The UCLA Labor Summer Research Internship Program offers students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in an applied research experience focused on the Los Angeles labor movement that is leading national efforts to promote social justice for working people. This research-oriented summer institute will introduce students to qualitative applied research methods utilized by union researchers and scholars engaged in labor relations and workplace studies. Through a combination of lectures, key readings, and active participation in a hands-on research internship with local unions and organizations students will be able to develop an understanding of the critical debates regarding the role of research and the socio-economic contexts that impact low-wage workers and their families. This summer program serves as an introduction to the field of labor studies and qualitative applied research in conjunction with a research internship culminating in a final research paper and presentation.
Students will meet at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center- 675 S. Park View St. Los Angeles, LA 90057 (near MacArthur Park in Downtown Los Angeles). This seminar style class meets on Mondays for 4 hours from 10:00am-2:00pm. Students are required to spend an additional 15 hours each week for 6 weeks at their respective research internship placement sites. The 8 units of course credit are valid for upper division credit; but can also be used towards the Labor and Workplace Studies Minor at UCLA.
Admission to the program is by instructor consent. Due to visa restrictions, this program is not open to international students. This program is open only to undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) affiliated to four-year colleges.
Please remember that even after you have been approved, official enrollment is on a first-come, first served basis.