In the fourth year of the BLUM Field Internship Program (2017) 28 undergraduate students from twelve UCSD programs, plus three students from across the UC-system (UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles) participated in a two-month paid internship in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. The interns worked in teams based in the three UCSD Community Stations: the Cross-Border Community Station in San Ysidro, the Cross-Border Community Station in Laureles Canyon in the city of Tijuana; and the EarthLab Community Station in Encanto.
The intern team based at the EarthLab collaborated with the non-profit Groundwork San Diego to advance the K-6 educational programming of the EarthLab and to work on a net-zero neighborhood energy plan funded by the California Energy Commission. The team based at the Cross-Border Community station in Laureles Canyon collaborated with partner agency, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and community partner, the Organización de Colonos de la Divina Providencia, A.C., on projects that explore connections between informal urban development, conservation and public health. The team based at the Cross-Border Community station in San Ysidro partnered with the non-profit Casa Familiar and community leaders to support quality of life initiatives in the neighborhood, also advancing community participation in the Living Rooms at the Border housing development and ArtPlace America-funded Community Station infrastructure.
EarthLab interns presenting their field research at the close of summer. More information about BSFI 2017 at the EarthLab is available here.
Interns based at the Cross-Border Community Station in Laureles Canyon presenting to community members at the Divina Providencia Community Center. More information about BSFI 2017 at the Cross-Border Community Station in Laureles Canyon is available here.
David Flores, Community Development Director of Casa Familiar, leads a recorrido with students based at the Cross-Border Community Station in San Ysidro. More information about BSFI 2017 at the Cross-Border Community Station in San Ysidro is available here.