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Applications Open!

We are now accepting internship applications for Spring 2023! Application deadline is Monday, January 16, 2023.
To begin the application process, please complete the NLRC Interest Form


NLRC offers internship opportunities in hybrid settings (in person and virtual), in accordance with COVID-19 federal, state, county and university guidelines. For information, visit CSUSM’s COVID-19 response.


The NLRC Internship Program

The NLRC Internship Program creates a bridge between the university and the local community and increases the engagement of underrepresented and first-generation college students in social science research. We provide academic credit hours for students in fulfillment of their service-learning course and other academic requirements.

NLRC offers students hands-on training in applied participatory action research and culturally/linguistically responsive approaches to work collaboratively with Latinx and immigrant communities in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Interns working with NLRC’s research teams assist in various qualitative and quantitative research activities including data collection, data entry, preliminary data analysis, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, coordination of focus groups, development of community-based teaching materials.   

NLRC provides hands-on research training in the areas of health (e.g., mental health, ancestral foods, indigenous medicine); education (e.g., parent engagement, college and career preparation, school-to-prison pathway, youth empowerment, multilingual and multicultural education); civic learning and action (civic mission of schools, voting, volunteering, public policy) and the environment (e.g., healthy communities, environmental justice). 

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Eligibility Criteria

Interested students must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a research internship:
 
  1. Be able to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week (or a minimum of 60 hours per term) to the internship.

  2. Be currently enrolled at a four-year university or community college. 

  3. Be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or above).

  4. Be pursuing a degree (or have an interest) in the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, education, or health and human services with an emphasis on research or field work related to U.S. Latina/o communities.

  5. Have basic knowledge of (or an interest in) social research methods.

  6. Bilingual students preferred, but not required. 

The Application Process

The application process is organized in three steps to: a) assess the applicant’s academic and research interests and needs; b) determine applicant’s qualifications; c) identify project availability, and d) ensure appropriate internship placement.
 
Step 1. Initial Contact – NLRC’s internship program is conducted in Fall and Spring semesters (and in the summer). Interested students are encouraged to complete the NLRC Interest Form. A follow-up e-mail will be sent with further instructions to submit an application.
 
Step 2. Application – Students must submit the application form and required documentation by the given deadline. The application contains the NLRC Internship Application Form, a statement of purpose, résumé or CV, a list of three academic references, academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable), current class schedule, and course syllabus (if applicable). The application will be reviewed and decisions will be communicated via e-mail within two weeks of the application deadline. 
 
Step 3. Training and Placement – Selected students will receive an acceptance letter with further placement instructions that include attending required orientation meeting and training sessions, completing internship hours and responsibilities, and conducting internship evaluation. 
 

For more information, contact us at nlrc@csusm.edu