Schoolwide Fellowships and Internships


Schoolwide Fellowships and Internships

Schoolwide Fellowships and Internships 

Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends who have provided gifts and endowments over the years, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is able to provide a number of fellowships and internships to UCLA Luskin students.  Currently enrolled first-year Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning students are eligible to apply for awards. These competitive awards range from modest stipends to one year of tuition remission.  Applications will be accepted through CCLE site only.

Information sessions will be held

Monday, January 25; 12:30 – 1:50 in room 3343
Tuesday, January 26; 12:30 – 1:50 in room 3343
Thursday, January 28; 12:30 – 1:50 in room 4357

To begin fellowship application process:

  • Send an email message to with “Invite to CCLE” in subject line
  • Prepare a letter of interest (as a job cover letter, not a personal statement) and resume
  • Fellowship applications are due by close-of-business-day February 26, 2016 – all applications must be submitted to CCLE
  • Finalists will be interviewed in March/April and must provide a 2-5 page (maximum) writing sample
  • Students may apply for up to two fellowships - one Bohnett and one Luskin Leadership OR two Luskin Leadership awards.

Important Note:  In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes.  Awards may also impact students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students will be notified of final award amount and are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.

See a list of previous Bohnett Fellowship recipients

See a list of previous Luskin Leadership Fellows


2016-2017 Fellowship Host Organizations

Fellowship Applications are due close-of-business-day Friday, February 26, 2016. Students may apply for up to two fellowships - one Bohnett and one Luskin Leadership OR two Luskin Leadership awards.

The David Bohnett Fellowship Program 

The David Bohnett Fellowship Program was established as a hands-on working experience in the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office for exceptionally promising public policy, social welfare, and urban planning students.  The Bohnett Fellowship Program will offer students first-hand experience in the highest levels of city government and will provide senior executives in the Mayor’s office with an outstanding cohort of policy interns.  Three UCLA Luskin students will be selected.    Click here for program information sheet.


Luskin Leadership Fellowships

Children's Defense Fund 

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life.  The Fellow will work as a core team member on the Children’s Defense Fund-California’s newly launched campaign to end child poverty, focusing on policy research, advocacy, and coalition building to implement local policy solutions to reduce child poverty in Los Angeles.  Click here for more information on CCLE.  Click here for fellowship proposal

Los Angeles Food Policy Council

LA Food Policy Council (LAFPC) is a collective impact initiative, working to make Southern California a Good Food region for everyone—where food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable.  The Fellow will serve in the capacity of Policy Associate and work closely with the Executive Director and Policy Director on research, analysis and policy recommendations through a collaborative process with the LAFPC Working Group Network and Leadership Board members.  Click here for more information on CCLE.  Click here for fellowship proposal.

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools 

The Partnership’s mission is to transform school and revolutionize school systems to empower all students with a high-quality education.  It transforms 16 of LAUSD’s lowest performing schools in Boyle Heights, Watts and South LA.  The Fellow will focus on policy research on the state and national public school system policies and recommendations, codifying the Partnership’s best practices and scaling the results.  Click here for more information on CCLE.  Click here for fellowship proposal. 

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA)  

HACLA is one of the nation’s largest and leading public housing authorities, providing the largest supply of quality affordable housing to residents of the City of Los Angeles.  The Fellow will be involved in extensive research to determine key initiatives to support residents, evaluate programs for possible adoption, design implementation, communicate to constituents, and evaluate results for the director of communications and program development.  Click here for more information on CCLE.  Click here for proposal

Los Angeles LGBT Center  

The Los Angeles LGBT Center provides services enabling LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society.  The Center’s programs span four broad categories: Health, Social Services & Housing, Culture & Education, and Leadership & Advocacy.  The Fellow will work for the Director of Public Policy and Community Building.  Projects will include supporting and strengthening the Center’s efforts for successful passage of state and federal legislation to Protect Youth from Institutional Abuse (PYIA), track uses of the Religious Exemption in federal law that adversely impacts LGBT people and/or circumvents equal rights protections and coordinate Center responses to religious justifications for discrimination.  Click here for more information on CCLE.  Click here for proposal.

Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection

The Office of Child Protection (OCP) was created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and its Chief Executive Officer in 2015 to improve communication, coordination, and accountability across agencies involved in the child protection network so that vulnerable children have a better chance of growing up safer and healthier. The OCP umbrella also includes the Education Coordinating Council, whose goal is to raise the educational achievement of foster and probation youth, and the Philanthropy Liaison’s Office, which is designed to help leverage public/private funding for projects important to both Philanthropy and the County.  Click here for job proposal.

Summer Internships and Research Awards

Application process will open March 2016

Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program
Professor Michael Dukakis spearheaded this internship program to provide UCLA Luskin students with first-hand public service experience in government. As power shifts from Washington D.C. to the state and local level, the need for talented public servants has never been greater. The Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program provides awards for UCLA Luskin continuing students serving in non-partisan internships in government, with a special emphasis on California. Click here for more information.

Liberty Hill Foundation – Two Internship Awards

Award #1:  This internship will involve a focus on environmental justice policy issues in Los Angeles, including the Clean UP Green UP policy campaign, the STAND LA policy campaign to address the health and safety impacts of neighborhood oil drilling; and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund project.  The intern will work with Liberty Hill staff and a set of community-based organizations.

Award #2:  The Program Department at Liberty Hill seeks interns with a commitment to social change and an interest in philanthropy, public policy and research, communications, and/or non-profit development. Working with lead staff, each program team intern will design and have ownership over a summer long project that utilizes their skill set to advance social change.  Click here for more information.

Timothy Papandreou Award
The Tim Papandreou Award was established by Urban Planning alumnus Timothy Papandreou. This award is intended to reward a promising student who demonstrates excellence through innovative and dynamic projects. The award is open to all students with financial need and enrolled in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Click here for more information.

Edward Hildebrand Award
Established in 2001, the Canadian Studies Program at UCLA fosters a better understanding of Canadian society and its relationship with the United States. The Edward Hildebrand Program’s ambition is to train a new breed of policy-makers knowledgeable about Canadian society and well-versed in Canada-U.S. relations and affairs. Click here for more information.

Monica Salinas Latino Award
The Monica Salinas Latino Award is presented to continuing graduate students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs who have an interest in public policy issues affecting the Latino community. Of particular interest are the contributions and achievements of the emerging Hispanic community as it plays an increasingly important role in this country's social, economic, cultural and political life. Click here for more information.