Partnership UCLA

As part of a world-renowned university with a public mission, the Department of Communication Studies is committed to preparing students for successful lives as informed global citizens; we are equally committed to using knowledge as a force for positive societal change. Moreover, UCLA faculty and students benefit from myriad connections with vibrant communities of professionals, engaged citizens, and leaders in the culturally diverse area of Southern California, and the rest of the world.

Going forward, Partnership UCLA will be a key catalyst for strengthening these crucial connections to ensure the leadership, impact and excellence of UCLA Communication Studies in the 21st century. These programs give our students real-world training and insight  to prepare them for excellence during their time at UCLA and beyond.


Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

Distinguished alumni are invited to campus on a regular basis to present a topic of interest related to their industry, or to career paths in general. These sessions, which are followed by Q&A and/or a reception, are always interactive and informative for students and any faculty who might attend. Topics have included career and professional opportunities, life after the degree, and other subjects of special interest.

Bruin Development Academy

Helping students prepare for the world of work requires the support of our talented alumni network. Through intensive, hands-on training sessions, students participating in Bruin Development Academy have an opportunity to learn valuable skills from today’s industry leaders. These training sessions focus on strengthening students’ analytical thinking, communication skills, writing techniques and other industry-specific skills to provide them with a more comprehensive academic and applied skillset. Guest instructors from an accomplished pool of alumni and friends are brought in to share their experiences and professional advice. 

UCLA Social Enterprise Academy

The UCLA Social Enterprise Academy is a six-month social entrepreneurship program in which groups of UCLA students partner with participating social ventures to develop earned income opportunities and to present their ventures to potential investors. The program is designed to link students with established not-for-profits that are looking to enhance the effectiveness of their mission. In January 2012, the Academy launched its first course, Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, in which students are introduced to the basics of business planning and then work in teams to develop a new revenue-generating business plan for the social enterprise to which they are assigned. Accomplished professionals serve as guest instructors to help participants learn about the basics of market research, operations, financial and business planning, marketing, SWOT analysis and pitching. The program also hosts UCLA friends and alumni as team coaches, judges and not-for-profit mentors. 

For more information or to get involved, please contact:

Deborah Lin

Assistant Director, Social Sciences and Humanities Academic Engagement

(310) 415-2933  or

Office Hours: Thursdays 3-4 PM in Rolfe 2315