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.
Public Health (Summer 2015)
Applications for the Summer 2015 Public Health Internship will be accepted beginning February 1, 2015.
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)
China and the Environment (Summer 2015)
Applications for the Summer 2015 China and the Environment research internship in Hong Kong will be accepted beginning October 1, 2014.
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.
Affordable Housing (Summer 2015)
Applications for the 2015 Summer Affordable Housing and Community Development Internship will be accepted beginning February 1, 2015.
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.
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