2019 Global Justice Summer Internship Opportunities

Before completing an application...

Review all 10 of the internship placements below. Pay special attention to the specific skills needed for each of the roles; applicants will not be considered for internship placements that don’t match their skill sets.

Applicants will be asked to indicate their top two internship placements within the application form. Click the button to the left to start your internship application. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 15, 2019. 

Casa Alitas

Location: Tucson, Arizona

The Alitas Program provides assistance and shelter to migrant families who have been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody who are traveling through Tucson on their way to other parts of the county to join family members. These individuals, come with almost no money or material goods and need immediate humanitarian assistance to continue on their journey. Alitas provides food, a chance to bathe, clean clothes, a way to contact their families, help arranging bus travel, an explanation of their documents provided by immigration authorities, and a travel bag with food, water, toiletries, hygiene items, diapers, and other items to take with them on their upcoming trips.

Internship Description: Casa Alitas is seeking an intern to assist with the coordination of the house and hospitality needs which may include conducting intake interviews with families, basic legal orientations, and responding to the needs of families, providing them with assistance to meet those needs. Provide support for program activities such as organizing donated goods, tracking supplies and inventory, community outreach events, volunteer communications, program trouble-shooting, volunteer orientations as needed, and other tasks as they arise. Exterior projects may include but are not limited to: updating legal services resources and onward movement packets, creating and maintaining up to date systems for collecting and filing data, resource mapping, and connecting guests with services in other U.S. states.
Responsibilities are always changing, due to the constantly changing flow of immigration and the varying needs of individual guests.

  • Specific Skills Needed: MINIMUM qualifications – intermediate Spanish, valid driver’s license (the Alitas vehicle is available to transport guests), ability to work independently, creativity and problem-solving skills are needed to respond to the unique situations of our guests, highly organized, ability to multitask, high degree of flexibility; PREFERRED qualifications – Spanish fluency, BA in either: Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Border Studies, or other related fields, experience working abroad, or with vulnerable or migrant communities
  • Number of Intern Placements: 1
  • Internship Time Frame: May – August 2019
  • Housing and Transportation: Housing is TBD; Tucson, has a fairly manageable bus system. As well, there is a streetcar that runs the length of downtown to the University, which is about 2.5 miles from Casa Alitas. The city overall is flat and bike friendly.

Additional Resources: Learn more about the work of Casa Alitas in the article Families Helping Families: How One Southwest Border Community Responds to Migrants Seeking Asylum

Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (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.

You can learn more about CELSJR from their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Internship Description: General office support, assist with service learning groups when they come to stay with us, attend meetings and workshops. Assist with day to day maintenance of our space: we all participate in cooking, cleaning, laundry. Be open to being on a journey of learning about social justice issues in New Orleans through an anti-racist lens. Take an active role in planning and facilitating the Activate program in collaboration with UUCSJ

  • Specific Skills Needed: An interest or passion and some education around issues of oppression
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: Early June through early August, with some flexibility
  • Housing and Transportation: Not provided. Public transportation is challenging. Having a car is ideal, but many residents (including most of the Center staff) rely on public transit and bicycles.

From CELSJR: We are small organization of four staff. We have a cultural environment that is not rooted in traditional “office culture” and that is no accident – we are intentionally working to uproot white supremacist culture in everything we do.

Additional Resources: Please check out the pre-journey learning page of our website!

Christ Ministry Center

Location: San Diego, California

The Christ Ministry Center is part of the Safe Harbors Network – a coalition of individuals, congregations and organizations who care about refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, migrants in detention and families broken by deportation. The purpose of Safe Harbors is to connect these vulnerable populations with those who are willing to provide safe shelter and basic needs for a defined time.The Safe Harbors Network can fill the missing link between those congregations, organizations and individuals who want to help, but cannot become “sanctuaries” for refugees and immigrants. The Christ Ministry Center has served over 6,000 refugees and immigrants from around the world.

Learn more from their website!

Internship Description: The Christ Ministry Center is seeking an intern to assist in operations of the immigrant shelter. Tasks include, but are not limited to intake, shelter management, and case work as needed. Responsibilities are always changing, due to the constantly changing flow of immigration and the varying needs of individual guests.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Intermediate Spanish, valid driver’s license, ability to work independently, creativity and problem-solving skills are needed to respond to the unique situations of our guests, organized, ability to multitask, high degree of flexibility
  • Number of Intern Placements: TBD
  • Internship Time Frame: May – August 2019
  • Housing and Transportation: Free room and board can be provided for the intern/s. San Diego has a large public transit system of metro trolley and buses.
Engaging People in Change (EPIC)

Location: Millbrook, New York

Engaging People in Change (EPIC) is a leadership program for high school students in rural Dutchess County, New York. We are a closely-knit, ever-evolving, heart-centered group of young leaders, learners, and advocates.

The first pillar of EPIC is the weekly Friday-night meetings, in which EPIC members learn to facilitate meetings, set agendas, provide translation, speak publicly, express themselves, engage critically across difference, and seek social justice. The second pillar is our on-going engagement with the community and region: EPIC members both attend and give workshops and trainings and partner with many local organizations on various projects. Our third pillar is our long-term case management for EPIC members and their families. We guide applications to enrichment programs, tracking students throughout their college application process and beyond, and serve as a liaison between the students, their families, the schools, and the social services they may access. We also offer assistance with the legal and social process to obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for undocumented teens.

We meet at Grace Church in Millbrook and offer transportation for students living in the Pine Plains, Millerton, Amenia, Dover Plains, and Millbrook areas. We are a diverse and bilingual (English/Spanish) group. The majority of our students come from immigrant families; approximately one third of our students are currently undocumented, and two thirds have undocumented parents.

Internship Description: Run around rural Dutchess County with us for the summer! We will be changing lives, eating too much popcorn, writing a book, and being our silly selves.

Drive 15 passenger van and car to provide transportation to students. Work with seniors on college essays. Visit local farms and meet prospective students and/or parents. Conduct facilitation trainings for sophomores. Assist program staff with onboarding new students for the upcoming school year. Assist with writing reports and compiling resource lists. Transcribe and translate student work (if bilingual). Lead trips to visit nearby colleges. Lead a camping trip in an actual tent. Represent EPIC at area networking meetings for non-profits and religious communities. Proofread students’ autobiographies. Paint a mural. The possibilities are endless.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Must be age 21 at the beginning of the internship. Must have a valid, unsuspended U.S. driver’s license and feel confident about driving. We prefer to work with interns who speak Spanish.
  • Number of Intern Placements: 1
  • Internship Time Frame: If interns can arrive before May 31 to attend the Summer Party, that would be ideal. Otherwise, arriving in June when possible, and depart either the first or last week of August. Dates are flexible.
  • Housing and Transportation: Free room and board can be provided for the intern. There is very little public transportation. Interns can take the Dutchess Loop Bus into Poughkeepsie, and from Poughkeepsie to other towns. Interns will use one of our vehicles for job purposes. Interns who can arrive with their own cars are ideal, and they will be reimbursed for gas for internship related travel.

From EPIC: You should think about why working with youth matters to you. If you are applying to this because we are immigration focused, you should have clarity on WHY you want to serve immigrant students and how your own identity relates to that. Read something in LatCrit — latcrit.org. If you are not a fluent Spanish speaker you should be prepared to explain how you will handle that. The majority of our students do communicate in English, but often prefer Spanish, and so while you can complete your responsibilities in English, you will need to be able to feel confident and not self-conscious in a multi-lingual environment.

Additional Resources: Learn more about EPIC through this guide (created for Vassar students for the school year NOT summer internships) and an example intern writing project.

FM4 Paso Libre

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico

FM4 Paso Libre is a non-profit organization that defends and promotes the human rights of migrants and refugees in the west part of Mexico, through short-term shelter, comprehensive support (such as legal aid and medical screening), advocacy, and research.

Learn more about FM4 through their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their awesome YouTube video!

Internship Description: FM4 Paso Libre is in need of interns and volunteers to stay in their Care Center and support migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers with basic care (meals, clothing, health care), legal guidance, and other forms of meaningful service and deep solidarity.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Interns must have an intermediate level or higher level of Spanish, and posses values of solidarity, dignity, respect, justice, commitment, interculturality, and human rights.
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: May – August 2019
  • Housing and Transportation: Interns are housed at the Care Center in Guadalajara (with gendered floors) where the majority of work is performed. Any transportation outside of the shelter and organization area is the responsibility of the intern. There is a strict evening curfew at the shelter to keep all tenants safe.
Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)

Location: Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles (Chino Hills), California

MuslimARC creates spaces for learning and developing racial equity, connects people to foster a multi-racial network, and cultivates solutions to advance racial equity.

You can learn more about MuslimARC at their website and through their video: The MuslimARC Story

Internship Description: Potential areas: Administrative Intern; Social Media Intern; Membership Intern; ARCHouse Intern

  • Specific Skills Needed: Experience with computer programs/ work (ex. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.); prior experience in anti-racism work, research, or education/training is a benefit; excellent organizational skills; attention to detail; strong writing skills; comfort with a mix of in-person meetings and virtual work
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: May to August 2019
  • Housing and Transportation: Not provided. Both Detroit and Los Angeles have public transportation options.
Peace First

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Peace First is an international nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We believe passionately that young people are natural problem solvers and that by unleashing their moral imaginations we can create a youth-led movement to counter the culture of violence that affects us all. We believe in the power of all young people to change the world through peacemaking – not someday in the future – right now. To this end, we invest in their ability to see themselves today as leaders and to maximize their capacity to solve some of society’s most pressing problems. Peace First seeks to be the trusted source and resource for young people to have their ideas heard, taken seriously, and supported to create a better world right now.

You can learn more about Peace First through their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Internship Description: The Community Engagement Intern plays a key role in implementing the program to support young peacemakers throughout their journey. Most of this support is conducted via our online platform. However, the Community Engagement Intern will also help directly engage with young people to ensure that they have the support they need to complete their peacemaking projects in their communities.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Transferable experience working with and supporting young people; understanding of the historical and current context of systemic and institutionalized oppression facing communities around the world and ability to engage youth around these topics with sensitivity and humility; ability to effectively communicate to, support and build relationships with young people from multi-cultural backgrounds via writing; ability to quickly learn technology and navigate it; experience with content management systems like Drupal or WordPress a plus; understanding of how digital platforms can support youth leadership and amplify their peacemaking efforts; proficiency in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets Gmail, etc.; Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); written and spoken fluency in English. Spanish, Arabic, and/or French language skills and/or global experience a plus, but not a requirement; belief in and leading with Peace First’s core values of courage, compassion, and collaboration
  • Number of Intern Placements: 1
  • Internship Time Frame: Dates are flexible, but would prefer that the intern can stay for at least three months, if possible.
  • Housing and Transportation: Not provided; however the Peace First office is in downtown Boston and public transportation is readily available with the subway one block away.

Additional Resources: Check out their new book Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the World

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.

You can read more about RAICES from their website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Internship Description: Traveling weekly to Karnes County Residential Center to provide free legal services to asylum seeking families. Interns will perform mock interview preps, intakes, declarations, and provide legal advise under RAICES’ attorney license.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Must: speak Spanish, undergo a background check, and come from International Studies, Public Policy, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Sociology majors.
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: May to August 2019; Interns should expect to work 40 hour weeks at minimum.
  • Housing and Transportation: Not provided. Ideally interns would need access to a car, but can use public transportation via the San Antonio Metro. 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.
Rural & Migrant Ministry

Location: New York State – Poughkeepsie, Riverhead, Liberty, or Lyons

Rural & Migrant Ministry works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through: Nurturing leadership; Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers; and, Changing unjust systems and structures.

Internship Options: There are several potential internships currently under discussion at this time. New internship positions may be created to meed needs and opportunities.

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 conduct 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, a Women’s Group, and the teen youth empowerment program, JOY (Justice Organization of Youth). JOY is unique because the students use theater of the oppressed methods to bring awareness to issues that directly affect them. 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 weekly 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 the 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.

CATSKILLS
Office: 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. During the school year, 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
Office: Riverhead, NY
Farmworker Outreach/ Development
The Long Island intern team will support the Center for Alliance, 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 Farmworkers campaign has been accompanying farmworkers on their mission for equal labor rights for over 15 years. 2019 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. Finally, the JFW intern will manage the Campaign’s social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. http://farmworkersny.org/

  • Specific Skills Needed: A commitment to justice; valid driver’s license; willingness to work irregular hours and drive a lot of miles; respect for people of all backgrounds; pledge to maintain open communication with fellow staff and interns; proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, or Jamaican Patois is preferred, but not always required; if receiving housing –  must commit to communal living agreements and participate in site maintenance
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: June 3 – August 16, 2019
  • Additional Stipend: Interns receive an additional $1,000 stipend
  • Housing and Transportation: Free room and board can be provided for the intern. Rural & Migrant Ministry has at least one vehicle in each office that interns can share. Public transportation is minimal because they are located in a rural area.

Additional Resources: Learn more about Rural & Migrant Ministry here, and check out their publication, Farmworker Testimonies: Stories from the Field.

The Sanctuaries

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Sanctuaries is a sacred training community for artists committed to healing and justice in Washington, DC. Our mission is to activate visual, performing, and literary artists of intentionally different cultural and spiritual backgrounds to build power, shift culture, and heal spirits for the wellness of the people.

For more information, check out www.thesanctuaries.org.

Internship Description: The Sanctuaries is seeking an intern to support one of two large-scale initiatives that we’ll be piloting for the first time this year. Specifically, the intern will focus on either: (i) an interactive art-making event with pop-up stations throughout the city; (ii) a summer program for local youth focused on arts-based community organizing. The intern will also be invited to participate in our community life by attending dinners, workshops, and other gatherings with our artists and partners. For that reason, we particularly encourage interns with their own artistic and/or creative practices to apply.

  • Specific Skills Needed: An individual who thrives in the start-up phase of a project, where they’re tasked with brainstorming creative ideas, designing a strategic plan, developing a timeline for its implementation with clear benchmarks, and making the necessary pivots to complete the project with excellence and on time; an individual who works best when implementing a pre-existing program with a clear structure and set tasks would not be a good fit at this time. The Sanctuaries also seeks to serve and reflect the historically Black culture and heritage of Washington, DC; therefore, preference will be given to an intern of color, and/or an intern who has a demonstrated commitment to building multicultural community.
  • Number of Intern Placements: 1
  • Internship Time Frame: May – August 2019, with some flexibility
  • Housing and Transportation: The intern is expected to secure their own housing, but The Sanctuaries will support them in that process, if needed. All work is accessible via public transportation. The Sanctuaries may be able to offer a modest transportation stipend depending on the intern’s housing location.
UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ)

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

The UU College of Social Justice was created in 2012 as a collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Its mission is to inspire and sustain effective and spiritually grounded activism for justice.

You can learn more about UUCSJ from their website and this YouTube video!

Internship Description: UUCSJ is looking for an intern who can support its communications and engagement projects. Staff will work with the intern to create a list of projects and tasks that combine the needs of UUCSJ as well as the intern’s interest, skills, and learning goals. Tasks could include management of UUCSJ social media accounts, drafting monthly newsletters and blog posts, research, updating marketing materials, and collecting stories and quotes from members of the UUCSJ community.

UUCSJ is committed to giving the intern the opportunity to engage with the local organizing in Boston that UUCSJ staff are involved with as well as gaining a greater understanding of spiritually centered justice work and how national UU organizations operate and live their values.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Significant experience with social media, great communications and writing skills, a willingness to learn, and deep commitment to spiritually centered justice work
  • Number of Intern Placements: 1
  • Internship Time Frame: May – August 2019
  • Housing and Transportation: Housing is not provided. The UUCSJ office is closest to the Central T stop on the MBTA Red Line. There is only paid parking around the building.

Additional Resources: UUCSJ has a small, but mighty staff of five who focus much of their work on decentering whiteness and white supremacy culture. They’re inspired and guided by the wisdom of adrienne marie brown in Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds.

Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)

Location: New York, New York

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office promotes the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, as reflected in the United Nations Charter. Through targeted education, advocacy, and outreach, we engage Unitarian Universalists in support of international cooperation and the work of the UN.

Learn more about the UU-UNO from their website!

Internship Description: Our internship program provides young people an exciting opportunity to learn about the United Nations and to work in support of its efforts to eradicate injustice and promote human rights around the world. Interns working at the UU-UNO conduct research, build partnerships within the UN and NGO community, work on our communications, and develop resources. Throughout the year, we engage interns as active participants and collaborators in our work. Their contributions contribute significantly to our LGBTQ/SOGI Human Rights, Women’s Initiative on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Racial Justice, Climate Justice, and (new!) Migration Justice programs.

  • Specific Skills Needed: Must be fluent in English; demonstrated interest in international affairs; strong writing and communication skills; must be motivated and responsible, and capable of managing a variety of assignments; comfortable taking responsibility for program advocacy and thinking strategically
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: At least 8 weeks, flexible start/ end dates
  • Housing and Transportation: Not provided; NYC subways and buses will get you most places (monthly pass = $121)

From UU-UNO: Each intern will get a UN grounds pass allowing them access to meetings and conferences inside United Nations Headquarters. In consultation with the UU-UNO Director, interns are expected to attend meetings and lift up Unitarian Universalist values and concerns through asking questions and networking with presenters and other participants. Interns work with the Director to design programs that advance UU-UNO initiatives both at the United Nations and within Unitarian Universalism in the U.S. and Canada.

Additional Resources: Visit Summer Intern: UU United Nations Office for more information.

Deadline: February 15, 2019

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