IS offers exciting local internships for the benefit of our undergraduate students. Students can also choose to fulfill the international experience requirement through completing an internship of 100 hours (over one or two quarters), generally in concurrent with Intl St 197.

Approved internships that are generally available include:


Access California (AccessCal)

AccessCal is a culturally and linguistically sensitive nonprofit health and human services organization. We provide economic and social resources to local Arab- and Muslim-Americans, refugees, and immigrants, yet we are nonsectarian, serving families and individuals of any faith or ethnicity. Since 1998, AccessCal has been offering a wide variety of social and economic services.


Culture Trip Mentorship

The Culture Trip's Mentorship Program aims to give students insight into the world of new digital media, through dynamic lectures, hands on workshops and guided portfolio development. Students will attend three in-person sessions and submit five unique articles to

Working with The Culture Trip situates students in a global community of local experts, with contributors hailing from all over the world collaborating with 20 international hubs in London, Tel Aviv, NYC, San Francisco, Berlin, Mumbai, Shanghai and beyond. The work completed in this course will be published on, a publication grossing approximately 2 million unique views per month- and promoted to nearly 200,000 followers on Facebook and over 42,000 on Twitter. All the while, students will gain an inside look at the field of online journalism and develop the portfolio and skill set to confidently advance in their careers.


 Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Council on American Islamic Relations is a grass roots, non-profit, civil rights organization representing Muslims in North America. Headquartered in Washington D.C., and with 33 offices in 21 states and 1 chapter in Canada, we are effectively the largest Muslim civil rights organization in America. CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

The core of the internship program emphasizes the changes that individuals can make on a local level while rooting these efforts to better the community in an understanding of how power operates on a national and international scale. In turn, interns leave with an understanding of how to push for effective local changes that has an international impact. These local changes take shape in the form of civic engagement, advocacy, coalition building, and community organizing. Interns leave the program empowered with the experience of contributing to local efforts that affect national and international policies. Find out more information about the internship program here.

 The internship program provides a means to complement academic work with practical vocational experience through professional development and department support that identifies skills, develops leadership, and addresses critical community needs. The goal of the program is to empower the interns to further their career goals while establishing a commitment to the betterment of their local community.

UC Irvine Global Sustainability Resource Center

UC Irvine is committed to preparing the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to help the world meet its profound environmental and social justice challenges. In 2014, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor created the Sustainability Initiative to provide a platform for interdisciplinary, community-engaged sustainability education and research. This platform enables UC Irvine to elevate established and emerging collaborations, maximize public impact, and augment the campus role in creating integrative solutions and resiliency in the critical resource, environment, climate, justice and health challenges we face.


Red Cross

Humanitarian principles are at the core of the Red Cross mission; wartime humanitarian action was at the heart of the creation of the Red Cross. Continuing this work requires inspiring and engaging the next generation. The American Red Cross helps people in the United States to understand and respect international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles.


Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog

The CIHA Blog seeks to transform the phenomenon of aid to Africa into egalitarian and respectful relationships that challenge unequal power relations, paternalism and victimization. Our research and commentaries highlight critical and religious voices to explore connections among issues of faith, governance, gender, and race in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Through analysis and dialogue, we strive for equality, justice and, ultimately, respect for others’ desires, beliefs and practices.


Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

SUPPORTIVE OF A DIVERSE AND VIBRANT INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL PARTNERSHIPS. We work closely with a broad range of local and international civil society actors to maximize our impact. We speak out against attacks on civil society and defend the political space within which the broader human rights movement operates.


Peace Corps

The Peace Corps has been a leader in international development and citizen diplomacy for more than 50 years across more than 139 countries. In an increasingly interdependent world, we tackle challenges that know no borders—such as climate change, pandemic disease, food security, and gender equality and empowerment. Although times have changed since the Peace Corps' founding in 1961, the agency's mission—to promote world peace and friendship—has not. Today, the Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in collaboration with partner organizations and using cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to enhance impact.

Ambassadors will work closely with Field Based Recruiter from as networking and social media experts on campus. This can be an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience while also learning about Peace Corps.


Social Good Strategies

Social Good Strategies, LLC is a philanthropy consulting practice based in Irvine, California. We work

with clients who want to make a positive impact in the world.  SGS’s clients include nonprofits looking to broaden their influence and networks, companies interested in corporate social responsibility, and individual striving to build a legacy through philanthropy. We help clients identify a cause that fits their passion and values, and design and execute strategies that make a long-­‐term

impact on an array of social issues. Learn more about the company at


United Nations Association (UNA-USA Orange Count Chapter)

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the work of the UN among the American people. 

The criteria

  • College/university undergraduate or graduate student (any major)
  • Lively interest in international affairs
  • UN supporter
  • Willing to put in the time, including attendance at Board meetings, help at tabling events, etc.

For a full list of internships and organization contact information, please contact Gloria Simpson at

IS Majors may also fulfill the international experience requirement through the year-long Global Connect Program, which has its own application process and deadlines each Spring for the following year.

Students who find a different internship may petition before the start of the internship to have it approved to fulfill the international experience requirement. Students must complete the Internship Petition Form and submit it  by email to the Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office at If approved, students must also enroll in IS-197 during the internship quarter(s).



SUMMER PROGRAM. Each summer the UCI Ethics Center selects a few promising students -- from UCI and nearby high schools, along with local college students home for the summer—who are interested in working closely in a mentorship program with a university faculty member or a graduate student mentor. In past years, we have tended to accept 3-4 high school interns, 4-5 students from other colleges and universities, and 5-10 UCI undergrad and graduate students. Past interns from other colleges have come from Yale, U of Chicago, Simon Fraser University, and Notre Dame inter alia. Sometimes students come to the intern program with a project on which they wish to work and sometimes they choose a topic after consultation with the Director of the Ethics Center, who then can place the student with the best faculty member for mentoring. The only requirement for a research topic is that the project both increase student sensitivity to ethical issues and allow students to become engaged in scholarly research.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Please visit UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality website here.

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