NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

The Center for Community Learning is responsible for introducing UCLA faculty members to community partners who are interested in service learning projects.

If your organization would like to discuss a possible partnership with the Center for Community Learning, please contact Associate Director Dr. Doug Barrera . Please note that in order for students to earn credit while working with an off-campus partner, they must be doing meaningful college-level work (not simply performing administrative duties). To ensure that students receive a meaningful educational experience and professional mentorship, work for service learning and internship courses must take place at a supervised off-campus workplace and cannot be completed from locations such as the student’s home, a supervisor’s home office, or through telecommuting.

UCLA subscribes to the national best practices for community-campus partnerships:

Principles of Good Community-Campus Partnerships*

  • Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals, and measurable outcomes for the partnership.
  • The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness, and commitment.
  • The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also addresses areas that need improvement.
  • The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared.
  • There is clear, open and accessible communication between partners, making it an ongoing priority to listen to each need, develop a common language, and validate/clarify the meaning of terms.
  • Roles, norms, and processes for the partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners.
  • There is feedback to, among, and from all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
  • Partners share the credit for the partnership’s accomplishments.
  • Partnerships take time to develop and evolve over time

*Adopted by the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) board of directors in October 1998.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

The Center for Community Learning is responsible for introducing UCLA faculty members to community partners who are interested in service learning projects.

If your organization would like to discuss a possible partnership with the Center for Community Learning, please contact Associate Director Dr. Doug Barrera . Please note that in order for students to earn credit while working with an off-campus partner, they must be doing meaningful college-level work (not simply performing administrative duties). To ensure that students receive a meaningful educational experience and professional mentorship, work for service learning and internship courses must take place at a supervised off-campus workplace and cannot be completed from locations such as the student’s home, a supervisor’s home office, or through telecommuting

UCLA subscribes to the national best practices for community-campus partnerships:

Principles of Good Community-Campus Partnerships*

  • Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals, and measurable outcomes for the partnership.
  • The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness, and commitment.
  • The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also addresses areas that need improvement.
  • The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared.
  • There is clear, open and accessible communication between partners, making it an ongoing priority to listen to each need, develop a common language, and validate/clarify the meaning of terms.
  • Roles, norms, and processes for the partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners.
  • There is feedback to, among, and from all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
  • Partners share the credit for the partnership’s accomplishments.
  • Partnerships take time to develop and evolve over time

*Adopted by the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) board of directors in October 1998.

CORPORATIONS

If you have internship positions available for UCLA students, please post your offerings with Handshake at the UCLA Career Center website. Students who select your opportunity should be directed to the Center for Community Learning to secure academic credit during any academic quarter (including the summer).

The Department of Labor and State of California  require students who intern at a for-profit company to either be paid or receive academic credit for the internship.

In order to earn academic credit for an internship, students must have a confirmed internship AND be currently enrolled in a 195CE Internship Course. Please note: to be eligible to enroll, students must be able to work at least 8-10 hours per week during the 10-week quarter doing college-level work (not simply performing administrative duties). To ensure that students receive a meaningful educational experience and professional mentorship, internship work for 195CE courses must take place at a supervised off-campus workplace and cannot be completed from locations such as the student’s home, an employer’s home office, or through telecommuting.

For information about UCLA enrollment timelines, please visit the 195CE Internship Course page of our website or review the official UCLA Calendar .

PLEASE NOTE: Only when students are enrolled in a 195CE Internship Course, will they be able to recieve Verification of Academic Credit .

UCLA subscribes to the national best practices for community-campus partnerships:

Principles of Good Community-Campus Partnerships*

  • Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals, and measurable outcomes for the partnership.
  • The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness, and commitment.
  • The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also addresses areas that need improvement.
  • The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared.
  • There is clear, open and accessible communication between partners, making it an ongoing priority to listen to each need, develop a common language, and validate/clarify the meaning of terms.
  • Roles, norms, and processes for the partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners.
  • There is feedback to, among, and from all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes.
  • Partners share the credit for the partnership’s accomplishments.
  • Partnerships take time to develop and evolve over time

Adopted by the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) board of directors in October 1998.

FAQ

How do I find out if UCLA undergraduates and faculty might be interested in partnering with our organization?

Please email the Center  and tell us about your organization and what meaningful work students could do for you. What is the time frame? Are there special skills or languages required? Are there preferred majors? How many students would ideally work with you? Are your locations accessible via public transportation? One of our Directors will get back to you, as soon as possible.

When is the best time to contact the Center?

Email us any time, but keep in mind that UCLA students are available to begin working with you in the first two weeks of each 10-week academic quarter (October, January, April). Please refer to UCLA’s academic calendar . Planning is one of the keys to success, so please give us as much notice as possible so we can talk about the pros and cons of connecting your work with college students, faculty and our Center

How long would UCLA students work with us?

Most students make a one-quarter commitment, which is 8-10 weeks, since that is the length of UCLA courses. Students enrolled in service learning courses at UCLA typically work 3-4 hours per week for a total of 20 hours per quarter; academic interns typically work 8-10 hours per week for a total of 80 hours per quarter.

Are there minimum requirements for partnership with academic courses?

Yes. Students must be engaged in meaningful, college-level work that is in keeping with federal labor standards  for educational work opportunities.

UCLA also does not approve internships or service learning placements in private residences or telecommuting for liability reasons. Please discuss issues regarding safety and work environments with our Directors, to make sure that student jobs comply with all relevant laws or university procedures.

If you represent a for-profit company or organization, federal labor standards require that undergraduates who are U.S. citizens be paid or earn academic credit for their work; student visas for international students generally require that they earn credit regardless of whether they are being paid.

Are there other places on campus to contact about opportunities to work with our organization?

Yes. The UCLA Volunteer Center  is the place to go if you need volunteers to assist with a one-time special event or with short-term projects. The UCLA Career Center  offers a “BruinView” database which will post your suitable opportunities for paid and unpaid internships as well as jobs with off-campus companies or organizations.