The UC San Diego Academic Internship Program provides an opportunity for eligible juniors and seniors to earn course credit for substantive internships related to their academic and career goals. As an academic program, AIP strives to facilitate partnerships that lead to genuine learning opportunities for students, and create value for our community partners.
The Academic Internship Program was established in 1975 as a professional development resource for Warren College students. Today we are a campus-wide program (still housed at Warren) that has grown beyond internships to offer a range of credit-bearing experiential education resources available to UC San Diego students, faculty, departments and special programs. In addition to our classical internship model which is aimed at cultivating a balance between theory and practice, we also offer community engagement and service learning internships that allow students to experience the various communities that exist beyond our walls. Examples of our commitment to community engagement include our partnerships with the Public Service Minor, Sixth College Practicum, and AIP in the Classroom, our service-learning pedagogical resource for faculty.
AIP internships are structured around the concept of educational value as opposed to simply functioning as vehicles for career exposure and growth. The educational value of AIP is demonstrated through a required research component, student learning objectives, and faculty advisor and internship site supervisor mentorship. Although the primary goal of our program is to enhance academic learning, AIP internships also provide opportunities for personal and professional growth which are an important aspect of our mission.
The Academic Internship Program provides students with opportunities to EXPLORE the application of academic theory and EXPERIENCE practical learning in professional environments in order to ENRICH their personal development and understanding of their local and global communities.