2021 SUMMER INTERNSHIP
This internship includes both online and in-person meetings. COVID precautions will be taken for in-person meetings.
You DO NOT have to be a student to apply. You must be at least 18 to apply.
Scroll down to learn more and get a feel for the internship . See and hear the interns from previous years.
We are offering four internships. We are looking for folks who are willing to conduct a lot of research, in a fast paced environment and who are self-motivated.
Three of the interns will learn how to make documentaries. You do not need experience in filming to apply.
Interns who complete the program, including a required training session on July 6, 2021 and public presentation on August 14th, 2021 will receive a stipend for $500.
Internships will focus on the City of Santa Ana on the following topics:
I appreciated the mentorship from the internship. The weekly check-ins were helpful to communicate where I was on my research and to see where everyone else was at. The weekly check-ins also helped me because I was able to bounce my ideas off, mention where I was stuck and was able to connect to the other interns which ended up helping out my research. The check-ins helped me feel like I wasn’t doing this project by myself. I also appreciated that it was self-paced but with structure. By having the project be self-paced, I was able to work around my schedule. Having the weekly guide helped me not feel overwhelmed and served as a guide as to where I should be in the research to not fall behind."
The internship supports local residents and it’s need for development use. Some organizations just care about how their money is coming in but this particular organization cares more about what the aftermath will be of research to use against councilmen that violate the law and the need for the community. It cares about what happens to the community because this is our home.... The organization differs from school expectations because I’m learning about my people and what tactics have been useful to them to have their voices/ vision plans for the community heard."
The internship completely aligned with my expectations. Our mentors Erica and Liliana consistently made us feel welcomed and were helpful throughout the internship on how to go about our tasks...CU is a reminder of what a beautiful thing communidad is, to be proud of being Chicanos, and that it's also our responsibility to be informed and protect ourselves on what's happening within our neighborhoods. Although we weren’t able to get together in person due to COVID-19, I’m very excited to be able to join/support any future events"
Throughout this internship I have learned that you can explore and find so much about a specific topic if you dig deep into all the resources available to you. After hours of researching I have a clear view of what gentrification is and the impacts that can arise from gentrification. My research was on the Environmental Injustices within the South Main Street Corridor. I was bewildered by the amount of concerns within the community.
Joann Lozano- Charter Schools
Karen Garcia- Gentrification
Maria Ceja- Gentrification
Liliana Mora- Charter Schools
Josue Hernandez- Gentrification
"This internship opportunity provided by Chicanxs Unidxs has been such a wonderful experience that no words can truly describe. Not only was this experience unique and memorable, but had challenging moments peppered with obstacles. This internship enhances one’s ability to work independently, but also having a mentor to provide directions to a valuable destination. This has been an opportunity for growth in the realms of academia, community, and my personal life....This experience is something I am very grateful for. I am very thankful for being selected, and am glad to contribute this research for the greater good of social organizing in the city of Santa Ana. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in different types of research, social organizing, and using academia as a tool for guidance. Once again, thank you for this amazing opportunity and everything that came with it"
I learned how much I have access to - even from the comfort of my own home. There is so much public information out there that I didn’t know about and it was amazing to be able to piece together an entire story of a school based on those records....This internship really highlighted how important connections are - for better or for worse. It has been great to see the kinds of connections my mentor has with community members all over. I want to be able to form similar relationships to stay informed in ways I can then positively influence those around me....I learned about the importance of choosing your narrative. There are so many different details I found about Legacy and Ednovate, but I had to pick and choose those that would make the most convincing and relevant argument. It is especially important when you want to organize the community because then you can more effectively communicate and unite around an idea. "
Through this internship I have learned how gentrification is not only the transformation of a small area, but rather the conversion of our city to a concrete maze which will no longer be recognizable. At first I thought gentrification in Santa Ana was limited to our beloved Calle Cuatro, but since this internship I have learned that there is a larger plan to gentrify the city and displace our people. I as well as the other interns were shocked on the first meeting with just how many developments were under way in the city and the larger scope of what these developments meant for our city....The project was somewhat difficult, mainly because the information was hard to find. A lot of the research involved searching different databases for only small pieces of information. It felt almost like pulling a string which had no end. When I finally did find a name or piece of useful information it was often hard to determine whether the source was credible or not."
2018 Summer Interns
Topic: Gentrification in SanTana
Hear from interns during the internship orientation
See the interns presenting their finding at the end of the internship.
2017 Summer Interns
Topic: Gentrification in SanTana
Diana Luz Morales
The fight for Santa Ana is stronger today than ever. The research that I have been doing for the past month not only opened my eyes, but made more evident that our community is not being included in the developments of the future. It was emphasized more and more after countless City Council meetings and “workshops, ” trying to represent the community of Santa Ana, CA, it’s clear and evident that our interest as the resident of Santa Ana are not at heart. We can not remain docile as the battle to keep our lands dissipates, we need to act now."
2016 Summer Interns
Topics: Gentrification and Gang Injunctions, Charter Schools, GRIP
To begin with, this internship exceeded my expectations and was one of my most significant experiences. Before attending the first meeting that took place on July 9th, my main interest was to conduct research on gang injunctions in Santa Ana. I was aware about the legal issues surrounding gang injunctions, including the unconstitutionality of these civil injunctions. However, I learned that this issue was even more complex than what I anticipated after listening to my advisors’ presentations about gang injunctions and gentrification....Two memorable experiences that I gained from this summer internship was when my group visited the Townsend area in Santa Ana and when I attended the City of Santa Ana’s Planning Commission Meeting. These fieldwork-like meetings further placed my research into context and made it clear that community organizing is significant."
Ana Karen Rosel
Starting out, I had zero knowledge about charter schools. I had snippets of what friends and family have told me about them and charter schools seemed to be really great, probably even better than public schools. After this internship, I now know this is not the whole story. I also realize that those who, like myself, are not knowledgeable about charter schools but hear 'great’ things about them here and there, also think they are wonderful. Now, I am more knowledgeable and I surprise people when I talk about what really goes on in some of the charter schools....It helped me so much to learn that the type of research we were conducting was somewhat outside the type of research I see a lot in academia which usually is finding peer reviewed scholarly articles. The type of research we conducted, was more face paced in my eyes because things were happening as we were research, especially so in Santa Ana and the charter schools establishing themselves there."
2015 Scholarship Recipients
2014 Scholarship Recipients
High School: Erick Basquez
Home City: Santa Ana
Second Chance: Veronica De Leon
Home City: Orange
Graduate/Credential: Yuri Morales Lara
Home City: Santa Ana
Graduate/Credential: Carolina Vilchis
Home City: Santa Ana
University: Nayeli Rodriguez Hernandez
Home City: Anaheim
Community College: Jose David Solano Jimenez
Home City: Anaheim, Fullerton, Orange, Buena Park
2013 Scholarship Recipients
2012 Scholarship Recipients
Melissa Serna, High School Scholarship
HS Attended: Anaheim HS
Fall 2013 School: Cypress College, Nursing, first in family to attend college
Hairo Cortes, Community College Scholarship;
HS Attended: Santa Ana HS
Fall 2013 School: SAC, part of OCDT and California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
Alexis Teodoro Nava, University Scholarship;
HS Attended: Century HS
Fall 2013 School: CSULB, Chicano Studies and Economics, first to attend college
David Villanueva, Second Chance Scholarship.
HS Attended: Harbor Learning Center
Fall 2013 School: OCC, Welding Technology Certificate, first in family to attend college
Gema Suarez, Community College Scholarship
Orange Glen High graduate.
Continuing her study in geography at Santiago Canyon College;
Anna Diaz, MEChA Scholarship
Savanna High graduate
studying Chicano studies, Sociology and Spanish at Cal State Fullerton
Virginia Flor Ocampo, University Scholarship
studying Chicano Studies and Human Services at Cal State Fullerton
Marilynn Montano, High School Scholarship
Godinez Fundamental High
Studying journalism and Chicano studies at Santa Ana College
2011 Scholarship Recipients