Jobs and Internships

The information below is provided to aid you in finding an internship or obtaining a job that is internationally focused.


Finding an Internship

1. Reflect on what you are interested in: What kind of work do you enjoy? In what specific area of development would you like to pursue a career (public health, planning, finance, human rights, education, environment, etc.)? What skills do you have or need to acquire to meet you career objective and how will the internship help you meet those goals (field work, practical experience, opportunities for networking or building professional relationships)? What kind of institution do you want to work with? Do you have an interest in a particular geographical area or issue area? When do you want to do this internship? Are you willing to gain experience by volunteering alone, or are you only seeking paid internships?

2. Talk to other students who have had internships and with career advisors.

3. Look for internships in BruinView, attend career center fairs, and follow us on twitter to learn about internship and job opportuntities available to International Institute Students:

Internship Resources:

  1. UCLA Resources
  2. Governmental Organizations
  3. Intergovernmental Organizations
  4. International / General Development
  5. Environment
  6. Economics / Trade / Labor / Agriculture
  7. Health
  8. Relief / Food Aid / Community Development
  9. Education / Training / Technology
  10. Policy / Law / Human Rights
  11. Job Search Websites

1. UCLA Resources

There are several UCLA-based internship programs that you can get involved with, many of which offer credit.

UCLA Center for Community Learning Offers students opportunities internship courses and service learning courses.

UCLA Career Center: Offers internships and job opportunities through BruinView in addition to personalized career advice, fairs, and workshops.

UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP): Offers an opportunity to combine UCLA courses with research and field experience in areas directly related to the policy-making process of the federal government.

UCLA International Education Office (IEO): Students studying abroad can become involved in internships, community service, and field study opportunities while abroad.

Community Programs Office: (105 Student Activities Center; 825-5969) CPO houses 24 student-initiated community support projects encompassing educational, legal, health, and academic services to the underserved communities in Los Angeles. Programs include: African Education Project, Asian Pacific Legal Services, Incarcerated Youth Tutorial Project, and Raza Artists del Pueblo, among others. CPO Academic Support Projects include: Black Pre-Health, Black Pre-Law, and Latino Pre-Law.

Community Service Commission: (408 Kerkhoff Hall; 825-2333) The Commission, which is the largest branch of undergraduate student government, is comprised of over 20 student-initiated service projects, including: Amigos del Barrio, Hunger Project, Prison Coalition, Special Olympics, and Vietnamese Refugee Aid Committee.

2. Governmental Organizations

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

Center for California Studies: Executive Fellowship Program

(also see Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program)

State government: placement of offices of Governor's executive branch: Health and Welfare Agency, the Department of Finance, the Department of Social Services, the Governor's Office, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of the State Treasurer

Sacramento / 1 year

$1,882 / month plus benefits

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Science

Washington D.C. and regional offices -- full-time (summer) or part-time (school year)

Political Campaign Interns: Search Government internships under Bruin View

Campaign development

Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and California

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): Volunteer Student Intern Program

All fields relating to economic development

Washington, D.C. and global

U.S. Department of State Internship Program

Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical Sciences

Washington, D.C. or at Embassies / Consulates abroad / 1 semester or summer

USA Jobs. U.S. Office of Personnel Management

All Federal Government: Search:

Co-Operative Education
Federal Jobs by College Major
Internships
Outstanding Scholars
Student Temp Educational Prog (STEP)
Summer Employment
Volunteer Service

 

Summer jobs with U.S. land-management agencies such as the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management

 

U.S.

3. Intergovernmental Organizations

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Food Security, Rural Development

Global

International Labor Organization

Employment, economics and statistics, labour law and labour relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labour, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

Permanent Mission of Italy to International Organizations in Geneva

All fields

Global

UNICEF -- Los Angeles Regional Office

International children's health and well-being: Advocacy and Fundraising

Los Angeles, semester or longer

United Nations Development Program Internship Program

All fields relating to Economic Development

Global- pursue opportunities through country offices abroad

United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

Global

World Bank Internship Program / Young Professional Program / Junior Professionals Program

All fields relating to economic development

Washington, D.C.

4. International / General Development

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

ACDI / VOCA

All agriculture, rural finance, community development, business management

Overseas / 2-4 weeks (some 1-2 month assignments)

Amnesty International

Law, international politics, international human rights law, international relations, intergovernmental organizations

London, Geneva, New York / 6 months

Council on International Educational Exchange Work / Volunteer Abroad Programs

All fields

Global

The Foundation for Sustainable Development

Microfinance/Microenterprise, Health, Environment, Gender Equity, Human Rights, Community Development, Youth and Education

8-52 Week internship in Nicaragua, Argentina, Bolivia, India, Kenya, Uganda

Global Volunteers

Education, Child Care, Construction, Public Health

Global and U.S.

Idealist -- Action without Borders

All fields

Global

International Cooperative Education

Retail sales, supermarkets, hotels/restaurants, agriculture, offices, hospitals, banks, computer science, engineering, marketing, recreation, and teaching

Belgium, Finland, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Switzerland / 1-3 months

International Jobs Database

All fields

Global

International Labor Organization

Employment, economics and statistics, labour law and labour relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labour, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

International Medical Corps

Registered Nurses, Physicians, Psychosocial Advisors, Emergency Medicine Personnel, Public Health, Program Directors, Finance Officers, Nurse Practitioners, Logistics and Administrative Officers

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Pakistan, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 2 months or longer

International Rivers Network

Environmental Protection, Human Rights Advocacy

Berkeley, CA, and international: Africa, India, Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America

International Volunteer Programs Association Database

All fields

Global

JET: Japan Exchange and Teaching Forum

Teaching English as a Second Language

Japan / 1 year

OXFAM International

All fields relating to development

Washington, D.C., and international

Parliamentary Monitoring Group, South Africa

Democracy, Policy, Law

Cape Town, South Africa

Peace Corps

Education, Business, Environment, Agriculture, Health, Community Development

Global

Population Services International

Social Marketing for HIV/AIDS awareness, Public Health and Health Education

Washington, D.C., Europe, Eurasia, Haiti / 1-2 semesters

SOLIDAR

International labor issues, social services, trade unions

Brussels, Belgium

Stanford University's Africa Internship Database

All fields

Africa, various countries

Transparency International

Global corruption, democratic / transitional governance, civil society

Berlin, Germany

United Nations Development Program Internship Program

All fields relating to Economic Development

Global- pursue opportunities through country offices abroad

United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

Global

University of Pennsylvania's Africa Internship Database

All fields

Africa, various countries

Volunteers for Peace

All fields

Global and U.S.

Volunteers in Asia

English-language education and English-language resource development

China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, U.S. / 1-2 year assignments

5. Environment

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

Center for Environmental Citizenship's Earth Net Database

Environment and Sustainable Development

U.S.

Coalition for Clean Air

Environment, Advocacy

Los Angeles

Directory of Development Organizations

All Fields relating to Development

Global: sorted by World Region- excellent in-country contact information

Environmental Careers Organization -- Sustainable Communities Leadership Program

Urban Planning, Sustainable Development, Affordable Housing

California -- 12-24 weeks

Environmental Careers Organization Internship Database

Environmental Science

U.S.

Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development (IPED) at Fordham University's Database

All Fields relating to Development

Global

Green Corps: Environmental Leadership Training Program

Environment and Sustainable Development

Boston and U.S.- 1-year

Greenpeace

Environmental Activism

U.S.

International Rivers Network

Environmental Protection, Human Rights Advocacy

Berkeley, CA, and international

Population Institute -- Future Leaders of the World Fellowship

Population growth, family planning, environment

Washington D.C.- 1 year

Reef Check Foundation

Environment: Coral Reef Preservation

Los Angeles

Target Earth

Sustainable Development

Belize- 8 weeks

Tufts University Development Links

All Fields relating to Development

Global

United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

Global

6. Economics / Trade / Labor / Agriculture

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

ACCION International

Microfinance, small loans to self-employed poor

Boston

ACDI / VOCA

All agriculture, rural finance, community development, business management

Overseas / 2-4 weeks (some 1-2 month assignments)

Everett Public Service Internship

Art, Education and Communications, Economic and Social Change, Environment and Health Advocacy, Social Justice and Human Rights

 

Washington, D.C., New York City / 10 weeks

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Food Security, Rural Development

Global

International Development Exchange, IDEX

Asia, Africa, Latin America: food security, indigenous people's rights, labor issues, micro-credit, popular participation, women's empowerment, youth action

San Francisco

International Labor Organization

Employment, economics and statistics, labor law and labor relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labor, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

Microfinance Gateway Database

Microfinance

International / U.S.

Society for International Development -- Washington Chapter

Economic Development- information exchange

Washington, D.C. / 3 months or more

SOLIDAR

International labor issues, social services, trade unions

Brussels, Belgium

United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

Global

Watts Labor Community Action Committee

Community Development

Los Angeles

7. Health

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

A3M: Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches

Public Health, Asian community

Los Angeles

African Community Resource Center

African Refugees, Domestic Violence Prevention, Community Health Education

Los Angeles

APLA: AIDS Project Los Angeles

Public Health, AIDS/HIV Community Education / Outreach

Los Angeles

BienEstar

Public Health, Latino Community

Los Angeles

CEDPA: Center for Development and Population Activities

Women's Reproductive Health, Family Planning

Washington, D.C.

Global Health Council Internship Program

International Health Facilities -- Information and Resource Development

Washington, D.C. and White River Junction, VT -- semester or summer

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

HIV/AIDS, women's health, international public health

Washington, D.C.

International Medical Corps

Registered Nurses, Physicians, Psychosocial Advisors, Emergency Medicine Personnel, Public Health, Program Directors, Finance Officers, Nurse Practitioners, Logistics and Administrative Officers

Global / 2 months or longer

L.A. Free Clinic

Public Health and Health Education

Los Angeles

Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) -- L.A. Chapter

International Public Health

Los Angeles

Operation USA:

Disaster Relief, International Public Health, Medical Supply Procurement

Port of Los Angeles

Planned Parenthood -- Los Angeles

Public Health, Reproductive Health and Education

Los Angeles

Population Council

International Public Health, Health Education

New York, Washington, D.C., (international?)

Population Institute -- Future Leaders of the World Fellowship

Population growth, family planning, environment

Washington D.C.- 1 year

Population Services International

Social Marketing for HIV/AIDS awareness, Public Health and Health Education

Washington, D.C., Europe, Eurasia, Haiti / 1-2 semesters

U.S. Doctors for Africa

HIV/AIDS, International Public Health, Africa

Los Angeles, Africa

United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

Global

8. Relief / Food Aid / Community Development

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

Americorps

All fields relating to domestic community development

U.S., 10 months -- 1 year

Beyond Shelter

Housing, Community Development

Los Angeles

Bresee Foundation

Community Development, Tutoring

Los Angeles

Center for the Pacific Asian Family

Domestic Violence Prevention, Pacific Asian Community Development

Los Angeles

Chinatown Service Center

Translation (Cantonese), Community Outreach, Tutoring

Los Angeles

Coro Fellows Program

Community Development, Public Service / 9 months

Los Angeles

East Timor Action Network/L.A.

Human Rights, East Timor, Indonesia, Advocacy work

Los Angeles

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Food Security, Rural Development

Global

Food First

Food security, human rights

Oakland, "virtual" internships

Habitat for Humanity -- L.A. Chapter

Housing development for low-income communities, public outreach

Los Angeles

Inter Action: American Council for Voluntary International Action Database:

Refugee Relief

Various

Operation USA:

Disaster Relief, International Public Health, Medical Supply Procurement

Port of Los Angeles

Public Allies -- Los Angeles

Community Development

Los Angeles / 10-month apprenticeship

Rav Tov Committee to Aid New Immigrants - Hayim Tovim Adult Day Care Center

Mr. Uri Mayerfeld
1061 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA, United States
90036
Primary Phone : (323) 937-5646 Ext: 103
Email : ravtov@juno.com
Fax : (323) 937-0491

English language training, social work, Persian immigrant community development

Los Angeles

Relief International

Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Aid

Westwood, Los Angeles

United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

Global

Watts Labor Community Action Committee

Community Development

Los Angeles

9. Education / Training / Technology

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

Academy for Educational Development

Global education, health education and communication technology

Washington D.C. / Ongoing

America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST)

Arab/Middle East studies, international education or international development

Washington, D.C. / semester or summer

Center for Democracy and Technology

Internet policy; "Cyber-liberties" advocacy, free expression and privacy in global communications technology

Washington, D.C.

Institute of International Education

Education / Academic Advising to international students about U.S. education

Overseas- contact individual overseas offices

Teach for America

Public school teaching, community development

U.S.

VITA: Volunteers in Technical Assistance

Training and Capacity Building in Computer/Internet Technology / Development

Global

Volunteers in Asia

English-language education and English-language resource development

China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, U.S. / 1-2 year assignments

10. Policy / Law / Human Rights

Organization / Search Engine

Fields

Location / Duration

Amnesty International: Legal and International Organizations Program Internship Program

Law, international politics, international human rights law, international relations, intergovernmental organizations

London, Geneva, New York / 6 months

Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center

Legal dispute / conflict resolution, Asian Pacific community development

Los Angeles

Center for Democracy and Technology

Internet policy; "Cyber-liberties" advocacy, free expression and privacy in global communications technology

Washington, D.C.

Center for National Policy

Public policy think tank; policy research

Washington, D.C.

CHIRLA: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

Immigrant Rights Advocacy, Immigration Law

Los Angeles

Everett Public Service Internship

Art, Education and Communications, Economic and Social Change, Environment and Health Advocacy, Social Justice and Human Rights

Washington, D.C., New York City / 10 weeks

Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR):

-Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship (9-12 months) $1600 / mth. + benefits

- IWPR/GW Fellowship in Women's Public Policy Research $10,000 stipend and tuition and fees for graduate study at George Washington University

Equal opportunity, economic and social justice for women

Washington, D.C.

New Voices National Fellowship Program: Ford Foundation and Academy for Educational Development-

Foreign policy, international economic policy, peace and security, international human rights, women's rights, racial justice, migrant and refugee rights

U.S.

Parliamentary Monitoring Group, South Africa

Democracy, Policy, Law

Cape Town, South Africa

Political Campaign Interns: Search Government internships under Bruin View

Campaign development

Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and California

American Friends Service Committee

Multiple internships for college students interested in social and economic justice, peacebuilding, international diplomacy

Pennsylvania, U.S.

Rock the Vote

Voting outreach

Los Angeles

SAJE: Strategic Action for a Just Economy

Poor and working class people's rights

Los Angeles

Transparency International

Transparency, Democratic governance

Berlin, Germany

U.S. Department of State Internship Program

Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical Sciences

Washington, D.C. or at Embassies / Consulates abroad / 1 semester or summer

Women in International Security

International Affairs, Gender Issues, Security

Global

11. Websites with Convenient Links

Idealist.org. Search for over 37,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries, which you can search or browse by name, location or mission.

VolunteerMatch is a nonprofit, online service that helps interested volunteers get involved with community service organizations throughout the United States

Intern Abroad is committed to providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases. Information on travel, study and internships abroad.

Job Web. Resources for U.S. Students Going Abroad. Career development and job search website by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Baido.org List of international development organizations in the Bay Area

Guide to Internships Abroad.  This page contains links to related web sites, as well as listings of some of the more well-known programs that exist.

The Institute for Global Communications lists employment openings, internships, and volunteer positions for a wide variety of NGOs.

Virtual Library International Affairs Resources. Links for study, work and internships abroad.

The Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer list. Great links to internship and volunteer opportunities. Special link to volunteer programs in Africa.

faayda.com. Great source for Jobs in India.

Jobs 4 Development . Search engine for international development jobs and consulting opportunities.

DevnetJobs International Development jobs and consulting opportunities

Go Volunteer Abroad Search engine for jobs, internships, and opportunities abroad.

Note: This is a work-in-progress. Your feedback is very important, so let us know which sites are more or less useful to you as you search for the right work experience. Also, let us know if and when you do get an internship as we'd love to hear about it! Please e-mail us at idps@international.ucla.edu. Thanks, and good luck in your search!


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