Global Justice Summer Internship Opportunities

 

The 2018 Summer Internship application is now open!

FINAL Deadline: February 8, 2018

Review each of the internship opportunities below before submitting an application for the summer internship program.

Pay close attention to those positions that require specific skills (for example: Spanish language fluency) as applicants will not be considered for a position if they don’t have the required skills.

Questions? Contact djones@uucsj.org

Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village

About AMBCV

 

Location: Kharang, India

The Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village (AMBCV) in Kharang, India was established in February 2009 as a home for up to 24 orphaned children. It is operated by the Unitarian Union of North East India, under the leadership of Reverend Nangroi Suting and with day-to-day care and oversight of the children by three “Mothers.” Children at the orphanage have ranged in age from 3 to 15 years old.

We, at the AMBCV in the Khasi Hills, are committed to offering a safe haven to the neediest children who lack adequate familial and societal support. We aim to provide these precious children loving care in the highest Khasi tradition and afford them opportunities for education with a firm moral base and prospects for personal growth in a nurturing atmosphere in the hope that they will realize their God-given potential and grow up to be exemplary citizens.

 

AMBCV: Internship Description

Teaching in Science and Math or other subject concerned in their school, music (keyboard), gardening, knitting, nursing, doctor, anything to do with our children to build up their personality.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Interns must be kind and flexible
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: From late May through July or August

 

 

AMBCV: KNOW Before You Apply

Housing: AMCBV will arrange housing in a homestay or at the organization’s campus, and receive all meals, which are comprised primarily of Indian food. The direct cost of room and board is $300 to 500; interns may apply for this to be paid for by UUCSJ.

Transportation: Interns will need to hire a car to travel from the airport to Shillong and same on the return trip back to the U.S. While in the Khasi Hills interns can use public transportation.

Stipend: Interns are eligible for a stipend of no more than $1,500 to assist with travel costs and incidentals, depending on a variety of factors. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, including grants from colleges and foundations, congregational support, and Faithify fundraisers.

Additional Information: The place is beautiful, the home is full of energy but an intern should adapt the basic skills living in a village, no machine facilities are available in the home, living in a complete Gandhian lifestyle with mostly self grown organic foods.

Center for Ethical Living & Social Justice Renewal

About CELSJR

 

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) is a catalyst in New Orleans and beyond for promoting social, economic, environmental and racial justice.  We do this through activism, community engagement, organizing and transformational learning.

celsjr.org

Find CELSJR on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

CELSJR: Internship Description

General office support, assist with service learning groups when they come to stay with us, attend meetings and workshops. Assist in the kitchen. Be open to being on a journey of learning about social justice issues in New Orleans.

  • Specific Skills Needed: An interest or passion and some education around issues of oppression
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: First week of June through the end of July or early August 2018

 

CELSJR: KNOW Before You Apply

Housing: CELSJR can offer support in finding low-cost housing; typically, interns have either stayed with local relatives, or members of the greater New Orleans UU community has offered housing to interns.

Transportation: Having a car is easiest as public transportation can be a challenge – but it’s also an option.

Stipend: Interns are eligible for a stipend of no more than $1,500 from UUCSJ to assist with food, local public transit, and incidentals, depending on a variety of factors. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, including grants from colleges and foundations, congregational support, and Faithify, or other crowd sourcing fundraisers.

Additional InformationFrom CELSJR staff: We are small organization of four staff. We have a cultural environment that is not rooted in traditional “office culture” and work hard to undo that.

 

Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance

About MUUSJA

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mission: Unleashing courageous leadership and collective power to build a just and loving world.

muusja.org

They’re also on Facebook and Twitter!

MUUSJA: Internship Description

Summer interns will work closely with the Executive Director and the Statewide Organizer in a broad array of program areas. Specific focus will be on organizing UUs to staff our booth and march in the parade at Twin Cities pride, as well as contributing to interfaith justice efforts through MARCH: Multi-faith Anti-Racism, Change, & Healing.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Tech and social media skills are always helpful. Eagerness to learn, basic competency in anti-oppression analysis of intersecting issues, self-motivation and ability to work independently.
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: As early as May 15, 2018 through early August, for a total of 8 to 10 weeks.
MUUSJA: KNOW Before You Apply

Housing: Last year, we were able to provide housing for interns through local homestays. If interns are interested in having a homestay, we will need significant advance notice, and will do our best to accommodate them, but cannot guarantee a placement.

Transportation: Public transportation will be the best way to get around town if the intern does not have their own car.  MUUSJA staff will coordinate rides with the intern for any events that are out of town or difficult to access via transit.

Stipend: Interns are eligible for a stipend of no more than $1,500 from UUCSJ to assist with food, local public transit, and incidentals, depending on a variety of factors. Interns are also eligible for an additional $500 from MUUSJA. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, including grants from colleges and foundations, congregational support, and Faithify, or other crowd sourcing fundraisers.

Additional Information: MUUSJA is a growing, nimble, multi-faceted State Advocacy Network that lives out our mission through convening and capacity building with Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith.

RAICES

About RAICES
 Location: San Antonio, Texas

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) was founded and incorporated in 1986 under the name of the Refugee Aid Project. During this time, Central Americans flooded into Texas after fleeing the civil wars and social upheavals of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Several churches and religious orders answered the needs of the new arrivals by providing food, clothing, language classes, housing, medical and legal referrals. The agency provided a forum for San Antonians to meet the new arrivals and learn first hand about the situation in Central America.

https://www.raicestexas.org/

They’re also on Facebook and Twitter!

 

RAICES: Internship Description

Regular travel to the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas; Provide pro bono legal services and pro se assistance to immigrant families detained at the Karnes County Residential Center; Provide pro bono legal services and pro se assistance to recently released families and those families residing in the jurisdiction of the San Antonio Immigration Court; Conduct thorough intakes, prepare families for credible and reasonable fear interviews, and screen clients for trauma, abuse and trafficking; Draft declarations, conduct legal research, and draft legal memoranda and pleadings; Opportunities to represent families in immigration court and before the Asylum Office; Assist with advocacy and litigation efforts to end family detention; Participate in volunteer recruitment, management, and outreach; Assume administrative responsibilities including timekeeping, case management, and other tasks as needed for program compliance.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Spanish fluency required; Portuguese fluency is also helpful.
  • Number of Intern Placements: 1
  • Internship Time Frame: 10 weeks in the Summer, preferably beginning in June.

 

RAICES: KNOW Before You Apply

Housing: RAICES is typically able to arrange a home-stay with a community member of the local Interfaith Welcome Coalition. Interns are responsible for their own food expenses.

Transportation: Ideally interns would need access to a car. If personal transportation is not available carpooling can be arranged to the detention center, but access to a car is the preferred arrangement. Interns are responsible for their own gas expenses.

Stipend: Interns are eligible for a stipend of no more than $1,500 from UUCSJ to assist with food, local public transit, and incidentals, depending on a variety of factors. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, including grants from colleges and foundations, congregational support, and Faithify, or other crowd sourcing fundraisers.

Additional Information: We provide a supportive training environment and we strive to help our interns grow and learn both as individuals and as part of the Family Detention team.

 

Rural & Migrant Ministry

About Rural & Migrant Ministry

Location: New York State

Rural & Migrant Ministry (RMM) works for the creation of a just rural New York State through:

  • Nurturing leadership
  • Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
  • Changing unjust systems and structures

RMM implements its mission through three program areas: Youth Empowerment, Accompaniment, and Education.

ruralmigrantministry.org

They’re also on Facebook and Twitter!

RMM: Internship Description

Rural & Migrant Ministry has openings for summer interns. RMM – throughout its thirty-seven-year history – has worked with hundreds of interns from across the country providing experiential education in the areas of youth empowerment, advocacy and community leadership development. Interns have an opportunity to learn about: challenges farmworkers face in NY, issues around education and immigration, and the obstacles facing non-profit organizations working in this field.

  • Specific Skills Needed: A commitment to justice, willingness to work irregular hours and drive a lot, respect for people of all backgrounds, valid drivers license, pledge to maintain open communication with fellow staff and interns, commitment to communal living agreements and participate in site maintenance (if receiving housing from RMM)
  • Internship Time Frame: June 4 – August 17, 2018
RMM: Internship Positions

WESTERN NY
Office: Lyons, NY
Interns working with the Rural Worker Education Center, known as “Liturgia,” in Lyons will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the farmworker community. Interns live together communally in the center and participate in events, and outreach to farm camps and potential allies. Interns are expected to help facilitate evening programming and take on responsibilities related to one of our programs, which include the continued development of a farmworker steering committee who work closely with RMM promoting leadership opportunities, a Women’s Group, and the teen youth empowerment program, JOY (Justice Organization of Youth). The center symbolizes a safe place for people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and languages to come for resources and to devote their energy to positive community and legislative change. The summer is also a unique time because the two-week Summer Leadership Day Program takes place for children from local towns and farm camps from late July to early August. Participation as a Day Program counselor is an important aspect of the internship for all Liturgia summer positions. Interns are expected to commit themselves to the mission of the center, and in return will receive the joy of connecting with a diverse community.
Additional Requirements: Fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, or Jamaican Patois

MID-HUDSON VALLEY
Office: Poughkeepsie, NY
Youth Arts Group
Members of the Youth Arts Group meet year‐round to explore issues of social justice that are important to their lives, and actualize their response in art. YAG is simultaneously about self-empowerment and community development for positive change. YAG finishes their academic year program in June with a multi-day educational trip. The YAG intern is responsible for the bulk of the organizing for this trip, in addition to helping with transportation and as a role model during meetings. YAG members also participate in programs during the summer with RMM and partner organizations where they help with projects both artistic and committed to community building. The college intern acts as a guide during these projects and participates in the majority of events and educational trips.
For more information, visit: yag.ruralmigrantministry.org

Overnight Camp and Rural Women’s Assembly
There is the opportunity to work in the main office of RMM behind the scenes on several projects related to youth empowerment and community education. First, it takes a tremendous amount of coordination to run an Overnight Camp in late August for 80 children and nearly 30 staff. The Intern will work directly with Camp Program Director to finalize programming with artists-in-residence and evening performers, organize counselors, file camp applications, finalize field trip details, and assist parents with questions. The Intern may also be asked to research alternative methods of funding and grants to support the camp, and to use computer skills to create spreadsheets with schedules, contacts, and cabin assignments. Similar communication and organizational skills will be put to work supporting the annual Rural Women’s Assembly. The Intern will participate in the weekly committee meetings, and take on a specific project such as research or contacting women in the network. To complement those projects, the Intern will also help our Managing Director apply for small grants. This internship is ideal for someone interested in what makes a nonprofit work.

ADELANTE: Student Voices
Rural & Migrant Ministry is the fiscal sponsor for Adelante Student Voices. The program works with undocumented students who live in rural and suburban areas isolated from resources such as legal services and the larger immigrant rights movement. The goal is to create a support system and base of knowledge that will empower the student and their families to navigate their legal status, especially as it pertains to activism and access to higher education. During the summer, there is a 10-day overnight sessions based at a college in Poughkeepsie from June 24th – July 3rd. We are in need of an intern or interns who can help with final preparations for the session, as a counselor during the session, and then with program wrap-up and creating suggestions and resources for the following year.
This internship is in special need of someone with institutional funding support. Otherwise, as the ADELANTE budget is limited, we will only be able to fund the internship if RMM programs receive interns with institutional funding instead.
Adelantestudentvoices.org

CATSKILLS
Liberty, NY
Youth Economic Group
Members of the Youth Economic Group manage their own cooperative silkscreen business, Bags for Justice (www.bagsforjustice.com). The business provides them the opportunity to explore fair workplace practices as well as express themselves through designs. Over the summer, the youth work in teams to explore justice and activism in their community and design new products that feature the issue. They also silk-screen previous designs to fill orders, and build the business by going to events. Over the summer students work at the studio 3 days per week. The work days require a fair amount of driving to bring students to the office and back home. The college intern works closely with the YEG Coordinator to enable the participation of the students by providing transportation, supervision, and mentorship. You do not need experience working with silk-screening in order to be a good mentor and help facilitate discussions about the social justice topics—although a willingness to learn the business/production side from the youth and coordinator is necessary to help the days go smoothly. YEG is housed at Spark, RMM’ worker education center in Liberty, NY that also serves as a community meeting place.

LONG ISLAND
Riverhead, NY
Farmworker Outreach/ Development
The Long Island intern team will support the Center for Advocacy, Solidarity, and Accompaniment (CASA). The consejo (council) of worker leaders designs programming at the center and discusses community needs at weekly meetings. This summer, we plan to offer English classes, Spanish literacy courses, and a Summer Day Program for children. Interns will accompany worker leaders and staff on outreach to farms and in the facilitation of these programs. Interns can also partner with the Justice for Farmworker Campaign team to mobilize and educate allies in the key Long Island Senate districts. Finally, we need to identify new sources of funding and develop special events to finance our work. As an intern, you will also have the opportunity to join our public relations and development team.
Additional requirement: Fluency in Spanish

NYC, MID-HUDSON VALLEY, or LONG ISLAND
Justice for Farmworkers
The Justice for Farmworker campaign has been accompanying farmworkers on their mission for labor equal rights for over 15 years. 2018 marks the beginning of a new stage as we explore the future of the legislative campaign with leaders both among farmworkers and long-time allies. The intern for the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign will help local committees create events and actions to mobilize constituents, and form new networks of support. Since 2018 is an election year, we will ask the intern to track Senate races in key districts and research potential new Senators and Assembly members. Finally, the JFW intern will manage the Campaign’s social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.
http://farmworkersny.org/

RMM: KNOW Before You Apply

Housing: All positions offer housing for interns who come from outside the area, and access to a shared vehicle.

Transportation: Each of RMM’s offices has a van for programming that summer interns can use for personal travel and commuting to the office. It helps when an intern also has a personal car so they are not stranded so to speak if the van is being used for something else, but is not necessary.

Stipend: Interns who work full time will receive $2,500 total. RMM makes up the remainder of the stipend that UUCSJ does not pay. Interns are eligible for a stipend of no more than $1,500 from UUCSJ to assist with food, local public transit, and incidentals, depending on a variety of factors. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, including grants from colleges and foundations, congregational support, and Faithify fundraisers.

Additional Information: Internships are available in the following regions:

  • Lyons, New York
  • Mid-Hudson Valley
  • Catskills
  • East End of Long Island

Interns who stay until August 17 to help with Summer Camp receive a week of vacation in the midst of the summer session.

For more information, visit http://ruralmigrantministry.org/en/internships-and-fellowships

UU College of Social Justice

About UUCSJ

Location: Cambridge, MA

Our mission is to inspire and sustain faith based action for social justice.

uucsj.org

They’re also on facebook, twitter, and instagram!

UUCSJ: Internship Description

The intern will work closely with UUCSJ staff on a variety of tasks, primarily focused on social media and outreach. Other projects will support UUCSJ in their alumni engagement and current programming. The intern will have the opportunity to attend staff meetings both at the UUA and UUSC to gain a greater understanding of how national UU organizations operate and embody Unitarian Universalist values.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Valid Drivers License (no car needed)
  • Number of Intern Placements: 1
  • Internship Time Frame: Early June to Mid-August 2018

 

 

UUCSJ: KNOW Before You Apply

Housing: UUCSJ can offer support in finding low-cost housing or with members of the greater Boston UU community.

Transportation: Public transportation is the easiest way to travel to the UUCSJ office; there is no free parking in the area.

Stipend: Interns are eligible for a stipend of no more than $1,500 from UUCSJ to assist with food, local public transit, and incidentals, depending on a variety of factors. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, including grants from colleges and foundations, congregational support, and Faithify, or other crowd sourcing fundraisers.

Additional Information: UUCSJ has a small staff of 5, but are part of the larger UUA and UUSC organizations as well. We view all our work through a racial justice lens and prioritize spiritual grounding in our programs and our own work.

 

The 2018 Summer Internship application is now open!

FINAL Deadline: February 8, 2018

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