Interning at the US Department of Justice

“My internship at the World Resources Institute and my whole Washington experience helped prepare me for my career in green technology and business, where every day I apply the environmental and political skills I learned in Washington.”
Alex Fay

Internships with Resume Impact

A DC internship stands out on a West Coast resume. For UCLA students with interests in law, government, politics, foreign or domestic policy, international development, media, the arts, and more, Washington, DC is the place to be.

Endless Possibilities

Our nation’s capital is host to thousands of governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations; advocacy organizations; think tanks; professional and business lobbying and policy groups; media outlets; research firms; museums and archives, etc., many of which offer internship opportunities for undergraduates.

What do the internship courses fulfill?

All UCLA students enroll in two 4 unit UCLA courses for the internship:

  • Political Science/History/Sociology M195DC (4 units, Pass/No Pass)
  • Any departmental 195CE internship course (4 units, Letter Grade)

The internship fulfills requirements for Community Engagement and Social ChangeDisability Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies .

The internship also fulfills one quarter of the Public Affairs Major’s  Capstone Experiential Learning Series.

Guidance and Support Throughout the Search

Once you have been admitted to the CAPPP program, the second phase begins: internship placement. Staff, here and in our Washington, DC office, will support you through the process of identifying potential internships that are relevant to your research interests, preparing professional internship applications,  interviewing effectively, and sorting through offers.

Start with the CAPPP Internship Database

To get a better idea of the possibilities, browse the CAPPP Internship Database . Numbering about 850 entries, the database can be searched three different ways: alphabetically, by topic, and by organization type.

Explore Other Internship Search Resources

In addition to our Internship Database, students can use the many other resources listed below to find great internships.