Global Internship Program

Public Affairs: Internships in London

  • Dates

    Internship Abroad: *Suspended for 2020*

    Online Courses: *Suspended for 2020*

  • Location

    London, UK

  • Program Fee

    UCLA Undergrads (4 – Units): $7,954

    UCLA Undergrads (8 – Units): $9,070

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

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 the Academic Internship Council (AIC) 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).

Internship Placements

After enrolling in the London program via the UCLA Global Internship Program registration portal, a placement coordinator from our partner organization, the Academic Internship Council (AIC), will work with you one-on-one to find the perfect internship match. Internship placements are customized to your personal career goals, interests and experience. Internship placement is guaranteed as long you meet the minimum qualifications and follow appropriate steps and deadlines. Students will work approximately 32 to 40 hours per week at their internship placement.

London Placement Options:

  • Advocacy Groups
  • Economics
  • 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).

Curriculum

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student
  • Minimum of 90 units completed by end of Spring 2020
    • 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).

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 an optional 4-unit upper division course as well. The optional course name and number will be announced soon.

  • 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 is open to all majors and 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 $7,954 $9,070
IEI Fee $61 $61
Visa Processing (estimate) $300 $300
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 (including welcome meal).
  • Optional social and cultural activities
  • 24/7 on-site healthy and safety support from the AIC staff
  • Tier 5 visa fee
  • Health insurance.

Personal Expenses NOT Included:

  • Roundtrip Airfare to London
  • 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
IEI Fee

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.

Budgeting

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

Arrival

Our partner organization, AIC, will provide airport pickup for your internship program.  You will be responsible for making your own arrangements back to the airport at the end of the program.

Accommodations

You will reside in shared dormitory or apartment accommodations with 3 to 4 people per room (including possibly other interns or young professionals interning in London). 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

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

Travel to London

All Global Internship program participants are required to purchase and arrange their own travel accommodations to London. Students should wait until AIC 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. AIC will assist students with the visa process and providing a letter of support. Students are responsible for making their embassy appointment once they receive their visa paperwork. 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 upon applying to the program.