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

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Blum Summer Field Internship!

June-August, 2018. Stipend: $3000.
Applications due: January 12, 2018.
Successful Applicants notified: January 22, 2018.




Applications are due by January 12, 2018 and applicants will be notified by January 22, 2018.
All applications should be submitted as one pdf file via email to Khushbu Gokalgandhi (


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 and the Tijuana River Estuary in Imperial Beach, CA .
  • The 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 weeks in duration (June 25-August 17) and students will spend 3 full days each week, sometimes more, rotating between the Community Station site and the Blum workshop space on the UCSD campus. Simultaneous summer school courses are not recommended. During Spring 2018, students will participate in a preparatory for-credit course (VIS 102). This course will be mandatory for all interns of the 2018 program.

    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 2018-2019 academic year.