Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration


The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and its sister organization, the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), are currently accepting applications from continuing undergraduate students for a Summer 2012 internship. Interested candidates should apply to the internship listed below. The deadline for applications is March 30, 2012.


CSII combines data analysis, scholarship and civic engagement to support improved economic mobility for, enhanced civic participation by, and receiving society openness to immigrants. PERE is a research unit situated within the USC Dana & David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. PERE conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and social movement building. PERE’s work is rooted in the new three R’s: rigor, relevance, and reach. We conduct high-quality research in our focus areas that is relevant to public policy concerns and that reaches to those directly affected communities that most need to be engaged in the discussion. In general, we seek and support direct collaborations with community-based organizations in research and other activities, trying to forge a new model of how university and community can work together for the common good.

PERE/CSII is proud to announce its first summer internship program for continuing undergraduate students interested in advancing research for social justice. Majors may vary, but the candidate should show interest in the advancement of social justice. Experience in social justice movements is preferred but not a mandatory qualification. Internships are paid and the duration is generally ten weeks. All internship positions are based in our Los Angeles office, located in the University of Southern California (USC).

We strive to provide each intern with two main opportunities:

    1. A meaningful and challenging assignment (or set of assignments) that provides a chance to apply their research and communication skills and;
    2. The opportunity to learn about the processes for supporting social movements through research.

Interns gain insight into the field by providing assistance in administrative and research tasks with experienced professionals in one of the following areas:

    • PERE qualitative research
    • Communications/Design
    • Administrative development
    • Event Support


Continuing undergraduate student in American Studies, Economics, Environmental Science, Political Science, Urban Planning, Sociology, or related areas of study. The following is a list of general qualifications:

    • Commitment to social justice with a strong grasp of economic and social equity
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Preferred experience with qualitative and quantitative research, as well as the ability to organize and communicate research findings
    • Advanced experience with computers (Excel, Word, Access, email)
    • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
    • Experience working on teams
    • Background in communications, social media, and messaging a plus

Application Process

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and 1 letter of recommendation, via email to by March 30, 2012.

Please include in subject line: Your Name – PERE Summer Internship.

Interviews will take place during the month of April. Applicants will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview that will take place in-person or over the telephone. Candidates not selected for interviews will be notified by e-mail by the end of April.