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Internship Posting: Burkle Center for International Relations

The Burkle Center Internship Program offers UCLA undergraduate 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 avenues for interested and engaged students to get involved.

The UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations is now accepting applications 
for the 2019-20 undergraduate internship program. 

Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are due at midnight on May 17, 2019.


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 avenues 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 students, and lasts throughout the academic year (fall through spring). Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but the Center has hosted 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.

Internship Tasks Include:

  • Event facilitation

  • Graphic/web design

  • Outreach coordination

  • Research assistance

All interns participate in outreach and event production and assist the Center with short- and long-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 provide good opportunities to network with experts in the field.

Application Guidelines:

To apply, please send the following information as a single PDF document to Alexandra Lieben, Deputy Director of the UCLA Burkle Center, at: 

  • CV or Resume (1 page) - please include any volunteer or extracurricular activities and your current GPA.

  • Cover Letter (1 page) - please explain what you hope to gain from the internship and what strengths or skills you hope to contribute.

  • 2-3 References (i.e. a past employer, professor, TA, volunteer supervisor, etc.) - please include name, contact information and brief affiliation only, i.e., "how do they know you?" This is NOT a request for a letter of recommendation.

  • Your general availability for the fall quarter, for the hours of Monday – Friday, 9AM to 5PM.


Click here to see our interns for the 2018-19 academic year.

Testimonials of former Burkle Center Interns

Kate Bridge

“My internship with the Burkle Center was a wonderful learning experience from the first day. From researching grant proposals, to managing keynote events, to interacting with some of the brightest minds in international relations, the Burkle Center has exposed me to an unparalleled wealth of skills and hands-on experience. My time as a Burkle intern both developed my professional abilities and expanded my knowledge of the world's most pressing issues. I am so grateful to have been a part of the engaging and dynamic staff team at the Burkle Center and my UCLA experience would not be complete without it.”

Austin De Soto

“Interning for the Burkle Center has given me the opportunity to explore a career I have always had a passion for. I have had the opportunity to meet and network with politicians, diplomats, ambassadors, and professors from all over the globe, working on a myriad of international relations issues. As an international relations major this experience has given me the ability to apply my passion in a way that greatly aides the UCLA and Los Angeles community. On top of the experience in the international relations field, the Burkle Center genuinely invests in your professional development. However, the best part about interning for the Burkle Center is the people you work with. The staff has aided me significantly in both academic and professional pursuits. Both the staff and the other interns I work with will be life time contacts and I am indebted to the Burkle Center for the wonderful opportunity.”

Annemarie Kelleghan

“As a Burkle intern, I have had the opportunity to interact with so many incredible people, all passionate about international relations. I have learned many skills as an intern that are transferable to nearly all career fields, and I have had the chance to hear many incredible speakers at amazing Burkle events that I am proud to have helped plan. Everyone at the Burkle Center, from the staff to my fellow interns, has been encouraging and supportive of one another, and this chance to network and connect with other people has been priceless. Being a Burkle intern has been a great learning experience for me, and I am grateful to the Burkle staff for their encouragement and support throughout the year!”


Internship Alumni

To learn more about the Burkle Center internship program and to view a list of our former interns.

2015-2016 Interns with Gen John Allen

Internship Alumni page »