Student Affairs

Internship & Seminar Overview

The MSA internship is a three-quarter supervised professional practice experience that provides students with an opportunity develop first-hand knowledge of student affairs professional roles and responsibilities, gain significant hands-on experience in program development and/or student affairs administration, and receive valuable feedback on the development and demonstration of essential professional skills. Experienced student affairs administrators serve as internship supervisors and collaborate with the intern on the development and assessment of internship goals.

The internship has two components: a four-hour weekly integration seminar and 10-12 hours of supervised practice in a selected student affairs office during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. The internship selection and placement process will take place during the summer quarter. Students will have an opportunity to choose from a variety of internships available in numerous UCLA student affairs functional areas each year. In addition, the MSA program coordinator can also assist students in the identification of internship opportunities at neighboring community colleges, private institutions, for-profit institutions, and four-year public universities in Southern California.

Through the internship, students will:

  • Integrate theory and research into practices of student affairs work.
  • Begin to recognize the ways in which a social justice vision may be brought to bear on student affairs work.
  • Learn practical skills such as: collaboration, understanding campus culture, problem solving, program planning, evaluation, and workshop design and implementation.
  • Begin building a professional network.
  • Clarify and develop a more consistent, realistic self-concept of oneself as a professional in the field of student affairs.
  • Explore strategies for implementing multicultural awareness in practice and research.
  • Try new skills and ideas.


Students will become:

Experienced practitioners and educational leaders . Opportunities to foster this outcome and assess progress include:

  • Internship experiences for in-depth development of professional skills, knowledge, and application.
  • Feedback from assistantship and practicum supervisors (e.g., practicum contract).

Student affairs scholars. Opportunities to foster this outcome and assess progress include:

    • Coursework focusing on current and future trends in the profession and professional development opportunities.
    • Writing for professional journals and newsletters.
    • Presentations at professional conferences (e.g., American College Personnel Association national conference, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Western Regional Conference).
    • Reflective and critical thinkers . Opportunities to foster this outcome and assess progress include:
    • Assignments that emphasize development and expression of considered judgments.
  • Assignments that emphasize critique and evaluation of material over summary and memorization.
    • Self-reflective assignments that encourage students to examine their unique leadership and interpersonal communication styles.
    • Individuals who are self-aware and cognizant of the needs of others. Opportunities to foster this outcome and assess progress include:
  • Develop specific knowledge and skills transferable to various student affairs positions.
  • Students will gain directed experience in the areas of individual and group development, programming, staff development, supervision, and administration.

Detailed information on the M.Ed. in Student Affairs internship program (e.g., expectations, seminar assignments, etc.) is provided in the UCLA Student Affairs Internship Handbook. Students will receive a copy of the Internship Handbook at summer orientation.


Internship Funding

The internship is a paid experiential learning opportunity. Students receive a salary of $10/hour for their internship work. In addition, departments sponsoring an intern provide the student with financial support to attend at least one regional or national professional conference.