UU Legislative Ministry of New Jersey


Summit, NJ


The UU Legislative Ministry of New Jersey (UULMNJ) is a UU state advocacy network (SAN) whose mission is to provide the comprehensive structure for New Jersey Unitarian Universalists’ non-partisan activism. UULMNJ works for a socially just public policy in collaboration with like-minded organizations through education, research, advocacy, witness, and service. A largely volunteer organization, issues are addressed through task forces, committees, and collaboration among congregations. UULMNJ’s current issue areas are economic justice, environment, reproductive justice and health care, immigration reform, gun violence prevention, and criminal justice reform. For more information, visit www.uulmnj.org.


This placement is for one intern, with responsibilities to vary based on the intern’s interests as they relate to the organizing and advocacy needs of the organization. Two main project opportunities include developing legislative educational materials, and/or developing antiracism educational resources for congregations and communities. If an intern has video production experience, they may also be invited to contribute to the creation of educational videos.


Eight weeks, from mid-June to mid-August, with some flexibility. Approximately 25 hours per week.

Site-specific qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who are familiar with New Jersey, and those with an understanding of social justice advocacy work. Additionally, skills in videography or communications are a plus, but not required.

Housing and funding

Housing is available for this placement in a homestay with a local family. Interns are also welcome to instead seek their own housing in New York City and commute to Summit.

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.

The selected interns are responsible for travel to and from the New York metropolitan area.

Applications for this placement are now closed for 2016.

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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