Explore opportunities that combine teaching, research, and community-engaged learning. Collaborate with local, state, and national communities and organizations. Learn about internships and earning academic credit.

Structured and rigorous academic courses that promote citizenship, leadership, and social justice through community teaching and learning experiences are offered through the Community Engagement and Social Change minor and 195CE internship courses. These courses connect the research interests of faculty members and students with the needs and priorities of UCLA community partners.

Community-Engaged Courses

Students can participate actively in the community through a variety of community-engaged courses offered by CCL and UCLA departments. These course numbers have an XP 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, including Community Engagement and Social Change. Courses may also fulfill other academic requirements.

Internship Courses

Internship courses help students apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to situations and challenges in the work environment. They encourage professional development and supply valuable insight for future career choices. Center-managed internship courses have a 195CE course number, and are open to students with junior and senior standing. Students spend about 80 hours on internship activity during the academic term. See the center Internship Courses web page for application, intake, enrollment, requirements, and academic credit details.

Center for Community Engagement

In collaboration with academic departments, the Center for Community Engagement offers courses that promote citizenship, leadership, and social justice through community teaching and learning experiences. The center administers the Community Engagement and Social Change minor, 195CE internship courses, Astin Scholars research program, and Changemakers Scholars youth empowerment program. It also oversees participation in AmeriCorps Jumpstart (early childhood literacy) and JusticeCorps (legal aid) programs.