In collaboration with academic departments, the UCLA Center for Community Learning (CCL) offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a variety of structured and rigorous academic courses that promote citizenship, leadership, and social justice through service learning, internships, and other community-based learning experiences. The courses connect the research interests of faculty members and students with the needs and priorities of UCLA’s community partners.
The center advises students on internships and service learning opportunities, administers the Civic Engagement and Disability Studies minors and the Astin Scholars program, and is home for AmeriCorps Jumpstart and JusticeCorps programs.
Junior and senior students can participate actively in the community through a variety of service learning courses offered by UCLA departments. Look for courses that have an SL course number suffix. Some courses include direct service (e.g., tutoring and mentoring) while others emphasize research as service (e.g., community-based research on the environment or public health). Courses are credit bearing and often apply toward a student’s major or minor. Community partners are screened and chosen by faculty members in consultation with center staff. Students typically work 20 hours per quarter off campus with graded assignments or written reflection papers required during class.
For a list of service learning courses, see the Center for Community Learning website.
Internship courses help students apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to situations and challenges in the work environment. They encourage professional development and provide valuable insight for future career choices. Internships that CCL sponsors have a 195CE course number and are open to juniors and seniors. Students typically spend 80 hours per quarter at the intern site. For information about application deadlines, intake appointments, enrollment contracts, course requirements, and a list of internships see the Center for Community Learning website.