UU Holdeen India Program: DISHA


Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India


DISHA provides information, advocacy and training support to a network of labor unions with a joint membership of over 22,000. These unions focus on the rights of workers laboring in forests, construction, mining, agriculture, and government projects in the state of Gujarat. DISHA works with these unions to mount legal challenges, train union leaders in the law and state development programs, and publish reports on injustices. It has been a pioneer in struggles for the rights of India’s indigenous tribes to their lands and forests.


This site will host two interns. The interns will be assigned to the documentation team at DISHA to assist them in research and report writing on issues affecting the members of DISHA’s associated unions. This will include conducting field-based research in rural Gujarat.


Eight weeks, from June 15 to August 7, with some flexibility. Approximately 40 hours per week.

Site-Specific Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who have a strong interest in labor rights, and experience serving as a research assistant. Preference will also be given to applicants with prior international travel experience.

This internship placement is contingent on UUCSJ receiving commitments from two interns. This placement will not run if only one intern can be confirmed.

Housing and Stipend

Interns are eligible to apply for a stipend of up to $75 per week from UUCSJ to assist with incidentals.

Interns are eligible to receive housing. DISHA will arrange housing in a homestay or in a simple rented apartment. Interns will receive all meals, which are comprised primarily of Indian food. The direct cost of housing is $350 per month; interns may apply for this housing to be paid for by UUCSJ.

The selected interns are responsible for travel to and from Gujarat, India.

Apply now!

<< Back to summer internships

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303