Meet our 2021 summer interns!
Affordable Housing, Environmental Justice, and Community Development
This program is funded by the Dean's Office, Politics Anderson, and Citizens Business Bank.
Faculty mentor: Martha Matsuoka
Food Studies and Urban Agriculture
This program is funded by the USDA NIFA: AFRI REEU Program.
Faculty mentor: Sharon Cech
Immigration Rights & Social Justice
This program is funded by an anonymous donor.
Faculty mentor: Mary Christianakis
This program is funded in part by L.A. Care Health Plan and will benefit low-income and uninsured residents of Los Angeles.
Faculty mentor: Jessica Dirkes
Our Partnering Organizations
Application Deadline: We will accept applications for Summer 2022 in Spring 2022.
Current program period: June 1, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Please Note: While we hope to be able to engage in in-person internships, there is a possibility that the internships may be remote placements.
Are you interested in strategies to address inequality and social injustice in Los Angeles? We are pleased to offer the 2021 UEP & UEPI Summer Internship Program for students interested in areas of:
- Affordable Housing
- 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 the 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.
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.
- Immigration Rights and Social Justice
After a 2-day orientation/workshop to working with immigrant populations and community-based partner organizations, interns will be placed in an immigration-focused partner organization in Los Angeles for 8 weeks. During those 8 weeks, interns will work with staff to address matters such as legal immigrant rights, education, housing, work/employment, family, and health. The particular work will depend on the mission of the partner organization.
COMPENSATION AND REQUIREMENTS
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 June 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021
- Present at the URC Summer Research Program Conference on TBD
- 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
Open to all majors! All current students returning in the Fall semester are eligible to apply. Past recipients may apply to other program areas. Students graduating in May 2021 are not eligible.
Must be interested in issues of affordable housing, homelessness, community development, improvement of conditions in low-income neighborhoods, environmental justice, and climate justice.
- Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (https://www.acceaction.org)
- Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movmement (https://www.apifm.org/)
- Coalition for Economic Survival (http://www.cesinaction.org/)
- East Los Angeles Community Corporation (www.elacc.org)
- East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (eycej.org)
- Esperanza Community Housing (www.esperanzacommunityhousing.org)
- LA Community Action Network (cangress.org)
- LA Voice (www.lavoice.org)
- LINC Housing Corporation (www.linchousing.org)
- Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (www.laane.org)
- Neighborhood Housing Services (www.nhslacounty.org)
- Nikkei Progressives (www.
- Pacoima Beautiful (www.pacoimabeautiful.org)
- Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (www.scanph.org)
- Strategic Action for a Just Economy (saje.net)
- Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (http://scopela.org/)
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.
- Alma backyard Farms (www.almabackyardfarms.com/)
- Cottonwood Urban Farm (www.cufarm.org/)
- The Growing Experience (growingexperiencelb.lacda.org/)
- The Urban Homestead (urbanhomestead.org/about/)
Must be interested in public health and have completed UEP 203 or PUBH 203 Introduction to Public Health; or DWA 248 or UEP 248 or PUBH 248 Global Public Health before the start of the summer internship program.
- Community Health Alliance of Pasadena or ChapCare (www.chapcare.org)
- Every Woman Counts (LA County) (www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Cancer/ewc/Pages/default.aspx)
- Foothill Unity Center Client Services Department (www.foothillunitycenter.org)
- Meet Each Need with Dignity (www.mendpoverty.org)
- Koreatown Youth and Community Center (www.kyccla.org)
- New Familia Health Support Services
- Comprehensive Community Health Center (www.cchccenters.org)
Immigration Rights and Social Justice
Must be inerested in legal immigrant rights, education, housing, work/employment, family, and health.
- American Civil Liberties Union—Southern California (ACLUSOCAL)- ( https://www.aclusocal.org/ )
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA- ( http://advancingjustice-la.org/ )
- Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)- (http://www.carecen-la.org/legal_services )
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)- (http://www.chirla.org/ )
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)- ( https://www.ilrc.org/ )
- International Rescue Committee (IRC)- ( https://www.rescue.org/united-states/los-angeles-ca )
- Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)- https://kiwa.org/intern-volunteer
- National Immigration Law Center (NILC): ( https://www.nilc.org/ )
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)- (https://lafla.org/about-us/locations/ )
- Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)- ( https://www.maldef.org/ )
- Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC)- ( http://icwclaw.org/ )
- Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice- (https://www.laclj.org/immigration/)
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)- ( https://supportkind.org/our-work/legal-services-2/ )
- LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Project- ( https://www.lacba.org/give-back/immigration-legal-assistance-project )
HOW TO APPLY
Click here to complete the online application form and upload your documents by 5pm on February 8, 2021.
We'll need the following information:
- 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.
- 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 application for each;
- A 250-500 word statement (PDF or MS Word) 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; and
- Your resume (PDF or MS Word)
DEADLINE for Summer 2022
We will accept applications for Summer 2022 in January/February 2022. If you have any questions about the internship, please contact Sylvia Chico at firstname.lastname@example.org.