Michael S. Dukakis Internship in Public Service Award

Professor Michael Dukakis spearheaded this privately funded internship program to provide UCLA Luskin students with first-hand public service experience in government. As power shifts from Washington, DC to the state and local level, the need for talented public servants has never been greater. The Michael S. Dukakis Internship in Public Service Award provides stipends for UCLA Luskin undergraduate students serving in non-partisan internships in government, with a special emphasis on California.

The focus for this summer internship is in a government setting, rather than in non-profits or NGOs. The internships are generally completed over ten weeks during the summer, between June and September. Students who are currently interning or have completed a government internship during the academic year are also eligible, if they meet the criteria below.


  • The internship award is limited to UCLA Luskin pre-majors, majors, or minors (Gerontology, Public Affairs, or Urban and Regional Studies).
  • The applicant must be enrolled at UCLA the academic year after the award.
  • Students must secure a government internship meeting the criteria below:
  • The internship must be in a policy related, public service function in a non-partisan government setting. Working for an elected partisan official would not qualify. Non-partisan city council or county board of supervisors offices qualify, but state senate and assembly, or US Congress do not, nor would working for a non-profit or NGO.
  • The internship site would ideally be in local or state government in California. If the internship is in Washington, D.C. with a Federal agency, the focus of the internship must be on California.

Up to $1,500


  • Priority will be given to new applicants, but past awardees are welcome to apply.
  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages. In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.
  • Public Affairs Majors may not use their required experiential learning capstone project for this award.

Up to $1500
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please indicate which Luskin undergraduate program you are pursuing
  2. Indicate your intended degree candidacy term (i.e. the quarter you plan to complete all degree requirements).
    • a. Select your intended degree candidacy term.
    • b. If you selected “Other” write your intended degree candidacy term in the space below.
  3. Where are you completing your internship? If you have are still looking for an internship please provide the site you are considering.
    • a. Internship Site/Organization
    • b. Internship Supervisor’s Name
    • c. Internship Supervisor’s Title
    • d. Internship Supervisor’s Email Address
  4. Write a statement (300 – 500 words) explaining how this internship will benefit your long-term career aspirations in public service.
  5. List one reference who can speak to your personal and professional qualifications.
    • a. Reference Name
    • b. Reference Title
    • c. Reference Employer
    • d. Reference Email
    • e. Reference Phone Number
    • f. Reference Relation to You