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Student Internships

An internship is one of the best ways to gain experience while you're still in school, as well as network with peers and potential employers. Find resources for many types of internships through various offices at UC San Diego.

Internship guidance & info

UC San Diego's Career Center is an excellent internship resource. They'll help you find an internship that's right for your interests, skills, and availability.


Handshake is UC San Diego's database of off-campus jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and on-campus jobs (including work-study). Register or log in to use the Handshake job and internship listings.

Campus internship opportunities include:

Academic Internship Program (AIP)

The Academic Internship Program is actually a cluster of programs/ academic courses that offer you an opportunity to apply academic knowledge and analytical skills in professional internship and community settings while earning academic credit.

Campus Community Centers

Applications are due in January for internships that will begin in fall that same year (the start of the following academic year). Look for announcements and information sessions each year from November through January, visit Handshake, and/or visit the following websites to sign up for alerts and more info:

Internships abroad

UC San Diego's Study Abroad office can help you find internship opportunities around the world. Some help you gain work experience, and others may provide academic credit.

Research Experience & Applied Learning (REAL) Portal

Visit the REAL portal to find internships, research opportunities, service and global experiences. Create a profile so faculty and employers can contact you.


UCDC is a UC-wide academic program created in 1997 for the purpose of providing approximately 30 students per quarter an opportunity to continue their studies while interning for a quarter in Washington D.C.