Blum Network Internship

for undergraduates across the UC


Generous funding from the University of California Office of the President to the UC Blum Federation enabled us to open our Blum Summer Field Internship to undergraduate students across the UC system.

We provide a $3,000 stipend to each successful applicant, and provide housing for the duration of the internship. This program was piloted in Summer 2016, with four UC interns participating from UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine. In 2017, three UC interns participated in the Summer Field Internship, coming from UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and UC Los Angeles.


Kim Do | Conservation & Resource Studies, minor in Global Poverty & Practice and Teaching at the University of California – Berkeley

Hi! My name is Kim Do, and I am pursuing a bachelor’s in Conservation & Resource Studies and minors in Global Poverty & Practice and Teaching at the University of California - Berkeley. Before I entered the BLUM internship this summer, I knew only one thing: I wanted to save the earth. Throughout high school, I explored the myriad of ways that I could contribute to environmental conservation - working with City Council to create public policy, volunteering at creek clean-ups, and teaching STEM to youth, etc. I entered college with this same open mind, unsure of any particular career path. This summer, working with EarthLab and Groundworks allowed me to explore different sectors of conservation from learning about renewable energy sources to observing teachers develop an outdoor education curriculum. What struck me as shocking was seeing how, as an intern, I could contribute to Groundworks’ master plan for a net-zero Energy community with no background in engineering but a brief understanding about solar energy. I see now that entering the green industry does not have to be limited to particular areas of expertise but that many professional paths overlap. My career plans remains open, but I am considering entering renewable energy through the lens of community outreach as I did this summer. I am very grateful for having the opportunity to learn about and partake San Diego’s green initiatives!

Ashely Doung | Literary Journalism + Philosophy (UCI)

Ashley Duong is a rising junior at UCI, double majoring in literary journalism and philosophy. She was born and raised in San Francisco and is a first-generation college student. She’s also a compulsive podcast-listener and Netflix-binger, and enjoys spending her free time listening to episodes of This American Life and watching breaking-of-the-fourth-wall programs on television, like Parks and Recreation. Many of her life goals and dreams have been informed and shaped by the art and literature that she was exposed to growing up. She spent a lot of time in libraries after school, given her parents’ work schedule, and so she would often pass the time by reading whatever she could get her hands on; and, from those hours scouring book shelves, she developed a deep love and keen appreciation for prose and writing. In this way, she hopes to pursue a career in journalism, aspiring to either become a producer on This American Life, or a staff writer for The New Yorker, often feeling inspired by the narratives she reads and hears from those publications. She believes that one of the most effective ways to encourage others to develop and build empathy and compassion is through storytelling and narratives. When people are presented a diverse array of perspectives and can see beyond their own subjective realities, we are able to begin to have productive discussions as a society that can listen to and understand one another.
She applied for the Blum Summer Field Internship because she felt it aligned with her personal goals in life. She saw it as an opportunity to contribute to fighting for global justice and to help shed light on the struggles and obstacles of people that are not usually paid attention to by mainstream media. As such, she sought to gain a better understanding of the challenges that the communities near the U.S.-Mexico border face through documenting experiences of housing insecurity in San Ysidro, preparing a written narrative with the aim of helping to advance a local agenda toward gaining the quality of life that residents deserve to have access to.

Jessie Hernández-Reyes | Political Science + Chicanx Studies (UCLA)

Jessie Hernández-Reyes is a third-year undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, double majoring in Chicana/o Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Education Studies. Born and raised in the border town of San Diego, California, Jessie is interested in community organizations and larger social justice work centered around helping immigrant communities and families. Moreover, through her journey in reaching higher education as a first generation college student, Jessie has found a passion for creating educational equity for every student, regardless of age, ethnicity, income, or status. She currently serves as a Resident Assistant at UCLA and is one of four co-founders of Latino Leaders of Tomorrow of UCLA, a student-run organization aimed at helping undergraduate UCLA first-gen and students of color navigate higher education spaces and develop professionally through its four pillars of service: networking, professional, academic, and personal development. She hopes to pursue her interests in immigration, education, and larger social justice efforts through the creation of public policy in the near future.


Lupe Galindo | Political Science (UC Irvine)

Lupe Galindo is a 4th year political science student at UC Irvine. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Her parents are originally from Mexico, specifically, Durango and Jalisco, which fall in the northern / central regions of the country. She is the third child of four.

In her spare time she enjoy going on long runs and hikes, getting some hits at the batting cage, and reading. She is also an adventure seeker and enjoys meeting new people and learning about different cultures.

Alvaro Montano | Management in Business Economics (UC Merced)

Alvaro Montano is a UC Merced Student, majoring in Management in Business Economics (MBE). He was born in San Diego and raised in Tijuana, and, given this opportunity to commute through the border region, he was exposed to economic disparities from a young age. He participated in a series of missionaries trips to inland Baja, and Jalisco and had an opportunity to travel the middle east in high school. This were eye opening experiences that had a great impact on his character and perception.
He’s also a Yosemite enthusiast, and was part of the UCM Outdoor Experience Program where he participated in a series of adventures, which included backpacking, snowboarding and surfing. He enjoys photography, traveling, and trying to develop apps.

Jose Saucedo | Anthropology (UCSC)

Jose Saucedo is currently a 4th year undergraduate student at UC Santa Cruz majoring in Anthropology. He is also part of the Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program where he serves as the Social Justice & Community Cocurricular Programs Intern at UC Santa Cruz. His interests lay on education around social justice issues and ways to create social change. During BSFI 2016, Jose was part of the Earthlab Cohort where he got the opportunity to work with children, practice ethnographic research, and help educate. He believes that the BSFI internship helped him bridge his major as a discipline and connect it to the real world.

Alesa Zhang | Economics (UC Berkeley)

Alesa Zhang (whose Chinese name is Jing Zhang) plans to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics this coming December. She is passionate about working to remediate inequality, and, in her degree program, has dedicated time to courses that relate to the subject of development. To pursue her interest in development economics, she is minoring in Global Poverty and Practice, at the Blum Center at UC Berkeley. She’d very proud of her minor, and feels that it has given her the most inspiring, encouraging and transformative experience in university, making her a better person who cares about this world and wants to make it a better place.
She plans to pursue a Masters degree in Public Policy or Ph.D in Economics two years after graduation. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she’d like to work for a non-profit or research institute to get real-world experience toward defining the questions that would guide her future studies. Besides academics, she loves nature and enjoys hiking in her spare time.