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AIP 197: Academic Internship Program

Description: The Academic Internship Program (AIP) offers qualified juniors and seniors the opportunity to acquire valuable work experience related to academic and career interests. Although most internships are in the San Diego area, the Academic Internship Program is national in scope, including the popular Washington, D.C., and Sacramento programs, and international, including the PRIME program. Housing arrangements and orientations are included in all programs. An extensive library lists more than 6,000 available internships in varied settings including, but not limited to, TV and radio stations; law offices; medical research labs and clinics; government agencies; high-tech, biotech, and engineering companies; advertising and public relations firms; and financial institutions. Students also can work with the internship office to set up their own positions.

The program operates all four quarters; students intern a minimum of ten hours per week and receive upper-division credit. Students may enroll for a maximum of three quarters and/or earn sixteen units of internship credit during the course of their junior and senior years. The number of units earned corresponds to the number of hours worked, actual internship description, and the length of a research paper/project. The academic component of the program, which is directed by a faculty advisor, consists of the research paper/project and relevant readings. All internships require assigned faculty advisors and program evaluations. All students earn grades of P/NP and receive transcript notations.

AIP serves students from all six colleges and accommodates all undergraduate majors. Students planning to participate in the Academic Internship Program must apply one quarter before they want to enroll in the program. Students planning an out-of-town internship should apply two quarters in advance. In cooperation with AIP and UC San Diego.s Programs Abroad Office, students also may participate in, and earn academic credit for, other established internships abroad.

Where in the Community: Please click here for a list of locations.

Prerequisites: In order to participate in AIP 197, students must have completed 90 units, 2 upper-division courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. Transfer students must have completed one quarter of course work prior to the time of application. Course requirements include enrollment forms, internship hours, final research paper/project, online workshops, exit evaluation and program evaluation.

Sample Syllabus: http://aip.ucsd.edu/students/Syllabus.html

URL: http://aip.ucsd.edu/

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