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Internship Opportunities


The NLRC offers internships and volunteer opportunities for students to gain hands-on research training, work experience, exposure to community networks, and cultural/linguistic skills.

While NLRC’s work in the community will continue, our team’s well-being is our top priority. All staff and interns will be working from home until it is determined to be safe to go back to our regular locations. Through this virtual internship students will be able to work remotely via their computers and phones. Most tasks will be completed independently with periodic schedule check-in sessions. Tasks can include but are not limited to phone calls, virtual  conferences and training, online tutoring and remote outreach. 

In light of recent events surrounding COVID-19, CSUSM announced on March 20th, 2020, that all students participating in an internship or service learning must transition to virtual format until we move back to non-virtual instruction on campus or it is deemed safe to be back into the community. For information and the latest resources for students, faculty and staff, visit the coronavirus web page.

About the NLRC

Our areas of study include education, youth empowerment, civic engagement, leadership development, disaster/emergency preparedness, immigration, and food access. Additionally, this year we have a unique and once in a decade opportunity to engage students in Census 2020 outreach and education efforts. The NLRC is leading regional efforts in North County to reach, educate and motivate communities that are traditionally hard to count including immigrants, Limited English Proficient, farm workers, and individuals with limited access to technology to ensure everyone is counted in Census 2020.

We invite you to attend our upcoming informational session for new interns.

Summer 2020 Informational Sessions - Click to RSVP 

Summer 2020 Mandatory Training. 

Anyone interested in applying must attend this mandatory training.

  • Friday, May 29th from 10am to 1pm.


Application information

Please review eligibility requirements for internship in Internship Application Guidelines.

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 28th 2020. Late applications will be wait-listed.

Application Submission Instructions: Submit to Lilian Serrano via email at

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application Packet

  • Application Checklist
  • Student Interest Form
  • Letter of Intent
    • (In 1-2 pages, describe the reasons for your interest in an internship with NLRC, your academic goals, experiences, areas of interest, and what you expect to accomplish as an intern with NLRC)
  • Resume or CV
  • List of three academic references
    • (Name, Title, Department/Organization, Email, Telephone Number)
    • This is not a reference letter
  • Academic Transcript (unofficial from Cougar Central is acceptable)
  • Current class schedule (if applicable)
  • Course Syllabus (if applicable)


Your site placement is determined by:

  • Your availability listed on your application
  • Program internship openings
  • Your Letter of Interest (See Application Information section)

If you have any questions, please contact Lilian Serrano at or 805-509-8780.