University of California, Riverside

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Academic Internships


Academic Internships: Applying classroom knowledge to the work place

Academic Internships at UC Riverside provides a variety of opportunities for eligible students to earn course credit for substantive internships associated with their academic and career goals. Since these programs are academic in nature, Undergraduate Education strives to facilitate partnerships that lead to tangible learning opportunities for students, and significance for our community partners.

The academic internship programs are not just designed to function as outlets to grow professionally within your career field, but are primarily organized to enhance academic learning. The educational value is exhibited through research, student learning objectives, professional and academic guidance from a faculty advisor and internship site supervisor, and the opportunity to successfully link theoretical knowledge from a class-room to real-world work experience.

UCDC Program

The UC Riverside Washington Academic Program provides undergraduate students with a multi-dimensional educational experience in Washington, D.C. Students undertake educational and academic pursuits as well as participate in cultural and social activities. For more information about UCDC, please contact Jessica Medvec, phone: 951-827-2634.


UC Sacramento Program

UC Riverside has partnered with UC Davis to provide students with academic programs in public-policy and public-affairs journalism. UCCS offers students valuable internship opportunities and academic courses at various branches and locations in the state government.  For more information about UCCS please contact Jessica Medvec, phone: 951-827-2634.


Major-Specific Internship Programs


  • Gender and Sexuality Studies & Sustainability Studies

UCR focuses on nine areas that correspond to sustainability topics of concern. These areas are: academics and research, built environment, energy and climate protection, food, procurement, recycling and waste management, sites, transportation and water. Given the nature of sustainability issues, all nine focus areas are complimentary and interconnected.The following organizations have internship opportunities in Gender and Sexuality Studies or Sustainability Studies. You may also choose to work with a another community organization that is not on this list, as long as it addresses issues pertaining to either Gender and Sexuality or Sustainability and obtain approval from faculty member Professor Takeshita ( and Program Coordinator, Jessica Medvec ( Please apply through the application online.

Internship Sites:

About: Operation SafeHouse, with community support, provides emergency shelter, intervention and outreach services to youth in crisis. This 21-day Emergency Shelter provides a caring staff that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for youth and their families who need help negotiating the often challenging road from childhood to an independent adult life. In business for over 24 years and with shelters in Riverside and Thousand Palms, Operation SafeHouse is well equipped to handle runaway, homeless, and other youth in crisis.

About: Our trained SAVE peer mentors give interactive presentations, aimed at preventing sexual assault and violence, to UCR groups such as residence hall students, fraternities and sororities, Campus Safety Escorts, athletes and more.

SAVE peer mentors also:

Work with other student-run violence prevention groups such as Men Creating Change, REACH, Golden ARCHES and so on, encourage open dialogue, respond to campus feedback and adjust accordingly, and encourage the kind of skill building that leads to healthy and responsible relationships.

About: Interns have the opportunity to create original programs that educate, lift up and strengthen women and their communities. Interns work closely with our staff to bring their concepts to life. Past projects range from working with Yoplait for our "Think Pink" campaign to seminars exploring how women are portrayed in the media. Our interns gain real-world experience and the skillset needed for powerful future leadership.

Interns will design one or two original, signature projects per quarter, facilitate programs in tandem with student life groups, leadership development initiatives, women's organizations, special events or other programs as agreed upon by center staff, advocate for the campus community by articulating student needs, and improve program effectiveness with campus input. 

About: The Wylie Center Mission: The Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children, Youth & Families improves the quality of life and enhances family relationships by providing programs for children and the community with compassion and commitment.The Wylie Center is a multi-service agency. Our early Intervention program includes both clinic and home-based services for children with special needs; Medical Therapy Services includes physical, occupational & speech/language therapy, and sensory integration; Autism Interventions Services; Mental Health Treatment Services (individual, group and family therapy), Substance Abuse groups, Parent Education, and Outreach Services which are counseling and support services for students in elementary, middle and high school. This includes after-school programs and counselors assigned to schools during the day that are referred by teachers, principals or self-referral.

Assistant to Mental Health Department. Support the Perinatal Mood Disorder Collaborative by assisting the Director of Mental Health with monthly meetings, preparation for Annual Conference in the spring and Legislative Breakfast. Research legislative options for introducing bills to the California legislature related to this topic. Best if this person can work on Wednesdays.

Assistant to CEO: Will assist with agency development. Outreach activities to the community and fund development. Will assist with grant writing, publications, and events in the community. 

About: The students will work with the R’Garden Staff and local experts to host events and workshops about gardening and food systems during the winter quarter. They will assist in day to day operations of the garden as well. They will also be encouraged to participate in the CA Higher Education Food Summit at UCI, 1/22-1/24, (


About: The video project invites students from all 10 UC campuses to produce two, 3-5 minute videos about experiential learning activities that focus on sustainable agriculture, agroecology, food systems, food justice, and other related on-campus agriculture and food related activities. Eligible educational activities include a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities where students engage directly with issues of sustainability and justice in agriculture and food systems. The videos will be shared online with the public and will be used to promote experiential learning in the UC system, and beyond. Each campus will be provided with a video production equipment package to insure that all students have access to the tools needed to produce videos, and to insure a consistent quality of video production across all campuses. Each campus video team will receive up to $3,300 ($1650 per video) in scholarship funds upon the completion of the videos.

Team Qualifications:
-Team members must be active students on a UC campus -Teams must have no less than 3, and no more than 5 student members -Team members must have identified and obtained verbal permissions from those projects related to sustainable agriculture of food systems that their film will include. Written release forms must be used for individuals filmed -A team must consist of members with knowledge of and experience with videography, video editing, and sustainable agriculture and food systems. It is not necessary that each member of the team have experience or background in both. -Each team much have a staff/faculty member on campus who agrees to serve as an advisor. The majority of advising will come from the GFI staff videographer, but an on-campus advisor is also required.


  • Anointed Vessel Productions

    About: Anointed Vessel Productions provides community outreach and development services through the Performing Arts. Their programs target at-risk and undeserved populations to equip them with the necessary tools for self-sufficiency. They do this by uniting creative performers to provide community outreach to underserved families and at-risk populations through stage plays that are thought provoking and speaks to the day to day life circumstances; to inspire audiences to have hope while responding to those circumstances, and to educate our community through the arts and culture.



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