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The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) offers eligible students at public colleges and universities the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment. LAEP allows a participating student placement in an educationally beneficial position that relates to the student’s area of study, career objective, or the exploration of career objectives. The program includes and emphasizes positions for students with employers that are capable of providing them with full-time employment opportunities after graduation, or opportunities to connect with other employers that are capable of providing them with full-time employment opportunities after graduation, within their areas of study.

Eligible students are from an underrepresented background and meet all the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled at least half-time
  • California resident classification
  • Satisfactory academic progress in a program leading to a degree or certificate
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Underrepresented background such as low income, first generation college students, current or former foster youth
  • Eligibility to work in the United States
  • Employed in a research position on campus

All eligible students will be awarded on their FAN based on funding and eligibility requirements.

For UCLA LAEP questions contact us via Message Center and make sure to include LAEP in the subject.

Note: DGSOM has elected to not participate in the program at this time.

CSAC webpage for additional program resources

Overview

The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) offers eligible students at UCLA the opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining education-aligned, career-related employment. LAEP allows a participating student placement in an educationally beneficial position that relates to the student’s area of study, career objective, or the exploration of career objectives. At UCLA, learning-aligned employment opportunities provide participating students with direct opportunities to participate in the research. The position is fully funded through work study and does not require financial support by the faculty. For general information on this statewide program visit: California Student Aid Commission.

At this time UCLA LAEP Research Work study appointments are only available during the academic year. Students may be hired for 1-3 quarters. Students will be hired for 12 hours per week for 10 weeks (120 hours total) for each quarter. All positions end in week 10 of Spring quarter. Please note: Students cannot work during finals week, on holidays or during intersessions.

Interested in hiring a LAEP research work study student?

If you would like to hire an undergraduate research intern fill out, Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) Research Work Study.

The form is short and can be completed in 5 minutes or less. The information you provide will be used to create a job description that will be posted on the campus job portal, Handshake. It will be tagged as a LAEP work study position.

Eligible students will be notified how to access the open positions. You may encourage your current students to apply, but only students eligible for LAEP funds as defined by the California Student Aid Commission may take the position, visit them for more information on student eligibility in general.

Already submitted the form to create a LAEP research work study job?

It takes at least two business days for processing of your submission to create a LAEP position. Once your job description is created, it will be sent to you for final approval before the job is posted and students are invited to apply. The email will come from handshake@notifications.joinhandshake.com with the Subject: Application package for LAEP Scholar Research Work Study Internship in ... Check your spam folder. Handshake will also send you a direct link to the job posting to share with students in your classes.

Students will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter through the Handshake Portal. You will be emailed a link to these documents each time a student applies. You should interview applicants and make a selection from those students who can confirm that they have a LAEP work study award as part of their financial aid package. For information on UCLA student eligibility visit Learning-Aligned Education Program (LAEP). For Spring 2023 hires, send the names and emails of the applicants to: Brianne Compton bcompton@fas.ucla.edu from the Financial Aid Office. She will be able to screen your applicants to confirm LAEP eligibility so that you only interview those that are eligible.

Once you have selected the LAEP-eligible student for the position, the UCLA Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) will hire the student on your behalf. DUE LAEP Human Resources (HR) will also close your job in handshake for you. Email the selected student’s name and email address to: LAEP Scholars LAEP-hr@college.ucla.edu. Please note: Although the Division of Undergraduate Education will hire the student for you, you will be required to approve the student's bi-weekly timesheets.