Labor Summer Research Program

Application Now Closed

Program Dates: Summer Session C – 08/02/2021 to 09/10/2021

Description: Students will have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in applied research focused on the social, economic, and political context and experiences of “earners and learners,” or those who work and attend college in Los Angeles County. We will examine how working students navigate barriers and opportunities in fulfilling their career and other goals. Students will be a part of the UCLA Labor Center research project that has documented the impact of working on education and vice versa, for earners and learners. 

This program will center around field research and analysis that will contribute to the larger Workers and Learners research project. Students will learn how to conduct surveys, analyze data, and contribute their analysis to a research brief.  The course will draw from academic readings, policy reports, toolkits, news articles and other media related to students and workers.  Students will also develop an understanding of the critical debates regarding the role of research and policy as it relates to Los Angeles’ working students.

The research findings will add to a growing body of studies on young workers, first generation and working-class students, career and workforce development, and student resources/needs, and will serve to provide empirical evidence and data for community, educator, and policy stakeholders, offering critical analysis and policy recommendations for workers who study at public colleges or universities in Los Angeles county.

Program Information:

  • This program will taught online.
  • 8 units of course credit are valid for upper division credit; can also be used towards the Labor Studies or related field (first check with departmental advisor).
  • This program fulfills the Labor Studies Major Capstone Requirement.
  • Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA undergraduate students.  All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution.
  • This program is open to all UC and non-UC undergraduates and graduates.

Program Cost:

​For an estimate of your summer fees for academic courses, select student category and the total number of units. The Labor Summer Research Program is 8 units. To calculate the estimated tuition, please visit:

Submit your Application: CLOSED 

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