Global Internship Program

Public Affairs: Internships in London

  • Dates

    Internship Abroad: June 21 – August 14, 2021

    Online Courses: June 21 – August 27, 2021

  • Location

    London, UK

  • Program Fee

    UCLA Undergrads (4 – Units): $8,326

    UCLA Undergrads (8 – Units): $9,442

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

*Cancelled for Summer 2021 due to COVID-19. Please see Virtual Global Internship Program opportunities.*

London is known as the world’s city and the economic and cultural center of the United Kingdom. From lush parks and green spaces, museums, galleries, and live theater, there is always a buzz in London. Interns will have an opportunity to experience the city from a local’s perspective while living and working in this vibrant metropolis.

Internship placements are approximately 8 weeks long. UCLA partner’s with CIEE to place students at internship sites  based on personal career goals, interests and experience. While completing the on-site internship, students will also be enrolled in 1 or 2 online courses, earning 4-to-8 units of academic credit. Online courses follow Summer Session A and will last for a total of 10 weeks. Student’s looking to receive financial aid must be enrolled in 2-courses during the program.

*Per visa regulations, students coming to intern in the U.K. must be between the ages of 18-29 years old when entering the U.K. (students may turn 30 years old during their internship and still meet the visa eligibility criteria).

Registration Dates

Registration: November 2 – February 26, 2021

Priority Registration: November 2 – December 13, 2020

All Global Internship Programs have a limited number of placements available for each location. Priority registration for all programs will be from November 2 – December 13, 2020. Students who apply within this time frame will be given first consideration for internship placement. Students registering after December 13 will still have an opportunity to apply for and be placed in internship programs, however, some programs may be already filled.

Cancellation Deadline: March 10, 2021

Please do not enroll in a Global Internship Program unless you are sure you intend to participate. Remember that your deposit is nonrefundable. See our Cancellation Policy. The cancellation deadline is March 10, 2021 at 11:59PM. Paid program fees (minus $200 nonrefundable deposit) are refundable until March 10, 2021 at 11:59PM.

Eligibility, Selection and Placement Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student
  • Minimum of 90 units completed by end of Spring 2021
    • Units can include transfer credit
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Good academic standing
  • 18 – 29 years old
    • Per visa regulations, students coming to intern in the U.K. must be between the ages of 18-29 years old when entering the U.K. (students may turn 30 years old during their internship and still meet the visa eligibility criteria).

Selection Process

Students who apply that meet the eligibility criteria will conduct an advising call with CIEE, our partners in London. Through this advising call CIEE will learn more about each applicant’s qualifications, experience and career goals. The call will help CIEE determine whether the applicant is a good match for available internship opportunities in London. After the call is completed, CIEE and UCLA will decide whether to offer the applicant acceptance into the London Global Internship Program based on their qualifications and the pool of applicants. Please note that the  earliest applicants will hear back regarding acceptance decisions is early January.

Placement Process

Students selected for the London program will need to place their program deposit first, in order to be officially enrolled in the program. After enrolling in the London program, a placement coordinator from CIEE will work with each student one-on-one to find the perfect internship match. Internship placements are customized to a students’ personal and career goals, interests and experience. Students will work approximately 32 to 40 hours per week at their internship placement.

Documents to Prepare for Your Application


As part of the application process you will be asked to upload a current copy of your resume. Please take time to appropriately format and spell check your resume before submitting.

Motivation to Enroll Questionnaire 

As part of your application process you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. Responses should be well thought out and demonstrate why you are a strong candidate for the Global Internship Program. It’s highly encouraged to prepare your responses in advance on a Word document and then copy and paste to the application once you apply. Please see the questions below to assist you in preparing your answers:

  • Personal Introduction: Please give some  general background on yourself and why you are interested in participating in the Global Internship Program?
  • Location of Interest: What makes you interested in interning in the particular city or country you selected for your program?
  • Career Goals: Within your career field, which specific sector are you interested in working in and what do you hope to gain from this global internship experience? How will this experience assist you toward reaching your career goals?
  • Why should you be selected? What do you think makes you stand out as a strong candidate for the Global Internship Program? Why should you be selected for the program?

Internship Placements

London Placement Options:

  • Advocacy Groups
  • Economics
  • Global Health
  • Government and Politics
  • Law
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profits
  • Social Work
  • Think Tanks
  • Urban Planning (limited)

Examples Placements:

Please note that these are examples of student placements in the past and does not guarantee availability for future terms.

*Per visa regulations, students coming to intern in the U.K. must be between the ages of 18-29 years old when entering the U.K. (students may turn 30 years old during their internship and still meet the visa eligibility criteria).


Program Courses

All students are required to enroll in the PUB AFF 195CE course while attending the program. Students who wish to earn more units and/or apply for financial aid, may also enroll in the CESC 130 course as well.

  • PUB AFF 195CE (4 units) ~ Mandatory
  • CESC 130 (4 units) ~ Optional 

Please note that in order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in both the mandatory course AND the optional course (total of 8-units).  

Course Descriptions

PUB AFF 195CE: Internship Course (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

Public Affairs (PUB AFF) 195CE is a 4-unit course designed around an individual internship experience. You will take your academic knowledge beyond the classroom, and in your papers and during one-on-one meetings, you will analyze your organization and work experience within an international context.

The course fulfills the Public Affairs 187A Capstone requirement by petition to the Public Affairs Capstone Advisor. PUB AFF 195CE must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

CESC 130: Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

This 4-unit course is designed to help students critically analyze their own cultural values and beliefs and the impact they have on their communication. It will provide students with strategies and tools to more effectively communicate and to manage intercultural conflicts in the global workplace. Students will study and critique intercultural communication theories, review relevant case studies and discuss first hand experiences from their global internship. This course must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

*The CESC 130 course will count as a Public Affairs upper division elective.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UCLA Undergrads (4-Units)  UCLA Undergrads (8-Units)
Program Fee $8,326 $9,442
IEI Fee $61 $61
Visa Processing (estimate) $390 $390
Airfare (estimate) $1,200 $1,200
Meals & Incidentals (estimate) $2,200 $2,200

**Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Internship placement
  • Shared room accommodations in student dormitory or apartment
  • On-site orientation 
  • Optional social and cultural activities
  • 24/7 on-site healthy and safety support from the CIEE staff
  • Tier 5 visa sponsorship application fee
  • Health insurance.

Personal Expenses NOT Included:

  • Roundtrip Airfare to London
  • UK visa fees and related expenses for mailing
  • Personal travel during program
  • Costs for medical expenses and emergencies
  • Meals and entertainment expenses
  • Transportation to/from housing to internship site
  • Administration or embassy fee associated with issuance of visa

All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Students should wait until final internship placement confirmation and visa issuance prior to purchasing their flight to London.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Global Internship Programs is available to qualified UCLA students. Students must be enrolled in a total of 8 units (2 courses) to be eligible for financial aid. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location


Our partner organization, CIEE, will provide you with directions to get from the airport to your program housing.


You will reside in shared dormitory or apartment accommodations. All dormitory or apartment rooms come with bedding, basic Wifi and communal kitchen access. Accommodations are typically within a 30 to 60 minute commute from internship sites.


Meals are not provided. You will have access to fully furnished kitchens shared kitchen space in your dormitory to cook.

Optional Social and Cultural Activities

This program offers weekly organized events around the city that you are free to participate in with the other internship program participants.


Travel to London

All Global Internship program participants are required to purchase and arrange their own travel accommodations to London. Students should wait until CIEE confirms placement and visa issuance prior to purchasing their flight to London. Students will receive specific arrival instructions to assist with arrival to program housing.

Visa Information:

All students are required to obtain a visa to do an internship in London. CIEE will help to guide students with the visa process and providing a letter of support. Students are responsible for making their own embassy appointment. Per visa regulations, students coming to intern in the U.K. must be between the ages of 18-29 years old when entering the U.K. (students may turn 30 years old during their internship and still meet the visa eligibility criteria).

*Please note that due to the long visa processing timeline it is very important to have your passport as soon as possible.