Schoolwide Fellowships and Internships

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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 Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning students. These competitive awards range from modest stipends to one year of tuition remission.

See a list of previous Bohnett Fellowship recipients

See a list of other previous Schoolwide fellowship recipients

Notice: All applications to be considered must be submitted to https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/LuskinFellowship. For access to CCLE site, email leaders@luskin.ucla.edu and note “Invite to CCLE” in subject line.

 

Full-year Fellowships

The Los Angeles City Mayor’s Fellowship Program at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs – known as the The David Bohnett Fellowship Program – offers hands-on working experience in the Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles to exceptionally promising UCLA Luskin graduate students. This competitive program selects outstanding students to collaborate with UCLA faculty and senior executives in the Mayor’s office, transforming scholarship into real-world experience at the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the world. This one-year fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the David Bohnett Foundation

The UCLA Luskin Leadership Fellows Program offers a high-level apprenticeship program in a selected organization for exceptional Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning graduate students. Fellows are assigned to work on research, policy, advocacy and/or applied projects tailored to the students’ tracks of study and consistent with the mission and goals of the organization. This one-year fellowship is with the Los Angeles County Commission Human Relations (click for job description) and is made possible by the generous support of the Weingart Foundation. 

For full-year fellowships, student fellows receive tuition remission (non-residents receive funds equal to the resident amount which are applied toward non-resident tuition) for the academic year as well as a full-time paid summer position that becomes part-time to the end of the academic year. Fellows work under the direct supervision of a senior member of the organization’s staff with guidance from their faculty advisor.

Summer Fellowships and Internships
Note: Applications for the following programs are due May 15 

Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program
Professor Michael Dukakis spearheaded this privately funded internship program to provide UCLA Luskin master's 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 master's students serving in nonpartisan internships in government with a special emphasis on California. The focus for this 10-week summer internship is on government settings rather than non-profits or NGOs. The internships are generally completed over ten weeks during the summer, between June and September, but students who are currently interning will also be considered.

Students who have secured a government internship meeting the following criteria may apply. The internship must be in a policy-related, public service function in a non-partisan government setting. Working for an elected partisan official would not qualify. Nonpartisan city council or county board of supervisors qualify, but senate, assembly, or congress do not, nor would working for a non-profit or NGO. The internship site would ideally be in local or state government in California. If the internship is in Washington, D.C., with a federal agency, the focus of the internship must be on California. The internship is limited to UCLA Luskin graduate students pursuing the MPP, MSW or MURP. Ph.D. students are not eligible. Extra consideration will be given to those internships where, as a result of the Dukakis internship award, the organization matches the $3,000 funding. The recipient will be required to enroll in PUB PLC 205, Bureaucracy and Public Management, in the upcoming Winter Quarter taught by Professor Michael Dukakis.

The awards are $3,000 to $5,000.

To apply, submit one-page description of the internship and how it was secured, along with a one-page statement of interest that describes how the internship fits into your long-term career aspirations in public service, and your resume.  Include your name and department at the top of each document. 

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 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. With their Canadian counterparts, these young professionals will make wise and thoughtful decisions for the sustainable and long-term development and well-being of the North American Community, whether these relate to our security, public health, the environment, or economic relations. The Edward Hildebrand Award was made possible by an endowed gift of $500,000 from the estate of Dr. Edward Hildebrand to support graduate students pursuing a course of studies related to Canadian Studies.

Student must conduct research related to Canada, or Canada-U.S. relations/interests. Open to a variety of fields including but not limited to: environment, economic development, immigration, trade, security, border, defense, transportation, cultural policy, health care, welfare system, ethnic minorities, North American integration.

The awards are $2,500 to $5,000.

To apply, submit a two-page research proposal that includes relevant background information for your research on Canadian-U.S. relations, a methods section and a compelling policy application, and your resume. Include your name and department at the top of each document.

Liberty Hill Foundation Internship Award
The Environmental/Climate Justice Team at Liberty Hill will be working on several projects in summer 2015 to advance public policies and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and toxic chemical exposure, while helping to revitalize local economies through green and sustainable approaches. The Clean UP Green UP campaign is actively seeking to pass and initiate a municipal policy in L.A. to establish three pilot Green Zones in toxic hot spot communities to create a new planning framework for future development, assist current businesses to "clean up and green up" their operations and attract public investments to reduce climate impacts while creating more livable communities. Liberty Hill is also working to address problems related to expanded oil drilling operations in L.A. through changes in land use policy. Finally, Liberty Hill is working with other regional and statewide coalitions to insure that California's new cap-and-trade program will reduce greenhouse gases while delivering additional benefits to low-income communities in the form of urban greening, energy efficiency, and increased transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure. 

One $5,000 award will be made.

Application: To apply, submit a two-page statement of interest that describes how an internship at Liberty Hill fits into your long-term career aspirations in public service and your resume. Include your name and department at the top of each document.

Summer Internship Award in Social Justice/Grassroots Advocacy
UCLA Luskin will provide two 2015 summer internship awards to UCLA Luskin graduate students who will be working with an organization that is engaged in social justice grassroots organizing and/or advocacy for social, racial and economic justice. Organizations must be bipartisan/nonpartisan and can be recognized advocacy groups, community programs or nonprofit organizations engaged in social justice. 

Two $5,000 awards will be made. 

Application: To apply, submit a one-page description of the internship and how it was secured, along with a one-page statement of interest that describes how the internship fits into your long-term career aspirations in public service, and your resume. Include your name and department at the top of each document.

Summer Internship Award in Public Service
UCLA Luskin will provide two 2015 summer internship awards to UCLA Luskin graduate students who will be working with an organization that is engaged in public service. The internship organization must be bipartisan/nonpartisan and can be a civic organization, non-partisan government agency or department, a community program or nonprofit organization, or an advocacy or civic engagement group. Particular consideration will be given to internships supporting arts advocacy, fostering job and economic growth, transportation systems, and the development of a skilled workforce in Southern California.

Two awards between $4,000 to $5,000 will be made. 

Application: To apply, submit a one-page description of the internship and how it was secured, along with a one-page statement of interest that describes how the internship fits into your long-term career aspirations in public service, and your resume. Include your name and department at the top of each document.

Timothy Papandreou Award
The Timothy Papandreou Award was established by Urban Planning alumnus Timothy Papandreou. The award is designed to support a promising UCLA Luskin student who demonstrates excellence through innovative and dynamic projects. In the application, the student's body of research should show innovation in the area of sustainable mobility that adds to the body of knowledge on integrated land-use, energy and transportation, multi-modal transportation, transportation demand management, or greener and more complete streets. The student must have demonstrated financial need (as determined by the academic department) and be in good academic standing.

One $5,000 award will be made.  

Application: To apply, submit a resume, transcript and two-page statement addressing the above criteria.

The UCLA Luskin Rishwain Social Entrepreneur Internship Award
The Rishwain Social Entrepreneur Internship Award provides funding for UCLA Luskin graduates and undergraduate minors pursuing summer placements or projects which center on an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to addressing social justice work. In past years, Rishwain awardees have included students who have actively addressed issues such as foster youth, community organizing, language and literacy barriers, education, hunger, and criminal justice, to name a few. Rishwain interns are characterized by nimble, forward-thinking leadership. The goal of this  award is to support and encourage students to pursue opportunities requiring a social entrepreneurial lens and innovative solutions to pressing social problems.

The successful recipient has a strong sense of civic responsibility and a willingness to tackle tough problems. Rishwain Internship Award recipients embrace the challenge of discovering and creating new ways to make and spread social impact in the world. The Internship values the transformation of research into practice, specifically action that addresses civil rights, social justice and inequality. Ultimately, the Rishwain Social Entrepreneur Internship Award inspires the vision that everyone is a change maker.  

Students must:

  • Be enrolled as UCLA Luskin graduate students or undergraduate minors.
  • Use funding for summer internship placement opportunities or other field-based placement opportunities that will complement classroom work and that are geared towards developing solutions to spread social impact in our local community or around the world.
  • Showcase how the funding will be used to help further the development of a previously established entrepreneurial project/group/concept.
  • Applicants are required to provide a follow-up report, due on October 1, 2015, to showcase how the funding was used towards the initial goal presented in the application.

Up to two awards ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 will be made. 

Monica Salinas Latino Award
The Monica Salinas Latino Award is presented to continuing UCLA Luskin students with an interest in public policy issues affecting the Latino community. The awards can be used for research, policy analysis, internships and community service projects that contribute knowledge about the issues, conditions and concerns related to Latino/as in this country and/or to Latino/as in the western hemisphere. 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.

One or two awards ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 each will be made. The selection committee may also choose to make a single award to a proposal of extraordinary merit. Students will be expected to utilize these funds during the academic year per award letter.

To apply, submit a two-page proposal that outlines details of the research project, paper or internship, and your resume. Include your name and department at the top of each document.