UEPI Summer Internship Program

Are you interested in issues of affordable housing, homelessness, community development, improvement of conditions in low-income neighborhoods, environmental justice, climate justice, public health, or nutrition and diet-related disease prevention?  If so, consider applying for Oxy’s paid summer internship program! 

Meet our 2019 UEPI Summer Interns:

Pictured: Francisca Castro '21, Brenda Jackson '21, Natalie Martinez '21, Andrea Mateo '21, Olivia Olmos '20, Riki Eijima '20, Barbara Robertson '20, Ashley Rodarte '21, Leslie Serrano '21, Jane Wright '21; and faculty mentors Peter Dreier and Heng Lam Foong
Not pictured: Spruce Bohen '21, Chelsea Evans '21, Ben Smith '20, and faculty mentors Bhavna Shamasunder and Raquel Galarza

Spruce Bohen '21 (UEP) - Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Francisca Castro '21 (UEP) - East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
Chelsea Evans '21 (Politics) - Southern California Association of non-Profit Housing
Riki Eijima '20 (Kinesiology) - Every Woman Counts
Brenda Jackson '21 (Music) - Esperanza Community Housing
Natalie Martinez '21 (Politics) - East Los Angeles Community Corporation
Andrea Mateo '21 (UEP, Public Health minor) - Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
Olivia Olmos '20 (UEP, CTSJ minor) - Coalition for Economic Survival
Barbara Robertson '20 (UEP, Public Health minor) - Comprehensive Community Health Centers and New Familia Health Support Services
Ashley Rodarte '21 (UEP, Public Health minor) - Meet Each Need with Dignity Clinic
Leslie Serrano ' 21 (UEP) - Every Woman Counts
Ben Smith '20 (UEP, Education minor) - Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
Weera Jane Wright '21 (Undeclared) - Foothill Unity Center

We will accept applications from January 21, 2020 thru February 28, 2020 at 5:00PM


1. 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.

2. 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. Students will work with agencies that provide health care and related services to vulnerable populations.
  • 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 and provide nutrition resources to their community.


The Occidental students selected for this internship will be paid a $4,000 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 (35-40 hours per week) for 10 weeks from May 26, 2020 to July 31, 2020
  • Keep a journal
  • Participate in several seminars with faculty mentors and other interns to discuss assigned readings and reflect on the internship experience
  • Present at the URC Summer Research Program on July 29th
  • Write a final paper


All Occidental frosh, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. 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.


Public Health and Nutrition



  1. Your name, Oxy ID#, major, class (frosh, sophomore, junior), GPA, name of a faculty member who can serve as a reference, and your method of transportation for the summer (personal vehicle or public transit);
  2. Identify the program you are applying for and rank the top three organizations;
  3. One-page statement (250-500 words) explaining why you are interested in this internship, 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

Note: You may apply to more than one program but must submit a separate statement for each.

Please send the application to Sylvia Chico at the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI). You may drop it off at UEPI and place it on Sylvia's desk, or email it to her at schico@oxy.edu.


Application materials are due 5pm on February 28, 2010. If you have any questions about the internship, please contact Sylvia Chico at schico@oxy.edu.