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Labor Summer


UCR Labor Summer 2023
Call for Applications

The UCR Inland Empire Labor and Community Center (IELCC) will be accepting applications for the 2023 Labor Summer Program soon for a 2023 Labor Summer internship!

What is Labor Summer?

Labor Summer is an annual fellowship program that brings together young leaders and community organizations who share a vision for worker justice and labor rights. UCR student participants are matched with a host organization for an 8-week, full-time (40 hours/week) internship to complete projects that strengthen the intersection between the organization’s social justice mission and labor issues. Throughout the summer, fellows engage with efforts to align worker rights in the Inland Empire with related fights for equity, including but not limited to those related to racial and gender justice and immigrant rights.

UCR undergraduate students will be paid $6,400 total for completing the 8-week fellowship program. Graduate student payments will be higher than for undergraduate students and depend upon relevant work experience and training. Additionally, students receive leadership and professional development training, a certificate of completion, and access to a UC statewide Labor Summer network. Currently, there are 10 positions open for UCR undergraduate students and one position open for a UCR graduate student. The graduate student position requires previous training in, and the ability to use, graduate-level statistics or quantitative methods; those skills and training are not required for undergraduate positions.

Are you interested in becoming a Labor Summer 2023 intern?

Labor Summer 2023 is open to all UCR students regardless of their immigration status. Applicants must be current undergraduate or graduate students at UCR. We welcome various types of leadership styles and value the diversity of roles that make social justice movements possible.

If you are an organizer, artist, event planner, grant writer, graphic designer, researcher, photographer, social media strategist, public speaker, writer, data analyst, web developer, workshop facilitator, language interpreter or translator, or have any other skills that you would like to utilize to advance a social justice movement, then this program is for you.

What is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for prospective graduate and undergraduate student interns to apply is Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.  

Will Labor Summer 2023 be in-person, virtual, or hybrid?

Labor Summer 2023 is set to be an in-person experience. Each host organization will have its own COVID-19 protocols for the internship. If you have questions, contact: ucrlaborsummer@gmail.com

Where can you learn more about Labor Summer 2023 and apply?
  1. To learn more and apply, please see the Application Guide and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  2. For questions that are not addressed in the Application Guide and FAQs document, contact ucrlaborsummer@gmail.com.
  3. The online application form for this program for currently enrolled UCR students is available through this online survey link: https://ucriverside.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2hufdnivLi6QLbw
  4. Before beginning the online application survey, students should prepare to apply by reviewing the Application Guide and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document and preparing answers to the essay questions listed there.
Labor Summer 2023 Timeline
Thursday, April 13 Labor Summer student applications are due at 11:59 PM PDT on Thursday, April 13.
Late-April to mid-May Applicants are notified of selection, waitlist, or non-selection
Sunday, June 18 Interns travel to Los Angeles for the opening retreat
Monday, June 19 to Wednesday, June 21 Opening retreat in Los Angeles
Thursday, June 22 First day of work for interns at their host organizations
Thursday, August 10 Last day of work for interns at their host organizations
Thursday, August 10 Interns travel to Oakland for the closing retreat
Friday, August 11 Closing retreat in Oakland