How can the UC Student Association (UCSA) Serve You?
The University of California Student Association is the official voice of over 240,000 UC students. Each campuses External Vice President is a voting member of the Association's Board of Directors, so our office serves as the liaison between UCLA students and UCSA.
For more information about all of these incredible opportunities, visit www.ucsa.org.
UCSA offers a number of workshops that the UCSA staff provide for free for the benefit of your organization. From lobby trainings to self-care workshops, this is an incredible resource to utilize for your student organization. All of these workshops are paid for through your student fees, so it is imperative to take advantage of the incredible resources that they can benefit your organization, team or project!
UCSA puts on three major conferences each year: Congress, Students of Color Conference, and Student Lobby Conference. All travel and lodging expenses are paid by the EVP office, and is a great opportunity for students to get involved with systemwide issues that affect them.
As the conference approaches, there are typically additional applications for performing, leading workshops and facilitating caucuses, which provide additional opportunities to get engaged. You can also sit on the steering committee that helps plan each conference by emailing the Director of Communications, Anais LaVoie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCSA offers a variety of internship opportunities to gain experience in organizing, managing communications, and tracking legislation. They can be done from their headquarters in Oakland or remotely from your campus. Applications are taken on a rolling basis, so be sure to reach out to a UCSA staff member about being involved.
MEDIA INTERNSHIP: As a media intern, you have the opportunity of working with the Director of Communications, Anais LaVoie, to learn the ins and outs of communications. As a media intern, you will work on a variety of projects including coordinating The State Of (UCSA’s UC-wide newspaper), writing press releases, tracking higher education news coverage, looking for influential social media news about higher education, developing short videos, and more.
LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP: As a legislative intern, you will be assisting the Government Relations Director. Every legislative session, UCSA sponsors and supports bills that relate to bettering the accessibility, affordability, and quality of higher education. Applicants are highly encouraged to work in the Sacramento office so you can also attend Assembly/Senate hearings of the bills the Association supports, but remote interns are also vital for researching information about the bill.
The Student Advocate to the Regents (STAR) program allows you to be the direct representative of a quarter of a million UC students at the monthly Regents meetings. Although you have to pay up-front for travel and lodging expenses, you will be reimbursed. During your time as a STAR, you will be able to make a public comment at the Regents meeting about campus and systemwide issues, have lunch with the UC Regents, attend meetings with the UC Office of the President, and meet other passionate student advocates.
The collective bargaining representative is a recognized third-party representative who sits at the negotiating table for all UC contract negotiations. As a collective bargaining representative, you will be able to represent the University of California by attending negotiations, paid by UCSA. This is a great immersion into labor studies and becoming more aware of faculty negotiations.
The systemwide committee members sit on official boards of the UC Regents and UCSA led committees regarding specific campus issues, such as student fees and high school engagement. This is your chance to highlight the student experience through committees, and create tangible action toward issues you are passionate about.
This is your opportunity to work directly with the regents on specific issues, such as long range planning of the UC. Each Regents meeting, you will make a speech and present your ideas with relation to the Agenda items.
This is the perfect opportunity to have the voting power of an actual Regent and advocate for students. Student Regents go through an intense screening period and are expected to serve for two years. Previous Student Regents have worked on developing programs such as the Global Food Initiative and the Student Advisor program systemwide.
Appointed Officers advise the UCSA Board of Directors on issues related to the UC, such as sustainability, campus climate, and financial aid. At each Board of Directors meeting, the Appointed Officers state their monthly findings and work to the Board of Directors.
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