Traditional Field Study Catalog - Environmental, Planning & Policy

Last Updated  2/21/24

 

A Community of Friends  (Site #428) 
 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: FULL     Spring: Yes    Summer 2024: NO 
Placement type: In-person, Hybrid (In-person and Remote)
Placements available: 1          Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 3701 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700 Los Angeles, CA 90010 / Remote
Hours of Operation:    M-F 9-5
Site Website:  https://www.acof.org/
Main Contact: Ms. Dora Leong Gallo               Title:  President & CEO
Email Address:   dgallo@acof.org                    Phone:213.480.0809 ext. 230

About the Organization:

A Community of Friends’ mission is to end homelessness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness. A Community of Friends is committed to managing its buildings and supporting its tenants from the moment a project is conceived until it is fully occupied, providing permanent affordable housing with onsite supportive services to help our tenants remain stably housed. ACOF develops affordable housing for families and veterans experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges, as well as managing those properties and providing supportive services.

Placement Job Description:   Intern for housing, resident services, or property management.

Requirements (subject to change): Covid-19 vaccinated, background check
COVID-19 Protocols: Covid-19 vaccinated
How to Apply:   https://www.acof.org/careers-3-2/ 


Adventures to Dreams Enrichment (Site #400) 


Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII)
Placement type: In-person, Hybrid (In-person and Remote)
Placements available: 6+           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: https://www.adventurestodreams.org/
Main Contact: Ms. Vivianna Goh                         Title: Assistant Director
Email Address: viviannagoh@gmail.com           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 viviannagoh@gmail.com 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 the 23-24 AY: Fall: NO   Winter: NO     Spring: NO    Summer 2023: NO
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: https://centralcoastapa.org/
Main Contact: Ms. Rachel Raynor                      Title: Associate Planner
Email Address: rcraynor@rrmdesign.com          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.
How to Apply: Email rcraynor@rrmdesign.com [NOT ACCEPTING STUDENTS THIS ACADEMIC YEAR]


American Planning Association - APA (Site #413) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: No    Winter: No     Spring: FULL     Summer 2023: NO 
Placement type: Hybrid (Primarily remote with in-person attendance at meetings)
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 Websitehttps://www.oc-apa.org/
Main Contact:  Stephanie Tomaino, AICP                Title: APA Orange Director
Email Address: director@oc-apa.org                        Phone: N/A

About the Organization:

OUR MISSION: Creating great communities for all.

OUR VISION: The American Planning Association (APA) 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 Orange Section of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association (OC-APA) includes over 400 members in Orange County representing the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors of the planning profession and other allied fields. OC-APA is a not-for-profit volunteer-run organization devoted to providing its members with professional development, education, training, networking, and career enrichment opportunities.

Placement Job Description

The APA Intern will support the Orange Section Director and other Board Members with various meetings and events throughout the quarter. Responsibilities will include:

  • Attending monthly in-person Board meetings, including coordinating meeting logistics.
  • Attending and staffing the annual Orange Section Planning Awards Night (tentatively scheduled in early June).
  • Attending and staffing professional development programs and luncheons.
  • Meeting with various planning professionals serving on the OC-APA Board.
  • Creating marketing collateral, graphics, and articles for various programs and events.
  • Updating the OC-APA website as needed.

Requirements (subject to change)

  • The APA Intern must have transportation and be able to attend in-person events, including monthly Board meetings and the annual Orange Section Planning Awards Night.
  • Experience or interest in graphic design, marketing, website maintenance, and/or social media are highly desirable. 
  • 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.
  • 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
How to Apply: Please email your resume to Stephanie Tomaino, APA Orange Section Director, at: director@oc-apa.org. In the email, please also include a statement of interest describing your specific planning interests, short-term career goals, and why you are interested in becoming an APA Intern. The statement should also summarize your skills, abilities, and any relevant background information that would help us assess your candidacy for this internship. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


A-Tech Consulting, Inc (Site #420) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: FULL    Winter: TBA     Spring:  FULL   Summer 2024: NO (SSI) & TBA (SSII) 
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 Websitehttps://www.atechinc.net/
Main Contact: Ms. Olivia Merk                             Title: Project Administration Manager
Email Addressolivia@atechinc.net                  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 olivia@atechinc.net. Please also specify the quarter you are applying for and if you have flexibility for other quarters as well.


City of Anaheim Planning Division  (Site # 434) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: FULL    Summer 2023: Yes 
Placement type:   In-person
Placements available: 2         Length of Commitment: 2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 200 W Anaheim Blvd, Suite 162, Anaheim, CA 92805
Hours of Operation: 8am-5pm                              
Site Website:  www.anaheim.net
Main Contact: Mr.  Sean Nicholas                        Title: Principal Planner
Email Address:  snicholas@anaheim.net        Phone:  714-765-4968

About the Organization:
This is an internship opportunity with the City of Anaheim in the Planning and Building Department. In particular, it is in the Planning Division, and is meant to be an opportunity for new planners to experience and learn about the public sector to better inform their thought process in regards to their professional futures. The City is offering to provide hands on guidance and training and experience with the day to day functions in a large jurisdiction Planning Division. In addition, unique to Anaheim, there are a number of interesting projects just starting between Disneyland Forward, OC Vibe, and general development in the Platinum Triangle, it is going to be a fun and educating time to intern in the City of Anaheim.

Placement Job Description: 

Anywhere from shadowing at the Planning Counter, to participating in plan checks, to sitting in on meetings for development projects and taking site visits. The goal would be to give an intern(s) a hands on experience of working in a large jurisdiction Planning Division and what the day to day functions look like. In addition, we would love to provide a hands on experience in participating in processing a development project by shadowing a planner, which is why the two quarter commitment is desirable to have the ability to provide them maximum opportunities to experience the public sector and see if this is where their professional future lies.

Requirements (subject to change):  A true desire to experience and learn about public planning and the part it plays in development and improvement of our communities is all that is required.
COVID-19 Protocols: N/A 
How to Apply:  Email Sean Nicholas at snicholas@anaheim.net to express your interest and set an opportunity to meet and discuss the students goals and interests to see if it will be beneficial.


City of Manhattan (Site #432) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: YES    Winter: YES     Spring: YES   Summer 2024: YES
Placement type: In Person
Placements available:     1     Length of Commitment: 3 quarters 
Physical Address (if applicable):  400 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Hours of Operation:  M-Th 7:30am to 5:30pm (F 4:30pm)                             
Site Website:  https://www.manhattanbeach.gov/home
Main Contact:  Talyn Mirzakhanian                        Title: Community Development Director
Email Address:   tmirzakhanian@manhattanbeach.gov          Phone:  310-802-5503

About the Organization:

The City's mission is to provide excellent municipal services, preserve our small beach town character, and enhance the quality of life for our residents, businesses, and visitors.
   
   The Community Development Department supports development activity in the City, by coordinating plan review and ensuring all proposed construction complies with applicable regulations in the City. The Department also pursues assigned and required long-term policy initiatives, such as updating regulations and maintenance of the Zoning Ordinance. Specifically, the Planning Division is active in keeping up with changing state legislation pertaining to housing, other land use laws, environmental review, and advises property owners, real estate professionals, and business owners on zoning and land use regulations.

Placement Job Description

  •  Learn and develop professional and technical knowledge, skills, and practical work experience in the assigned department or function.
  •  Assist in collecting data for department studies, functions, and/or projects.
  •  Perform basic research, analyze data, and write reports and summaries.
  •  Maintain appropriate records and files.
  •  Interact with City employees, contractors, and the public in person or via telephone.
  •  Assist in the administrative and clerical support activities as needed.

Requirements (subject to change):

  •  Training and Experience: Must be a recent graduate within the last 6 months or a current student in good standing at an accredited college or university with major course work in Engineering, Architecture, Public Administration, or a related field. No experience is necessary.
  •  Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must have general knowledge of research methods and techniques; the ability to work effectively and communicate with other people both orally and in writing; have organizational skills; follow directions and complete assignments in a timely and efficient manner; and the ability to learn and use personal computer hardware and software. A strong desire to work in a public service-oriented environment is beneficial.

COVID-19 Protocols: Masking required when exposed to COVID
How to Apply:  Internship opportunities within the Community Development Department can be found in the link below:
   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/citymb/transferjobs?page=1


City of Newport Beach (Site #424) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: FULL   Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII)
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 Websitehttps://newportbeachca.gov/ 
Main Contact: Ms. Maritza Leon-Mis                                  Title: Human Resources Specialist
Email Addressrecruitment@newportbeachca.gov            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 recruitment@newportbeachca.gov and a paragraph explaining what interests you most about our student vacancy.


City of Norwalk (Site #405) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: TBA     Winter: TBA     Spring: TBA   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: www.norwalk.org
Main Contact: Ms. Beth Chow                          Title: Senior Planner
Email Address: bchow@norwalkca.gov           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 the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: No
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 Websitehttps://www.san-clemente.org/
Main Contact:   Jonathan Lightfoot                           Title: City Planner 
Email Address: Lightfootj@san-clemente.org          Phone:  949-361-8254

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, a 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 Jonathan Lightfoot, City Planner at Lightfootj@san-clemente.org . 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 the 23-24 AY: Fall: TBA     Winter: TBA     Spring:TBA    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: https://www.westminster-ca.gov/
Main Contact: Mr. Steve Ratkay                                Title: Planning Manager
Email Address: sratkay@westminster-ca.gov            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 the 23-24 AY: Fall: FULL   Winter: Yes    Spring: Yes     Summer 2023: No
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 2            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: https://www.cityofwhittier.org/
Main Contact: Mr. Luis Escobedo                            Title: Assistant Director of Community Development
Email Address: lescobedo@cityofwhittier.org          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: The City of Whittier is adhering to all current guidelines put in place by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
How to Apply: Interested students should email their cover letter and resume to Luis Escobedo, Assistant Director of Community Development at lescobedo@cityofwhittier.org. 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 the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: FULL   Summer 2023: FULL (SSI) FULL (SSII)
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 2            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: capoc.org
Main Contact:    Yesenia Hernandez               Title: Senior Planner
Email Addressyhernandez@capoc.org        Phone:  714-334-7142

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 with the implementation of our new broadband initiative that focuses on increasing access to the internet. Activities may include outreach, surveying, and possibly marketing.
  • Assist with sharing the findings of the agency’s recently completed 2023 Community Needs Assessment with community stakeholder groups (community members, partnering organizations, local colleges/universities, etc.).
  •  Provide support for the planning and implementation of new programs/initiatives.
  •  Provide support for the Intersections Initiative- assist Planner with outreach activities/organizing in low-income communities (done virtually/remotely)
  •  Provide general department support, as needed.
  •  May regularly interface with community groups, community residents, other CAP OC departments

Requirements (subject to change):

  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  •  Ability to multitask
  •  Dedication to the anti-poverty mission of CAP OC
  •  Proficiency with Google Workspace, Microsoft Office and able to develop skills in new platforms as necessary
  • GIS or data analytical skills, plus
  • Language skills (Spanish and Vietnamese), plus
  • Reliable transportation for in-person events

COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required
How to Apply: Please send a resume to CAP OC’s Senior Planner, Yesenia Hernandez (yhernandez@capoc.org) with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Internships are offered year-round and so please state the quarter/semester you’re interested in interning for.


COUNTY OF ORANGE (SITE #504.1) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: No
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                                
Site Websitewww.ocgov.com
Main Contact: Joanne Li                                                 Title: Assistant Recruitment Manager
Email AddressJoanne.Li@ogov.com                             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 https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oc/internships

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 https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oc/internships. A cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts are required.


Crystal Cove Conservancy (SITE #430) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: NO   Winter: NO  Spring: FULL   Summer 2023: FULL 
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 1           Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable):   5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657
Hours of Operation:    M-F 9-5                         
Site Websitewww.crystalcove.org
Main Contact:  Ms Sara Ludovise                                     Title: Vice President, Programs & Strategy
Email Address:  sara@crystalcove.org                             Phone: 9497917042

About the Organization:

 Crystal Cove Conservancy is the nonprofit public benefit organization partnered with Crystal Cove State Park. Together with our State Park partners, our mission is to restore the park, educate our future environmental leaders, and protect Crystal Cove, and places like it, for generations to come.
   
   The Conservancy was founded in 1999 by Laura Davick, a third-generation resident of Crystal Cove who spearheaded the effort to preserve the Historic District when it was at risk of being redeveloped into a luxury resort.
   
   Today, the Conservancy is one of California State Parks’ largest public benefit organizations and has become a nationally recognized model for public-private partnerships.
   
   Our programs include environmental education programs for K-12 students and conservation programs, run in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park.
   
   Less than a dozen miles from Crystal Cove live thousands of children who have never been to the beach. Every year, our STEM education programs bring over 5,500 low-income students to Crystal Cove State Park for the first time.
   
   As they take part in real research on our beaches, in our backcountry, on the ocean, and in the classroom, students become California’s next generation of environmental leaders and develop a deep love for places like Crystal Cove. Many of our environmental education programs are provided free to  teachers and students, ensuring that cost is no barrier to access.
   
   We also work arm-in-arm with California State Parks to steward the park’s 2,400 acres of backcountry, 3.2 miles of coastline, and offshore underwater habitat through coordination efforts, conservation research and monitoring, and volunteer stewardship events. Together, we make sure that everyone can  enjoy Crystal Cove for generations to come.

Placement Job Description:

 The Social Ecology intern will help support Crystal Cove Conservancy's environmental education and conservation programming. Duties may include developing and testing an environmental education station for K-12 students or summer camp participants; designing and testing a field guide; assisting with data collection and analysis for an ecological research project; designing an exhibit to communicate environmental themes; or teaching on K-12 education programs.

Requirements (subject to change):

 Previous experience working with Crystal Cove Conservancy
   Any students who volunteer with children must pass a background check (paid for by The Conservancy)
COVID-19 Protocols: COVID-19 protocols are not currently required, but this may change if case levels rise
How to Apply: Contact Sara Ludovise  - sara@crystalcove.org  


D. Woolley & Associates (SITE #426) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY​​​​​​:  Fall: Yes     Winter: Yes    Spring: Yes  Summer 2023: No
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                               
Site Websitewww.dwoolley.com
Main Contact: David Woolley                                   Title:  Owner/President
Email Addressdave@dwoolley.com                       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: mpaulk@dwoolley.com


Eco Now (SITE # 425) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:   Fall: TBA     Winter: NO     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII)
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: https://www.econowca.com/refill
Main Contact: Mr. Thomas Pauley                                   Title:  Manager of Operations
Email Address:contact@econowca.com                          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. https://www.econowca.com/become-a-team-member 

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


Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (Site #408) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: No
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: https://www.habitatoc.org/
Main Contact: Richard Nguyen                      Title: Volunteer Services Coordinator 
Email Addressrichardn@habitatoc.org        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 richardn@habitatoc.org


Heritage Farm (Site #437) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall:  YES  Winter: YES    Spring:  YES  Summer 2024: YES 
Placement type: In-person
Placements available:  3      Length of Commitment: 2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 1336 Gladys Ave. Long Beach, CA. 90804
Hours of Operation:   M-F 9-5                         
Site Website:  
www.heritagerestaurantlb.com
Main Contact:  Kieara Carroll             Title:  Horticulturist
Email Address:   kieara.carroll@gmail.com     Phone: (520)288-6208

About the Organization:
Heritage Farm is tied to Heritage Restaurant. The facilities are owned and operated by brother sister duo Philip Pretty and Lauren Pretty. Full Belly Food Group is a green certified
corporation, committed to sustainability and best green practices. Heritage Farm is attempting to grow the majority of the produce for the restaurant. Still in our infancy stages
as an urban farm this is the perfect opportunity to learn and grow with us.

Placement Job Description

  • Researching crop rotation & plants
  • Soil analysis and amendment
  • Landscape design based on restaurant needs
  • Cultural practices to obtain highest yield of crops
  • Finding organic solutions to environmental problems
  • Developing composting program
  • Studying utilization of crops
  • Basic maintenance and upkeep (irrigation, pruning)
  • Integrated pest management (identify pests, causes, & organic solutions)
  • Integrated disease management (identify, causes, & organic solutions)

Requirements (subject to change):

  • Willing to work outside
  • Able to lift 50 lbs
  • Reliable transportation

COVID-19 Protocols: n/a 
How to Apply: Please email a resume & cover letter to kieara.carroll@gmail.com


hydroGEOPHYSICS (Site #433) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: No    Winter:No     Spring: FULL  Summer 2023: No 
Placement type: In Person 
Placements available:   2       Length of Commitment: 1 quarter 
Physical Address (if applicable): 4199 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Hours of Operation:     M-F 9-5 and as required for field-based surveys                            
Site Website: www.hgiworld.com
Main Contact:  Dr. Nigel Crook                        Title:  Principal
Email Address:   ncrook@hgiworld.com      Phone: 206-669-3730

About the Organization:

hydroGEOPHYSICS (HGI) is a geophysical consulting firm providing high-quality geophysical solutions for over 30 years. Our priority is to offer value and reliability to our clients. We serve a diverse range of industries, such as environmental, engineering, groundwater, Mining, oil & gas, and natural resource exploration. Our geophysical services are expertly designed to cater to the needs of clients across the globe. HGI specializes in using 2D, 3D, and 4D geophysical methods in complex environments. Our team of experts uses industry-best equipment and customized geophysical services to provide solutions that meet your specific requirements. Our primary focus is on safety, quality, and innovation in everything we do.

Placement Job Description

Students will be assigned to a field crew and will conduct geophysical field work across the US and potentially overseas. This will consist of assisting with geophysical equipment setup, data acquisition, and analysis for a variety of geophysical instruments and projects we conduct as a company. Operate field vehicles, geophysical equipment, and GPS systems.
   
Ideal for students looking to learn more about the earth sciences professions.

Requirements (subject to change):     Physically demanding work and so students must be able to lift and carry 40lb, no previous experience required, desire to travel.
COVID-19 Protocols: Vaccine required
How to Apply:  Email to ncrook@hgiworld.com


ILLUMINATION FOUNDATION (SITE #507.1) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: FULL    Winter: Yes     Spring:FULL   Summer 2023: FULL 
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 2 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 1091 N. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92867
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                                
Site Websitewww.ifhomeless.org
Main Contact: Ms. Sydney Quinn                      Title: Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator 
Email Addresssquinn@ifhomeless.org            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 squinn@ifhomeless.org to apply.


Impact Alliances Group, Inc.  (SITE # 431) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: AFS ONLY    Winter: NO    Spring: NO  Summer 2023: NO
Placement type: Hybrid 
Placements available: 1            Length of Commitment: 3 quarters
Physical Address (if applicable): 17322 Murphy Ave, Irvine, CA 92614
Hours of Operation:    M-F    9-5                          
Site Website:  https://linktr.ee/catherineaguilar
Main Contact:  Catherine Aguilar                     Title:  CEO & President
Email Address:     ms.catherineaguilar@gmail.com           Phone: 562-900-5270

About the Organization:

Impact Alliances Group’s mission is to ignite purpose driven impact in land development. Building purposeful partnerships, empowering communities, and illuminating a holistic approach to land development are core values embedded into everything we do.

Core consulting areas offered include community engagement, outreach, entitlements, and due diligence
   
 When developers expand profit towards purpose, they increase their competitive advantage that drive meaningful change within their organization and the communities they work in. To achieve this, it requires developers to expand their business models and project strategies towards community partnership and global citizenship. This shift from profit-driven to purpose-driven leads developers to evolve into industry leaders who create a new competitive advantage and set new standards.
   

Placement Job Description:

Impact Alliances Group, Inc. (IAG) - Internship Experience

This is a unique opportunity to explore how outreach and community engagement are holistically integrated into land development. You’re Excited About This Opportunity Because You Will…

● Provide Social Media support for our Instagram accounts.

● Provide support at our community engagement events.

● Provide support with data compilation for our client’s website content development.

● Get involved in the community! Shadow our CEO/Founder at OC American Planning Association (OC APA) board meetings and events.

● Provide support on OC APA board member duties by being a part of creative strategy and outreach process needed to develop the magazine line, CONVERSATIONS. This is our Founder’s initiative to increase board member’s digital footprint by shining light on the good work they do in their respective careers, the local community, and on the OC APA board. Learn more about the magazine line here: https://www.oc-apa.org/conversations

● Gain technical experience in land development by providing support with due diligence and entitlement projects.

● Career Mentorship - you’ll get meaningful mentorship from our CEO/Founder. As you navigate your career, you will gain insight on how to integrate your technical background with your creative skill sets. Who said you have to choose one or the other! Together we will focus on identifying your professional goals and strategize on how to achieve them.

We’re Excited About You Because…

● You’re hungry to learn!

● You’re a creative analytic who can translate technical work into enticing stories that resonate with the intended audience.

● You have an outgoing, perky personality who can easily spark up a conversation.

● You love to stay abreast with the latest and greatest happenings in environmental/urban planning.

● You are a notorious problem solver.

● You take the initiative in making systems more efficient.

● You are a fresh graduate or finishing up your last semester of college. 

Requirements (subject to change):   

   If interested, please complete each of the following:
   (1) Email a resume to Catherine Aguilar at ms.catherineaguilar@gmail.com
   (2) Follow all three socials IG: @impactalliancesgroup | IG: @caags | LinkedIn: Impact Alliances Group, Inc.
   (3) Submit a 30 - 60 second video on why you want to do your UCI field study placement with Impact Alliances Group to our @impactalliancesgroup Instagram account
COVID-19 Protocols:  Vaccinne required 
How to Apply:  

If interested, please complete each of the following: (1) Email a resume to Catherine Aguilar at ms.catherineaguilar@gmail.com

(2) Follow all three socials IG: @impactalliancesgroup | IG: @caags | LinkedIn: Impact Alliances Group, Inc.

(3) Submit a 30 - 60 second video on why you want to do your UCI field study placement with Impact Alliances Group to our @impactalliancesgroup Instagram account


INNOVATIVE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES, INC. (SITE #521.1) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: Yes    Winter: FULL    Spring:  FULL    Summer 2023: No
Placement type: Hybrid 
Placements available: 1            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                                
Site Websitewww.innovativehousing.com
Main Contact: Ms. Brenda Walters                                      Title: Community Impact Manager
Email Addressbwalters@innovativehousing.com              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 bwalters@innovativehousing.com


Jamboree Housing Corporation (Site #409) 


Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: : Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: FULL   Summer 2023: FULL (SSI) FULL  (SSII)
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 5            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: https://www.jamboreehousing.com/
Main Contact: Alicia Demaree                                             Title: HR Generalist
Email Address: ademaree@jamboreehousing.com             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 | Locations: Remote

  • Assist the Community Impact department of Jamboree by means of data analytics, research projects, and community engagement. 
  • Compile information on resources, agencies, and educational materials that would benefit Jamboree residents and staff. 
  •  Disseminate data and present recommendations for new opportunities within the organization. 
  •  Assist Community Impact team members with seasonal projects. 
  •  Occasional site visits to participate in events led by Resident Services Coordinators. 
  •  Other duties as assigned. 

    
   GIS Intern |    Locations: Irvine Corporate Office
   
   Prerequisites: Be able to understand, support, and operate ArcGIS (ArcGIS Pro or Map). Intermediate to advanced Python experience is preferred.
  

  • Assist in developing the existing ESRI-GIS amenities program within the Business Development department.
  •   Assist in locating specific amenities such as pharmacies, grocery stores, etc., within a certain distance of current and/or future Jamboree properties. 
  •   Work productively and proactively with Real Estate Development team
  •   Maintain organized spatial data and document files
  •   Assist in the preparation and distribution of documents for Real Estate Development

   
   
   Resident Services Intern | Locations: Brea, El Monte, Irvine, Long Beach, Pomona, 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 
  •   Research local resources and events for potential resident programs 
  •   Serve as a role model to youth in the community 

   
   
   Senior Services Intern | Locations: Anaheim, 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 
  •  Other duties as assigned 

   Supportive Services Intern | Locations: Anaheim, Buena Park, Orange, 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 
  •  Observe and conduct case management check-ins with clients focused on providing resources and referrals 
  •  Shadow and assist in resident crisis intervention when necessary 
  •   Participate trainings related to mental health, case management, and working with diverse and underserved populations 
  •   Administrative support; filing case files, documentation, attendance tracking 
  •   Other duties as assigned 

**** Support: Training for this position will be provided. In addition, the Volunteer Department will be available for questions and assistance.   

 

Requirements (subject to change)

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Must be completing internship for academic credit through a college or university
  • Ability to work with low-income individuals and/or individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Interpersonal skills using patience, courtesy and problem solving ability
  • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation communication abilities
  • Drive to make a positive impact in our community
  • Background check required
  • Be able to understand and support the completion of basic elementary school homework (Resident Services)
  • Patience and compassion for working with our senior residents (Senior Services)

How to Apply: Directly email Alicia Demaree, HR Generalist at ademaree@jamboreehousing.com . Please include an updated resume, and preferred internship placement and location.


Laguna Ocean Foundation (Site # 438) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall:  YES   Winter: YES     Spring: YES   Summer 2024: YES 
Placement type: In Person, Remote, Hybrid 
Placements available:    3        Length of Commitment: We prefer 2-3 quarters, but will accept students committing to 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable):  920 Glenneyre St Q, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Hours of Operation:   M-F 9-5                            
Site Website:  www.lagunaoceanfoundation.org
Main Contact:    Dr. Krista Fruehauf                             Title: Program Manager
Email Addresskrista@lagunaoceanfoundation.org       Phone:  714-290-2295 

About the Organization:

 Laguna Ocean Foundation has consistently engaged the Laguna community through education, outreach, and research for 20 years. We have an extensive education program that includes our Tidepool Education, citizen science initiatives, undergraduate internships, and annual events like Kelpfest. Our restoration work extends to restoring the Aliso Creek Estuary with funding from the State of California Wildlife Conservation Board. We are actively involved in environmental justice efforts in partnership with organizations such as California Forward and their California Economic Resilience Fund.
 

Placement Job Description: 

Students will be expected to conduct literature research with the possibility of field work. Literature research will include reading publications, summarizing, and synthesizing the information to generate their own ideas for projects. Examples of projects will include impacts to abalone populations and what is currently being done to support their restoration. Students may also be tasked with shifts at various beaches in Laguna to help educate the public and collect data related to Marine Protected Areas, biodiversity, and human activities.

Requirements (subject to change): No previous experience in education or research required, but preferred.
COVID-19 Protocols: N/A 
How to Apply:   Students can directly e-mail Krista Fruehauf at krista@lagunaoceanfoundation.org
   Otherwise, they can check our website https://www.lagunaoceanfoundation.org/available-positions/ for openings.


Long Beach Organic (Site #435) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: Yes 
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote)
Placements available:   5+       Length of Commitment: 1 quarter 
Physical Address (if applicable): Multiple (9) in Long Beach, CA
Hours of Operation:      8am-6pm                          
Site Website: 
 www.longbeachorganic.org
Main Contact: Ms. Brianna Beyrooty Durych               Title: Garden Director
Email Address:  brianna@longbeachorganic.org        Phone: 562-625-2710

About the Organization:
Long Beach Organic is a nonprofit organization operating nine organic community gardens in the city limits of Long Beach, California. Founded in 1994, the organization locates urban vacant lots from public and private owners and turns them into beautiful community gardens for local and sustainable food production.
   
   Long Beach Organic has programs to alleviate food insecurity through the Giving Gardens and holds cooking and free gardening workshops through the program Gateway to Gardening for LBO members and the community.

Placement Job Description: 

  Provide on-going development and maintenance of the giving gardens at each garden location, to include:

  •    plant propagation
  •    plant oversight, management and harvesting
  •    implement organic, integrated pest management interventions as needed

   
   Assist with washing and packaging produce for donation on select day of the week (currently Wednesday).
   
   Assist with maintaining compost bins (3-bin systems) at each community garden.
   
   Assist with weekly Saturday community garden days at specified garden locations.
   
   Assist with development, maintenance, and oversight of the community areas of the gardens, to include:

  •    sensory and native garden plantings
  •    weed management of the community garden grounds
  •    orchard management and irrigation practices

   
   Assist the Director of Education with community classes and field-trip opportunities for youth on select dates as they are scheduled.
   

  •  ARTS - work on signage at all gardens
  •  Administrative:
    •    Assist with website management
    •    Assist with grants
    •    Assist with outreach to disadvantaged populations
    •    Social media - Taking Video, interviewing gardeners and volunteers
    •    Data- manage gardener data and surveys

Requirements (subject to change): Background in gardening a plus, but not required.
COVID-19 Protocols: We are outside so we do not have masking requirements at this time.
How to Apply: Please send resume and letter of interest to brianna@longbeachorganic.org


Los Angeles Food Policy Council  (Site #422) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: YES     Winter: YES     Spring:  YES    Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII)
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available:4           Length of Commitment: OPEN
Physical Address (if applicable): N/A
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                            
Site Websitewww.goodfoodla.org
Main Contact:  Alba Velasquez                                 Title: Executive Director
Email Address:   alba@goodfoodla.org                      Phone: N/A

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!

Immediate interest include: 

  • The role  will play a crucial role in the 2024 update of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council's Food Systems Dashboard, a comprehensive platform that tracks, analyzes, and reports on the current state and progress of Los Angeles' food system. This project aims to enhance the dashboard's utility by integrating the latest data, refining data visualization techniques, and expanding the scope of metrics to capture emerging trends in food sustainability, security, and equity. The intern will collaborate with a dynamic team of data analysts, policy experts, and community stakeholders to collect and analyze data, develop insightful reports, and contribute to strategic recommendations for policy and program development. This opportunity not only offers hands-on experience in data management and policy analysis but also a chance to contribute meaningfully to the improvement of food systems in Los Angeles, impacting community health, environmental sustainability, and economic resilience.  
  • The role will be instrumental in strengthening the foundation and enhancing the strategic direction of our organization through comprehensive board development and organization efforts. The project entails a multifaceted approach to identify, recruit, and onboard new board members who bring diverse perspectives, expertise, and commitment to our mission. Additionally, the individual will be involved in organizing board meetings, facilitating effective communication between board members and the executive team, and ensuring that board activities align with our organization's strategic goals. This will include the development and implementation of orientation programs for new board members, the establishment of clear governance policies, and the creation of a robust framework for board engagement and evaluation. Through this project, the individual will have the opportunity to shape the leadership and governance structure of our organization, contributing significantly to its growth, sustainability, and impact in the community.
  • 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 and have access to a personal vehicle. 
COVID-19 Protocols: Mask required, Physical Distancing, Varies depending on the assigned work 
How to Apply: E-mail: CollectiveImpact@goodfoodla.org Include "UCI Field Study Program Student" in the subject header.


OC Habitats (Site #401) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall:FULL    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: No
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: https://www.ochabitats.org/
Main Contact: Ms. Stacey C Chartier-Grable        Title: Executive Director
Email Address: och@ochabitats.org                     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: http://bttr.im/tgov8
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.


OC HUMAN RELATIONS (SITE #510.2) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY Fall: TBA    Winter: TBA   Spring: TBA  Summer 2023: No
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 Websitehttps://www.ochumanrelations.org/
Main Contact: Norma Lopez                                 Title: Executive Director for the Human Relations Commission
Email Address: norma@ochumanrelations.org    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 Norma Lopez at norma@ochumanrelations.org


OC Zoo (Site #402) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2024: Yes (SSI & SSII)
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 4            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: www.ocparks.com/oczoo
Main Contact: Mrs. Marcy Crede-Booth                 Title: Curator of Education
Email Address: marcy.crede@ocparks.com          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: Marcy.Crede@ocparks.com


Orange County Coastkeeper (Site #403) 


Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII)
Placement type:  Hybrid (In-person and remote) 
Placements available: 6+      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: www.coastkeeper.org/intern
Main Contact: Ms. Dyana Peña                         Title: Deputy Director of Programs
Email Address: dyana@coastkeeper.org           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 https://www.coastkeeper.org/internships/


Pacific Planning Group (Site #414) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: TBA    Winter: TBA    Spring: TBA   Summer 2023: No
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: www.coastkeeper.org/intern
 Main Contact: Ms. Karen Martin                                        Title: Community Support Intern
 Email Address: karen@pacificplanninggroup.com            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

ADU:

  • 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 karen@pacificplanninggroup.com, do not call until resume is forwarded, please.


PAROLE BOARD PROJECT FROM JUST ADVOCATE INC. BY PRISON FROM THE INSIDE OUT INC.(Site #909.1) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: TBA    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: Yes (SSI) No (SSII)
Placement type: Remote 
Placements available: 6+      Length of Commitment: 1 quarter 
Physical Address (if applicable): Virtual 
Hours of Operation: M-F 9-5                                
Site Website: PrisonFTIO.org
Main Contact: Mrs. Alesha Monteiro                               Title: Social Justice Advocate
Email Address: BPH_Project@justadvocate.net            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 BPH_Project@justadvocate,net


Project Access Inc. (Site #500) 


Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII)
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 3            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: https://www.project-access.org/
Main Contact: Ms. Linda Tran                            Title: Coordinator
Email Address: ltran@project-access.org           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 ltran@project-access.org and provide a Cover Letter + Resume; we will follow up with pre-screening questions


Santa Ana Zoo (Site #404)

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: TBA    Winter: TBA     Spring: TBA    Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII)
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: www.santaanazoo.org
Main Contact: Ms. Lauren Bergh                     Title: Curator of Education
Email Address: lbergh@santa-ana.org            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: https://www.santa-ana.org/hr/volunteer
Complete Santa Ana Zoo Volunteer Orientation (offered every other month, 2 Saturdays)


SCGWest (Site #427)

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: NO    Winter: FULL   Spring: Yes    Summer 2023: NO 
Placement type: In-person 
Placements available: 2            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter 
Physical Address (if applicable): 18001 Sky Park Circle, Suite LM Irvine, CA 92614
Hours of Operation: M-F 8-5                              
Site Websitewww.scgwest.com
Main Contact: Mrs.Alana Setiyadio        Title: Marketing Coordinator
Email Address:  asetiyadi@scgwest.com         Phone: (855) 348 5505

About the Organization:
We manage all stages of project completion from early location sourcing, planning, and project development through visioning, design, and construction, all the way to furniture, fixture, graphic, and equipment installation. Our team of experienced professionals identifies time and budget savings all while avoiding potential pitfalls. Opening a new location or renovating an existing one represents a significant investment in a company’s future. Without the proper oversight and advisement, the business may incur unfavorable lease/purchase terms, delays, budget overruns, unforeseen issues, and an overall poor result.
   
Here at SCGWest, we understand that quality, reputation, and trust are everything in business. The company was formed around the needs of our retail, restaurant, and medical office owners to accelerate and optimize the process of opening a new location or refreshing an existing site while reducing the cost, timeline, and stress on the owner so they may concentrate on what they do best…. run their business!
   
We will manage, coordinate, and execute the entire process- whether this consists of a basic tenant improvement or remodel to a ground-up build to suit or a multiple-location program rollout. Our experienced professionals identify time and cost savings all while avoiding potential pitfalls. Furthermore, all independent, corporate, and franchise-related owners benefit from our hands-on turnkey project development and end-to-end service offerings.

Placement Job Description:

The ideal candidate will be a college student or a recent graduate in the fields of construction management, architectural, engineering, or a similar related field. Responsibilities to include the following:

  •    Work and learn from our Construction Manager to support the progression of projects from concept to construction.
  •    Learn the creation of schedules, budgets, equipment lists, etc. for projects (Knowledge of MS Projects, MS Office a plus).
  •    Work with Construction Manager to facilitate Plan Submittal and City Review process on an as-needed basis.
  •    Creation and distribution of Weekly Reports and Meeting Summaries to clients.
  •    Assist with project administrative tasks as needed.
  •    Other duties assigned.

Requirements (subject to change)

  •    100% In person internship
  •    Minimum 2 days in the office

COVID-19 Protocols: N/A
How to Apply: https://scgwest.com/careers/


SOUTH COUNTY OUTREACH (SITE #514.1) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: Yes    Winter: Yes     Spring: Yes   Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII)
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. Shifts are 8:30am - 12pm and 12pm - 3:30pm but, can add additional hours.                               
Site Websitewww.sco-oc.org
Main Contact: Ms. Xitlaly Luna               Title: Volunteer Manager
Email Addressxluna@sco-oc.org          Phone: 949-687-2408

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

Services:

  • 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 xluna@sco-oc.org for additional information.


The Kennedy Commission (Site #429)

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: TBA     Winter: TBA    Spring: TBA  Summer 2023: No
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                               
Site Website:www.kennedycommission.org
Main Contact: Mr. Cesar Covarrubias                            Title: Executive Director
Email Address: cesarc@kennedycommission.org         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 cesarc@kennedycommission.org.


UCI Dining (Site #415)

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: FULL     Winter: Yes     Spring: FULL   Summer 2023: NO
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: uci.campusdish.com
Main Contact: Devin Grabiec                                                  Title: Sustainability Associate
Email AddressGrabiec-Devin@aramark.com                        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 https://uci.campusdish.com/Sustainability/WhatWeAreDoing.

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 Grabiec-Devin@aramark.com, subject: Social Ecology Field Study (Quarter + Year)


UCI Herbarium (Site #423)

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY: Fall: FULL    Winter: FULL      Spring: FULL     Summer 2023: NO
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: https://arboretum.bio.uci.edu/plant-exhibits/herbarium/
Main Contact: Ms. Rebecca Crowe                       Title: UCI Herbarium Manager 
Email Addressrcrowe@uci.edu                           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 (pabowler@uci.edu) and Rebecca Crowe (rcrowe@uci.edu)


UCI Science Project & Magnolia Agriscience Community Center (Site #323) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: Yes    Winter: No    Spring: Yes     Summer 2023: NO 
Placement type: In-person
Placements available: 6+          Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): 2450 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804
Hours of Operation: T & W, 8am-12pm            
Site Websitehttps://scienceproject.cfep.uci.edu
Main Contact: Lilly Lopez                     Title:  Program Coordinator
Email Address: lillyml@uci.edu           Phone: 310-753-3038

About the Organization

UCI Science Project is grounded in research-based educational practices and understands the paradigm shifts needed for the Next Generation Science Standards. Our goal is to support educators as transformative leaders who build capacity in their schools through empowering learning experiences. We are firmly committed to addressing racial, social, and environmental injustices through collaborative efforts that position educators as agents of change for community action.
   
UCISP is proud to partner with MACC in AUHSD to support the development of a sustainable community garden and farm! Working with UCI researchers across the university in earth system science, engineering, urban health, education, and more to create authentic 21st century experiences for 30,000 AUHSD students.

Placement Description:  

Interested in environmental justice and sustainable agricultural practices? Join the UCI Science Project as an intern at the Magnolia Agriscience Community Center (MACCP). 

Earn up to 2 independent study courses units and gain hands-on experience in community education with students by facilitating hands-on learning labs focused on sustainable agriculture practices. 

At least one 4-hour shift is required each week, with shifts being on Tuesday (8:00 am - 12:00 pm), Wednesday (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) and Thursday (8:00am - 12:00pm). 

Students must be available during the shifts listed above. 

Requirements (subject to change): Students do not need any previous teaching experience. Students will be required to get a background check and TB test prior to starting the internship.
COVID-19 Protocols: Physical Distancing

How to apply:   To register for SPRING 2024, please complete this short google form: bit.ly/2024MACC 


UCI Transportation & Distribution Services (Site #220.1) 

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: YES   Winter: NO     Spring: NO    Summer 2023: Yes (SSI & SSII) 
Placement type: In-Person
Placements available: 2         Length of Commitment: 3 quarters 
Physical Address (if applicable): 200 Public Services Building
Hours of Operation:   M-F 7:30am-5:00pm                         
Site Website:  parking.uci.edu
Main Contact:  Ms. Erika Hennon                                Title: Sustainable Programs Manager
Email Addressehennon@uci.edu                             Phone:  9498245951

About the Organization:

 We help you by providing safe & sustainable commute options to reduce GHG emissions. Follow us for transit info, parking/traffic conditions, & more.

Placement Job Description

We help you by providing safe & sustainable commute options to reduce GHG emissions.

Requirements (subject to change): No work experience is necessary, a mind for sustainability is preferred.

COVID-19 Protocols: Follow UCI policy
How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Erika Hennon ehennon@uci.edu


Water UCI (Site #418)

Accepting students for the 23-24 AY:  Fall: FULL   Winter:  FULL      Spring: Yes   Summer 2024: NO 
Placement type: Hybrid (In-person and Remote) 
Placements available: 5            Length of Commitment: 1 quarter
Physical Address (if applicable): School of Social Ecology
Hours of Operation: TBA                              
Site Websitehttps://water.uci.edu/
Main Contact: Dr. David Feldman                           Title:  Professor, Director, MPP and Water UCI 
Email Address: feldmand@uci.edu                        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 feldmand@uci.edu