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 2017)
Applications for the Summer 2016 Public Health Internship will be accepted beginning January 23, 2017.
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 2017)
Applications for the 2015 Summer Affordable Housing and Community Development Internship will be accepted beginning January 23, 2017.
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.
The Project Coordinator will provide project support to Project Director(s). This will involve organizing activities across different food projects at UEPI to help meet project objectives and deliverables. The Project Coordinator will work closely with Program Directors and other staff on projects that aim to enhance community input and involvement in food and health initiatives, including nutrition education activities, parent engagement around health at schools, school garden and cafeteria programs, and modeling new strategies for building thriving, community-oriented farmers markets. This is a one-year, entry-level position that will provide hands-on experience in the food and education landscape in Los Angeles.
Please see full job description and application instructions at http://www.oxy.edu/human-re
Farm to School Website Design, Development, and Hosting - 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 Website. UEPI is currently seeking a consultant to design, develop, and host the site. Please click here for the full RFP and more details about the position.
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