The Academic Affairs Student Internship Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to develop professional skills while also learning about careers in higher education administration, including opportunities here on the UC Santa Barbara campus.



  • Earn a total of 6 upper division units (2 units per quarter).
  • Gain transferable professional, administrative, and leadership skills.
  • Engage with an array of staff and campus leaders through a variety of events.
  • Learn about the business of the University.
  • Participate in resumé review and interview workshops.
  • Find out about careers in higher education and at UC Santa Barbara.
  • Earn $19 per hour (10 to 20 hours per quarter) working on a group project with fellow interns.

Program Highlights

2022-23 Program Highlights

University Leaders Interviews:
Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall
Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning Linda Adler-Kassner
Vice Chancellor Chuck Haines
Special Session: Meeting with UC Provost Katherine Newman
Workshops & Courses:
Crucial Conversations
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Keys to Interviews Success
Panel and Networking Events:
Business Officers
Technical Professionals
Chiefs of Staff

Training and Development

Training and Development

The internship focuses on the development of professional, administrative, and leadership skills rather than placement in a particular department or unit. Training will consist of a mix of presentations from campus experts and standard training modules. Time will be reserved for discussion and collaboration. Two unique components of this program are the moderated panels and networking events with current staff, as well as Q+A sessions with campus senior officers and administrators.

Eligibility and Application Process

Interns should be current undergraduate students who are available to participate during the scheduled time for the course (TBD) in the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. To be considered for the program, students must submit an application as well as provide 1-2 references. Priority will be given to students who are currently employed in an academic department or other unit in the Division of Academic Affairs. Students may currently be working in a variety of positions - general office assistant, financial assistant, peer advisor, etc. Departments will also be given the opportunity to nominate students for the program.

Students who would like to apply for the 2024-25 program, submit an application here.

Departments who would like to nominate students for the 2024-25 program, submit a nomination here.

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Hear more about the Program from the 2022-23 Interns, in their own words.
Watch this short video created by Interns Heather Nguyen and Stephanie Pantoja.