UEP & UEPI Summer Internship Program

Meet our 2022 summer interns! 

Affordable Housing and Community Development
This program is funded by the Dean's Office, Citizens Business Bank, and the Office of National & International Fellowships. 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 and the Office of National & International Fellowships. Faculty mentor: Mary Christianakis

Public Health
This program is funded in part by The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and will benefit low-income and uninsured residents of Los Angeles. Faculty mentor: Jessica Dirkes

Our 2022 Partnering Organizations

Application Deadline for 2022 Summer: 5pm on January 31, 2022
Program period: May 31, 2022 - August 5, 2022

Are you interested in strategies to address inequality and social injustice in Los Angeles? We are pleased to offer the 2022 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 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. ​​​​
  • 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.

  • 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 $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 31, 2022 to August 5, 2022
  • 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 2022 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 January 31, 2022. 

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 2022

Online application is due by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 31, 2022.  If you have any questions about the internship, please contact Sylvia Chico at schico@oxy.edu.