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UCDC Program

UCDC is an academic program that provides UC San Diego students with the opportunity to intern for a quarter in Washington D.C. while enrolling in UC courses and living in the Washington Center.  International Studies students may apply the internship/research seminar credits and an elective course towards their major requirement.  Refer to the petition process to learn more about how to apply UCDC credits to ISP requirements.

UC Center Sacramento Program

The UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) program is an opportunity for students, especially those interested in public policy or journalism in California, to live, intern and attend classes in Sacramento.  The UCCS program is available year-round and is a great program for International Studies - Political Science majors.   Refer to the petition process to learn more about how to apply UCCS credits to ISP requirements. 

Academic Internship Program (AIP)

The Academic Internship Program (AIP) allows students to integrate academic theory and 'real world' practice, engage in research that explores the relationship between the two, and gain hands-on experience in professional settings. AIP is a unit within the Experiential Learning Hub of the Teaching + Learning Commons.

Funding Opportunities

APRU Undergraduate Leaders Program

Each year the Dean of the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) sponsors one International Studies Program student to attend the APRU Undergraduate Leaders Program.  This fellowship covers round-trip transportation and the conference registration fee.  Application opens in around January each year and is due to ISP in early March.

The APRU Undergraduate Leaders Program (ULP) is a program with 40-60 student leaders from multi-disciplinary fields. Generally focusing on the strengths of the host economy and university, leadership development and current relevant topics across the region, the theme of the program differs from year to year.

APRU Vision: As the only network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.  Their mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business and civil society.  Working together, their centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional and global issues.

Each year, the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 12-14 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants. They are matched with senior fellows – academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world – to work on a variety of international affairs issues. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for Carnegie publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony
and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

The application process is highly competitive. Applications from nominees are evaluated based on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, academic performance, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews. The application is due to the International Studies Program in winter quarter of each academic year. Email in fall quarter for more information.