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Internship Posting: Burkle Center for International Relations

2020-21 Interns

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Riya Kadam
Undergraduate Intern

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Michael Lima-Sabatini
Undergraduate Intern

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Christine Ow
Undergraduate Intern

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Amy Tuey
Undergraduate Intern

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Natalia Ureña-Tregillis
Undergraduate Intern

The Burkle Center Internship Program offers UCLA undergraduate students direct exposure to international relations and related disciplines. From major events and conferences to research initiatives and student-oriented outreach programs, the Burkle Center offers a variety of avenues for interested and engaged students to get involved.

The UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations is now accepting applications 
for the 2020-21 undergraduate internship program. 


 Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are due Friday, May 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM. 



Launched in September of 2007, the Burkle Center Internship Program offers UCLA students direct exposure to international relations and related disciplines. From major events and conferences to research initiatives and student-oriented outreach programs, the Burkle Center offers a variety of avenues for interested and engaged students to get involved. The Program is designed to offer students experience, exposure, and networking opportunities.


Internships are open to current UCLA undergraduate students, and lasts throughout the academic year (fall through spring). Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but the Center has hosted sophomores in the past.

Hours and Expectations:

Interns must commit to a minimum of 6 work hours per week. Hours are flexible and structured in consideration of academic commitments. Students generally work 3 hours at the Burkle Center's intern office and 3 hours at home. These work hours include event staffing or outreach activities. The Burkle Center places a strong emphasis on initiative and teamwork. Interns are expected to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance at all times.

Internship Tasks Include:

  • Event facilitation

  • Graphic/web design

  • Outreach & Social Media coordination

  • Research assistance

All interns participate in outreach and event production and assist the Center with short- and long-term projects and its daily needs.

While individual assignments are made in consultation with the intern, the final determination is made based on the needs of the Center. Interns are encouraged to attend Center events, which provide good opportunities to network with experts in the field.

Application Guidelines:

To apply, please send the following information as a single PDF document to Alexandra Lieben, Deputy Director of the UCLA Burkle Center, at:

  • CV or Resume (1 page) - please include any volunteer or extracurricular activities and your current GPA.

  • Cover Letter (1 page) - please explain what you hope to gain from the internship and what strengths or skills you hope to contribute.

  • If you have graphics experience, please include which programs you can use and send examples of your prior work (event flyers, announcements, anything that demonstrates your sense of design and integration with text).

  • A 2-page writing sample (excerpt from a recent academic paper, an article, etc.)

  • 2-3 References (i.e. a past employer, professor, TA, volunteer supervisor, etc.) - please include name, contact information and brief affiliation only, i.e., "how do they know you?" This is NOT a request for a letter of recommendation.

  • Your general availability for the fall quarter, for the hours of Monday – Friday, 9AM to 5PM.


Click here to see our interns for the 2019-20 academic year.

Testimonials of former Burkle Center Interns:


 Swan Ye Htut

"Being an intern for the Burkle Center has taught me invaluable skills for succeeding in a professional setting in the field of international relations. As an intern, I got to plan large-scale distinguished lectures, learn from the brightest minds in the IR  field, help outreach to students and manage our social media networks. Through these experiences, I have gotten a chance to learn the organization, communication, professionalism and discipline it takes to operate a successful international relations center. I am really grateful to the Burkle staff as well as my other interns for always being so helpful and helping me thrive. I highly recommend applying to this internship if you seek to grow as a professional, learn lots, and work with amazing people."


Ilya Zaydenberg

"The Burkle Center internship was an exciting way to work in the international relations sphere and acquire hands-on experience through office work and events. We helped organize and execute lectures with some of the most accomplished speakers on today’s global issues. The weekly office work was also a useful learning experience and I even got to learn cool new skills like podcast editing. I also really enjoyed working alongside my colleagues: our cohort of interns felt like a tight-knit family, led by the exceptional leaders who run the Burkle office. The internship also helped me explore and interact with the campus in ways I never otherwise would have. For these reasons, and many more, I recommend that all interested students apply to become future interns of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations."


Ryan Pan 

"Being an intern at the Burkle Center for International Relations is one of the highlights of my UCLA experience. I had the fortune to work with a group of intelligent, ambitious, and friendly individuals enthusiastic about international relations under the supervision of excellent and supportive directors and managers, while gaining the unique opportunity to interact with renowned scholars, diplomats and political leaders from around the world contributing to international peace and security. In addition to knowledge about IR, I have gained important organizational, communication, social media, and detail-oriented skills as well as professionalism from working in the office. I am also very grateful for the resources the center provides including social event invites, and IR books and magazines. These experiences have provided me with additional benefits as a Global Studies major and enhanced my professional development in the IR field. I am extremely thankful to be part of the Burkle family and I highly recommend this internship to those pursuing IR, Political Science, Global Studies, and indeed, any field for their personal growth!"


Maxim P. Harrell

“The Burkle Center Internship has provided me with the professional experience needed to begin the fulfilling career I am dreaming of in International Relations. As an Intern, you have the opportunity not only to organize major events with politicians, activists and distinguished lecturers but the chance to take leadership as an essential part of the center. I have gained both soft and hard skills during my office hours from excel, podcasting and InDesign to public speaking. Additionally, the most fulfilling aspect of the internship has been the supportive community that I found with my fellow interns and management with Alexandra and Odessa. Students rarely find the opportunity to prepare themselves for work in IR, public politics or affairs while keeping focus on academics along with the chance to ask questions throughout, with a cohort that wants you to succeed. I would therefore highly recommend this internship to any hard-working student who wants to bolster their UCLA degree with flexible, hands-on work experience.”


Kate Bridge

“My internship with the Burkle Center was a wonderful learning experience from the first day. From researching grant proposals, to managing keynote events, to interacting with some of the brightest minds in international relations, the Burkle Center has exposed me to an unparalleled wealth of skills and hands-on experience. My time as a Burkle intern both developed my professional abilities and expanded my knowledge of the world's most pressing issues. I am so grateful to have been a part of the engaging and dynamic staff team at the Burkle Center and my UCLA experience would not be complete without it.”


Austin De Soto

“Interning for the Burkle Center has given me the opportunity to explore a career I have always had a passion for. I have had the opportunity to meet and network with politicians, diplomats, ambassadors, and professors from all over the globe, working on a myriad of international relations issues. As an international relations major this experience has given me the ability to apply my passion in a way that greatly aides the UCLA and Los Angeles community. On top of the experience in the international relations field, the Burkle Center genuinely invests in your professional development. However, the best part about interning for the Burkle Center is the people you work with. The staff has aided me significantly in both academic and professional pursuits. Both the staff and the other interns I work with will be life time contacts and I am indebted to the Burkle Center for the wonderful opportunity.”


Annemarie Kelleghan

“As a Burkle intern, I have had the opportunity to interact with so many incredible people, all passionate about international relations. I have learned many skills as an intern that are transferable to nearly all career fields, and I have had the chance to hear many incredible speakers at amazing Burkle events that I am proud to have helped plan. Everyone at the Burkle Center, from the staff to my fellow interns, has been encouraging and supportive of one another, and this chance to network and connect with other people has been priceless. Being a Burkle intern has been a great learning experience for me, and I am grateful to the Burkle staff for their encouragement and support throughout the year!”


Internship Alumni

To learn more about the Burkle Center internship program and to view a list of our former interns.

2015-2016 Interns with Gen John Allen

Internship Alumni page »