INTERNSHIP PROJECTS AND DESCRIPTIONS

The internship projects provide students with critical knowledge and hands-on experience in fundraising, non-profit management, volunteerism, marketing and advocacy. These substantive projects and effective mentoring from supervisors will help UCLA students explore careers in fundraising, university advancement, and nonprofit management. UCLA undergraduates at junior or senior level by September 2017 are invited to apply for specific projects.

ABOUT UCLA’S EXTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION: RAISING CRITICAL FINANCIAL AND PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR UCLA

External Affairs is a national leader in the fields of university fundraising, advocacy and communications. Through the work done in External Affairs’ five departments, UCLA raised a record-breaking $664,000,000 (as of fiscal year 2015-2016). External Affairs connects UCLA’s alumni, friends, and supporters with students and faculty through programs and events. We raise awareness of UCLA’s incredible success in research, teaching, and healthcare, and of the need to support UCLA to provide for its future.

DEVELOPMENT


University Fundraising
Interns work directly with experienced fundraisers to learn about rewarding careers in university and medical fundraising. Explore how fundraisers identify potential UCLA supporters; cultivate and solicit donors; and share with donors the impact of their support. You will have the opportunity to learn how fundraisers collaborate with other professionals such as faculty, researchers, event planners, and communications officers to help donors achieve their philanthropic goals.


Units include:


Anderson School of Management – Campaign Operations


School of Dentistry

 

Health Sciences Development - Cardio/Metabolism

 

Health Sciences Development - Neuroscience

 

Donor Engagement

 

 

GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS/VOLUNTEER RELATIONS


UCLA Volunteer Center

The UCLA Volunteer Center intern aids in the planning and execution of signature events, programs, and initiatives. The intern will participate in event planning, volunteer recruitment and retention, research, creative marketing, and leadership development. The intern will conduct Volunteer Day research, development, and event management, and will also plan for summer and upcoming fall service projects..

 

 

State Relations and Advocacy

The intern supports Federal, State, and Local Government Relations' advocacy initiatives, serving as a collaborative partner in tasks such as research and preparation for visits with California State Legislators; analyzing and tracking legislation; shadowing staff; and planning UCLA advocacy events.


ALUMNI AFFAIRS 


Career Connections and Alumni Engagement

The intern will work to develop resources and programs for our new Career Connections team. This team focuses on the career development of UCLA Alumni and seeks to create innovative programs and events that serve alumni at all stages of the career lifecycle. The intern will conduct research on industry trends, analyze data on nationwide issues of career development, assist with speaker recruitment, and help to coordinate event logistics.


MARKETING /DEVELOPMENT

Communications and Marketing

The intern will support the College of Letters and Science Communications office in their efforts to tell the story of the UCLA College in a variety of platforms. Opportunities for an intern will include cultivating the College’s social media presence, gathering information and writing stories for internal and external distribution, and helping to update the College’s website. In addition, the intern will receive a broad overview of College Development and will have the opportunity to meet with staff in all areas to understand what they do and what skills and experience have been most useful for their careers in development.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF OUR INTERNSHIP FROM STAFF AND INTERN ALUMNI

 

Justina Bui

"Best part of the program: Learning from the executives..."

Nico Gervasoni

"Everything about this internship exceeded my expectations..."

Taylor Henry

“One of the best things I got out of the internship is the professional development...”

Sarah Rahimi

"It may just be the best 2 months of your life..."


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