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Academic Internships in the Arts and Humanities



The Institute of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego, together with the Academic Internship Program (AIP), is collaborating with local organizations to establish quality credit-bearing internship opportunities that actively engage undergraduate Arts & Humanities students to learn from, and contribute to, the work of our community partners. The aim is to develop opportunities for students and address community needs in alignment with one or more of the Institutes’ four broad themes:

  1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with a particular focus on race, ethnicity, and social justice.
  2. Global Arts and Humanities with specific attention to linking investigation of seemingly disparate people and places across geographic, cultural, and chronological boundaries.
  3. Public Arts and Humanities with a special commitment to collaboration with local and regional libraries, museums, and community forums.
  4. Digital Arts and Humanities with unique concentration on how new digital tools and technology can create and support new forms of research, pedagogy, and university/community interface.

Arts and Humanities students who participate in the UC Washington Center (UCDC) or UC Center Sacramento programs are also eligible.

Program structure

  • Credit: Students enroll to earn academic credit through the Academic Internship Program, and work under the guidance of a faculty advisor from Arts & Humanities at UC San Diego to develop an analytical paper or project related to the internship.
  • Time Commitment: Internships span one of UC San Diego’s 10-week quarters. The typical 4-unit internship requires a commitment of 10 hours/week (100 hours total).
  • Paperwork: To enroll, students create a Learning Agreement outlining the internship details and learning objectives, to be signed by the internship supervisor. AIP will request supervisors complete a final evaluation at the end of the quarter.
  • Enrollment verification: Once students enroll, the Academic Internship Program can provide a credit verification letter upon request.

Establishing and posting opportunities
Internships should adhere to AIP’s Internship Guidelines, and include:

  • oversight and ongoing feedback from a professional mentor.
  • engagement in meaningful roles or projects that create opportunities to apply or develop academic and professional competencies relevant to the arts and humanities.
  • opportunities to work toward learning outcomes that include increased understanding of the professional and cultural contexts of the organization, profession, and communities served.

Employers may post internship opportunities on AIP’s InternLink employer database (login required).

Students apply for opportunities directly via InternLink (login required), and posting organizations arrange interviews and select candidates.

Direct questions regarding the development and posting of opportunities to the Academic Internship Program:

Tricia Taylor Oliveira
Director, Academic Internship Program
UC San Diego Teaching + Learning Commons
(858) 534-7892

Scholarships for AIP Participants

The Institute of Arts and Humanities is pleased to offer scholarships to undergraduate students participating in the Academic Internship Program. Please see the Undergraduate Scholarship for AIP Participants Application Instructions (PDF)