UEP & UEPI Summer Internship Program

UEP/UEPI 10-Week Summer Internship Program: May 26, 2020 - August 1, 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, February 10th at 4:00 PM

Are you interested in strategies to address inequality and social injustice in Los Angeles? We are pleased to offer the 2020 UEP & UEPI Summer Internship Program for students interested in areas of:
  • Affordable Housing
  • Homelessness
  • Community Development
  • Environmental Justice
  • Climate Justice
  • Public Health
  • Nutrition and diet-related disease prevention
  • Food Justice
  • Urban Agriculture


  • Affordable Housing and Community Development
    Interns will work with professional staff on a variety of projects dealing with housing development, housing policy, housing advocacy, environmental justice, and community-based approaches to climate change, policy, and planning.
  • Food Studies and Urban Agriculture
    Interns will participate in a 2-week orientation course at Occidental to learn about issues of urban agriculture and food justice in Los Angeles, and will then be placed at one of six urban agriculture organizations for an 8-week internship. Students will work alongside urban farmers and gain experience in urban food production methods, community engagement and workshops, as well as marketing, sales, and food assistance acceptance. ​​​​
  • Public Health 
    Interns will work with staff at community health organizations that serve vulnerable populations on a variety of projects including diabetes health education, women's health, nutrition and physical activity, planning health screenings and researching/linking community members to health, legal rights, and social service resources.

Nutrition and Diet-related Disease Prevention - Interns will work at community clinics and health agencies in Northeast LA providing nutrition and diet-related disease services including nutrition education, food assistance program enrollment, and healthy weight maintenance. Students will gain an on-the-ground understanding of the root causes of diet-related disease as well as how health agencies help to increase access to healthy food an provide nutrition resources to their community.


The Occidental students selected for this internship will be paid a $4,500 study grant, will be provided with room and board on campus [based on income, but with a maximum payment of $144 (tbd) per week for the summer], and will work full-time for a community-based non-profit organization in Los Angeles. Additional funds for travel expenses may also be available. The number of internship slots will depend on the level of funding the program can raise.

Interns will be required to:

  • Work full-time for 10 weeks from May 26, 2020 to August 1, 2020
  • Present at the URC Summer Research Program Conference on July 29, 2020
  • Participate in weekly seminars with faculty mentors and other interns to discuss assigned readings and reflect on the internship experience
  • Keep a journal
  • Write a final paper


All Occidental frosh, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Rising graduating seniors and past recipients are not eligible.

Affordable Housing
Must be interested in issues of affordable housing, homelessness, community development, improvement of conditions in low-income neighborhoods, environmental justice, and climate justice.


Food Studies and Urban Agriculture
Must be interested in food systems and urban agriculture production and how urban agriculture can address issues of food access, food security, and diet-related diseases.


Public Health  
Must be interested in public health and have completed UEP 203 Introduction to Public Health or DWA/UEP 248 Global Public Health before the start of the summer internship program.



Submit a one-page cover page with the following information: 

     1. Your name, Oxy ID#, major, class (frosh, sophomore, junior), GPA, name of a faculty member who can serve as a reference, your method of transportation for the summer (personal vehicle, public transit, ride-share, or carpool), and whether you will need campus housing during the 10-week program;

     2. Identify the program you are applying for and rank the top three organizations. Note: You may apply to more than one program but must submit a separate statement for each

Also submit:

     3. A one-page statement (250-500 words) explaining why you are interested in the program you are applying for, what skills will you bring (e.g. fluent in Spanish, proficient in Photoshop, etc), and what do you hope to learn at your preferred site; share your future educational and professional plans and how this internship can help to support these plans. Also include information about any other related internship or volunteer experiences;

     4. A copy of your resume

Please send the application packet to Sylvia Chico at UEP/UEPI. You may drop it off at UEP/UEPI and place it on Sylvia's desk, or email it to her at schico@oxy.edu. Interactive Map: http://bit.ly/uepcampusmap.


The application materials are due at 4:00 PM on Monday, February 10, 2020. If you have any questions about the internship, please contact Sylvia Chico at schico@oxy.edu.