Traditional Field Study Catalog - Environmental, Planning & Policy

Last Updated 11/21/22

Adventures to Dreams Enrichment (Site #400) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person, Hybrid (In-person and Remote)
Placements available: 5           Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 903 Fairbanks Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
Hours of Operation: Sat 10-4pm, some weekdays for garden maintenance.
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Vivianna Goh                       Title: Assistant Director
Email Address:           Phone: 657-206-9030

About the Organization:
A child mindset begins to develop at birth. We believe that enrichment can plant positive seeds in the minds of growing youth. This is our "Busy hands = Busy minds" concept: providing activities that encourage kids to explore their limitless creativity, and absorb knowledge about the world around them. We serve youth (ages 4-14) by engaging them in hands-on gardening, art, and STEM. Our 10,000-square-foot location provides a safe space to learn and play, and increases community access to fresh produce.

We believe every youth who attends our program leaves with the inspiration to Dream big and Believe they can achieve anything in life. Busy hands = Busy minds can be seen in every part of our program, to help kids create and develop a positive mindset.

Placement Job Description: Interns are expected to assist with setting up and breaking down outdoor furniture, gardening and cooking equipment, and maintenance of the garden (watering, weeding, composting, harvesting). Remote activities include learning about nonprofit management, grant writing, and social media marketing. We are looking for applicants who are good team players and listeners. Must be able to work with kids, as our program revolves around planting seeds with youth and sending them home with nutritious food!

Requirements (subject to change): No previous experience needed.
COVID-19 Protocols: We are an outdoor gardening program. At the moment we do not require masks for those who have been vaccinated. We ask that you do not come to the garden if you are sick, and that you use our hand washing station as needed. Thank you.
How to Apply: Applicants should email with the subject line: Internship Application for Adventures to Dreams Enrichment. Include your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript with GPA. Please state your availability for an interview.

American Planning Association - Central Coast (Site #411) 

Accepting students for: Fall: FULL    Winter: NO     Spring: FUL    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Remote 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): Remote
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5 but can work hours after 5pm and on weekends                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Rachel Raynor                      Title: Associate Planner
Email Address:          Phone: 916-296-0245

About the Organization:
The Central Coast Section is part of the American Planning Association's California Chapter and serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The Central Coast Section aims to provide planning professionals, elected officials, and community members with services, support, and information to advance planning in the Central Coast and beyond. We are one of eight sections that comprise the APA California Chapter and prioritize social and professional development events for our members.

Placement Job Description: Assist with Board research tasks / event promotion / special projects

Requirements (subject to change)

  • The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in urban planning and pursuing a career in planning practice.
  • Priority will be given to students majoring in Urban Studies.
  • Priority will also be given to students from diverse, atypical, and/or underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Through their volunteer activities and/or professional experience, the student should demonstrate their experience in organization, management, and taking initiative.
  • Strong communication ability is key.
  • The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about the planning field and self-motivated to meet other planners and make the most out of their internship.

COVID-19 Protocols: N/A. All internship work will be conducted remotely.

American Planning Association - APA (Site #413) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Remote 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): N/A
Hours of Operation: N/A. Field study hours may be completed at any time.                               
Site Website: AND
Main Contact: Ms. Stephanie Roxas                    Title: Vice President of Professional Development, California Chapter
Email Address:            Phone: 916-296-0245

About the Organization:
OUR MISSION: Creating great communities for all.

OUR VISION: The American Planning Association will lead the way to equitable, thriving communities by creating unique insights, as well as innovative and practical approaches that enable the planning community to anticipate and successfully adapt to the needs of a rapidly changing world. Planners help communities thrive in a changing world — APA serves to elevate and unite their efforts, advancing a diversity of thought and representation in the profession. The California Chapter of the American Planning Association (“APA California”) is the largest chapter of the largest professional planning organization in the country. APA California has over 7,000 members comprising a network of practicing planners, citizens and elected officials committed to urban, suburban, regional and rural planning in the State of California.

Placement Job Description

The American Planning Association (APA) comprises the California Chapter and eight local Sections in Orange County and other regions throughout the State. APA Interns will assist Board Members either at the State or local Section level with various activities and tasks.

This may include:

  • Supporting the development of programs and events
  • Researching educational and professional development programs
  • Social media outreach
  • Writing newsletter articles
  • Note-taking at meetings
  • Assisting with special projects
  • Research related to policies and topics of importance to APA.

Ultimately, the internship work program will vary depending on the Intern Supervisor and their specific needs. Interns will be invited to participate in various Chapter and/or Section Board meetings. Interns will meet planners from many disciplines, expertises, and sectors working throughout the State, and there will be opportunities to connect with professionals that closely align with the student's career interests.

Requirements (subject to change)

  • The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in urban planning and pursuing a career in planning practice.
  • Priority will be given to students majoring in Urban Studies.
  • Priority will also be given to students from diverse, atypical, and/or underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Through their volunteer activities and/or professional experience, the student should demonstrate their experience in organization, management, and taking initiative.
  • Strong communication ability is key.
  • The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about the planning field and self-motivated to meet other planners and make the most out of their internship.

COVID-19 Protocols: N/A. All internship work will be conducted remotely.
How to Apply: Interested students should email their resumes to Stephanie Roxas, AICP, Vice President of Professional Development, at: In the email, please describe your specific planning interests, short-term career goals, and why you are interested in becoming an APA Intern. Please also summarize your skills, abilities, and any relevant background information that would help us assess your candidacy for this internship. Applications will be reviewed one week after the release of the UCI Field Study Catalog, and as such, interested students are encouraged to apply immediately. Priority will be given to early applicants. Students will be contacted for a follow-up Zoom meeting to gauge fit for the position. Please note that the Intern Supervisor will vary per quarter based on availability.

A-Tech Consulting, Inc (Site #420) 

Accepting students for: Fall: FULL    Winter: FULL     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 1           Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable):1640 N. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92867
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5
Site Website
Main Contact: Ms. Olivia Merk                            Title: Project Administration Manager
Email                  Phone: TBA 

About the Organization: A-Tech Consulting, Inc. (A-Tech) is a premier, full-service environmental consulting firm serving all areas of California and Nevada. We are a proven leader in solving our clients’ environmental challenges throughout each phase of a project. Located in Orange, California, A-Tech is a fast-growing company who are seeking hard-working interns who want to learn about environmental consulting! If you are looking for an opportunity to obtain hands-on experience, work in a team environment and learn about environmental hazards, then this could be the internship for you. We provide training in-house specialized for our line of work and our company structure.

Placement Job Description:

Minimum investment of 10-15 hours per week to learn the skills desired. We are flexible with your school schedule and can work with your hours. Our office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. This position is not remote.

Environmental Data & Reports Internship:

  • Skills Learned During Internship:
  • Report, data table and diagram creation
  • Communication across different departments
  • Maintenance and interpretation of laboratory results
  • Database management tools
  • Task prioritization and organization Environmental expertise
  • Company processes and functions.

Benefits Gained Through Internship:

  • Gain valuable work experience and build your resume
  • Skill development Learn and utilize business tools and project management software programs
  • Letter of recommendation upon satisfactory completion of internship
  • Learn more about your field or industry Work in a team environment
  • Environmental Field Technician Internship: 

Tasks Learned During Internship:

  •  Learn about report deliverables needed for Environmental Reports
  •  Create diagrams for reports
  •  Maintaining and interpreting laboratory results
  •  Learn to use proprietary software for data collection and more
  •  Shadow a Senior Technician and learn how to conduct Asbestos, Lead, Mold and/or HAZMAT Assessments using proper identification, sampling techniques and documentation methods
  •  Learn about occupational safety regulations from California regulatory agencies
  •  Direct and apply Infection Control procedures and protocols

Benefits Gained Through Internship:

  •  Gain valuable work experience and build your resume
  •  Skill development
  •  Learn and utilize business tools and project management software programs
  •  Letter of recommendation upon satisfactory completion of internship
  •  Learn more about the environmental field
  •  Work in a team environment

Requirements (subject to change): Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is desired.

COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required, physical distancing, Masks are not required while working at your desk, but are required when physical distancing is not possible or you are accessing shared spaces (kitchen, restroom, etc.)
How to Apply: In order to apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Please also specify the quarter you are applying for and if you have flexibility for other quarters as well.

City of Newport (Site #424) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 5+           Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Hours of Operation:    7:30 AM to 5:30 PM / Monday - Thursday; 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM / Friday (depending on the assignment, hours may extend beyond what has been outlined)                         
Site Website 
Main Contact: Ms. Maritza Leon-Mis                                 Title: Human Resources Specialist
Email            Phone: 949-644-3256


About the Organization:

Mission Statement: Newport Beach is an exceptional community because of its nautical heritage, the natural beauty of the bay and ocean, and its outstanding enhancements. As employees of the City of Newport Beach, we have been entrusted to be the stewards of the quality of life cherished by those who live, work and visit here. In support of that trust, we commit to provide excellent services that respect the uniqueness and diversity of the community.

The City is divided in to thirteen functional departments, including: City Attorney, City Clerk, City Manager, Community Development, Finance, Fire, Harbor, Human Resources, Library Services, Police, Public Works, Recreation & Senior Services, and Utilities. Our departments work together to provide excellent services to the community. Each department offers a different perspective on City governance. The availability and scope of projects will vary by department and time of year, offering prospective interns the opportunity to participate hands-on in many aspects of municipal government operations.

Placement Job Description:

We have multiple vacancies across the departments below. Some of the anticipated tasks include:

  • Recreation & Senior Services: Special event planning, playground record keeping upgrade, emergency supply training, and park patrol ride-along.
  • Finance: Assist with budget and procurement tasks and other special projects.
  • Community Development: Market surveys.
  • Harbor: Hospitality services at Marina Park. Upgrading tracking of nearby services and amenities for guests. Data analysis and graphic display, procedure capture and documentation.
  • Human Resources: There will be a broad range of product assignments and responsibilities, including Risk Management (e.g., evaluating contracts and claims filed against the City for property damage or personal injury); gaining an overview of all City departments from recruitment, training, safety, risk, etc.; touching on employee investigations, including preservation of due process rights; implementing latest trends on recruitment and onboarding (e.g., advertising, posting on social media, etc.).

Requirements (subject to change):  Experience with Excel, Word, Outlook and social media. Knowledge of graphic design is highly desirable. Detail-oriented, quick learner and analytical.
COVID-19 Protocols: N/A
How to Apply: Please send your resume to and a paragraph explaining what interests you most about our student vacancy.

City of Norwalk (Site #405) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 12700 Norwalk Boulevard
Hours of Operation: M-Th 8-6, alternating F 8-5                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Beth Chow                         Title: Senior Planner
Email Address:           Phone: 562-929-5953

About the Organization:
Our Mission: The City of Norwalk is committed to meeting the needs of its residents and businesses by providing exceptional public services and facilities that are responsive to the community through honest, efficient and fiscally responsible leadership.

Planning Division: The Planning Division provided current and advance planning or the City. Current planning involves the review of development projects, including anything from bedroom additions to residential subdivisions and new commercial centers. Projects are reviewed for matters such as compliance with zoning regulations, the effect the project will have on the environment, and compatibility with neighboring uses. 

Advanced planning, on the other hand, involves the establishment of regulations and long range plans for land use and development within the City. The type, size, location, and appearance of development on each property is determined through the advanced planning process. In essence, it establishes the objectives and framework under which current planning can effectively occur.

Placement Job Description:

Field study candidates have generally learn about the field of City Planning at the local jurisdictional level. 

Under the direction of the Senior Planner or other appropriately designated staff, this position will perform entry-level work pertaining to Zoning Code application and interpretation. The successful candidate will be expected to assist with Planning Division counter activities and special projects while becoming experienced with plan reviews and the processing of ministerial applications. 

Other tasks can include research, data gathering, and analysis as related to longer range planning issues. Administrative tasks that help the division and department to meet deadlines and goals will also be included.

Requirements (subject to change): Students applying for placement must be able to pass a background check.
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required
How to Apply: Please contact Beth Chow, Senior Planner to inquire about opportunities with the City. Please send along a resume, as well as any specific interests you may have related to local planning.

City of San Clemente, Planning Division (Site #412) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person
Placements available:1         Length of Commitment: 2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 910 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA 92673
Hours of Operation: M-Th 8-5:30,alternating Fridays 8-5       
Site Website
Main Contact: Ms. Sara Toma                               Title: Senior Planner
Email Address:          Phone: 949-361-6197

About the Organization:
The City of San Clemente, most commonly referred to as the Spanish Village by the Sea, is the southernmost city in Orange County and home to 65,975 residents. The city was founded and incorporated in 1928 and now spans 18.7 square miles over rugged hills, coastal canyons, and majestic coastline. The city's Spanish heritage is proudly displayed in its architecture, and its popular beaches promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle with surfing at its core. The Planning Division is responsible for articulating and implementing the community's vision of the City's natural and built environment as outlined in the General Plan and the various specific plans. Planners review entitlement (Variance, Site Plan Permit, etc.) submittals and ensure that proposals meet City codes. Planners also review administrative permits for signs and landscaping. Planners are also responsible for processing environmental documents, ensuring the compatibility of proposed projects with existing development, promoting historic preservation, preparing long range policy documents and updating the City's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

Placement Job Description: The San Clemente Planning Division is a fast-paced work environment that handles a large volume of work and regularly interfaces with the public. Interns will assist with a variety of tasks, such as: researching and interpreting City, County, State, and Federal regulations; responding to customer inquiries via email and phone; researching public records and development permits; reviewing applications for compliance with the Zoning Code; posting public hearing notices at project sites; organizing land use databases and project files; and supporting planners with other tasks as assigned.

Requirements (subject to change): Working at the City of San Clemente requires a background check, live scan, and a California driver's license. Students must have customer service experience, be available at least two days a week, and be able to commit to a minimum six-month internship.
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask requirement may be waived with documentation of a COVID vaccine.
How to Apply: Interested students should email their resumes to Sara Toma, Senior Planner, at: In the email, please describe your schedule/availability, short-term career goals, and why you are interested in becoming a City Planning Intern. 

City of Westminster, Planning Division (Site #406) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 8200 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683
Hours of Operation: M-Th 7-5:30                             
Site Website:
Main Contact: Mr. Steve Ratkay                                Title: Planning Manager
Email Address:            Phone: 714-548-3484

About the Organization:
The City of Westminster is committed to providing the highest quality of service, ensuring that Westminster is a desirable place to live, work, play, and do business.

The Planning Division is part of the larger Community Development Department. The role of the Planning Division is to implement the City's vision and goals for community development and land use as established in the Westminster General Plan.

The Planning Division is involved with a wide range of activities ranging from processing applications for development projects to conducting complex policy and research studies. The Division also advises the Planning Commission and City Council on various topics including architecture/design, environmental analysis, and land use.

A central responsibility of the Planning Division is to implement the City's comprehensive General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The two basic areas of planning include current planning, which focuses on new development in the City; and advanced planning, which deals with the long-term goals, objectives, and programs of the City.

Placement Job Description: Assist planners at the public counter or on the phone service customers, research related to planning policy and processes, analyze architectural plans and land uses for compliance with the Zoning Code and other applicable regulations, prepare correspondence and reports to internal and external customers, assist planners as needed, general administrative duties.

Requirements (subject to change): None
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required
How to Apply: Contact the Planning Manager and instructions will be given at that time.

City of Whittier - Planning Division (Site #421) 

Accepting students for Fall: FULL   Winter: NO     Spring: NO     Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 13230 Penn Street, Whittier, CA 90602
Hours of Operation: M-Th 7:30-5:30, F 8-5                            
Site Website:
Main Contact: Mr. Luis Escobedo                            Title: Assistant Director of Community Development
Email Address:          Phone: (562) 567-9320

About the Organization:

"Planning the Future, Preserving the Past" The Community Development is committed to delivering personalized service while encouraging a safe well designed physical environment and seeking to facilitate balanced growth, preservation, and rehabilitation. The ideal candidate will have an interest in urban planning and pursuing a career in planning practice.

Placement Job Description

Under supervision:

  • Performs entry-level duties related to urban planning, community design, assisting the public, and other duties as assigned
  • Assists the general public, developers, architects, and contractors regarding planning, zoning, and other municipal code requirements in person and on the telephone
  • Updates maps and other planning documents
  • Assists staff in preparing letters and reports under the supervision of the City Staff
  • Assists staff in preparing reports and exhibits for the Design Review Board, Historic Resources Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council
  • Conducts field surveys, research, and analysis on planning-related issues
  • May present staff reports to the Zoning Administrator and Design Review Board
  • Adheres to City and department policies and procedures and performs related duties as required.

Requirements (subject to change): Basic planning philosophies; research and report writing techniques; computer programs including Microsoft Office Suite applications (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook) and Adobe Suite applications
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required
How to Apply: Interested students should email their cover letter and resume to Luis Escobedo, Planning Services Manager at In the email, please describe your schedule/availability, short-term career goals, and why you are interested in becoming a City Planning Intern.

Community Action Partnership of Orange County (Site #407) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 3            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 11870 Monarch Street, Garden Grove, Ca. 92841
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Mr. Alexander Caro          Title: Senior Planner
Email Address:          Phone: 714 897-6670 ext. 3405

About the Organization:
We seek to end and prevent poverty by stabilizing, sustaining and empowering people with the resources they need when they need them. By forging strategic partnerships, we form a powerful force to improve our community.

Born of the War on Poverty, Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC) has worked to enhance the quality of life here since 1965. We boldly address the root causes of poverty and advocate for change through systemic reforms, social justice and racial equity. We live and work in the neighborhoods we so passionately serveùcoming together from all backgrounds and experiences to stabilize, sustain and empower individuals and families so they may build stronger communities.

Placement Job Description: The Planning Intern works closely with CAP OC's Planning Department to support planning-related projects, assist with planning studies/reports, collects program data and maintain contracts, promote and provide outreach support for recent research and studies, and assist in the development of new agency programs. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist in promoting and presenting the agency's recent Community Needs Assessment findings to community stakeholder groups (community members, partnering organizations, local colleges/universities, etc.)
  • Provide support for the planning and implementation of new programs/initiatives related to affordable housing/low-income housing
  • Provide support for the Intersections Initiative- assist Planner with outreach activities/organizing in low-income communities (done virtually/remotely)
  • Assist with providing outreach support for the agency's new Green Jobs program- a program focused on advocating for sustainable climate change/adaptation plans, driving deeper energy efficiency savings, expanding electric vehicle adoption, advocating for sustainable environmental policies/practices, and leading climate education programs
  • Assist the department with the development of the agency's new Strategic Plan
  • May regularly interface with community groups, community residents, other CAP OC departments
  • Provide general department support, as needed. 

Requirements (subject to change):

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Dedication to the anti-poverty mission of CAP OC
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace and Microsoft Office and able to develop skills in new platforms as necessary
  • Language skills 

COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required
How to Apply: Please send resume to CAP OC Senior Planner, Alexander Caro ( with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.


Accepting students for Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 4            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): Varies depending on each internship (majority of internships take place in Santa Ana, CA).
Hours of Operation: M-F 8-5                                
Main Contact: Joanne Li                                                 Title: Assistant Recruitment Manager
                                           Email                             Phone: 714-834-7327

About the Organization:
Mission Statement: Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.

The County provides internship opportunities from a variety of departments including the Auditor-Controller, the District Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, OC Waste & Recycling, OC Health Care Agency, Social Services Agency, and the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Placement Job Description:

County of Orange internship duties vary depending on the internship. To view a current list of internship openings and their job duties please visit

Requirements (subject to change): Live Scans are required of interns to complete. (Interns are not charged for live scans). Please note internships with Law Enforcement agencies such as the OC Sheriff's and District Attorney's Office have lengthy background investigations that interns must complete before interning.
COVID-19 Protocols: The County of Orange is adhering to all current guidelines put in place by the California Department of Public Health
How to Apply: Students can apply for internships online A cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts are required.

D. Woolley & Associates (SITE #426) 

Accepting students for Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 2            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 2832 Walnut Ave, Suite A, Tustin, CA 92780
Hours of Operation: M-F 6-5                               
Main Contact: David Woolley                                   Title:  Owner/President
Email                       Phone: 7147348462

About the Organization:

Our community education program's mission is to provide underground utility location training and education for underserved communities in Orange County.
D. Woolley & Associates is looking for bright, motivated students who want to be part of the ground floor of a community education program that will be offered at Santiago Canyon College beginning this winter. This course is the first of three to educate students on how to utilize electromagnetic locating devices, global positioning systems, and geographic information systems. Our program is one of a kind in California, and we are providing opportunities for individuals that may be seeking alternative paths to success outside of the traditional four-year university experience. The UCI student interns will be integral to helping develop and implement this course, and we hope to expand it to other communities throughout Southern California in the near future."  Subsurface Utility Locating and One-Call locating is a rapidly growing field, not only across the United States but around the world. This course will prepare students to utilize various geospatial/ geophysical theories and technologies to perform basic locating tasks.

Students that successfully complete this course will be certified to the National Utility Location Contractors Association (NULCA) standard for accredited locator competency. This certification requires individuals to meet the “qualified person” standards set by California Government Code Section 4216 and California Code of Regulations 1541 to perform subsurface installation locating activities. This course is the first series to prepare students for a career in One-Call locating, SUE, land surveying, GIS, and engineering.

Placement Job Description:

The intern's primary role is to understand underground utility locating education by assisting directors with administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings, outreach, and participating in stakeholder meetings. This may also include some training on how to use the instruments associated with underground utility locating.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following are the primary responsibilities of this position (other duties may be assigned as necessary):

  •    Operations
  •    Develop outreach materials
  •    Create and plan social media posts
  •    Update flyers or materials as needed
  •    Work with other community colleges to expand program
  •    Attend stakeholder meetings to learn about the community education program
  •    Take attendance for internal meetings and update partner lists
  •    Work with directors to develop program documents, including (but not limited to)
    • Policies and procedures
    • Release documents
    • Training materials.
  •    Help develop computer-based training modules

Requirements (subject to change):  

  •   Interest in community education programs
  •   Experience with Microsoft Office
  •   Willing to work outside

COVID-19 Protocols: Physical Distancing
How to Apply:Please email Micah Paulk for more information:

Eco Now (SITE # 425) 

Accepting students for Fall: TBA     Winter: NO     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 2            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable):   2930 Bristol St, Unit A102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hours of Operation: 11-7 every day; community outreach events varies (mostly on weekend mornings).         Site Website:
Main Contact: Mr. Thomas Pauley                                   Title:  Manager of Operations
Email Address:                           Phone:    657-201-8172

About the Organization:

Our mission is to help consumers make sustainable choices. At Eco Now, we strive to educate others and provide locally sourced, handmade, and eco-friendly goods to reduce waste.

We educate our clients and our team members the importance on the end of life for materials used in their home or for their body. We show that recycling plastics, organics, and greywater is important to reduce the environmental impact of human consumption. We teach this by showing effective ways to prevent and reduce the use of plastics in every day life as well as how to properly dispose or recycle plastics; this is achieved with our non-profit partner "H&B ProdEx". We teach organic recycling by showing different ways to compost at home from organic materials being consumed such as food scraps and paper packaging. And We teach greywater recycling as en effective solution to reduce the impact of California's severe drought. Both organic and greywater recycling classes are taught theough our "eco classes now" department.

Placement Job Description:

  • Title: eco-guide
  • Supervisor: Owner/Supervisor: eco-guides are under the direct supervision of managers and manager of operations.
  • Principle Duties: The eco-guides play the most important single role in educating customers on the end of life of products and the impact it has on the environment, customer service, customer relations, cleanliness and maintenance of the store they are assigned to.
  • Specifically, eco-guides will:
    • Be a positive and professional representative of Eco Now, LLC.
    • Exemplify our mission by serving and educating our consumers about being Eco Now, Not Later.
    • Demonstrate superior customer relations and service.
    • Demonstrate superior knowledge of the company's ecological-friendly products.
    • Complete daily and deep cleaning assignments and records after completion.
    • Complete daily shift documentation which logs the pertinent information on each shift, including notes of circumstances and special customer requests and needs.
    • Document and communicate all store maintenance issues and equipment needs on the daily updates and inform store managers as needed (this includes serving tools needs, cleaning supply needs, etc).
    • Uphold and perform the highest cleaning and organizational standards on the sales floor and in the back stock areas.
    • Attend the Mandatory Monthly Meetings.
    • Participate in all required training.
    • Be an exemplary example of patience, respect, and due diligence throughout the entirety of your position.
    • Observe and adhere to safety postings and policies.
    • Report any violation of established procedures of personnel duties to your supervisor.
    • Complete any miscellaneous store tasks assigned to you from supervisors.

Requirements (subject to change)

  • Must be able to lift 50lbs.
  • Ability to assist customers with the highest quality.
  • Follow oral and written directions.
  • Write effectively.
  • Ability to use the store’s digital point of sale devices.
  • Accept feedback, be a team player by working well with others.
  • Perform duties with integrity,

COVID-19 Protocols: Regular sanitation of all spaces, good hygiene, effective hand washing and hand sanitation.
How to Apply:  Please fill out the Eco Now Team Member Application Form in the link below and we'll keep your application on file for potential openings. 

To follow up with your application, email "".
Thank you for your interest in joining our team!

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (Site #408) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 2200 Ritchey Street, Santa Ana CA 92705
Hours of Operation: Generally M-F 9-5, some evenings and weekends. Flexible schedule.                              Site Website:
Main Contact: Richard Nguyen                    Title: Volunteer Services Coordinator 
Email        Phone: 949-209-5915

About the Organization:
Our mission: Seeking to put love and faith into action, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County brings people together to build homes, community and hope.

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat OC seeks innovative solutions to providing affordable home ownership. The need for affordable, workforce and entry-level ownership is the final step needed to lift people of our cyclical poverty. We know home isn't just a building, it includes the community and resources in which you live, work and grow. Stable and high quality housing provides safety, mental and physical well-being, and educational opportunities for families. Habitat OC builds simple, decent homes and sells them to qualified low-income families at a price they can afford. 

Additionally, we engage in advocacy for affordable home ownership, provide home repairs to low-income homeowners, and assist with community organizing to improve neighborhood conditions.

Placement Job Description:

Duties will include:

  • Community outreach and education about Habitat OC services, including:
    •  Respond to inquiries and provide support to families through email, phone and direct meetings.
    •  Work with other departments to promote services to Habitat OC program families. This could include in-person and remote meetings, presentations, preparing written materials, or other tasks.
    •  Collect and compile data for reports and presentations.
    •  Virtual presentations to community, church and civic groups
  • Additional duties may arise

We are committed to the student not only assisting Habitat OC in meeting our deliverables but also that the student gains relevant experience to their future career.

Ideally an UPPP, Public Policy, Social Policy, or Political Science major, we are committed to the student not only assisting Habitat OC in meeting our deliverables, but also that the student gains relevant experience to their future career.

Requirements (subject to change): Willing to undergo a background check.
COVID-19 Protocols: We follow current CalOSHA COVID19 protocols
How to Apply: Please send a personalized cover letter and resume to Richard Nguyen at


Accepting students for Fall: Yes    Winter: NO     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 3            Length of Commitment: 2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 1091 N. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92867
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                                
Main Contact: Ms. Sydney Quinn                    Title: Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator 
Email            Phone: 949-273-0555 x 123

About the Organization:
illumination Foundation's mission is to provide targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients in order to disrupt the cycle of homelessness in Southern California. We assess clients in order to identify needs and provide immediate relief when necessary, followed by care that combines housing assistance, case management, medical care, mental health services, and workforce training and placement services to decrease community dependency. We offer a low-entry threshold to access health and housing stability for the most vulnerable members of our community, with a focus on families and those with chronic health conditions.

Placement Job Description:

Case Management Intern is compassionate, and is dedicated to assessing the strengths and needs of homeless clients with proven ability to build rapport. The most important aspects of providing wraparound services are knowledge of community resources and actively following up with each interaction made while building relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the IF Staff in taking on the role of backup during diversion hours.
  • Building community resources list and updating list of current services.
  • Connect clients to appropriate resources and supportive services.
  • Connect with all clients on Emergency Shelter waitlist to provide support and advocacy.
  • Assist waitlisted clients in identifying, securing and maintaining affordable transitional/permanent housing in the community.

Requirements (subject to change): Previous experience, live scan/background check
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required, Vaccine preferred
How to Apply: Email to apply.


Accepting students for Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid 
Placements available: 2            Length of Commitment: 2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 501 N. Golden Circle, Suite 100, Santa Ana CA 92705
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                                
Main Contact: Ms. Brenda Walters                                     Title: Community Impact Manager
Email              Phone: 714-580-5057

About the Organization

Innovative Housing Opportunities (IHO) values a holistic approach to developing quality affordable housing that integrates on-site resident services programming, partnerships, and community engagement. IHO is invested in the success of our housing communities by providing a rich array of programs that are open to our residents and the surrounding communities. Dynamic programs offered include job skills support, parenting classes, financial literacy workshops, computer training, health education, after-school programming for youth, and many other community-building activities. “It starts with Housing” reflects IHO’s core belief that high-quality, affordable housing is the foundation for healthy, catalytic, and economically vibrant communities where residents can dream of and reach for new possibilities.

Placement Job Description:

After-School Program Coordinator:

  • Assists Program Manager with organizing and conducting innovative after-school programming for school-age children.
  • Conducts community outreach efforts.

Social Services Referral Coordinator:

  • Conducts one-on-one assessments with residents to determine resident needs.
  • Assists with the development of resident database system and analysis of data.
  • Provided referrals to appropriate community partners.

Asset Mapping Coordinator:

  • Researches and conducts outreach to potential community partners in geographical areas for new housing projects.

Adult & Senior Services Coordinator:

  • Assists Program Manager to develop and coordinate programs and services for adults and seniors that will support Economic Self-Sufficiency and improve quality of life.
  • Conduct marketing outreach efforts to encourage resident participation.

Financial Department Intern:

  • We are looking for a candidate with a fundamental knowledge of bookkeeping.
  • Special qualifications include the following:
    • Knowledge of QuickBooks Online
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, with an emphasis on using Excel
    • Ability to verify bills, coding and enter billing amounts into the database
  • This internship will provide interns with an overview of nonprofit accounting systems, affordable housing asset management procedures and the intricacies of accounting for affordable housing developers.

Requirements (subject to change): Microsoft Office Suite, Google Products, Data Analysis, Client/Resident Services, Community Organizing. Background check
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required, Vaccine required
How to Apply: Contact Brenda Walters, Community Impact Manager at

Jamboree Housing Corporation (Site #409) 

Accepting students for: Fall: FULL    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 2            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 17701 Cowan Suite 200 Irvine CA 92614
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                           
Site Website:
Main Contact: Alicia Demaree                                             Title: HR Generalist
Email Address:             Phone: 949-214-2355

About the Organization:
Jamboree delivers high-quality affordable housing and services that transform lives and strengthen communities. With housing as the platform, we believe in the power of community to bring hope home to those starting out or starting over: working families, seniors, veterans, formerly homeless, and those with special needs. We build award-winning housing with LEED-certified quality they can afford, and provide supportive programs and services that instill both personal accomplishment and community pride. Jamboree's vision is to improve communities throughout California by developing a full range of quality housing affordable to everyone in a community, and provide supportive, life-enhancing services.

Placement Job Description:

Community Impact Intern | Location: Remote

  • Assist in writing informational, promotional, and educational materials for specific target groups or for general distribution to members
  • Implement programming and evaluation tools to educate and enhance resident's quality of life
  • Disseminate data and present recommendations for new opportunities within the organization
  • Using the gaps identified in the community, develop SDOH workshops as needed at Jamboree properties
  • Explain how the SDOH measures and impacts align with Jamboree’s mission
  • Develop cohesive system to synthesize and report on data from multiple partners and multiple sites
  • Assist with schematics regarding continued expansion and possibly fund SDOH collaborative efforts
  • Educate residents on the SDOH
  • Market workshops
  • Design or assist in the development of questionnaires and moderator guides to ensure the necessary data is captured
  • Assess knowledge gained, attitude and/or behavior change via surveys

Food Program Intern | Location: Irvine

  • Work productively and proactively with Coordinators and housing community
  • Call/email residents to notify them of upcoming food distributions
  • Post flyers for food programs at properties
  • Maintain attendance records for programs and events
  • Provide administrative support (filing, faxing, copying, data entry, etc)
  • Assist at food distributions by taking photos for marketing and organizing food
  • Attend county and city collaborative meetings to provide updates for the team
  • Submit forms and documentation to food distribution partners
  • Research local county and city food programs for new staff
  • Provide support to the Coordinators by assisting in the setup of activities, work areas, distributing and collecting supplies

Resident Services Intern | Locations: Anaheim, Brea, El Monte, Irvine, Long Beach, Riverside

  • Work productively and proactively with Resident Service Coordinator and housing community
  • Assists in maintaining facility and equipment (including clean up)
  • Provide support to the RSC by assisting in the setup of activities, work areas, distributing and collecting supplies
  • Maintain attendance records for programs and events
  • Provide administrative support (filing, faxing, copying, data entry, etc)
  • Assists Resident Service Coordinator with conducting a progressive, challenging after-school program
  • Assist youth with homework, providing basic math, reading, and writing help
  • Assist in the preparation and distribution of after-school snacks and enrichment programs
  • Serve as a role model to youth in the community

Senior Services Intern | Locations: Irvine, Mission Viejo

  • Assist coordinators with various educational/wellness topics
  • Assist in planning and facilitating community events; food distribution, arts & crafts, birthday parties, bingo
  • Make positive contact with isolated seniors and encourage them to seek support
  • Administrative support; designing calendars, flyers, research programs

Supportive Services Intern | Locations: Anaheim, Buena Park, Stanton

  • Assist in leading groups at Jamboree’s Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments on various topics such as vocation, self-development, health & wellness, recreation, life skills and mental health
  • Shadow case management check-ins with clients focused on providing resources and referrals
  • Attend 1-on-1 supervision to oversee hours
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements (subject to change): Livescan or Background Check. Vaccine Required.

COVID-19 Protocols: Vaccine Required, Mask Required
How to Apply: Apply directly at:

Los Angeles Food Policy Council  (Site #422) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available:4           Length of Commitment: OPEN
Physical Address (if applicable): 305 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                            
Main Contact: Ms. Christine Tran                                        Title: Executive Director
Email Address:                            Phone: (213) 260-0516

About the Organization:

The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) works to ensure food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable for all. We believe Good Food for All is possible and that all communities deserve access to good food, grown in a way that respects people and the planet. We work to create a local food system free from hunger, rooted in equity and access, supportive of farmers and food workers, and guided by principles of environmental stewardship and regeneration. To accomplish our vision of Good Food for All, we catalyze, coordinate and connect people across the LA region, including government, business and community groups working on food.

Placement Job Description:

At LAFPC we have various types of ongoing projects that we can tailor to each students' skills, interests, and strengths. Our work requires a high level of engagement and interest in food justice, community education & development, and stakeholder conversations. We have something for everybody!

Information about the community spaces we convene plus the programs we run:

  • Our workgroups include the following areas:
    • Regenerative & Urban Agriculture
    • Food Waste Prevention & Recovery
    • Good Food Economy
    • Good Food Purchasing Policy
    • Farm to School & Gardens.
  • Members include folks from nonprofits, government, K-12, colleges, and anyone who is interested in food justice.
  • Our Food Leaders Lab Alumni Network is comprised of over 50 graduates of our food justice leadership program, developed for and by Angelenos with lived experiences navigating food justice issues. LAFPC provides training and coaching on food justice, systems change & community health.
  • Our Healthy Neighborhood Market Network aims to ensure that everyone can access fresh produce within half a mile of their residence. The program empowers small business owners in low-income neighborhoods to bring good food to their communities. By working with store owners to champion healthy food access, our Healthy Neighborhood Market Network supports community vitality and economic development. Storeowners receive training, guidance, and upgrades to their stores, transforming them into beacons of healthy, affordable food. As a result, communities have more options for living a healthy life. Depending on interests and available projects, they may include the following: For those interested in community organizing work, our Working Group Meetings and a Food Leaders Lab Alumni Network would benefit from the following support:
    • Notetaking, managing Google Drive, and reaching out to members.
    • Developing materials using Google Workspace and Canva for social media and/or other communications.
    • Help plan for virtual workshops on storytelling, grant writing, racial justice, and other community-centered conversations.
  • For those interested in writing & communications work, there is a range of opportunities to support us, including developing new narratives through interviews and story writing, exploring our existing body of work to develop into public engagement pieces, as well as developing social media campaigns, and guides.
  • For those interested in research, data and mapping, we have a number of active projects that require support that includes working with datasets, ArcGIS, as well combining it all into data storytelling!

Requirements (subject to change): You must have access to a computer and the internet in order to conduct work using programs like Google Workspace and Canva. If conducting field work, such as visiting a HNMN store, you must adhere to public safety requirements such as mask
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required, Physical Distancing, Varies depending on the assigned work 
How to Apply: E-mail: Include "UCI Field Study Program Student" in the subject header.

OC Habitats (Site #401) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): Various locations depending on the project/program (Orange County)
Hours of Operation: M-F 8- 4, Sat 8am-12p, Sun 10am-12pm                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Stacey C Chartier-Grable        Title: Executive Director
Email Address:                     Phone: 949-697-8651

About the Organization:
The mission of OC Habitats (OCH) is to provide a public service for the many habitats of Orange County, California through conservation efforts, rehabilitation, restoration, education, outreach, volunteerism, and monitoring to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of natural habitats and the species therein.

Our programs include:

  • Environmental education programs to students in K-12. These programs may be for public or private and may range in size depending on the group and the program offered. Some programs are remote, hybrid, or in-person depending on the nature of the program and the student availability.
  • Restoration Programs in at least two locations in Orange County (Newport and Huntington Beach) where we restore native habitats and do educational training for our volunteers.
  • Habitat Monitoring programs mainly focus on our Coastal Dune Habitats and shorebird protections. Intern will learn to identify species and the laws and regulations that protect these species throughout the year, the state, and the country.

At the end of students internship, we would like students to be able to do the following:

  • Identify the main habitats in Orange County and have specific information on at least one of them including species identification and history.
  • Identify at least 10 species within the coastal dune, wetland, coastal sage, and potentially other habitats.
  • Work with data and/or research that support our work and current projects.
  • Promote our environmental work and organization to the public through email, social media, and other tools. 
  • Write articles that are related to the programs and projects we are focused on for our website, newsletter, and online programming.
  • Prepare at least one oral presentation to be shared with the public on a specific topic that is important to the student and supports the mission of OCH.

Placement Job Description:

Job responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Attending two meetings per week: one team meeting and one individual with supervisor
  • Writing at least three articles for our blog and newsletter on an environmental topic
  • Preparing flyers for events and programs hosted by OCH 
  • Developing and implementing presentation on a specific project or topic to share with our outreach program (Coffee & Conservation)
  • Attending restoration programs each month to learn habitats and species
  • Learning to monitor coastal dune habitats and input the necessary data from those projects.
  • Helping with education programs in development and/or implementation. 
  • Coordinating with partner groups and agencies
  • Taking a leadership role in one or more of our projects and programs; learning how to organize a project and the people involved, communicating with them, leading the team through the project and reporting on the project afterwards.

Requirements (subject to change): Students should be pursuing a degree or career in environmental science, habitat conservation, biology, education, and/or nonprofit work. Although background checks are not required to intern with OCH, we may require it for specific programs as per school policy
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required, Vaccine required
How to Apply: Students should apply through our BetterImpact site:
Applications should include resume, cover letter, and references from school and/or previous employment. Our internship positions are 6-month long positions so students should plan to be with us for at least 2 quarters of their program.


Accepting students for Fall: Yes    Winter: NO   Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Remote 
Placements available: 3            Length of Commitment: 2 quarters (Fall & Winter)
Physical Address (if applicable): 1801 E Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Hours of Operation: M-F 8-5                                
Site Website
Main Contact: Nhi Nguyen                                    Title: Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator
Email Address:          Phone: N/A

About the Organization:
"To foster mutual understanding among residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business. The Orange County Human Relations Council (more commonly known as OC Human Relations) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1991 for the purpose of developing and implementing proactive human relations programs in partnership with schools, corporations, cities, foundations, and individuals. OC Human Relations provides an award-winning inter-group and violence prevention program in the schools, and conflict resolution programs, and inter-group relations initiatives in the communities all over Orange County. Supported through grants, donations, fees, and contracts, the non-profit is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of diverse community leaders and guided by a Community Partners Advisory Board that is comprised of executives from major corporations and institutions.

Placement Job Description:

The student will support advocacy support in violence prevention, community outreach, and research support. Specifically, the student will be able to support community outreach efforts for the Hate Crime Prevention Network. The network comprises community members from different organizations. Students will be expected to email local non-profits and schools. Additionally, they may be able to interview local organizations and identify what prevention and collaboration can look like. Students will also be trained on basic mediation, diversity and inclusion, trauma-informed care, human relations, bystander intervention, and more.

Requirements (subject to change): Some research skills, presentation skills, and some knowledge of social justice work. A live scan/fingerprint.
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required
How to Apply: Please email Nhi at

OC Zoo (Site #402) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 3            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92866
Hours of Operation: Tu-Sat 9-2:00                               
Site Website:
Main Contact: Mrs. Marcy Crede-Booth                 Title: Curator of Education
Email Address:          Phone: 714-973-6846

About the Organization:
The OC Zoo inside Irvine Regional Park is part of OC Parks. We offer a recreational and educational experience to zoo visitors, and exhibit animals native to the southwestern U.S. including black bears, mountain lions, eagles, coyote, bobcat, porcupines, birds of prey, reptiles, and more. We offer guided tours to school and organized groups, and classes and programs for children.

Placement Job Description:

Students will:

  • Give guided tours to school children
  • Handle small animals to show zoo visitors
  • Staff our Discovery Cart that includes animal artifacts for visitors to see up close
  • Prepare craft materials for kids classes
  • Prepare enrichment for animals for special events
  • Assist in petting zoo if needed.

Requirements (subject to change): background screening, Release of Liability, Covid Waiver
COVID-19 Protocols: Other
How to Apply:

Orange County Coastkeeper (Site #403) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type:  Hybrid (In-person and remote) 
Placements available:   5      Length of Commitment: 1 quarter 
Physical Address (if applicable): 3151 Airway Ave. Suite F-110 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5 with some weekend work available.                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Dyana Peña                        Title: Deputy Director of Programs
Email Address:           Phone: 714-850-1965

About the Organization:

Our mission is to protect the region’s water resources so they are swimmable, drinkable and fishable for present and future generations. We are a nonprofit clean water organization that serves as a proactive steward of our fresh- and saltwater ecosystems. We work collaboratively with diverse groups in the public and private sectors to achieve healthy, accessible, and sustainable water resources for the region. We implement innovative, effective programs in education, advocacy, restoration, research, enforcement, and conservation.

Placement Job Description: Orange County Coastkeeper offers a wide selection of volunteer and internship opportunities throughout the year. Activities can range from coordinating a beach cleanup and collecting water quality samples, to community outreach and film production. A Coastkeeper intern will gain experience that will further your education or career search and provide a high-profile reference for resumes and job applications. As such, the expectations and responsibilities for interns are similar to those found in a standard job setting. The minimum commitment for an official internship is 100 hours. All positions are unpaid, and we encourage student applicants to receive school credit for their hours.

Requirements (subject to change): Minimum qualifications for this internship are interest and passion for protecting the environment!
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required, Vaccine required
How to Apply: Students should apply by following instructions located at

Pacific Planning Group (Site #414) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type:  Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available:   4          Length of Commitment: 1 quarter 
 Physical Address (if applicable): Remote 
 Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5:30                               
 Site Website:
 Main Contact: Ms. Karen Martin                                       Title: Community Support Intern
 Email Address:            Phone: 949-874-2795

About the Organization: An urban planning firm with strong roots in UCI’s School of Social Ecology, that has evolved from traditional land development services to promoting organic stewardship of natural resources, including land, water, and renewable energy within the ecosystem urban redevelopment.

Placement Job Description:

Public Land Affordable Housing Development:

  • Help research other jurisdiction practices for developing affordable housing on city-owned land
  • Assist subcommittee with due diligence on potential sites
  • Research relevant state laws and housing element requirements


  • Policy research to develop a forgivable loan program for affordable ADUs
  • Research policy for an amnesty program of non legal units
  • Help organize public workshops and outreach to educate the community about ADUs

Adaptive Re-Use:

  • Research best practices from other jurisdictions for adaptive re-use
  • Conduct outreach to commercial building owners to understand specific situations and how to make feasible
  • Work with a committee to draft memo recommending policy changes to encourage adaptive re-use

Human Services:

  • Work with nonprofits, residents, and other community members to identify gaps in services
  • Identify potential funding opportunities or other solutions to fill those gaps

Requirements (subject to change): Must be proficient with MS office suite and Google Drive/Workspace
COVID-19 Protocols: TBA
How to Apply: Please email resume and cover email to, do not call until resume is forwarded, please.


Accepting students for Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Remote 
Placements available: 10      Length of Commitment: 1 quarter 
Physical Address (if applicable): Virtual 
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Mrs. Porshe Taylor                                            Title: Executive Director
Email Address:            Phone: 925-206-8661

About the Organization:  FTIO started as a way to provide a voice for incarcerated people in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. We believe that investing in the incarcerated community and transforming them from within is the key to lowering recidivism and optimizing their reentry success. We believe in providing a voice to the voiceless. We believe in serving the incarcerated and their families with compassion, empathy, and respect. We believe men and women are resilient and can grow through their experiences. We focus on Mass rehabilitation as a resolve to Mass Incarceration! 

Placement Job Description: 501 c3 nonprofit alongside Just Advocates Inc’s, Parole Board Project. Two social justice organizations working together to research the board of parole process and understand why it appears to not be working in the manner in which it was intended.

  • California Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) transcripts are public records.
    • During the parole board project, we will be obtaining these records.
    • We will go through all BPH denials and approvals, with denials that were granted during Covid being the first cohort of transcripts being pulled and reviewed
  • Every transcript will note, amongst other things, the reason for denial.
    • We will be looking for specific, commonly used, ambiguous language.
    • Every transcript read will require a survey to be completed, as detailed and comprehensive as possible, reflecting the findings and details of the transcript review.
  • Once accepted, it is a requirement that you attend a one-hour orientation/workshop which will give more in-depth details about the project, give us a chance to run through a transcript together, and answer any questions people may have.
    • This workshop is a necessary step to receiving transcript assignments.
  • Special group or solo research projects may be required.
  • Attendance to webinars pertaining to mass incarceration may be required.
  • The majority of Field study participants will adhere to the description above but as the project grows we have obtained the need for assistance with administrative projects as well as engaging the organization's social media presence. If you are particularly interested in these areas please mention this in your email of interest for the field study position.

Requirements (subject to change): Proficient knowledge of all Google Drive and Microsoft Office
How to Apply: Please email resume with cover letter to

Project Access Inc. (Site #500) 

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 5            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): Corporate Office Location: 2100 West Orangewood Avenue, Suite 230 (we have various locations)
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-6 (Hours varied by location)                                
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Linda Tran                            Title: Coordinator
                                           Email Address:           Phone: 949-594-1327

About the Organization:
To be the leading provider of vital on-site health, education, and employment services to families, children, and seniors living in affordable housing communities. Project Access employs an onsite Resident Service Coordinator at each unique family and senior resource center to implement programs and services addressed to meet individual and community needs. These services support our four key initiatives: Health & Wellness, Economic Stability, Education For Youth and Community Building.

Placement Job Description:

Responsibilities can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of programs, including After-School, teen, senior, adult, and health programs, etc.
  • Build trust and relationships with the residents in order to help meet their needs.
  • Research available resources available in the community in order to provide relevant information and referral services.
  • Assist the Service Coordinator in the creation, planning and execution of community-building events.
  • Assist with the instruction of onsite classes, programs, and other services.
  • Assist with the creation of flyers, newsletters and marketing materials to promote onsite services.
  • Conduct community outreach to connect residents with local resources, activities and programs onsite.
  • Assist the staff with retrieving and maintaining resident data.
  • Maintain attendance records for programs, services, and events
  • Attend and participate in team meetings.
  • Serve as a role model to adults and youth of the community.
  • Provide administrative support (filing, faxing, copying, data entry, etc.) to the Service Coordinator

Requirements (subject to change): Willing to learn in a new environment; open to feedback from supervisor and peers; able to provide customer service for low-income communities
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required on premises
How to Apply: Please email and provide a Cover Letter + Resume; we will follow up with pre-screening questions

Santa Ana Zoo (Site #404)

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 2            Length of Commitment: Flexible
Physical Address (if applicable): 1801 East Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hours of Operation: Tu-Sat 9-5                               
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Lauren Bergh                    Title: Curator of Education
Email Address:           Phone: 714-647-6573

About the Organization:
The Santa Ana Zoo, through fun, education and recreation empowers the community to save wildlife and wild spaces. A small zoo in the middle of Orange County, the Santa Ana Zoo focuses on small animals from Central and South America and is best known for our monkeys. Our newest education programs, Community Connections: The Zoo & You provide opportunities for youth in Santa Ana and surrounding communities to connect with the zoo and the whole of the natural world. Zoo guests enjoy regular education programming as well as casual interaction with staff and volunteers throughout the zoo. The Santa Ana Zoo is part of the City of Santa Ana Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency.

Placement Job Description: Specific opportunities may vary, but all focus on guest experience and Zoo Education programs. All students are trained in communication with zoo guests (all ages), and 2-3 specific areas of the zoo. This may include our farm interaction yard, temporary special exhibits, school programs, outreach programs, animal observations and clerical projects. Opportunities for special projects are also available.

Requirements (subject to change): completion of City of Santa Ana volunteer application and orientations, TB test, background check
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required.Current regulations for public workplaces at time of placement.
How to Apply: Complete City of Santa Ana volunteer application:
Complete Santa Ana Zoo Volunteer Orientation (offered every other month, 2 Saturdays)


Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 2            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 7 Whatney, Suite B, Irvine, CA 92615
Hours of Operation: M-Th 8-5, F 8-1:30                                 
Main Contact: Ms. Xitlaly Luna              Title: Volunteer Manager
Email          Phone: 949-687-2408

About the Organization:
Mission Statement: Preventing hunger and homelessness by helping people help themselves.


  • Food Pantry
  • Utility and Rental Assistance
  • Case Management
  • Transitional/Affordable Housing
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Thrift Store
  • Seasonal Program

Placement Job Description:

Interns will receive direct training from their staff supervisor and have an opportunity to learn about and work in all of our program areas. They will engage directly with visitors, clients, and potential clients of South County Outreach.

Their job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Client Intake:
    • Working the front desk and assisting new clients with applications
    • Assuring clients meet requirements and are providing correct paperwork and proof of ID / income
    • Filing client paperwork
    • Daily client logging and data entry
  • Client Interaction and Assessment:
    • Assisting clients with resources at South County Outreach and in the surrounding area
    • Assisting clients with shopping in the Food Pantry 
  • Program Data Entry:
    • Helping log weekly volunteer hours and new volunteer applications
    • Logging client visits and information
  • Administrative Tasks:
    • Answering phones and assisting potential donors/clients
    • Basic filing and admin tasks
  • Event Support:
    • Helping to plan and coordinate holiday events and seasonal programs

Requirements (subject to change): Background check
COVID-19 Protocols: Masks required if not vaccinated
How to Apply: Email for additional information.

The Kennedy Commission (Site #414)

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: NO   Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote)
Placements available: 5            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter 
Physical Address (if applicable): 17701 Cowan Ave. #200, Irvine, CA 92614
Hours of Operation: 9-5                               
Main Contact: Mr. Cesar Covarrubias                           Title: Executive Director
Email Address:         Phone: 949 250-0909

About the Organization: The Kennedy Commission is a community-based non-profit that works with residents and community organizations to increase the production of homes affordable to lower income households in Orange County. The Kennedy Commission develops housing solutions that affirm the dignity of families with very low- and extremely low-incomes and unites communities across Orange County to develop homes affordable to all.

Placement Job Description: The Commission is looking for field placements that are eager to engage in working to increase affordable housing opportunities in Orange County through advocacy, land use and planning. You will engage in a community discussion on housing needs and in solutions by examining affordable housing policies to address Orange County's housing crisis.

Typical task include:

  • Track and attend public meetings at OC cities on affordable housing issues
  • Researching and informing affordable housing policy
  • Work with community stakeholders on affordable housing advocacy
  • Reseach best practices for affordable housing
  • Use GIS and data sets to create support and identify sites for affordable housing.

Requirements (subject to change): Desire to learn and create positive change in Orange County.
COVID-19: Mask required, Vaccine required
How to Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Cesar Covarrubias at

UCI Dining (Site #415)

Accepting students for: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes     Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid 
Placements available: 5            Length of Commitment: 1-3 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): UCI G318 Student Center
Hours of Operation: M-F 8-5                          
Site Website:
Main Contact: Devin Grabiec                                                   Title: Sustainability Associate
Email                        Phone: 949-824-3170

About the Organization: We are committed to making environmentally responsible decisions across our operations to minimize our impact on the environment while providing quality food and service at the University of California Irvine. Our continually evolving Sustainability Pillars include Responsible Purchasing, Efficient Operations, and Waste Minimization. Our mission is to educate our interns about the different aspects of sustainability that intersect with dining. We aim to bring awareness to food waste through hands-on service, while also developing students’ communication and leadership skills. This internship will also expose interns to the world of digital marketing. In addition, we highly encourage interns to think of new ways to make our campus more sustainable for future Eaters!

Placement Job Description: Our Green Captain internship program allows interns to practice their communication and conversational skills by educating students about sustainability-related issues through interactive activities. The program will serve as an opportunity for interns to gain industry experience and be exposed to the inner workings of our dining halls and retail locations. Interns will be introduced to a brief scope of topics that intersect between the foodservice industry and sustainability. You can learn more about what sustainable steps UCI Dining has taken at

The internship will consist of the following items:

  • Assist with small and large-scale sustainability events such as Fair Trade Tuesdays, Love Your Food Don’t Waste It, Wiping Out Waste, and other educational events.
  • Conduct Waste Audits in retail locations to determine the effectiveness of our current waste diversion program.
  • Help with the launch of UCI’s Food Recovery Network chapter through outreach and volunteer events.
  • Create interactive activities and games to increase the sustainability community on campus.
  • Learn how to market sustainable programs via digital/print and a multitude of advertising avenues.
  • Have opportunities to enhance public speaking and team working skills.
  • Gain a foundational understanding of sustainability topics, such as:
    • Aerobic and anaerobic composting
    • Food waste, recovery, and upcycling
    • Learning about the different types of low-carbon diets
    • Biodegradable products
    • Waste diversion

Requirements (subject to change): Participation in one of the Social Ecology courses related to the program.
COVID-19 Protocols: Vaccine required
How to Apply: Please email resumes to, subject: Social Ecology Field Study (Quarter + Year)

UCI Herbarium (Site #423)

Accepting students for: Fall: FULL    Winter: FULL     Spring: Yes     Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 4            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): Howard Schneiderman Lecture Hall
Hours of Operation: 9:15-4, two days per week                        
Site Website:
Main Contact: Ms. Rebecca Crowe                       Title: UCI Herbarium Manager 
Email                            Phone: 949-824-5833

About the Organization:
The mission of the UCI Herbarium is to permanently sustain scientific collections of the flora of Orange County. The herbarium is a working repository of the plants of OC that is shared with the public to educate, advocate, and expand awareness of the inherent value of plants. Established in 1965, today the herbarium houses close to 35,000 dried and pressed plant specimens. The collection includes specimens of vascular plants, lichen, and marine algae. The main focus of the herbarium is documenting the plant life of Orange County and sharing this baseline data with students, researchers, educators, and the public. The herbarium is currently part of an NSF funded Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections project called Capturing California’s Flowers, which aims to digitize close to 1 million flowering plant specimens to better understand the California Flora’s shifting phenology.

At the herbarium we:

  1. Provide hands-on learning opportunities for UCI Students and the public
  2. Support research on the plants of Orange County and Southern California
  3. Improve and maintain a storage environment for state of the art curation of herbarium specimens
  4. Make specimens accessible

Placement Job Description

  • Students will assist in the collection and care for (curation) accessioned plant specimens in the UCI Herbarium collection.
    • This includes cleaning, control of insect damage to the collection, digitization, as well as assisting in the collection of voucher plants to be accessioned by the herbarium.
  • Interns will develop skills to select plants for collection, dry, and press them.
  • They will also enter data into the herbarium's digital database, gaining experience working in a relational database.

Requirements (subject to change): Students should have good communication skills and attention to detail in their work. Consistent attendance is mandatory, and interns should be prepared to do limited physical work (stooping, bending and lifting folders of plants onto and off carts) as well as do detail oriented work.
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required, Physical Distancing 
How to Apply: Email a brief cover letter and resume to Dr. Bowler ( and Rebecca Crowe (

Water UCI (Site #418)

Accepting students for Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: TBA
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 6            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): School of Social Ecology
Hours of Operation: TBA                              
Site Website
Main Contact: Dr. David Feldman                           Title:  Professor, Director, MPP and Water UCI 
Email Address:                         Phone: 949-824-9146

About the Organization: Water UCI is an interdisciplinary center in the School of Social Ecology serving as a coordinating vehicle to facilitate seamless collaboration across schools, departments, and existing research centers around questions of fundamental and applied water science, technology, management, and policy. While our scholarly interests embrace global as well as national aspects of these issues, we will take as our point of departure the unique expertise afforded at UCI in those areas of water research that have a distinctively California focus, and for which we have unique strengths, comparative advantages, strong experience, and great proficiency. These issues include urban and agricultural water management, competition for increasingly scarce and over-taxed water supplies by diverse users, and the food-water-energy nexus – among others.

Water UCI builds on existing campus-wide strengths by affording a plan for responding to the many “grand challenges” facing water resources, and for which UCI is well-equipped. UCI will be better positioned to comprehensively address such challenges if we collaboratively leverage decision-maker support and practitioner expertise within Southern California. Finally, we envision this conjoint effort as a means of enhancing those segments of the campus already engaged in the investigation of water issues, and which, together with researchers in air, energy, climate change, biodiversity, and other environmentally related areas, will also work with UCI’s Sustainability Initiative on matters related to sustainability education and outreach.

Placement Job Description: Students will support for outreach and education activities related to water center activities

Requirements (subject to change): Interest in water issues and a passion for team-work

COVID-19 Protocols: TBA 

How to Apply: Email Dr. David Feldman at