GENERAL INFORMATION/COURSES OFFERED

How can I receive academic credit for an internship?

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.

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

Go to that department and see the undergraduate student advisor. But remember, many of our 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.

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.

Can I receive credit for an on-campus internship?

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.

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 Learning 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?

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.

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 for the entire 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 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 195CE Eligibility and 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.

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 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).

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 Learning 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 student ID 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 internship courses are open to current 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 or senior standing (completed at least 90 units)
  • Good academic standing (at least 3.0 GPA)
  • No incomplete grades in any 195-199 independent study courses

What are the course requirements?

  • Work at least 8-10 hours per week at an off-campus internship site
  • Biweekly meetings with an assigned coordinator 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 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.

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 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.

I am not enrolled in the Civic Engagement minor; can I still take Civic Engagement 195CE?

The Civic Engagement 195CE internship course is open only to students enrolled in the Civic Engagement minor or participants in the Astin Civic Engagement Scholars program.

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 service learning 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

I tried to enroll in a 195CE course through MyUCLA but the system won’t let me.

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.

How do I enroll in a 195CE Internship Course?

  • 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.
  • Deadline to enroll is Friday of Week 2

CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS

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

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.

Can I arrange phone appointments instead of coming in to meet with my coordinator?

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.

I’ve been emailing my coordinator and she/he is not responding.

Coordinators are graduate students who are part-time employees, so they are not in the office all the time. Please try to reach your coordinator during his/her scheduled office hours.

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 coordinator.

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

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.

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

This is not allowed. Please contact your coordinator immediately to discuss your situation. The final decision is made by the Center 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 coordinator, 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. 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.

How do I cancel an appointment with my coordinator?

Email your cancellation to Center for Community Learning  (include your UID and date/time of appointment) or call the Center at 310.825.7867.

How do I make an appointment with a coordinator?

Email your meeting request to Center for Community Learning  (include your UID and availability) or call the Center at 310.825.7867.

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 coordinator immediately to discuss your situation. The final decision is made by the Center Director.