About Luskin’s Fellowships & Internship Funding:

UCLA Luskin Office of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations (OSAAR) offers a limited number of prestigious and competitive yearlong and summer fellowships and internship funding. The fellowship sites include with nonprofit organizations, government and public service agencies. Currently enrolled first-year Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning graduate students are eligible to apply for awards. Beyond these awards, please find additional opportunities at Luskin and beyond below. Furthermore, we encourage you to check in with your career counselor and academic advisor to discuss any additional opportunities. Please contact Kevin Medina at kmedina@luskin.ucla.edu with any questions about these below fellowships.

Award Spotlights:

The 2023-2023 Luskin Yearlong & Summer Fellowship recipients can be found here.

Luskin OSAAR Yearlong Fellowships

Luskin’s yearlong fellowships are full-time during the summer and part-time (12-20 hours/week) during the 9-month academic year (fall through spring).  Applications typically open in late winter/early spring. Below are the awards that are available for the 2022-23 school year. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in January 2023.

David Bohnett Fellowship in the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office

DEADLINE FOR 2022-2023 Bohnett Fellowship has passed. The application for 2023-2024 will reopen in Winter 2023. 

  • Award amount:  $38,500
  • Number of awards: 3 awards annually

The David Bohnett Fellowship was established in 2007 for outstanding Luskin graduate students to complete a yearlong fellowship in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. The Mayor’s Office provides students with access to high levels of city government in where they are supervised by the Mayor’s senior staff. The Fellows are matched to an office that coincides with the Fellows’ expertise and the needs of the Mayor’s Office. The assignments are fast-paced, rigorous, and may expand or change based on the evolving needs of the City. As such, the Bohnett Fellowship requires graduate students to have a high amount of professionalism, flexibility, and innovation. Past offices that hosted Fellows include: Budget & Innovation, City Services, Economic Opportunity, Homelessness Initiatives, Immigrant Affairs, Reentry, and Transportation. In addition to the academic  yearlong Fellowship, Fellows also receive the opportunity to attend the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) winter meeting, typically held in Washington D.C.. At USCM, Fellows have access to city leaders from across the nation, and with the staff and Fellows from the other universities that also host the Bohnett Fellows program (NYU Wagner & U Michigan Ford). Further, Fellows join the many UCLA Luskin Cohorts that have participated in the Bohnett Fellowship Program. UCLA Luskin and the Bohnett Foundation regularly organize  events to encourage cross-cohort and sector networking. For more information about the current and former Bohnett Fellows from UCLA Luskin please visit: http://www.bohnettfoundation.org/ucla-luskin/.

Application Process

  1. Please submit your application in Luskin CareerHub by the deadline.
  2. Your application will include a resume and two-page cover letter. Address cover letter to: “Dear Selection Committee”
  3. Luskin selection committee will select nine finalists to interview with the Mayor’s Office and the Bohnett Foundation.
  4. The finalists will be required to submit a writing sample.
  5. Luskin will provide an offer to the selected Fellows in Winter Quarter.

The 2021-22 Bohnett Fellows report (including past Bohnett Fellows employment and current Bohnett Fellows work products/examples) can be accessed here.

The David Bohnett Foundation

This Fellowship is generously funded by the David Bohnett Foundation. David Bohnett is a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur. The mission of the David Bohnett Foundation is to improve society through social activism.

Luskin Leadership Fellowship at the Office of Child Protection, Los Angeles County

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5 pm PT. The application for 2023-2024 will reopen in Winter 2023. 

Award amount: $35,000

Number of awards: 1 annually

UCLA Luskin Leadership Fellowship is a high-level apprenticeship program for exceptional public policy, social welfare and urban planning graduate students that serve within selected government agencies and nonprofit and civic organizations to work on research, policy, advocacy and applied projects tailored to the students’ tracks of study and consistent with the mission and goals of the organization. For 2022-2023, the host organization will be the Los Angeles County, Office of Child Protection. The Fellow will completes 10 weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) over summer and 20 hours/week during the academic year and will receive $35,000. Link to full Fellowship Description.The application link is here.

Application Process

  1. Please submit your application in Luskin CareerHub by March 4 at 5pm
  2. Your application will include a two-page cover letter and your resume. Address cover letter to: “Dear Selection Committee”
  3. Luskin selection committee will select three finalists to interview with the Office of Child Protection.
  4. The Office of Child Protection will select one Luskin student.

The Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at the Office of Child Protection is generously funded by the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation. The Foundation aims to enrich their community with a particular focus on health, higher education, the environment, and the arts. In 2014, the Foundation launched the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative to highlight its commitment to supporting transition age foster youth and the families that care for them.

iACT

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 25, 2022. The deadline has passed. This award is specific to 2022-2023, it may be offered in 2023-2024, contingent on funding and various factors.

Award amount:  $35,000

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub

Who We Are: 
iACT is a team of influential changemakers–refugees and non-refugees alike–with diverse backgrounds and
expertise who dream big and transform obstacles into opportunities. Our U.S.-based paid staff is small,
agile, creative, driven, and hopeful. iACT has a large, global volunteer team that significantly contributes to
programs, projects, campaigns, and events. iACT’s U.S.-based paid staff team’s role is to support a new
culture of participation that unites global volunteers to accompany communities impacted by and displaced
by violence. We are here to support the almost 200 refugee and displaced staff members abroad who in turn
lead the programs in their communities. iACT’s U.S.-based paid staff is a small team with the expectation
that everyone is willing to step in and contribute in any area as needed.

Role of the Fellow:
• Amplify and connect the voices of Refugees with the broader community.
• Provide essential support to staff members in order to ensure that iACT’s programs run smoothly
and efficiently.
• Execute details of projects and programs so that the team can achieve established goals and vision.
• Provide key support to all iACT team members, paid and volunteer, including short and long-term
projects, partnerships, campaigns, and programs.
• Develop and maintain positive working relationships with team members, partners, and other
stakeholders—during and after project completion.
• We are flexible in working with the fellow’s passions to develop and collaborate on projects they
may specifically be interested in.

Location: Flexible remote and in-person hybrid working environment with an office in Hermosa Beach, CA,
USA.

Application Process

  1. Please submit your application to associated job posting in Luskin CareerHub by April 8.
  2. Your application will include a two-page cover letter and resume. Address cover letter to: “Dear Selection Committee”
  3. UCLA Luskin will advance three students to interview with iACT.
  4. iACT will select one Luskin student.

Ralph M Parsons Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at iACT is generously funded by the Ralph M parsons Foundation. The foundation improves the well-being of the residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in human services, civic and cultural, education, and health.

Important Note for all fellowships:

In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards requested at the $35,000 level may be adjusted to approximately $33,000. 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.

Luskin OSAAR Summer Fellowships

Luskin’s summer fellowships are 400 hours over summer.  Summer fellow applications typically open in late winter/early spring. Below are the awards that are available for the 2022-23 school year. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in January 2023.

Climate Resolve

Award amount:$6,000.

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 27 2022)

Application due: June 6, 2022 at 5pm PT

Description:

Climate Resolve UCLA Luskin Summer Intern Description.05.26.22

Application Process

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume.

This application process also includes an interview (via Zoom). Please hold 6/9 9am-10am & 4-5pm for interviews.

One $6,00 award will be made for each internship. 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.

Liberty Hill Foundation

Award amount:$7,500.

Number of awards: 5

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 25 2022)

Application due: April 8, 2022

Liberty Hill is a non-profit organization that advances social change through a strategic combination of grants, leadership training and campaigns. Liberty Hill is first to identify community leaders at the frontlines of change. They invest in changemakers and equip them with the skills and relationships they need to build power and advance social justice. With a near 40-year track record, Liberty Hill is uniquely positioned to bring together forces for change and forge a common agenda for equality and opportunity in Los Angeles.

Internship Positions Available

Liberty Hill is hiring Luskin interns to focus on one of the following areas: environmental justice, capacity building, public-private partnerships, housing justice, and youth justice.

To apply: One to two page cover letter and resume. Apply via CareerHub. A writing sample may be required if you are invited for an interview.

United States Conference of Mayors Intern (offered every three years)

 Award amount: $10,000

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub (will open March 25, 2022)

Application due: April 8, 2022

The David Bohnett Foundation sponsors a graduate student to intern with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are over 1,400 such cities in the country today. Its chief elected official, the mayor, represents each city in the Conference.  The US Conference of Mayors is seeking applications from graduate students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to be its 2022 Bohnett Foundation intern. The Bohnett Foundation annually supports a graduate student in urban public policy at the US Conference of Mayors.

The specific duties of the intern will be determined by 1) the intern’s interest in key urban policy issues (housing, environment, transportation, infrastructure, education, technology, public safety, livability, etc); and 2) the needs of the Conference during the summer months. Due to the ever-changing nature of mayors and their cities, issues often arise suddenly, so flexibility is required by our interns. The student will begin his/her work at the conclusion of UCLA’s academic year and run for a 10-week period.  The Bohnett Foundation intern will have the opportunity, at no cost, to attend the Conference’s 90th Annual Meeting in Reno, June 3-6,2022, where over 300 mayors will gather to discuss and debate national urban policy issues.  The intern will primarily be remote but may have the opportunity to work out of the USCM’s offices located in downtown Washington.

This opportunity is offered at UCLA Luskin every three years; other years, The Bohnett Foundation offers this opportunity through New York University or University of Michigan.

The David Bohnett Foundation

This Fellowship is generously funded by the David Bohnett Foundation. David Bohnett is a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur. The mission of the David Bohnett Foundation is to improve society through social activism.

TreePeople

Award amount:$7,500.

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 25 2022)

Application due: April 8, 2022

  • Draft and edit talking points related to extreme heat, drought, and other climate risks for interviews, TreePeople projects, and related meetings.
  • Research case study examples and literature review for climate change and resilience-related topics
  • Assist with any upcoming workshops and symposium as needed
  • Attend weekly departmental meetings with the Policy and Research Team as well as weekly check ins with the Policy and Research Associate
  • Attend public hearings and provide public comments representing TreePeople

Ralph M Parsons Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at Freedom for Immigrants is generously funded by the Ralph M parsons Foundation. The foundation improves the well-being of the residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in human services, civic and cultural, education, and health.

Freedom For Immigrants

Award amount $7,500.

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 25)

Application due: April 1, 2022

Freedom for Immigrants is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. Since 2012, we have been monitoring conditions inside immigration detention facilities. Our network of 4,500 volunteers visits immigrants in ICE detention centers throughout the country, breaking their isolation and advocating for those in detention. Freedom for Immigrants also operates a national hotline, which people in detention can use free of charge to report abuses or request support. In the policy arena, we work alongside local and national partners to support federal and state-level policies that call on the government to divest from immigration detention and instead invest in systems of care that strengthen immigrant communities. Our community-based programming offers an alternative to detention by welcoming immigrants into the social fabric of the United States as part of the vision for how we build a world without detention.

This fellowship is fully remote and offers students the opportunity to work at a national immigrant rights nonprofit working to abolish immigration detention. The position may include monitoring detention conditions, working on issues of e-carceration post release, or working with our policy team to advocate for state and federal policy change.

Ralph M Parsons Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at Freedom for Immigrants is generously funded by the Ralph M parsons Foundation. The foundation improves the well-being of the residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in human services, civic and cultural, education, and health.

Important Note:

In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. The final amount for a $7,500 may be approximately $7,050. 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.

Luskin OSAAR Summer Internship Funding

Important Notes:

Below are the awards that are available for summer 2022. Host sites may differ annually. Information on 2023 summer internship funding will be available March 2023.

In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. The final amount for a $7,500 may be approximately $7,050. 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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internship Award

Award amount:  $7,500

Number of awards: 2

How to apply: CareerHub (opens May 2, 2022)

Application due: May 9, 2022 at 5pm PT

This award was created to provide financial support to students from underrepresented backgrounds. The goal is to:

  • providing funding to a student for an unpaid internship centering equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • help diversify the fields of Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning

To apply, write 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 addresses equity, diversity, and inclusion. Include your name and Luskin department at the top of each page. Add your resume. To submit your application and resume, apply to the posting in CareerHub.

**if you applied to the public service internship award, your packet is already under consideration**

Michael S. Dukakis Internship Award

Award amount:  $6,000

Number of awards: 1 annually

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 28 2022)

Application due: April 8, 2022 at 5pm PT

Professor Michael Dukakis spearheaded this privately funded internship program to provide UCLA Luskin masters’ students with first-hand public service experience in government. As power shifts from Washington, DC to the state and local level, the need for talented public servants has never been greater. The Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program provides stipends for UCLA Luskin masters’ students serving in non-partisan internships in government with a special emphasis on California. The focus for this 10-week (40 hours/week) summer internship is on government settings rather than non-profits or NGOs.

Students who have secured a government internship meeting the criteria above 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. Non-partisan 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.

To apply, write 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.  Include your name and department at the top of each document.  To submit your description, statement of interest, and resume, apply to the posting in CareerHub.

Michael Dukakis Fund

Professor Michael Dukakis generously provided funding to provide UCLA Luskin students with e first-hand public service experience in government with a specific focus on California.

Yaroslavsky Internship Award

Award amount: $6,000.

Number of awards: 3 annually

How to apply: CareerHub

Application due: April 8, 2022 at 5pm PT

The Yaroslavsky Fellowship seeks to support graduate students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with focusing on health or public health policy as it relates to Public Affairs. For 2022, this fellowship provides funding for health-related unpaid summer internships.

Please complete the attached application for award consideration consists of this form along with the attachments indicated below. The application asks for you to share your interest and passion for health, public health or health policy, share any experiences in health, public health, or health policy and note any particular communities served, and list your internship plans in health, public health or health policy.

Ideally, an internship will already be secured when you apply, but applications may be considered for those that are still in process of securing their health-related experience.

The Barbara Yaroslavsky Memorial Fund

The Barbara Yaroslavsky Memorial Fund was established to honor the lasting legacy of Barbara Yaroslavsky’s advocacy for and commitment to quality health care for everyone in our society.

Public Service Internship Award

Award amount: $5,000.

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub

Application due: April 8, 2022 at 5pm PT

UCLA Luskin will provide one or two 2022 summer internship awards to a UCLA Luskin graduate student who will be accepting non-paid internships with organizations that are engaged in public service. The internship organization must be bi-partisan/non-partisan and can be a civic organization, non-partisan government agency or department, a community program or nonprofit organization, advocacy group or civic engagement. Internship will be ten weeks between June and September (400 hours).

To apply, write 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. Include your name and Luskin department at the top of each page. Add your resume. To submit your application and resume, apply to the posting in CareerHub.

Luskin Research Center Opportunities

Luskin Center for Innovation

The Luskin Center for Innovation hires several graduate student researchers to conduct environmental policy research, support community organizations, and further their professional development. Interested students should visit their team page and contact the team member(s) most aligned with your interests about employment openings. They also offer Research Fellowships, Field Fellowships for Environmental Justice, and Graduate Research Grants

The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

The Lewis Center supports Luskin graduate students for capstone projects on topics that advance the center’s interests on the quality of life for residents in the Los Angeles region, with a focus on how people live, move, and work. Graduate student fellows are selected through a merit-based process during the year they intend to complete a capstone project. All projects must be geographically focused in the LA region and relate to one of the Lewis Center’s primary areas of interest: housing affordability, transportation equity, or jobs and the regional economy.

Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy

The Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy supports UCLA scholars who undertake collective work related to at least one of the Institute’s research themes. Products should demonstrate an explicit public orientation, i.e. an intent of speaking to public issues and/or addressing audiences that lie beyond the university. The Institute is especially interested in projects that organize knowledge to challenge inequality, be it by questioning established academic wisdom, contributing to public debate, or impacting policy decisions.

Latino Policy and Politics Initiative

The Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) addresses the most critical domestic policy challenges facing Latinos and other communities of color through research, advocacy, mobilization and leadership development to propel policy reforms that expand genuine opportunity for all Americans. LPPI fellows are equipped with technical skills and hands-on experiences critical to being transformational elected officials, organizational leaders and community allies of today and tomorrow.

Institute of Transportation Studies

The Institute of Transportation Studies supports and advances cutting-edge research, the highest-quality education, and meaningful and influential civic engagement on the many pressing transportation issues facing our cities, state, nation and world today. Master of Urban and Regional planning students complete one of the following in their second year prior to graduation:

  • Applied Planning Research Project (Client Project): The Client Project is applied planning research on a real-world problem conducted by MURP students in their 2nd year in order to satisfy the capstone requirement for the degree.  See features on the top 2021 projects and four c/o 2020 students and their projects.
  • Community Scholars or Comprehensive Project: Community Scholars & the Comprehensive Projects are similar, in many respects, to the client project, but larger in scope and scale. These projects simulate real world planning practice in that they incorporate students from various areas of concentration working together to research a problem from multiple planning angles.
  • Masters’ Theses: The thesis focuses on posing and answering a research question in planning that has not previously been answered. Research is conducted by a MURP student in conjunction with a faculty committee.

Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK)

The Center for Neighborhood Knowledge is dedicated to translating its research to inform actionable neighborhood-related policies and programs that contribute to positive social change. We specialize in empirical spatial analysis and emphasizes the study of diversity, differences, and disparities among neighborhoods, and explicitly cover immigrant enclaves, low-income neighborhoods and minority communities.

Global Public Affairs

The International Practice Pathway (IPP) of Global Public Affairs at Luskin provides financial support for first year students seeking summer placements in low and middle-income countries. GPA can assist students with information on potential summer internship placements, including contact information of summer employers, as well as second-year students and Luskin graduates who completed summer internships.

Summer internships are serious professional undertakings involving recognized international organizations. Professionalism, responsibility, and respect are required of all students participating in the program. Click here for more information on IPP Summer Fellowships.

Latin American Cities Initiative

The mission of the Latin American Cities Initiative is to develop and deepen knowledge networks among students, educators and professionals in the arena of urban planning and policy in South, Central and North America. The Latin American Cities Initiative will provide funding for student capstone research on planning and urban policy in Latin America, as well as support in identifying clients and topics, beginning in 2019. If you are interested in applying, please contact ciudades@luskin.ucla.edu. The Latin American Cities Initiative will assist students at UCLA Luskin to find an internship in a planning or policy field in Latin America, in collaboration with Luskin Global Public Affairs.

The Global Lab for Research in Action

The Global Lab for Research in Action pursues evidence-based solutions to critical health, education and economic challenges faced by children, adolescents and women around the world. We conduct research that informs people, programs and policy to make a tangible impact on the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals. 

The UCLA Hub for Health Intervention, Policy and Practice

The Hub for Health Intervention, Policy and Practice connects the academy, community and policymakers to address health disparities among diverse communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Hub engages community members in impactful, theory-driven and sustainable research that informs high-level policy and street-level social justice health outcomes. HHIPP’s work situates health policy within a social welfare and social justice framework.

The Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Initiative

The Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Initiative will conduct cutting edge research that centers gay male sexuality and gay men’s unique experiences related to sex. Investment in GSSPI will be an investment in the lives of gay men and will increase the effectiveness of ongoing efforts to improve quality of life for gay men around the world.

Berggruen Governance Index

The Berggruen Fellowship Program is a cornerstone of the Institute’s mission to nurture ideas that shape the future. It offers scholars the opportunity of flexible periods to live and work in both the United States and China. Berggruen Fellows produce books, scholarly workshops, deliver lectures, colloquia, and academic articles to disseminate the ideas cultivated throughout their fellowship. The themes of the fellowship range from global and technological development to philosophical and cultural change, with the focus varying within each program area.

Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives is an online-only, peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal seeking to advance social science research and debates in a globalizing world, specifically in terms of concepts, theories, methodologies, and evidence bases.

California Policy Lab

The California Policy Lab is a non-partisan research institute. Their mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. Their work is focused in six policy areas: education, criminal justice reform, poverty and the social safety net, labor and employment, health, and homelessness and high needs populations.

Center for Policy Research on Aging

Center for Policy Research on Aging studies the major policy issues affecting our aging society including Social Security, Medicare, long-term care and the societal implications that accompany the aging of the baby boom generation and its parents. CPRA conducts research, fosters  multidisciplinary collaboration among UCLA faculty,  and works closely with policy makers,  service  providers and community groups in meeting the challenges of an aging society.

UCLA-Wide Resources

Working at UCLA

Graduate programs at UCLA offer employment opportunities to graduate students including teaching and research assistantships.  Additional work resources are available here, such as special readers, departmental scholars, postdocs, and internships.

University-Wide scholarships, grants, and fellowships

Search the GRAPES (Graduate & Postdoctoral Education Support) database for awards from among 625 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards.

Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship

The purpose of the Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship program is to ensure the development of public health and health administration, health policy, urban planning, and data professionals who possess the necessary skills to influence positive change in public policy, systems, and the built environment in our local communities. The Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship is a prestigious and competitive fellowship for master and doctoral level students interested in health policy and related disciplines. Each fellow is matched according to skill sets needed by the hosting city, agency or business and the fellow’s interests and training. They accept applications from MPP, MSW, MURP and doctoral students. The fellowship is an 8-month (400 hour) commitment beginning in September through May. Applications will be accepted f until July 15, 2022.If you have questions or need an extension to apply through July 30, please inquire at jaynieboren@HC2strategies.com. A $6,500 stipend is paid to the fellows upon completion of hours, projects, and final deliverables.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program is a federal program created for those in public service jobs, offering the opportunity to have their federal loan balances forgiven after 120 qualifying monthly payments. 

UCLA Luskin offers a limited number of prestigious and competitive yearlong fellowships with nonprofit organizations, government and public service agencies. Currently enrolled first-year Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning graduate students are eligible to apply for awards. The fellowships are full-time during the summer and part-time (12-20 hours/week) during the 9-month academic year (fall through spring).  Applications typically open in late winter/early spring.

Bohnett Fellows, Bohnett Staff, and University Staff
at the 2022 United States Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C.

Below are the awards that are available for the 2022-23 school year. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in January 2023.

David Bohnett Fellowship in the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office

DEADLINE FOR 2022-2023 Bohnett Fellowship has passed. The application for 2023-2024 will reopen in Winter 2023. 

  • Award amount:  $38,500
  • Number of awards: 3 awards annually

The David Bohnett Fellowship was established in 2007 for outstanding Luskin graduate students to complete a yearlong fellowship in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. The Mayor’s Office provides students with access to high levels of city government in where they are supervised by the Mayor’s senior staff. The Fellows are matched to an office that coincides with the Fellows’ expertise and the needs of the Mayor’s Office. The assignments are fast-paced, rigorous, and may expand or change based on the evolving needs of the City. As such, the Bohnett Fellowship requires graduate students to have a high amount of professionalism, flexibility, and innovation. Past offices that hosted Fellows include: Budget & Innovation, City Services, Economic Opportunity, Homelessness Initiatives, Immigrant Affairs, Reentry, and Transportation. In addition to the academic  yearlong Fellowship, Fellows also receive the opportunity to attend the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) winter meeting, typically held in Washington D.C.. At USCM, Fellows have access to city leaders from across the nation, and with the staff and Fellows from the other universities that also host the Bohnett Fellows program (NYU Wagner & U Michigan Ford). Further, Fellows join the many UCLA Luskin Cohorts that have participated in the Bohnett Fellowship Program. UCLA Luskin and the Bohnett Foundation regularly organize  events to encourage cross-cohort and sector networking. For more information about the current and former Bohnett Fellows from UCLA Luskin please visit: http://www.bohnettfoundation.org/ucla-luskin/.

Application Process

  1. Please submit your application in Luskin CareerHub by the deadline.
  2. Your application will include a resume and two-page cover letter. Address cover letter to: “Dear Selection Committee”
  3. Luskin selection committee will select nine finalists to interview with the Mayor’s Office and the Bohnett Foundation.
  4. The finalists will be required to submit a writing sample.
  5. Luskin will provide an offer to the selected Fellows in Winter Quarter.

The David Bohnett Foundation

This Fellowship is generously funded by the David Bohnett Foundation. David Bohnett is a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur. The mission of the David Bohnett Foundation is to improve society through social activism.

Luskin Leadership Fellowship at the Office of Child Protection, Los Angeles County

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5 pm PT. The application for 2023-2024 will reopen in Winter 2023. 

Award amount: $35,000

Number of awards: 1 annually

UCLA Luskin Leadership Fellowship is a high-level apprenticeship program for exceptional public policy, social welfare and urban planning graduate students that serve within selected government agencies and nonprofit and civic organizations to work on research, policy, advocacy and applied projects tailored to the students’ tracks of study and consistent with the mission and goals of the organization. For 2022-2023, the host organization will be the Los Angeles County, Office of Child Protection. The Fellow will completes 10 weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) over summer and 20 hours/week during the academic year and will receive $35,000. Link to full Fellowship Description.The application link is here.

Application Process

  1. Please submit your application in Luskin CareerHub by March 4 at 5pm
  2. Your application will include a two-page cover letter and your resume. Address cover letter to: “Dear Selection Committee”
  3. Luskin selection committee will select three finalists to interview with the Office of Child Protection.
  4. The Office of Child Protection will select one Luskin student.

The Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at the Office of Child Protection is generously funded by the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation. The Foundation aims to enrich their community with a particular focus on health, higher education, the environment, and the arts. In 2014, the Foundation launched the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative to highlight its commitment to supporting transition age foster youth and the families that care for them.

iACT

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 25, 2022. The deadline has passed. This award is specific to 2022-2023, it may be offered in 2023-2024, contingent on funding and various factors.

Award amount:  $35,000

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub

Who We Are: 
iACT is a team of influential changemakers–refugees and non-refugees alike–with diverse backgrounds and
expertise who dream big and transform obstacles into opportunities. Our U.S.-based paid staff is small,
agile, creative, driven, and hopeful. iACT has a large, global volunteer team that significantly contributes to
programs, projects, campaigns, and events. iACT’s U.S.-based paid staff team’s role is to support a new
culture of participation that unites global volunteers to accompany communities impacted by and displaced
by violence. We are here to support the almost 200 refugee and displaced staff members abroad who in turn
lead the programs in their communities. iACT’s U.S.-based paid staff is a small team with the expectation
that everyone is willing to step in and contribute in any area as needed.

Role of the Fellow:
• Amplify and connect the voices of Refugees with the broader community.
• Provide essential support to staff members in order to ensure that iACT’s programs run smoothly
and efficiently.
• Execute details of projects and programs so that the team can achieve established goals and vision.
• Provide key support to all iACT team members, paid and volunteer, including short and long-term
projects, partnerships, campaigns, and programs.
• Develop and maintain positive working relationships with team members, partners, and other
stakeholders—during and after project completion.
• We are flexible in working with the fellow’s passions to develop and collaborate on projects they
may specifically be interested in.

Location: Flexible remote and in-person hybrid working environment with an office in Hermosa Beach, CA,
USA.

Application Process

  1. Please submit your application to associated job posting in Luskin CareerHub by April 8.
  2. Your application will include a two-page cover letter and resume. Address cover letter to: “Dear Selection Committee”
  3. UCLA Luskin will advance three students to interview with iACT.
  4. iACT will select one Luskin student.

Ralph M Parsons Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at iACT is generously funded by the Ralph M parsons Foundation. The foundation improves the well-being of the residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in human services, civic and cultural, education, and health.

Important Note for all fellowships:

In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards requested at the $35,000 level may be adjusted to approximately $33,000. 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.

Questions? Email Kevin Medina at kmedina@luskin.ucla.edu

Important Notes:

1. Fellowships and internship funding opportunities vary annually based on available funding.

2. In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. The final amount for a $7,500 may be approximately $7,050. 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.

2022 Summer Internship Funding

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internship Award

Award amount:  $7,500

Number of awards: 2

How to apply: CareerHub (opens May 2, 2022)

Application due: May 9, 2022 at 5pm PT

This award was created to provide financial support to students from underrepresented backgrounds. The goal is to:

  • providing funding to a student for an unpaid internship centering equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • help diversify the fields of Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning

To apply, write 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 addresses equity, diversity, and inclusion. Include your name and Luskin department at the top of each page. Add your resume. To submit your application and resume, apply to the posting in CareerHub.

**if you applied to the public service internship award, your packet is already under consideration**

Michael S. Dukakis Internship Award

Award amount:  $6,000

Number of awards: 1 annually

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 28 2022)

Application due: April 8, 2022 at 5pm PT

Professor Michael Dukakis spearheaded this privately funded internship program to provide UCLA Luskin masters’ students with first-hand public service experience in government. As power shifts from Washington, DC to the state and local level, the need for talented public servants has never been greater. The Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program provides stipends for UCLA Luskin masters’ students serving in non-partisan internships in government with a special emphasis on California. The focus for this 10-week (40 hours/week) summer internship is on government settings rather than non-profits or NGOs.

Students who have secured a government internship meeting the criteria above 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. Non-partisan 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.

To apply, write 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.  Include your name and department at the top of each document.  To submit your description, statement of interest, and resume, apply to the posting in CareerHub.

Michael Dukakis Fund

Professor Michael Dukakis generously provided funding to provide UCLA Luskin students with e first-hand public service experience in government with a specific focus on California.

Yaroslavsky Internship Award

Award amount: $6,000.

Number of awards: 3 annually

How to apply: CareerHub

Application due: April 8, 2022 at 5pm PT

The Yaroslavsky Fellowship seeks to support graduate students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with focusing on health or public health policy as it relates to Public Affairs. For 2022, this fellowship provides funding for health-related unpaid summer internships.

Please complete the attached application for award consideration consists of this form along with the attachments indicated below. The application asks for you to share your interest and passion for health, public health or health policy, share any experiences in health, public health, or health policy and note any particular communities served, and list your internship plans in health, public health or health policy.

Ideally, an internship will already be secured when you apply, but applications may be considered for those that are still in process of securing their health-related experience.

The Barbara Yaroslavsky Memorial Fund

The Barbara Yaroslavsky Memorial Fund was established to honor the lasting legacy of Barbara Yaroslavsky’s advocacy for and commitment to quality health care for everyone in our society.

Public Service Internship Award

Award amount: $5,000.

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub

Application due: April 8, 2022 at 5pm PT

UCLA Luskin will provide one or two 2022 summer internship awards to a UCLA Luskin graduate student who will be accepting non-paid internships with organizations that are engaged in public service. The internship organization must be bi-partisan/non-partisan and can be a civic organization, non-partisan government agency or department, a community program or nonprofit organization, advocacy group or civic engagement. Internship will be ten weeks between June and September (400 hours).

To apply, write 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. Include your name and Luskin department at the top of each page. Add your resume. To submit your application and resume, apply to the posting in CareerHub.

Summer Fellowships

Climate Resolve

Award amount:$6,000.

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 27 2022)

Application due: June 6, 2022 at 5pm PT

Description:

Climate Resolve UCLA Luskin Summer Intern Description.05.26.22

Application Process

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume.

This application process also includes an interview (via Zoom). Please hold 6/9 9am-10am & 4-5pm for interviews.

One $6,00 award will be made for each internship. 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.

Liberty Hill Foundation

Award amount:$7,500.

Number of awards: 5

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 25 2022)

Application due: April 8, 2022

Liberty Hill is a non-profit organization that advances social change through a strategic combination of grants, leadership training and campaigns. Liberty Hill is first to identify community leaders at the frontlines of change. They invest in changemakers and equip them with the skills and relationships they need to build power and advance social justice. With a near 40-year track record, Liberty Hill is uniquely positioned to bring together forces for change and forge a common agenda for equality and opportunity in Los Angeles.

Internship Positions Available

Liberty Hill is hiring Luskin interns to focus on one of the following areas: environmental justice, capacity building, public-private partnerships, housing justice, and youth justice.

To apply: One to two page cover letter and resume. Apply via CareerHub. A writing sample may be required if you are invited for an interview.

United States Conference of Mayors Intern (offered every three years)

 Award amount: $10,000

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub (will open March 25, 2022)

Application due: April 8, 2022

The David Bohnett Foundation sponsors a graduate student to intern with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are over 1,400 such cities in the country today. Its chief elected official, the mayor, represents each city in the Conference.  The US Conference of Mayors is seeking applications from graduate students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to be its 2022 Bohnett Foundation intern. The Bohnett Foundation annually supports a graduate student in urban public policy at the US Conference of Mayors.

The specific duties of the intern will be determined by 1) the intern’s interest in key urban policy issues (housing, environment, transportation, infrastructure, education, technology, public safety, livability, etc); and 2) the needs of the Conference during the summer months. Due to the ever-changing nature of mayors and their cities, issues often arise suddenly, so flexibility is required by our interns. The student will begin his/her work at the conclusion of UCLA’s academic year and run for a 10-week period.  The Bohnett Foundation intern will have the opportunity, at no cost, to attend the Conference’s 90th Annual Meeting in Reno, June 3-6,2022, where over 300 mayors will gather to discuss and debate national urban policy issues.  The intern will primarily be remote but may have the opportunity to work out of the USCM’s offices located in downtown Washington.

This opportunity is offered at UCLA Luskin every three years; other years, The Bohnett Foundation offers this opportunity through New York University or University of Michigan.

The David Bohnett Foundation

This Fellowship is generously funded by the David Bohnett Foundation. David Bohnett is a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur. The mission of the David Bohnett Foundation is to improve society through social activism.

TreePeople

Award amount:$7,500.

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 25 2022)

Application due: April 8, 2022

  • Draft and edit talking points related to extreme heat, drought, and other climate risks for interviews, TreePeople projects, and related meetings.
  • Research case study examples and literature review for climate change and resilience-related topics
  • Assist with any upcoming workshops and symposium as needed
  • Attend weekly departmental meetings with the Policy and Research Team as well as weekly check ins with the Policy and Research Associate
  • Attend public hearings and provide public comments representing TreePeople

Ralph M Parsons Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at Freedom for Immigrants is generously funded by the Ralph M parsons Foundation. The foundation improves the well-being of the residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in human services, civic and cultural, education, and health.

Freedom For Immigrants

Award amount $7,500.

Number of awards: 1

How to apply: CareerHub (opens March 25)

Application due: April 1, 2022

Freedom for Immigrants is devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. Since 2012, we have been monitoring conditions inside immigration detention facilities. Our network of 4,500 volunteers visits immigrants in ICE detention centers throughout the country, breaking their isolation and advocating for those in detention. Freedom for Immigrants also operates a national hotline, which people in detention can use free of charge to report abuses or request support. In the policy arena, we work alongside local and national partners to support federal and state-level policies that call on the government to divest from immigration detention and instead invest in systems of care that strengthen immigrant communities. Our community-based programming offers an alternative to detention by welcoming immigrants into the social fabric of the United States as part of the vision for how we build a world without detention.

This fellowship is fully remote and offers students the opportunity to work at a national immigrant rights nonprofit working to abolish immigration detention. The position may include monitoring detention conditions, working on issues of e-carceration post release, or working with our policy team to advocate for state and federal policy change.

Ralph M Parsons Foundation

The Luskin Fellowship at Freedom for Immigrants is generously funded by the Ralph M parsons Foundation. The foundation improves the well-being of the residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in human services, civic and cultural, education, and health.

The 2023-2023 Luskin Yearlong & Summer Fellowship recipients can be found here.

The 2021-22 Bohnett Fellows report (including past Bohnett Fellows employment and current Bohnett Fellows work products/examples) can be accessed here.

Luskin Center for Innovation

The Luskin Center for Innovation hires several graduate student researchers to conduct environmental policy research, support community organizations, and further their professional development. Interested students should visit their team page and contact the team member(s) most aligned with your interests about employment openings. They also offer Research Fellowships, Field Fellowships for Environmental Justice, and Graduate Research Grants

The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

The Lewis Center supports Luskin graduate students for capstone projects on topics that advance the center’s interests on the quality of life for residents in the Los Angeles region, with a focus on how people live, move, and work. Graduate student fellows are selected through a merit-based process during the year they intend to complete a capstone project. All projects must be geographically focused in the LA region and relate to one of the Lewis Center’s primary areas of interest: housing affordability, transportation equity, or jobs and the regional economy.

Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy

The Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy supports UCLA scholars who undertake collective work related to at least one of the Institute’s research themes. Products should demonstrate an explicit public orientation, i.e. an intent of speaking to public issues and/or addressing audiences that lie beyond the university. The Institute is especially interested in projects that organize knowledge to challenge inequality, be it by questioning established academic wisdom, contributing to public debate, or impacting policy decisions.

Latino Policy and Politics Initiative

The Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) addresses the most critical domestic policy challenges facing Latinos and other communities of color through research, advocacy, mobilization and leadership development to propel policy reforms that expand genuine opportunity for all Americans. LPPI fellows are equipped with technical skills and hands-on experiences critical to being transformational elected officials, organizational leaders and community allies of today and tomorrow.

Institute of Transportation Studies

The Institute of Transportation Studies supports and advances cutting-edge research, the highest-quality education, and meaningful and influential civic engagement on the many pressing transportation issues facing our cities, state, nation and world today. Master of Urban and Regional planning students complete one of the following in their second year prior to graduation:

  • Applied Planning Research Project (Client Project): The Client Project is applied planning research on a real-world problem conducted by MURP students in their 2nd year in order to satisfy the capstone requirement for the degree.  See features on the top 2021 projects and four c/o 2020 students and their projects.
  • Community Scholars or Comprehensive Project: Community Scholars & the Comprehensive Projects are similar, in many respects, to the client project, but larger in scope and scale. These projects simulate real world planning practice in that they incorporate students from various areas of concentration working together to research a problem from multiple planning angles.
  • Masters’ Theses: The thesis focuses on posing and answering a research question in planning that has not previously been answered. Research is conducted by a MURP student in conjunction with a faculty committee.

Center for Neighborhood Knowledge (CNK)

The Center for Neighborhood Knowledge is dedicated to translating its research to inform actionable neighborhood-related policies and programs that contribute to positive social change. We specialize in empirical spatial analysis and emphasizes the study of diversity, differences, and disparities among neighborhoods, and explicitly cover immigrant enclaves, low-income neighborhoods and minority communities.

Latin American Cities Initiative

The mission of the Latin American Cities Initiative is to develop and deepen knowledge networks among students, educators and professionals in the arena of urban planning and policy in South, Central and North America. The Latin American Cities Initiative will provide funding for student capstone research on planning and urban policy in Latin America, as well as support in identifying clients and topics, beginning in 2019. If you are interested in applying, please contact ciudades@luskin.ucla.edu. The Latin American Cities Initiative will assist students at UCLA Luskin to find an internship in a planning or policy field in Latin America, in collaboration with Luskin Global Public Affairs.

The Global Lab for Research in Action

The Global Lab for Research in Action pursues evidence-based solutions to critical health, education and economic challenges faced by children, adolescents and women around the world. We conduct research that informs people, programs and policy to make a tangible impact on the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals. 

The UCLA Hub for Health Intervention, Policy and Practice

The Hub for Health Intervention, Policy and Practice connects the academy, community and policymakers to address health disparities among diverse communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Hub engages community members in impactful, theory-driven and sustainable research that informs high-level policy and street-level social justice health outcomes. HHIPP’s work situates health policy within a social welfare and social justice framework.

The Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Initiative

The Gay Sexuality and Social Policy Initiative will conduct cutting edge research that centers gay male sexuality and gay men’s unique experiences related to sex. Investment in GSSPI will be an investment in the lives of gay men and will increase the effectiveness of ongoing efforts to improve quality of life for gay men around the world.

Berggruen Governance Index

The Berggruen Fellowship Program is a cornerstone of the Institute’s mission to nurture ideas that shape the future. It offers scholars the opportunity of flexible periods to live and work in both the United States and China. Berggruen Fellows produce books, scholarly workshops, deliver lectures, colloquia, and academic articles to disseminate the ideas cultivated throughout their fellowship. The themes of the fellowship range from global and technological development to philosophical and cultural change, with the focus varying within each program area.

Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives is an online-only, peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal seeking to advance social science research and debates in a globalizing world, specifically in terms of concepts, theories, methodologies, and evidence bases.

California Policy Lab

The California Policy Lab is a non-partisan research institute. Their mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. Their work is focused in six policy areas: education, criminal justice reform, poverty and the social safety net, labor and employment, health, and homelessness and high needs populations.

Center for Policy Research on Aging

Center for Policy Research on Aging studies the major policy issues affecting our aging society including Social Security, Medicare, long-term care and the societal implications that accompany the aging of the baby boom generation and its parents. CPRA conducts research, fosters  multidisciplinary collaboration among UCLA faculty,  and works closely with policy makers,  service  providers and community groups in meeting the challenges of an aging society.

The International Practice Pathway (IPP) of Global Public Affairs at Luskin provides financial support for first year students seeking summer placements in low and middle-income countries. GPA can assist students with information on potential summer internship placements, including contact information of summer employers, as well as second-year students and Luskin graduates who completed summer internships.

Summer internships are serious professional undertakings involving recognized international organizations. Professionalism, responsibility, and respect are required of all students participating in the program. Click here for more information on IPP Summer Fellowships.

Working at UCLA

Graduate programs at UCLA offer employment opportunities to graduate students including teaching and research assistantships.  Additional work resources are available here, such as special readers, departmental scholars, postdocs, and internships.

University-Wide scholarships, grants, and fellowships

Scholarship & Fellowship Search Engine

Search the GRAPES (Graduate & Postdoctoral Education Support) database for awards from among 625 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and postdoctoral awards.

Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship

The purpose of the Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship program is to ensure the development of public health and health administration, health policy, urban planning, and data professionals who possess the necessary skills to influence positive change in public policy, systems, and the built environment in our local communities. The Randall Lewis Health & Policy Fellowship is a prestigious and competitive fellowship for master and doctoral level students interested in health policy and related disciplines. Each fellow is matched according to skill sets needed by the hosting city, agency or business and the fellow’s interests and training. They accept applications from MPP, MSW, MURP and doctoral students. The fellowship is an 8-month (400 hour) commitment beginning in September through May. Applications will be accepted f until July 15, 2022.If you have questions or need an extension to apply through July 30, please inquire at jaynieboren@HC2strategies.com. A $6,500 stipend is paid to the fellows upon completion of hours, projects, and final deliverables.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program is a federal program created for those in public service jobs, offering the opportunity to have their federal loan balances forgiven after 120 qualifying monthly payments.