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Undergraduate Opportunities

The Institute of Arts and Humanities has created a number of ventures designed to expose undergraduate students at UC San Diego to the many exciting opportunities studies in the Arts and Humanities can provide on and off campus. We offer a unique fellowship that allows students to curate their own exhibits using rare art and archival material. We foster and promote innovative pedagogy through our “Breaking Out of the Classroom” grants that have allowed students to sail on Spanish galleons or to record the life stories of local San Diegans. The Institute of Arts and Humanities has partnered with the Academic Internship Program to help Arts & Humanities majors find educational opportunities off campus at locations places museums and community centers. We also work with career services to guide students towards careers that will best take advantage of the skills they have honed in their majors at UC San Diego.

Academic Internships in the Arts and Humanities

  • Purpose: To support undergraduate students participating in an academic internship.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students with majors or minors in the Arts & Humanities who have secured an academic internship through the UC San Diego Academic Internship Program and the internship offers compensation less than $12.50 per hour.
  • Award Amount: Up to $1,250  
  • More Information: Academic Internships

Careers in the Arts and Humanities

Undergraduate Curatorial Opportunity (Not offered in 2019-2020)

  • Purpose: An opportunity for students to curate and exhibit in Geisel Library using the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Students earn course credit.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students with majors or minors in the Arts & Humanities. Students may apply individually or as a team. 
  • More Information: Curatorial Opportunity - Due to exhibition space limitations this opportunity will not be offered in 2019-2020.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship

  • Purpose: To provide undergraduates with funds to carry out research or present research at a conference.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate students with a declared major or minor in Arts & Humanities. 
  • Award Amount: Up to $1,000.
  • More Information: Undergraduate Research Fellowship Call for Proposals (PDF)

Breaking Out of the Classroom

  • Purpose: Supports activities that bring undergraduate students into the community to connect classroom knowledge with how it is applied or experienced.
  • Eligibility: Senate and Non-Senate Faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences who teach undergraduate courses.
  • Award Amount: Up to $1,500.
  • More Information: Breaking Out of the Classroom