Agriculture is consistently ranked as one of the three most dangerous occupations in the United States.
Building Leaders for the Farmworker Movement
Spend the school year interning at Student Action with Farmworkers' office learning about the farmworker justice movement and gaining nonprofit leadership skills. Interns will increase SAF’s capacity to train farmworker youth, build advocacy and organizing campaigns, increase our communications and be a strong sustainable organization. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and positions filled from May 1- August 21, 2016. Apply today!
POSITIONS MAY INCLUDE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING EXPERIENCES:
Gain experience in creating materials for SAF's website, social media, blog, documentary work, and publications. Be responsible for writing, editing, and designing diverse communications as well as organizing and archiving existing work.
Learn the behind the scene skills necessary to keep a nonprofit organization running. Be responsible for updating and maintaining the SAF database, filing and office organizing, assisting with financial audit, reports and programs as needed.
Outreach & Advocacy
Gain experience in organizing awareness raising events and conducting presentations about SAF and farmworkers on campus and in the community. Support planning & logistics for National Farmworker Awareness Week. Support farmworker-led campaigns.
Learn the behind the scene skills necessary to prepare for the Into the Fields internship/fellowship program. Assist with recruitment presentations and communications, processing applications, and other program logistics.
Learn about higher education access and the barriers farmworker youth face by working closely with middle/high school students and their families that participate in SAF's Levante Leadership Institute. Speak Spanish during trainings and retreats and learn how to plan workshops and fieldtrips to build leadership skills.
Learn about higher education access and support the policy campaign to get in-state tuition for undocumented students. Participate in Adelante Education Coalition meetings and help plan activities and presentations directly for educators, students, and other community members.
Participate in Farmworker Advocacy Network meetings and help plan activities to raise awareness about farmworker issues and ways to take action in support of Harvest of Dignity, Poultry workers campaign or other farmworker campaigns.
"I quickly discovered that I had been perceiving farm work purely as difficult, unpleasant, and undesirable work. I had forgotten to recognize farm work as an occupation, a passion, a lifestyle. Many of these men and women in fact love what they do. And they should!" -Alli Clayton, Intern 2016
- $2,400-$3,600 total scholarship
- Work 10-15 hours/week for 24 weeks
- 3 day-long trainings with SAF's Levante Leadership Institute (LLI)
- Cohort of 6 participants
- Mentorship by SAF staff
- Potential academic credit
- Work-study can be arranged for Duke University students
To be eligible you must:
- Attend college in the NC Greater Triangle Area OR be a recent college graduate within one year OR be a DREAMer
- Be able to provide your own transportation
- Demonstrate an interest and/or experience in leadership development in the farmworker justice movement
- SAF preferences students from farmworker families
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) students are encouraged to apply
- Social Work students fulfilling internship requirements at NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke & NCCU are encouraged to apply
- SAF alumni are encouraged to apply
- Students can participate in the program twice
- Work at least 10-15 hours a week. 10 weeks in the fall and 14 weeks in the spring semester. Some interns may work more hours or more weeks depending on school program requirements or special projects.
- Work at the SAF office in Durham NC
- Write 2 reflections for SAF’s blog
- Attend SAF meetings & events as needed
- Conduct at least one outreach activity or presentation about SAF and farmworkers
- Fundraise $450 to contribute to SAF's work by the mid retreat
IMPORTANT DATES 2016-2017
|April 1 - Aug 21||Application accepted, interviews, positions filled|
|September 9||In-office Training|
|September 10||Orientation with Levante youth|
|November 19 - Jan 8||Break|
|January 9||Begin spring semester work|
|January 21||Mid-retreat with Levante youth|
|March||Spring Break (1 week)|
|March 24 - 31||National Farmworker Awareness Week|
|April 22||Final Retreat with Levante youth|