Meet our 2023 summer interns: 

Affordable Housing, Community Development, and Environmental Justice
Program is supported by the Dean's Office, Politics Anderson, The Barack Obama Scholars Program, and an anonymous donor. Faculty mentor: Martha Matsuoka

Food Studies and Urban Agriculture
Program is supported by the USDA NIFA: AFRI REEU Program and The Barack Obama Scholars Program. 
Faculty mentor: Sharon Cech

Public Health
Program is supported by the Oxy Community Health Engagement Fund.
Faculty mentor: Jessica Dirkes

Immigration Rights & Social Justice
Program is supported funded by an anonymous donor. 
Faculty mentor: Mary Christianakis

Our 2023 Partnering Organizations

Application Deadline for 2023 Summer: Closed 
Program period: May 31, 2023 - August 4, 2023

Are you interested in strategies to address inequality and social injustice in Los Angeles? We are pleased to offer the 2023 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
  • Immigration


  • Affordable Housing, Community Development, and Environmental Justice
    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 to learn about urban agriculture basics and food justice in Los Angeles that includes classroom activities as well as a series of experiential field trips where students engage in hands-on learning activities, 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. ​​​​
  • Public Health 
    Interns will be placed with frontline public health organizations and clinics that serve vulnerable populations in Los Angeles. Students will work with staff from partner sites on projects related to the mission and goals of the organization. Students may work on projects related to women’s health, health education, nutrition and physical activity, healthcare access, and/or food assistance program enrollment.

  • 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. 


The Occidental students selected for this internship will be paid a $5,200 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 31, 2023 to August 4, 2023
  • Present at the URC Summer Research Program Conference on August 2, 2023
  • 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 2023 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.

Possible Organizations:

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.

Possible Organizations:

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

Possible Organizations:

Immigration Rights and Social Justice
Must be inerested in legal immigrant rights, education, housing, work/employment, family, and health.

Possible Organizations:


Click here to complete the online application form and upload your documents by 5pm on February 3, 2023

We'll need 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 list the three organizations that interest you the most. Note: You may apply to more than one program but must submit a separate application for each
  3. 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 the internship 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. Your resume (PDF or MS Word); and
  5. Your Oxy transcript (unofficial is acceptable).

DEADLINE for Summer 2023 -  Closed

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