Labor Studies Internship
The UC-Riverside Labor Studies program was designed to educate students about issues affecting workers and the history and current state of the labor movement. To enrich students' understanding of the issues facing working class people and the labor movement, the program offers internships with local labor and community organizations. Upper-division students in any major who are in good academic standing (i.e., not on academic probation) are eligible to enroll in this course (LABR 198-I). Through this internship course, students gain first-hand experience working with the community and can explore possible career opportunities. Completion of a 4-unit internship is required of all Labor Studies minors, but you do not have to minor in Labor Studies to complete the course.
What kinds of organizations can I work for?
Internships are with unions or community organizations in the local area that serve workers and/or working class people (low to moderate income). While students are encouraged to find internships that suit their interests and availability, all internships must be approved by the Labor Studies advisor. Most internships will not be paid.
How do I get credit for the Labor Studies Internship?
Students can gain course credit for their internship through LABR 198I or an equivalent course. Students are advised to seek approval for their internship from the Labor Studies advisor before they begin. Enrollment in LABR 198-I is done through a paper form, which is available at the Career Center and/or from an academic adviser (for your major or the Multidisciplinary Studies unit in 3100 Interdisciplinary Studies Building-South).
Click HERE for detailed instructions on how to complete the 198-I form & where to submit it to register for this course.
For more information and/or to seek approval for an internship, please contact the Labor Studies Chair, Professor Ellen Reese. She is located in Watkins Hall 1217. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 951-827-2930.
Potential Internship Supervisors:
The following people and organizations have expressed interest in supervising Labor Studies internships. You may also choose to work with another labor union or community organization as long as it addresses issues affecting working class people and obtain approval from the Chair of the minor (email@example.com).
On-campus & nearby internships (not requiring a car):
AFSCME 3930/United Domestic Workers
UDW represents in-home supportive service workers who provide care to our most fragile citizens of California: the elderly and disabled. Union membership is very diverse. The care providers and their clients frequently face cutbacks in services and jobs because of state budget cuts. Volunteers might assist in phone banking members to keep them informed about events and issues, participate in events and rallies, and/or get involved in mobilizing and registering voters, especially around election times. Spanish, Vietnamese, and/or Farsi language ability is a plus but not required. The union's main office is located in downtown Riverside and easily accessible by public buses.
Contact: Ricardo Cisneros at firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Address: 3600 Lime St, Suite 421, Riverside, CA 92501
This union represents service workers at UCR, who do janitorial work, deliver mail, and/or work in food services. They help to educate members on issues affecting them and recruit new members. Interns would learn how to become an organizer for the workers and to do meetings with labor relations on contract enforcement. Many of their members are Spanish-speaking, so Spanish language ability is a plus.
Contact: Leo Tolliver at email@example.com
AFT Local 1966
This union represents lecturers and librarians at UCR. Interns will primarily learn about organizing, however interns may also learn about representation, bargaining and contract campaigns, strategic research, communications, etc.
Contact: Mo Menon at firstname.lastname@example.org
CalPIRG is a statewide, student funded, and student directed non-profit. Since 1972 we've had dozens of significant accomplishments ranging from the statewide plastic bag ban to increasing student financial aid by 36 billion dollars. We represent the public interest against powerful special interests that threaten, marginalize, and take advantage of the public. With each campaign we work on, CALPIRG’s goal is both to win the campaign through strategic political action, and to educate, recruit, and train more people to help strengthen the movement at large. In order to accomplish both those missions, we are always working to build coalitions with other groups both on and off campus. We directly lobby in our local political offices, and identify politicians who support with our mission. Our tactics range from direct lobbying, petition drives, rallies, movie screenings, letter writing, and many more. Interns learn communication, campaign, and leadership skills to just name a few.
Contact: Danny Graham at email@example.com
Chicano Student Programs (www.csp.ucr.edu)
We create a positive environment for Chicano/Latino students at UCR by offering supportive services and programs that encourage academic success and retention. We provide service referral when necessary, and serve as a resource for advocacy, as well.
Contact: Estella Acuna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Latino Voter Mobilization Project
This organization registers and mobilizes Latino voters both on and off-campus, working mostly on electing pro-worker/student/immigrant candidates to local offices, but sometimes on other ballot propositions of interest to Latino voters.
Contact: Francisco Sola at email@example.com
Teamsters Local 2010 (http://teamsters2010.org/)
Teamsters Local 2010 is the Union of 14,000 hard-working employees throughout the University of California system. We are affiliated with the 1.4 million members of the Teamsters Union across the United States and Canada. Together we are building a strong Union with the power to win better wages, benefits, and working conditions. We strive to protect workers' rights through capable, determined labor representation. Join us in our fight for a better workplace and the preservation of the working and middle class
Contact: Tanya Akel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (213) 407-2331
About: The 28ers is nationally recognized non-profit and a post-partisan justice movement that hopes to join forces with organizations, communities and kindred spirits to bring about a paradigm shift that America so desperately needs: to create a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that forever severs private wealth from politics. On the 28th of every month, we host events across the Inland Empire about how money in politics hurts workers, students, foreign born, our food, the poor, the homeless, immigrants and people who need healthcare. The vision of our movement calls for a one-vote, one-voice democracy by creating a 4th branch of government to oversee, audit and distribute campaign contributions. To do this, we created our own 28th Amendment that was envisioned, drafted and revised over a four-month period. Our Amendment calls for a National Holiday for every election day, and creates a cash lottery system that rewards voter participation across the nation. The Amendment, though, is ultimately a people-powered act of legislation that aims to ban corporations as humans, money as speech, and requires all federal elections to be publicly funded, exclusively. We hope to redress the harms of the 1%, which has limited the growing of a greater democracy from the very beginning of our nation's history.
We are looking for students interested in the 'big picture' and who may or may have not had experience in other social movements, but are still excited by many of the dreams Bernie Sanders envisions. We want students who are disturbed by the adverse affects of legalized bribery in the political system, which makes all solutions for society's ills impossible to implement. We are also open to students with various strengths and interests, and additionally encourage students to pick intern work that best suits their talents: Website, Twitter & Youtube Management; Campus Advertising and Door-to-Door Canvassing; Outreach and Phone-Banking; Content Development and Research for Our Website; Seeding New Chapters; Planning and Organizing Our Monthly Events; Responding to Queries and Help with Non-Profit Grant Writing. Our main goal, though, is to create new chapters through the UC system, and then build chapters from city-to-city, state-to-state across the nation.
Contact: Matthew Snyder at Matthew.Snyder@ucr.edu
Phone: (951) 500-1885
UCR’s International Affairs Office
About: International Affairs serves as a catalyst, sparking new projects and accelerating existing international activities. International Affairs works with the entire university to increase research opportunities, enhance scholarship and educational programs, strengthen international experiences, and build collaborative partnerships around the world. The International Affairs Office (IAO) consists of three core units: International Students, International Scholars, and Study Abroad. International Affairs promotes education abroad programs for students, supports international students and scholars on the UCR campus, and enhances collaborative research opportunities for faculty. These units work collaboratively to expand international opportunities for students, faculty and staff at home and abroad.
Interns will create (copy and assemble) Summer Study Abroad Student Packets for eight, distinct 16U programs. Student will collect, assess for completeness, date, and record progress toward pre-departure Student File completion. Students will work with the Communications Manager to help maintain and update Summer Study Abroad website, will help coordinate and promote information sessions and general promotional activities, will contact applicants to discuss progress to file completion, will manage RSVPs for orientations and special gatherings, and other office duties, as assigned.
Contact: Mely Fitzgerald at Mely.Fitzgerald@ucr.edu
Phone: (951) 827-5064
UCR’s University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC)
http://www.uecc.ucr.edu/About: The University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC) strives to improve the lives of youth in the Eastside of Riverside by providing academic assistance in their schools, providing a safe and welcoming after-school environment, and engaging Eastside residents in service to their community. UECC is a partnership among the City of Riverside, Riverside Unified School District, and UC Riverside. The college students serve in 8 schools and 3 community centers, grade K-12, as positive role models. Each year, UECC recruits 80 college students to become year-long AmeriCorps members who mentor and tutor youth to increase academic achievement in Math and/or English Language Arts. Internship duties include providing tutoring services at assigned site, maintaining detailed records of activities and hours served, and participating in community service projects. Internships are paid a bi-weekly living stipend to off-set the costs of volunteering with UECC. Interns become eligible for an education award after completing their term of service with UECC.
Contact: Christine Morgando at email@example.com
UCR Sports Medicine Internship Program
About: Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession. It also includes the education and counseling of athletes, parents and coaches about athletic injuries, along with administration and organization of athletic medicine programs. The certified athletic trainer is the primary health care professional who facilitates the medical care at the high school, university, professional, or club levels.
Duties: As a Sports Medicine Intern you will have the opportunity to acquire clinical experience in a medical environment at the Division I level. You will be able to observe how the Sports Medicine Clinic functions and how the Athletic Training medical staff, Athletic Training Graduate Students, including physicians work together to bring the best medical care possible to our athletes. The intern will be able to participate and have ‘hands on’ experience in providing health care to our intercollegiate athletes. Under the direct supervision of the UCR sports medicine staff, the intern will acquire the skills and education necessary to succeed in the medical profession. The educational component consists of attending educational in-services, observing surgeries, giving presentations, research assignments, and other tasks assigned by the staff. Interns will also have responsibilities in assisting with the daily operations of our Sports Medicine Clinic and assist in medical coverage of practices or games. Follow OSHA standards for health and safety. Follow all HIPAA guidelines and regulations.
Contact: Jennifer Ovando at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony Ontiveros at email@example.com
Women’s Resource Center (http://www.wrc.ucr.edu/)
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is a Student Affairs department that provides resources and programs designed to empower you and help you to succeed. Interested in volunteering for and internship through the Women’s Resource Center? Choose a topic of interest you’re passionate about and want to educate others on. Then let us help you that passion into a program! All majors are encouraged to participate.
Contact: Romanie Arterberry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (951)-827-3337 Ext 23337
Off-campus internships in or near Riverside (Access to a car is required):
City News Group
About: City News Group has brought communities together through news and event information, and has increased community awareness for over 20 years. Through their hard copy and online weekly newspapers, they offer close-to-home news and information that locals continue to value, even in this increasingly fast-paced world. They strive to keep their neighbors informed on what is going on in their back yard. City News Group's coverage includes what is going on in their community, schools, churches, civic organizations, sports leagues, service clubs, city government and more.
Contact: Helena Mitchell at email@example.com
Congressman Mark Takano
About: Mark Takano represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris in the United States Congress. He serves on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee.
Contact: at Valeria@marktakano.com
Habitat For Humanity Riverside
About: Habitat for Humanity Riverside is dedicated to eliminate substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Contact: Sim Mai at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (951) 787-6754 x 110
Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, Inc.
About: Non-profit legal service provider. Interns will assist with documentation preparation of legal forms for low-income individuals.
Contact: Sylvia Quistorf At Squistorf@Iellaaid.Org
Mi Familia Vota (http://www.mifamiliavota.us/)
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF) is a national non-profit organization working to unite the Latino community and its allies to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation. We do this by: (1) Expanding the electorate through direct, sustainable citizenship, voter registration, census education, GOTV and issue organizing in key states; (2) Forming and supporting key alliances at national, state and local levels to increase civic engagement; providing technical assistance and support to other organizations; and (3) Increasing public support for full civic participation in Latino and immigrant communities. We envision a future in which the electorate is energized and empowered, and reflective of the growing diversity in the United States. We work with community based, educational, religious, labor, and other organizations that seek to build civically cognizant and active neighborhoods.
Contact: Laura Lara at email@example.com
Music Changing Lives
About: Music Changing Lives is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing music, art and sports programs in America’s public schools and community centers, while raising awareness about the importance of enrichment programs as part of each child’s comprehensive education and lifestyle.
Contact: Josiah Bruny at MusicChangingLives@gmail.com
Phone: (951) 992-0721
National Community Renaissance
About: Non-profit; Property and housing management in Riverside. Interns with be introduced to administrative tasks within the department they work, getting as much hands on experience as possible. They will be assigned different projects within the department so that they have an understanding of how the responsibilities come together.
Contact: Angela McKnight at firstname.lastname@example.org
Omnitrans – San Bernardino County Public Transit
About: Transit center in San Bernardino is seeking interns to assist in clientele, tech, administration, and HR.
Contact: Human Resources 909-379-7260
Operation SafeHouse, with community support, provides emergency shelter, intervention and outreach services to runaway, homeless and other youth in crisis. SafeHouse offers youth positive alternatives to becoming victims of the streets.
Youth Counselor Intern Description: Assists staffs with the supervision of clients, help clients with school work, light office work, light housekeeping, and laundry. Also, keeping the clients involved with activities, and answering crisis calls. Interns should assist staff in providing structure within the SafeHouse program and be a positive role model to the clients. Interns will also be trained in on-line duties such as intakes and departures (paperwork).
Contact: Dana Darby at email@example.com
Phone: (951) 351-4418 x 32
About: The Press-Enterprise is a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper published by the Press-Enterprise Corp. that serves the Inland Empire in Southern California. Headquartered in downtown Riverside, California, it is the primary newspaper for Riverside County, with heavy penetration into neighboring San Bernardino County.
Pomona Economic Opportunity Center & National Day Laborers Organizing Network
This center organizes day laborers in Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, and San Bernardino. They organize against the immigration raids affecting day laborers as well as for their employment and labor rights. The center also provides services and training for day laborers. Spanish language ability and access to a car is required.
Contact: Eddie Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 323-422-8107
Office address: 1682 W. Mission Blvd. Pomona, CA 91766 (in the parking lot of Home Depot Supply store)
Riverside All of Us or None
About: Starting Over Inc. is a transitional living and reentry service provider. We help individuals and families overcome homelessness while addressing the many barriers faced by our target population. Starting Over provides direct services, advocacy, and policy engagement for purposes of fostering self reliance and creating leaders from amongst those mist impacted and most in need.
About: The court’s Internship Program provides opportunities for current college students, emerging graduates or recent college graduates to explore careers within the Court and at the same time provide meaningful, real world, on-the-job, professional work experiences that allow the intern to apply theoretical knowledge.
An internship is defined as an unpaid, closely monitored, highly structured, strategic, well defined project related program that provides professional work experience outside of the classroom environment. An internship merges academic, personal development, and career exploration in one. Internships are typically part-time and last three to six months but can also last for several years. Although interns are typically learners/trainees, an internship will provide a balanced objective in which the court will have highly capable assistance for project related assignments while at the same time providing meaningful, professional work experiences to meet the interns learning goals and objectives.
Riverside County Coalition for Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV)
About: Riverside County Coalition for Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) is a private, nonprofit organization serving all of western Riverside County, California, with a range of services aimed at breaking the cycle of physical and emotional violence within families and the wider community. If you are interested in volunteering we need help with crisis line and clerical work. The essential duties and responsibilities for a volunteer includes: Operating office equipment, such as fax machines, copiers and telephones, managing high volume multi-line phone system, greeting clients/visitors, and providing direction to appropriate offices, Routing calls for specific programs or of a specific nature to appropriate staff member, have computer knowledge, exceptional communication and presentation skills.
Contact: Florence White, CEO at email@example.com
San Bernardino Community Service Center, Inc. & Justice for Immigrants Coalition
The Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California consists of more than twenty groups from all sectors of the community, including the San Bernardino Community Service Center, Inc. We are a pro-immigrant rights coalition advocating for a just and humane immigration reform and the respect of immigrant rights.
Contact: Emilio Amaya at firstname.lastname@example.org
Office address: 560 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401
San Bernardino County Probation Department
About: The San Bernardino County Probation Department supervises and provides case management services for approximately 20,000 adult offenders, 3500 juvenile offenders, and an additional 500 juveniles detained in two detention and assessment centers. We oversee the placement of over 200 juveniles in private facilities throughout the state. Our officers act as an investigative arm of the San Bernardino Superior and Juvenile Courts, providing sentencing reports and legal recommendations, evaluations, and victim's services.
Student Interns in our department are valued, appreciated, and the program offers students opportunities to gain hands on experience. They may work in conjunction with Probation Officers in the office, writing memos to the court, and interviewing victims and defendants. They may coordinate recreational activities, facilitate youth programs or verify school attendance. Student Interns may also help at the Juvenile Detention and Assessment Centers by facilitating social awareness programs, mentoring minors, providing tutoring or leading other activities under staff supervision.
Contact: Gi Kim, Probation Officer III at email@example.com
Phone: (909) 387-6118
Office Address: 175 W. 5th St., Flr 4, San Bernardino, CA. 92415
School on Wheels
About: School on Wheels, Inc. is a non-profit, organization founded in 1993 by Agnes Stevens, a retired teacher.
The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible.
Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from getting the academic stability and help they desperately need. The heart of School on Wheels’ programs is the volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal – to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and assist in their educational life.
Contact: Marisol Farfan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (909) 347-3033
Smooth Transition Inc.
About: Smooth Transition, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that helps low income individuals with educational, vocational and literacy programs. Our purpose is to assess, train, guide and direct participants on a path to healthy and productive lives by providing a smooth transition through the process from high school, the foster care system, unemployment, generational poverty and into the general population. Interns will answer phones, file, help send out blast and flyers about our programs and data entry.
Contact: Elsa Fitzgerald at email@example.com
Time for Change Foundation
About: The mission of TFCF is to empower disenfranchised low income individuals and families by building leadership through evidence-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities. We help homeless women and children, and women who have been incarcerated learn the tools and skills necessary to become self-sufficient. We currently need individuals to watch the children in our program while the mother’s attend their mandatory classes. These are Tuesday-Thursday’s from 5:00pm-8:30pm. Other opportunities are also available, just as contact person, Vanessa.
Contact: Vanessa Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (909) 886-2994 ext. 111
Together We Rise
About: A Marketing intern will assist with online National Campaigns raising awareness for foster children by creating and managing social media sites and creating social media impressions in the foster care and non-profit industry. Interns will have the opportunity to learn valuable skills applicable to a variety of fields through a fun, innovative, and creative internship while benefiting foster children across the country and your community. Previous Together We Rise Interns have had the opportunity to travel through our jetBlue partnership, attend star studded charity award shows, host fundraising events, and work directly at the TWR HQ in California. School credit may apply / Stipend is available to qualified applicants.
Contact: Geraldine Burrola at email@example.com
United Food and Commercial Workers
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1167 represents grocery and food processing workers. The organization is currently working on a campaign regarding Latino supermarkets, so interns may participate in community outreach and/or research for this project. Spanish language ability is a plus but not required. The office is located in the nearby city of Bloomington & they often want to do worker outreach in the community, so a car is required.
Contact: Yesenia Cabral at firstname.lastname@example.org
Warehouse Worker Resource Center
About: This non-profit workers’ center provides legal and other services and resources for warehouse workers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and their main office is located in Ontario (about 15 minutes west of campus, so access to a car is required). Many warehouse workers are temporary workers and Latino immigrants, about 40% of whom are women. Many are paid very low wages with unstable employment and some face unsafe and/or illegal working conditions. Spanish language ability is a plus but not required, but a strong commitment to social justice is required! If you are interested, please contact the e-mail address below and be available to work at least 5 hours per week. If you have a resume handy, please send it.
Contact: Celene Perez at email@example.com
Organizations in Los Angeles (these require access to a car)
CLEAN Carwash Campaign
About: The CLEAN Carwash Campaign is committed to supporting carwash workers who are organizing improve working conditions in the carwash industry in Los Angeles. CLEAN's vision is building worker power and bringing the industry into compliance with basic federal, state and local laws. Carwash workers are some of the most exploited workers in Los Angeles, many earning as little as $35 for a 10 hour day of work and others earning tips only. CLEAN employs comprehensive strategies that incorporate worker organizing, community organizing, legal enforcement, policy advocacy and direct action to build the worker power necessary to achieve our mission.
Contact: Flor Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (323) 385-4396
Garment Worker Center (http://garmentworkercenter.org/)
The Garment Worker Center (GWC) is a worker rights organization whose mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice. GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job.
Contact: Marissa Nuncio at email@example.com
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) (http://www.laane.org/)
Founded in 1993, LAANE is recognized as a national leader in the effort to address the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care and polluted communities. Combining a vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement to transform conditions in Los Angeles and beyond. Interns work alongside an organizer and participate in coalition meetings, outreach and research. Interested students should provide a cover letter and an up-to-date resume. The cover letter should address the students experience with economic and social justice issues, and the student should identify which campaign they would like to work with and why (consult LAANE website to look at current active campaigns).
Contact: Tim Bowler at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 213-977-9400 Ext 108
The Beat Within
About: The Beat Within is looking for support in the Central Juvenile Hall workshops, which are held every Tuesday from 9 - 12 noon. We hold 1 hour long writing and conversation classes and aim to lead more classes within the juvenile hall. We'd welcome the chance to have student interns co-facilitate workshops, collect writing, type and edit, as well as respond to each piece for our national publication for incarcerated youth which comes out twice a month. Interns will receive training, gain insight into the criminal justice system, and be asked to develop their own ideas about the pros and cons of the existing system, and how to improve some aspect of the dynamics they witness. Workshops will be held at Camp Dorothy Kirby in Commerce, California and at Camp Rockey in San Dimas.
Contact: Lisa Lavaysse
Organizations in Orange County
About: We are a community non-profit organization serving youth & families with a variety of programs. Our mission is for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We have a very busy HR department due to most of our positions are part-time so we have a lot of new hires and a lot of resignations as our young work force moves forward in their careers after college. The HR Volunteer position assists in the recruitment process (contacting applicants, testing applicants, HR file compliance/filing) termination paperwork, and other misc. HR functions as needed may include HR projects (internal audits, etc). We are looking for a commitment of at least 6 months for at least 10-15 hours per week.
Contact: Laura Parris at email@example.com
Phone: ( 714) 635-9622 Ext 1505