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The UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations now accepts applications for the 2012-13 undergraduate and graduate internship program.


The deadline for applications for editor of The Generation has also been extended to September 30, 2012.


"Interning at the Burkle Center has been one of my best experiences at UCLA. As an intern, I was able to help host intellectually stimulating events for students, exposing myself and my peers to new viewpoints. I was able to meet with some of the top academics and policy makers in the International Relations field through the Burkle Center. Everyone involved is so passionate about different fields in IR and I felt that my involvement in the Burkle Center really met a need that, in my experience, was lacking on such an internationally-minded campus."

- Taylor Braun, 2011-12 Burkle Center Intern


Launched in September of 2007, the Burkle Center Internship Program offers UCLA students direct exposure to international relations and related disciplines. From major events and conferences to research initiatives and student-oriented outreach programs, the Burkle Center offers a variety of venues for interested and engaged students to get involved. The Program is designed to offer students experience, exposure, and networking opportunities.


Internships are open to current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students (law, business, or MA/PhD programs), and last throughout the academic year (fall through spring). Preference is given to graduating seniors, but the Center has hosted juniors and sophomores in the past.

Hours and Expectations:

Interns must commit to a minimum of 6 work hours per week. Hours are flexible and structured in consideration of academic commitments. Students generally work 3 hours at the Burkle Center's intern office and 3 hours at home. These work hours include event staffing or outreach activities. The Burkle Center places a strong emphasis on initiative and teamwork. Interns are expected to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance at all times.


Intern duties and responsibilities, with the exception of The Generation editors and Graphic/Web Designers, rotate throughout the year. The internship is designed to foster teamwork as well as individual leadership capability. Interns are expected to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance at all times. All interns participate in outreach and event production and assist the Center with short-term projects and its daily needs.

While individual assignments are made in consultation with the intern, the final determination is made based on the needs of the Center. Interns are encouraged to attend Center events, which present good opportunities to network with experts in the field.

Internship Positions:

The Burkle Center seeks interns for the following categories:

  • Event Facilitator
  • Graphic/Web Designer
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Research Assistant (undergraduate + graduate)
  • Editor for The Generation, the Burkle Center’s affiliated international relations online student journal (  (undergraduate + graduate)

Application Process:

Applications for the 2012-13 internship will be due on Sunday, September 30, 2012. To apply, please send the following information as a single MS Word or PDF document to Emily Moon, Program Manager of the UCLA Burkle Center, at:    

  • CV or Resume (1 page) - please include any volunteer or extracurricular activities
  • Letter of Interest (1 page) - indicate your preferred internship position and rank all positions according to preference. Explain why you are interested in the Burkle Center internship. Include your future career goals.  Please specify clearly if you apply for the editorial position at The Generation, in which case there is not need to list or rank the other internship positions.
  • 2-3 References from a past employer, professor, TA, volunteer supervisor, etc. (name, contact information and brief affiliation only, i.e., "how do they know you?" This is NOT a request for a letter of recommendation.)
  • If you apply for the graphic/web designer position or the editor position with The Generation, please submit a writing sample or an example of your design work (online or in print).
  • Your general availability for the fall quarter, for the hours of Monday -- Friday, 9AM to 5PM

* Internships are competitive and selections are made after an interview (by invitation only) with Deputy Director Alexandra Lieben. For The Generation, selections are made after an interview with members of the current editorial team and Deputy Director Alexandra Lieben.
* All interns are required to work a minimum of 6 hours per week. Hours are flexible and structured around academic commitments, with students working 3 hours at the office and 3 hours at home.
* Academic credit: Burkle Internships are unpaid volunteer positions. If you are interested in academic credit please indicate as such in your application. For-credit internships will require a commitment of 10 hours per week.

For more information visit our internship website:



Daniel Melling

"The Burkle Center for International Relations attracts America's finest leaders, thinkers, and writers on global affairs to UCLA. In the past year alone, the Burkle interns have shaken hands with the top general for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gen. James Mattis, met privately with international statesman and former senator George Mitchell, and heard from the editor of The New Yorker David Remnick on freedom of speech issues in both the United States and abroad. Whether you want to become a four-star general, UCLA's next Ralph Bunche, or an incisive foreign correspondent, an internship at the Burkle Center will give you the professional skills to get you on your way. "

- Daniel Melling


Caroline Nguyen

"Interning with the Burkle Center has provided me with unlimited opportunities to explore my interest in international relations, to meet some of the most powerful figures in the contemporary world, and to discuss relevant topics with like-minded and interested students. Through my time here, I have gained a much greater appreciation for the resources that the Burkle Center has to offer, from meeting General Mattis to walking the red carpet with Angelina Jolie. It is impossible to summarize all that I have learned from this internship, but perhaps what is most important is that I felt like our intern group became a family and I could not be more grateful for that!"

- Caroline Nguyen


Trisha Parikh

"Being an intern at the Burkle Center has been the most rewarding experience that I have had at UCLA. Not only has it served as an avenue for me to further explore the field of international relations via the events and lectures; but it has been a highly constructive experience that has allowed me to grow professionally and intellectually. The intern team is very diverse in both its talents and backgrounds, and working together has created lasting friendships. I highly recommend this internship to anyone who has a passion for international relations; the work ethic it cultivates and the people you meet make it a truly unparalleled experience."

- Trisha Parikh


Internship Alumni:

To learn more about the Burkle Center internship program and to view a list of our former interns, visit the Internship Alumni page.

About the Undergraduate International Relations Society & The Generation Online Journal:

The Burkle Center Interns started a student group to build bridges between internationally interested student groups and departments on campus called the Undergraduate International Relations Society. Together they also launched the THE GENERATION online journal. To learn more or to become a member, email

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