

Special Attention

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) continues to be guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UCLA guidelines about COVID-19. Because public health conditions are still unpredictable worldwide, CCE is extending remote 195CE internships only for Spring Quarter 2021 at this time.*

Elements of a successful remote internship include:

  1. Meaningful, substantive work
  2. Consistent remote supervision from a site supervisor
  3. Opportunities for interactions with other staff

Only internships that meet the above criteria will be approved. The Center for Community Engagement is remotely staffed and fully operational at this time. We are available to answer general questions via email at 195CEinfo@college.ucla.edu.

*In the best interest of the safety for both students and internship sites, CCE is moving forward with only approving remote internships at this time.  If public health conditions significantly improve, on-site work may be considered at that point.

INTERNSHIP SITE ELIGIBILITY

  • 8 weeks of remote work in the quarter (at minimum)
  • 8-10 hours of challenging college-level remote work each week
  • supervised remotely by staff associated with professional off-campus workplace
  • may be paid or unpaid *

*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.

*Please review the Department of Labor and State of California  fact sheet regarding Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

For student enrollment eligibility, please review UCLA’s Contract Course Policy regarding status and GPA requirements.

International students interested in pursuing a paid OR unpaid internship must consult the UCLA Dashew Center  about required protocols for international students who wish to pursue an internship in the U.S.:

  • Curricular Practical Training authorization (for F-1 Visa students)
  • Academic Training authorization (for J-1 visa students)

Spring 2021 Enrollment Instructions

STEP 1: CONFIRM YOUR ELIGIBILITY

You’ve decided that you’d like to search for an internship and receive academic credit. Please review student eligibility requirements for enrolling in a 195CE course contract.

CCE defines an internship as a preprofessional experience that provides training to students so they gain new skills and can learn about a workplace under the direct supervision of a professional in the field.

STEP 3: SELECT A 195CE COURSE

You’ve secured an internship. Congrats! Explore 195CE courses by subject area and review syllabi to determine which 195CE contract course to enroll in.

STEP 4: CREATE A 195CE COURSE CONTRACT

Step-by-step instructions for creating a departmental 195CE contract on myUCLA can be viewed in this video. Written instructions are also available here.

STEP 5: ENTER FACULTY MENTOR’S NAME

While creating the 195CE contract in myUCLA, you will be prompted to enter your departmental Faculty Mentor’s name. Simply type in the faculty’s LAST name to search and then select the full name when it appears (please see directions in Step 4):

195CE Department Faculty Mentor 
Anthropology Aomar Boum
Community Engagement & Social Change Douglas Barrera
Disability Studies Victoria Marks
Education Mitsue Yokota
English Joseph Dimuro
Food Studies Amy Rowat
History Katherin “Tawny” Paul 
International Area Studies Michael Thies
Political Science Christopher Tausanovitch
Society & Genetics Christopher Kelty
Sociology Jessica Collett

Note: Please DO NOT request a signature from the faculty mentor OR the department chair. You are only responsible for acquiring your site supervisor’s signature before the intake appointment.

STEP 6: REQUEST SIGNATURE ON LETTER OF AGREEMENT

Please review and request a signature from your internship site supervisor on the Letter of Agreement BEFORE your intake appointment. Electronic signature is acceptable.

STEP 7: SCHEDULE AN INTAKE APPOINTMENT

For Spring 2021 195CE Internship Course enrollment, international students are asked to schedule an intake appointment between Monday, March 1 – Friday, March 19, 2021 to allow time for contract processing and CPT processing. Please email 195CEinfo@college.ucla.edu to schedule an intake appointment with your Graduate Student Instructor. 
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Intake appointments for all students must occur between Monday, March 29 – Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in order to have time for processing.
Please schedule a 195CE intake appointment with your departmental 195CE Graduate Student Instructor during their office hours via myUCLA. “Academics” tab → “Advising and Academic Services” section → “Appointments” → “Create Appointment” → “Organization” → “Center for Community Engagement ”  → “195CE Intake”. Each Graduate Student Instructor’s intake and course appointment hours of availability are listed on the Appointment Scheduling page.
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Space is limited
Complete the enrollment steps as soon as possible and complete your intake appointment with your 195CE Graduate Student Instructor no later than Wednesday of Week 2.

STEP 8: DEPARTMENT ENROLLS YOU IN 195CE

After the Graduate Student Instructor reviews and approves your 195CE course contract at your intake appointment, they will forward your 195CE contract and letter of agreement to the departmental Student Affairs Officer to complete the enrollment.

  • You are not responsible for obtaining the Faculty Mentor or Chair signature- only your Graduate Student Instructor and Site Supervisor. 
  • Once enrolled, the course will appear on your myUCLA study list and your Graduate Student Instructor will provide you with next steps. It is your responsibility to check your study list to ensure the course has posted.

STEP 9: VERIFICATION OF ACADEMIC CREDIT*

*Optional: If your company requires Verification of Academic Credit, please see instructions .

Attention International Students

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN 195CE COURSES ARE ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL, BUT MUST MEET WITH THE DASHEW CENTER PRIOR TO BEGINNING THEIR INTERNSHIP IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CPT AUTHORIZATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:

Enrollment Notes

195CE & 95CE Contract Courses are offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Session A.

Scheduling Intake Appointments

International Students: Weeks 9 – Finals Week of preceding quarter preferred
All Students: Weeks 1 – Wednesday of Week 2 of the quarter.
The last day to complete an intake appointment is Wednesday of Week 2 of the quarter to allow for processing.

Space is limited
Complete the enrollment steps as soon as possible and complete your intake appointment with your 195CE Graduate Student Instructor no later than Wednesday of Week 2.

INTERNSHIP COURSE APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING

There are TWO types of appointments

  • INTAKE APPOINTMENT

    • Your first appointment with a Graduate Student Instructor, before you are enrolled
    • Review your 195CE internship details, discuss the course, and goals for your internship experience
  • COURSE APPOINTMENTS

    • Take place after you are formally enrolled in the course
    • Four (4) 1:1 appointments with Graduate Student Instructor, spaced every other week
    • Develop a research project related to your internship and professional goals

Spring 2021 Intake Appointments

  • International students may email 195CEinfo@college.ucla.edu to schedule an intake appointment with their Graduate Student Instructor between March 1 – 19, 2021 to allow time for contract processing.
  • All Students may begin scheduling their intake appointments with their Graduate Student Instructor via myUCLA on Monday, March 15, 2021. Their office hours will be updated below by Friday, March 12, 2021. Intake appointments must be held between Monday, March 29 – April 7, 2021. Please see the Enrollment tab for step-by-step instructions.

Winter 2021: Graduate Student Instructors Office Hours

Meet our Winter 2021 Graduate Student Instructors! Please use myUCLA to schedule your Winter 2021 intake and course appointments during your GSI’s office hours.

Anthropology

Aditi Halbe

Monday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am – 4:00pm

Aditi Halbe

Community Engagement & Social Change

Matthew Griffith

Monday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Disability Studies

Cymone Mack

Tuesday: 11:00am – 1:30pm
Wednesday: 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Thursday: 10:30am – 5:30pm

Education

Alison Munzer

Tuesday: 9:00am – 11:00am

Wednesday: Noon – 2:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 11:00am

Alison Munzer

English

Comfort Udah

Monday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Food Studies

Cassidy Bennett

Tuesday: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Wednesday: 10:30am – 1:30pm

Cassidy Bennett

History

Chantiri Resendiz

Wednesday: 10:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Chantiri Resendiz

Political Science

Ana Maria Duran Calisto

Tuesday: 8:00am – 9:30 am, 11:00am – 1:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – Noon
Friday: 8:00am – Noon

Society & Genetics 

Jessica Benedit

Monday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:00am – Noon

Thursday: 8:00am – Noon

Sociology

Eric Baldwin

Tuesday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 3:00pm

INTERNSHIP RESOURCES

You can discover and apply for an internship in a variety of ways:UCLA Career Center Handshake Image. Visit ucla.joinhandshake.com to sign up and begin searching for internships.

  1. Sign-up for Handshake through the UCLA Career Center.
  2. State and National Internships: UC Center Sacramento and UCLA CAPPP Quarter in Washington D.C.
  3. Online Resources: Idealist.org; internshipprograms.com; Internships.com; losangelesinternships.com
  4. Department and personal contacts

GENERAL INFORMATION/COURSES OFFERED

How can I receive academic credit for an internship?

The Center for Community Engagement 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. Alternatively, you may consult your major and/or minor student affairs officer/academic advisor to review options for enrolling in a 185, 195, or 196 the department may offer.

I want to get credit in a discipline/major you don’t administer, what can I do?

Contact that department’s undergraduate academic advisor. But remember, many of the 195CE courses are open to students in any major.

I don’t need or want academic credit for my internship, but the company needs confirmation that I am enrolled.

Verification of credit can only be supplied AFTER you enroll in a 195CE course through the Center for Community Engagement or another course (195, 196) through an individual department. Contact your department student affairs office/academic advisor to review your options. To verify that you are receiving credit for your internship, please fill out this Registrar form here and submit to the Registrar. There is a $15 fee for the letter of verification.

Can I receive credit for an on-campus internship?

Your major and/or minor department may offer 185, 195, or 196 options for receiving credit for on-campus internships. However the Center for Community Engagement only offers credit for off-campus internships through 195CE. You cannot enroll in a 195CE if you have an on-campus internship. An alternative would be to set up an independent study research course (196 contracts) with an individual faculty member. You are responsible for finding a faculty mentor to sponsor your independent study. Contact the undergraduate academic advisor/student affairs officer in the department that interests you for assistance.

Can I get paid and receive credit for my internship at the same time?

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.

How many hours a week can I work at my internship?

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 Engagement discourages students from interning more than part-time (15-20 hours per week), particularly when positions are unpaid.

Can I enroll in two internship courses during the same quarter?

Generally, students are permitted to take one 195CE course in a given quarter. In exceptional circumstances, students may be approved to enroll in a second 195CE course upon review of the student’s petition. Contact Academic Coordinator, Megan Lebre, at mlebre@college.ucla.edu if you are a student interested in petitioning for a second 195CE course in one quarter.

I started my internship two months ago, can I still receive credit?

You cannot enroll retroactively into a 195CE course. You must be enrolled in the course and interning simultaneously. Also, your internship must continue at least 8 weeks of the quarter in which you are enrolled in the course.

I want to do an internship next quarter. How do I get started? Can I enroll now?

You will need to secure an internship before you can actually enroll in a 195CE course. Helpful resources are located here: Internship Resources. Please review the Eligibility and Enrollment pages for up-to-date timelines.

How many units can I receive for an internship course?

The 195CE internship courses are 4 units.

How many times can I take an internship course?

You may take a total of three 195CE internship courses through the Center for Community Engagement, 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).

ELIGIBILITY/COURSE REQUIREMENTS

I’m an international student. Can I get credit for an internship?

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.

I am an undergraduate student at another university. Can I enroll in an internship course at UCLA?

Only during summer session and only if you are a current full-time student at another university (i.e. no recent graduates). Contact the Center for Community Engagement for more information.

I’m an incoming transfer student. Can I enroll in a summer internship course before the start of my first fall quarter at UCLA?

Yes, incoming transfer students are eligible to enroll—as long as you have been admitted to UCLA and have a UCLA university ID (UID) number.

I’m a UCLA Extension student. Can I enroll in an internship course?

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.

I recently graduated. Can I receive credit for my internship?

No. The 195CE internship courses are open to currently enrolled UCLA students only.

What are the eligibility requirements to enroll in a 195CE internship course?

  • Have already secured a corporate, non-profit, or government internship
  • Junior standing (completed at least 90 units) and at least a 3.0 GPA
    or Senior standing (completed at least 135 units)
  • No incomplete grades in any 195-199 independent study courses

What are the course requirements?

  • Work at least 8-10 hours per week with an off-campus internship site
  • Bi-weekly meetings with an assigned Graduate Student Instructor who facilitates your coursework
  • Weekly journals/writing assignments
  • Final research paper

What types of internships are eligible for academic credit?

The 195CE courses are set up for students with internships in a corporate, non-profit or governmental agency. CCE defines an internship as a preprofessional experience that provides training to students so they gain new skills and can learn about a workplace under the direct supervision of a professional in the field. The internship must involve challenging college-level work and must take place with a supervised off-campus workplace site (no home offices). The field of your internship does not have to be directly connected to your major/minor or to the department under which you enroll, unless specified by the course description. For example, a Neuroscience major interning at Sony Music may enroll in Sociology 195CE.

My internship is not in Los Angeles; can I still enroll in a 195CE internship course?

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 International Education Office to discuss options. Students who are approved to enroll in a 195CE course while interning outside LA County should meet with a Graduate Student Instructor before leaving town. Written work will be submitted via a course website and meetings will be held via Zoom.

Please note: While the university is operating on a remote basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center is only approving remote work at internship sites, regardless of their physical location. No in-person work/sites will be approved. If your internship is remote, you may work at companies located around the globe during this time.

I do not have junior or senior standing. Can I enroll in a 195CE internship course?

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 experiential learning (XP) courses.

My major is not one of the departments that offers a 195CE course. Can I still enroll if I have an internship?

Yes. Many 195CE internship courses are open to all majors. See our website for specific eligibility requirements and restrictions.

ENROLLMENT

How do I enroll in a 195CE Internship Course?

Please review our Enrollment page for a detailed, step-by-step process and instructional video. If you need assistance or have questions after reviewing the instructions, please email our front desk staff at 195CEinfo@college.ucla.edu.

CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS

I cannot meet during my GSI’s office hours. What can I do?

All of the Graduate Student Instructors’ office hours are set for the quarter. If the enrollment deadline has not already passed (Friday of Week 2), consult the Center for Community Engagement about enrolling in a different 195CE 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.

Can I arrange Zoom appointments instead of coming in to meet with my Graduate Student Instructor??

While the university is operating remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Graduate Student Instructor and student meetings will occur via Zoom during the GSI’s office hours. Please make all course meeting appointments through MyUCLA.

I’ve been emailing my Graduate Student Instructor and they are not responding.

Graduate Student Instructors are graduate students who are part-time employees, so they are not available all the time. Please try to reach your GSI during their scheduled office hours. If you are still unable to get ahold of them, please contact the Senior TA Coordinator, Sarah Jo Torgrimson, at storgrimson@college.ucla.edu.

When is my final paper due?

Final papers are due Friday of Week 10. Detailed instructions are available in the course syllabus. Specific questions about the final paper should be addressed to your Graduate Student Instructor.

I need to drop the course. What should I do?

First, contact your Graduate Student Instructor to let them know that you plan to drop the course. They will advise you about drop procedures. Second, consult the Registrar’s website for course drop details or your major and/or minor academic advisor/student affairs officer for assistance. International students must also consult the Dashew Center before dropping an internship course. For international students, dropping is generally not advised due to complications related to CPT authorization.

It’s already Week 4 and I want to change my internship site. Can I do this?

This is not allowed. Please contact your Graduate Student Instructor immediately to discuss your situation. The final decision is made in consultation with the Senior TA Coordinator, Academic Coordinator, and the Center for Community Engagement Director.

I have not received my grade yet. When will it be posted?

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 Graduate Student Instructor, who will follow up with the department.

The company where I am interning needs a letter verifying that I am receiving credit for my internship. Where do I get this?

You must be currently enrolled in a 195CE internship course to receive proof of academic credit. Contact the Registrar’s office (1113 Murphy Hall) to request a letter of verification or download the form here to send to the Registrar. There is a $15 fee for the letter of verification.

How do I cancel an appointment with my GSI?

You may reschedule or cancel your appointment via MyUCLA. Please also email your Graduate Student Instructor to let them know that you have canceled and/or rescheduled your appointment.

How do I make an appointment with a Graduate Student Instructor?

Graduate Student Instructors host intake and course appointments during scheduled Office Hours. Please refer to our 195CE Appointments page to review departmental 195CE office hours. Please make your intake appointment and all course appointments through MyUCLA.

I’m already enrolled in the 195 course but I got fired from my internship. Can I still pass the course?

To pass the course you must complete all requirements, which include fulfilling the minimum number of hours for the entire quarter. Please contact your Graduate Student Instructor immediately to discuss your situation. The final decision is made in consultation with the Senior TA Coordinator, Academic Coordinator, and the Center for Community Engagement Director.