Internships and research opportunities are available at UEPI and at our community partner sites during the school year and over the summer. Students should contact the program staff directly for application information.
Community Program Planning Fellow (Fall 2015)
Applications are now being accepted for this Fall 2015 position
The Community Program Planning Fellow will work collaboratively with staff from Occidental’s Partnership for Community Engagement and el Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA). IDEPSCA is a non- profit community based organization that promotes self- determination in the Latino community using popular education and the development of collective solutions to community issues.
IDEPSCA manages several Day Labor Community Job Centers that provide day laborers with a safe and humane avenue to find work. These Centers also offer other important educational resources on topics including immigration laws, labor & civil rights, health education and English language conversation classes. The Student Fellow will collaborate closely with IDEPSCA and its stakeholders to expand the English language conversation classes offered to workers, and develop a sustainable student-led tutoring program at Oxy. These classes are an important resource for workers that utilize these Centers because they focus primarily on conversational English language skills that are functional and relevant to daily work based activities and transactions.
The Community Program Planning Fellow will be required to serve at least 50 hours in the Fall semester. Although it is not required, a student that is interested in continuing this project beyond the Fall semester would be preferred. The Student Fellow will receive a $500 stipend at the end of the Fall 2015 Semester.
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China and the Environment (Summer 2016)
Applications for the Summer 2016 China and the Environment research internship in Hong Kong will be accepted beginning October 1, 2015.
The China and the Environment program at Occidental College is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asia Studies and the Environment (LIASE). The program consists of partnerships with universities and non-profits, primarily in Hong Kong and Nanjing, to provide student research opportunities that explore environmental issues, policies, research, and community action. Summer interns will enroll in the International Summer Program (ISP) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and conduct research on campus, as well as with local community partners in the areas of air quality, built environment, food system/food justice. This internship is administered by the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) & the International Programs Office (IPO). Contact UEPI's China-Environment program if you have any questions.
Public Health (Summer 2016)
Applications for the Summer 2016 Public Health Internship will be accepted beginning February 1, 2016.
Public Health interns will work with organizational staff on a variety of community health projects including diabetes health education, nutrition and physical activity, planning health screenings and researching/linking community members to health and social service resources. Our partner organizations include:
- Meet Each Need with Dignity (www.mendpoverty.org)
- Foothill Unity Center Health Services Department (www.foothillunitycenter.org)
- Community Health Alliance of Pasadena or ChapCare (www.chapcare.org)
Affordable Housing (Summer 2016)
Applications for the 2015 Summer Affordable Housing and Community Development Internship will be accepted beginning February 1, 2016.
Since 2004, 56 Oxy students have participated in the summer internship program in affordable housing and community development. The students work full-time for 10 weeks for nonprofit community-based organizations that help low-income families in Los Angeles find and keep affordable housing and help community groups improve low-income neighborhoods. During their internships, students conduct research about public issues and public policy and implement projects in urban planning, real estate development, job creation, social services, community organizing, and other areas.
The program also has an academic component: Student interns must complete assigned readings, keep journals of their experience, write a final paper, and attend a weekly on-campus seminar with Professor Peter Dreier, E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department. The interns each receive a $3,900 stipend and get subsidized room and board at the College for the duration of their summer internships. The program is supported by grants from the Union Bank Foundation and the Friedman/Meyer Fund, and the college’s Anderson Fund, Career Development Center and Undergraduate Research Center. The 56 students who have participated in the summer program include 42 women and 14 men. Almost half (45%) are Latino, 30% white, 9% African American, and 7% Asian American.
“The program is a win-win-win situation--for the students, for the community groups and constituencies they are working for, and for the College,” he said. “It’s a ‘win’ for me, too. I enjoy mentoring the students, watching the transformations they go through, following them through their careers at Oxy and afterwards, and knowing that for many of them, the summer internship was a life-changing experience.”
Over the 10 years of the programs existence, students have done internships with the Southern California Association for Non-profit Housing, Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, LINC Housing Corporation, East Los Angeles Community Corporation, Little Tokyo Service Center, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, the Coalition for Economic Survival, the Los Angeles Community Action Network, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Livable Places, and LA Voice. Contact UEPI's Affordable Housing program if you have any questions.
Farm to School (Fall 2016)
Farm to School Consultant - Request for Proposals
Over the years, UEPI has conducted Farm to School initiatives on national, statewide, and local levels. UEPI’s most recent Farm to School initiative is to build a network of Farm to School practitioners and farmers within the Los Angeles County area. This network aims to build relationships among diverse Farm to School stakeholders, highlight best practices in procurement, education, and school gardening, and connect practitioners to appropriate local farmers for procurement, farmer-in-the classroom, or farm visit activities. These resources will be shared with schools and districts throughout the region and housed on an LA Farm to School Network website that is currently under development.The Farm to School Consultant will create two resources for the Los Angeles Farm to School Network. The first is a best practice Garden to Cafeteria Micro Purchasing Guide based on a model in place at a local school district. The consultant will also research and create a “Farm to School Farmer” list that will serve as the basis of UEPI’s Farm to School Farmer website resource. Please click here for the full RFP.
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