Paid Summer Field Internship Opportunity with the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Blum Summer Field Internship!

July 5 - August 31, 2016. Stipend: $3000.
Applications due: April 11, 2016.
Successful Applicants notified: May 1, 2016.


The BLUM Summer Field Internship Program was launched in summer 2014 to promote undergraduate research on poverty and social equity in the San Diego-Tijuana region. For more on last summer’s internship see here.

Students in the following ten programs across the campus are eligible to apply for the 2016 Internship:
• Global Ties / JSOE
• Global Health program
• Human Rights minor
• Sixth College Practicum
• Urban Studies & Planning Program
• Partners at Learning / Education Studies
• Thurgood Marshall College, Public Service Minor
• Earth Sciences / Scripps Institution of Oceanography
• Environmental Systems, Division of Physical Sciences
• BS in Public Health, School of Medicine

Two students per program will be selected. Several spot will be reserved for students in other programs who are uniquely suited to the internship, based on skills, background and interests.

There are three site options available, in the UCSD Community Stations Network.

Applicants are encouraged to learn about the three Community Station sites prior to submitting the application form:
The Cross-Border Community Station, based in San Ysidro, California:
The Cross-Border Community Station, based in the Los Laureles canyon in Tijuana:
EarthLab Community Station, in the Encanto neighborhood of Southeast San Diego.

Applicants will be asked to rank their preferences. They will also be asked whether other stations will be acceptable, if their first choice is not available. Assignments will be made by the selection committee, based on applicant preferences, as well as relevant background and skills.

This program provides a unique opportunity for students to conduct supervised fieldwork in multi-disciplinary teams to appreciate the complexity and interconnection of real world community engagement, and the necessity of learning to communicate and collaborate across knowledges.

The summer internship will be 8.5 weeks in duration (July 5 - August 31) students will spend 3 full days each week, sometimes more, rotating between the Community Station and the Blum workshop space on the UCSD campus.

Transportation in Tijuana will be provided. Transportation in San Diego is the responsibility of the students. (In our experience, students have found innovative solutions together).

Students working in Tijuana must have a valid passport, and any relevant visas, enabling them to cross the US-Mexico border.

Participating students will receive a stipend of $1,500 per month from the UCSD / BLUM Initiative for the two months of summer participation, for a total of $3000.

Interns may earn summer course credit if they wish - in SSI or SSII or both.

Successful interns will be expected to participate in occasional meetings, convenings and public presentations during the 2015-6 academic year.

Application procedure

Please submit the application form via email as a pdf file


Applications are due by Monday April 11, 2016 and applicants will be notified by May 1, 2016.
All applications should be submitted as one pdf file via email to Khushbu Gokalgandhi:

For inquiries, contact Kyle Haines:

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz
Co-Directors, UCSD Cross-Border Initiative