Journalism in the Public Interest


University of California-San Diego

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  • RandomStudent222 7:39 p.m.
    March 18, 2014
    Major: Public Service Minor, 2014
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    I have done 2 internships through the Academic Internship Program (AIP) and I am about to start my third. The internship itself was great (I love where I work) and the AIP office was pretty helpful and nice, but I wasn't crazy about the way they run things. For every internship in AIP, you have to do a research project as well, with an adviser, but I had trouble making my research connect to the internship itself. It doesn't help that they don't provide much help or suggestion in finding a topic. Also, I didn't like how you have to pick your research topic before even beginning work at the internship site, so this made it even harder to make the research relate to what we were actually doing at work. The whole process to get started and registered in the system is difficult and annoying, but once the quarter starts, it's not too bad at all.

    My advice: if you're interested in getting an internship through AIP, start early in applying for internships (they have a bunch on their database, but you have to get approved first to get access to this, so it's STILL kinda difficult), getting an adviser approved, and picking a topic, because getting enrolled is the hardest part of the process. During the quarter, it's a very simple system and they do a good job on trying to make you learn from your experience. I think you can get paid, but only under certain circumstances, so you'll have to check with your AIP adviser about that if it's an option for you.


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