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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).

During Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, please contact the Career Center at careerinternship@ucr.edu for assistance with the course enrollment process. For further information and the 198-I course enrollment form, see: https://careers.ucr.edu/students/internship#how_do_i_receive_academic_credit. After campus reopens: 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: ellen.reese@ucr.edu. Phone: 951-827-2930.

Potential Internship Site Supervisors:
The following people and organizations and 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 (ellen.reese@ucr.edu).


Organizations that are located on or near the UCR campus:

American Federation of Teachers Local 1966
The American Federation of Teachers Local 1966 represents lecturers and librarians at UCR. This union helps to protect and improve their employment and working conditions, which also helps to improve the quality of higher public education and student learning conditions at UCR. They are currently seeking a student intern to help with their social media and public outreach.

Contact: Stephanie Ann-Wilms Simpson
Email: wilmsster@gmail.com
Phone: 760-583-3960

Inland Equity Partnership (IEP)
Inland Equity Partnership is a statewide economic justice coalition building civic power among California’s low income, marginalized communities and communities of color. We do this by advocating for just state and local budgets and policies and convening community-based organizations and allies to combat poverty.

IEP Website: https://inlandequitypartnership.org
Contact: Maribel Nunez
E-mail: maribel@inlandequitypartnership.org
Phone: 562-569-4051
Office: Inland Equity Partnership, 41-550 Eclectic Street, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Chicano Student Programs 
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.
Chicano Student Programs Website: www.csp.ucr.edu
Contact: Estella Acuna
E-mail: estella.acuna@ucr.edu
Phone: 951-827-3822

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
E-mail: fsola@latinoprojects.org
Phone: 951-236-0951 (cell)

Mi Familia Vota MFV
Mi Familia Vota MFV is a national nonprofit (nonpartisan) civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. We advocate year-round on critically important issues that affect our community in the fields of immigration, voting rights, the environment, workers’ rights, education, and health care. Volunteers will assist in Voter Registration and Education, co-lead and attend local events, data entry, co-lead citizenship/DACA Renewal workshops, co-lead in Know Your Rights KYR sessions, co-lead in Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and phone banking efforts. MFV Riverside office is located 10 minutes away from UCR campus, intern does not require a car. Work will be completed at MFV office and/or surrounding area (depending on event/project). 

Mi Familia Vota Website: http://www.mifamiliavota.org
Contact: Janet Bernabe 
E-mail: janetb@mifamiliavota.org
Phone: 951-581-0781
Office Address: 2025 Chicago Ave Suite A4 Riverside CA, 92507

Teamsters Local 2010
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

Teamsters Local 2010 Website: http://teamsters2010.org
Contact: Tanya Akel
E-mail: takel@teamsters2010.org
Phone: 213-407-2331

The 28ers
The 28ers is a 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 effects 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.

The 28ers Website: www.28ers.org | www.facebook.com/28ers.org
Contact: Matthew Snyder
E-mail: Matthew.Snyder@ucr.edu
Phone: 951-500-1885

Women's Resource Center
The Women's Resource Center (WRC) is a Student Affairs department that provides resources and programs designed to empower the UCR community. WRC Interns are responsible for increasing awareness for the Women’s Resource Center Programs, learning about the different components of the center (CSES, R’Kids, Persist Conference, general services, and programs) and assisting professional staff and student staff on specific projects throughout the year.

Website: wrc.ucr.edu
Contact: Katie Estrella
E-mail: katie.estrella@ucr.edu
Phone: 951-827-3338

UAW Local 2865
UAW Local 2865 is the Union representing over 16,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) – Readers, Tutors, TAs, and others – at the 9 teaching campuses of the University of California. The Union gives us the right and power to bargain with the University of California over salary, benefits, workload, grievance procedures, fair hiring processes and other issues, allowing us to have a real say in our lives as academic student employees. Interns will work directly with Riverside Stewards on current campaigns which can include: expanding undergraduate membership, outreaching to STEM fields, membership political education, UCR coalition work, and statewide projects. We hope to work and build upon the assets with which the intern(s) brings as well as provide opportunities for learning new skills about the student/labor movement. 

E-mail: riverside@uaw2865.org

Organizations in or near Riverside, but located further from campus:

Inland Equity Partnership (IEP)
Inland Equity Partnership is a statewide economic justice coalition building civic power among California’s low income, marginalized communities and communities of color. We do this by advocating for just state and local budgets and policies and convening community-based organizations and allies to combat poverty.

Note: Student interns can do their internship work in their local area (including Riverside). A car is not required.
IEP Website: https://inlandequitypartnership.org
Contact: Maribel Nunez
E-mail: maribel@inlandequitypartnership.org
Phone: 562-569-4051
Office Address: Inland Equity Partnership, 41-550 Eclectic Street, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, Inc. 
Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, Inc. is a non-profit legal service provider. Interns will assist with documentation preparation of legal forms for low-income individuals.

Contact: Sylvia Quistorf
E-mail: Squistorf@Iellaaid.Org 
Phone: 951-369-3009

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
The PEOC is a non-profit day labor organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for day laborers to find safe work at a fair wage, to obtain new trades and skills that improve their employability and quality of life, and to improve the overall conditions for all immigrant workers.

The center organizes day laborers in Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Spanish language ability & access to a car is required.

Contact: Benjamin Wood
E-mail: bwood@pomonadaylabor.org
Phone: 909-397-4215 (office) and 909-996-1624 (cell) 

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
E-mail: sbcsc.org@gmail.com 
Phone: 909-885-1992 
Office address: 788 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92401

Warehouse Worker Resource Center
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.

Warehouse Worker Resource Center Websites: www.warehouseworkers.org; https://www.facebook.com/WarehouseWorkerResourceCenter
Contact: Veronica Alvarado
E-mail: valvarado@warehouseworkers.org 
Phone: 323-206-8254 (texting is fine); 909-986-6929

Organizations located in Los Angeles:

CLEAN Carwash Campaign
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
E-mail: rodriguez.e.flor@gmail.com
Phone: 323-385-4396

Garment Worker Center
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.

Garment Worker Center Website: http://garmentworkercenter.org
Contact: Marissa Nuncio
E-mail: marissanuncio@gmail.com
Phone: 213-748-5866; 213-453-9907