AIP Special Programs

AIP partners with departments across campus and the UC System to provide special opportunities for stduents. See below for details!

UCDC: Live, Learn, & Intern in Washington, DC!

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The UCDC Program offers undergraduates an exciting opportunity to combine unique course work, relevant field research, and a meaningful internship experience in our nation's capital. Students from all majors have the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience with professionals and experts working in the field.

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UCCS: UC Center Sacramento

Public Service Minor (PSM)

Housed in Thurgood Marshall College, the Public Service Minor is open to students from all colleges who seek to understand the history and practices of public service and work toward developing civic skills. As a required component of the Public Service Minor, the three-quarter (or 18-units total) internship in the non-profit or government sector allows you to gain valuable hands-on experience and knowledge in the field. The internship’s extended length allows students to develop an in-depth understanding on methods and practices in addressing social issues. Assistance is provided in locating and securing an internship through the Academic Internship Program Office.

To view details and requirements for declaring the minor, please view the Public Service Minor homepage.

What is the PSM Internship?

Public Service Minor internships (AIP 197P) comprise of three quarters (or 18 units total) in a developmental internship related to your specialization within the minor. Specialization areas are: 

  • Health
  • Education
  • Government
  • Social Issues

You have the option of either interning within one organization for all three quarters or at different organizations each quarter within the same specified field. These dedicated internships are a great opportunity to contribute to the community while exploring your personal career and academic goals.

* You may be able to count an academic internship that you have completed through AIP, UCDC or UCCS towards one of the PSM internship requirements.

Begin the Application Process Early!

You must apply to AIP the quarter prior to doing your internship.  Public Service Minor students are strongly encouraged to meet with their AIP counselor and apply early to ensure you secure an internship well suited to your academic and career goals. To participate in a Public Service Minor Internship, you must meet the following AIP requirements by the quarter prior to your internship:

  • 90 units completed
  • 2.5 UC GPA

How Do I Get Started?

Schedule an appointment with the Public Service Minor counselor at AIP to discuss your internship goals and options.  Call AIP at 858-534-4355 to set up an appointment.  You will also need to follow the steps to apply for AIP outlined on our website.

For general questions about the Public Service Minor, contact Thurgood Marshall College Advising at

Biology Research Internship Program (BISP 197)

The Biology Research Internship Program is a partnership between UC San Diego Biological Sciences, Academic Internship Program and The Scripps Research Institute. This program provides opportunities for students to gain BISP 197 credit for internships in approved labs at The Scripps Research Institute.

Why BISP 197?

Through BISP 197 internships, students will:

  • Participate in the design of a project
  • Acquire data analysis experience
  • Engage in an individual research project
  • Practice essential lab techniques

UCSD students can apply directly to open labs with postings that specify BISP 197 enrollment in InternLink. All students must meet AIP requirements to be eligible for BISP 197.

For more information, please make an appointment with the BISP 197 internship counselor by contacting, or visit the Division of Biological Sciences BISP 197 website.  

Contact Info

Academic Internship Program
Literature Building, Room # 210
(858) 534-4355

Standard Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
8 a.m. - noon &
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Mailing address:
UCSD Academic Internship Program
Mail Code 0422
La Jolla, California 92093-0422