Department of Global and International Studies 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 Soc Sci 197.

For a full list of internships and organization contact information, click here: Internship Opportunities 2019-2020


Approved internships that are generally available include: 

Access California (AccessCal)

AccessCal is a culturally and linguistically sensitive nonprofit health and human services organization. They provide economic and social resources to local Arab- and Muslim-Americans, refugees, and immigrants, yet they 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.


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.



All the work is done in Santa Ana, CA, but it directly supports beneficiaries in Tijuana and Tecate, Mexico. Students would be involved in a variety of business, marketing, and operations projects and have the opportunity to communicate and partner with their staff that sit in Tijuana, Mexico. Their executive director is fluent in Spanish, so should you like to, you can even practice your Spanish in the office.

They have 2-4 spots available each quarter, and give students the opportunity (if you have a U.S. passport) to visit their offices and build a home for a family in need on one Saturday throughout the quarter. This, however, is in no way mandatory. They have a full intern program running, that includes an orientation, on-site training, weekly meetings, labs, and a customized portfolio that fits every student and their skillset.


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.


UC Irvine, Global Connect

Global Connect is an original educational partnership developed to enrich California's secondary school curriculum in international studies. This is accomplished by translating current university‐level concepts and knowledge into a curriculum that is age appropriate for high school students. Global Connect builds a bridge to the world for our nation's secondary school students. The educational program and publications address California's History/Social Studies Curriculum Framework and the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. They do this by offering their 2 semester (year‐long) "Globalization and International Relations" course at select schools in Orange County, sponsoring countywide teacher seminars, and developing new online curriculum options for secondary educators statewide and beyond. Classroom lessons are innovative in structure and not only teach students, but also serve as an ideal platform for analytical and reflective thinking about global issues.

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Japan Foundation - Los Angeles

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA) promotes international awareness and mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. through cultural exchange. They administer a wide range of programs and grants aimed at introducing Japanese arts and culture, supporting Japanese Studies and language education, and promoting publications, translations related to Japan. They are a non-profit organization, funded by an endowment from the Japanese government, annual government subsidies, as well as private sector donations.


Newground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

NewGround is a community-building organization that creates, connects and empowers Jewish and Muslim change-makers in America. Through a professional fellowship, high school leadership council and public programming, NewGround transforms Muslim-Jewish relations and advances a shared agenda for change. NewGround envisions an America where Muslims and Jews are empowered to create lasting partnerships, engage in authentic communication and mutual cooperation. This vibrant model of engagement – not bound by history, theology or politics – affirms that conflict is inevitable and yet not intractable.


Operation of Hope 

Operation of Hope provides life-changing surgical care, healthcare & medical training programs in under-served areas of the world through international collaboration among medical & non-medical volunteers, empowered by corporate and individual sponsors.
The gift of life-changing surgery is possible due to a combination of their passion and your donations. They encourage you to play a vital role in our continued effort to provide surgical answers for the many families who need our help.


Sesamaise Tahini - Los Angeles

It might sound a bit far-fetched to think that tahini snacks can help bring positive change to the people of the Middle East, but after years as a conflict-resolution specialist with Israelis and Palestinians, they felt it was time for a different approach. That's why the founder created Sesamaise - a new model for change based on simple economics.
Sesamaise sources their tahini, or sesame paste, from both Israeli and Palestinian family businesses. As demand outgrows supply, both sides will have to come to the table to find sustainable ways to work together. Every time YOU take a bite of Sesamaise Tahini Snacks, you are creating business and social opportunities for families on both sides of the conflict – the kind of opportunities that can one day lead to peace.

The company is a food manufacturer that sources tahini from Palestinians and Israelis. Profits are used to empower the communities over in the region, eventually having them work together. In LA, the company started to organize culinary diplomacy discussion events in local neighborhoods between different communities. Interns would be helping with those discussion events. In essence, its peace-building in practice.


Tai Initiative - Online

The education of Americans and Chinese alike to see ourselves as members of two great civilizations currently presented with opportunities to change world history, and through this education discover and implement solutions via subnational leadership in both countries to assist the resolution of foreign relations policy challenges.


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.


UC Irvine, Interdisciplinary Center For The Scientific Study Of Ethics & Morality

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, they 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.


TIYYA Foundation

With a name derived from the Oromo word for "My Dear" or "My Love," the Tiyya Foundation [Tiyya] is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing refugees of all backgrounds with the basic material, educational, and emotional support required to integrate into the communities of Orange County, California. Tiyya currently assists more than 755 refugees from 330 families, many of them escaping persecution in Central America, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Tiyya uses a holistic approach to provide transitional assistance for families with the goal of empowering refugee youth to overcome the obstacles associated with social integration by building social support systems among refugee youth and working with parents to provide a healthy environment for their children. Since its establishment in 2010, Tiyya has made numerous impacts on the local refugee community in Orange County.

Voice of the Refugees

A faith based Christian non-profit that aims to mobilize local resources in order to fully engage and assist the Middle Eastern and North African refugee community of Orange County to re-establish and assimilate their lives in the United States.


World Affairs Council (WAC) – Orange County

The World Affairs Council of Orange County is an organization comprised of a non-partisan network of business men and women who are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times.


The World Affairs Council of Orange County is seeking a part time intern/volunteer for the Programs and Membership Committee. The WACOC is a non-profit and non-partisan organization based in Irvine, CA. The Council is part of the national organization of the World Affairs Councils of America which is based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to educate and inform its members and community on important and current issues concerning world affairs. The WACOC achieves this mission by organizing dinner events with renowned speakers ranging from diplomats, ambassadors, heads of state and intelligence officials. The Council comprises of six Committees, namely Programs, Membership, Media and Communications, Young Professional, Funding Development and Scholarship Outreach. Each committee serves as a pillar to sustaining structure within the Council. The Council also hosts an annual Academic WorldQuest Competition for high school students. The winners of the Competition gets sponsored by the Council to compete nationally in Washington DC.

Administrative Intern

Interns will assist the Director of Operations, Programs Committee, and Membership Committee. She/he will assist with a wide range of tasks relating to the planning and logistics of speaker events. Tasks include: researching and assisting with promotion of the events, drafting program descriptions and program brochures, attending and helping with event management responsibilities; and providing administrative support, as needed. She/he will also work with the Membership Committee to assist with the membership database management, member retention and acquisitions and will have the opportunity to meet the Council trustees and staff and work in additional areas that may be of particular personal interest.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Researching and assisting with the promotion of events
  • Creating program brochures and drafting program descriptions
  • Assisting Programs Committee with speaker information for potential and planned events
  • Assisting the Director of Operations with the program logistics
  • Attending and helping with event management
  • Assisting with the organizing for Academic WorldQuest Competition for high school students
  • Maintaining the membership database
  • Processing and executing weekly and monthly mailings to members
  • Creating monthly membership report for the Executive Board


  • Must be currently pursuing undergraduate degree or higher.
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Administrative skills
  • Good marketing skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good editing and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willing to work independently as well as with a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and self-motivated
  • Comments: We require a minimum time commitment of 15 hours and mandatory attendance to our events.  This volunteer internship has the potential to be a long term WACOC staff paid position.

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 Soc Sci 197 during the internship quarter(s).


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