Apply to be a Program Assistant

The Program Assistant Position

Former interns and fellows are invited to apply for one of two summer positions assisting SAF staff with planning and logistics for the Into the Fields Internship & Fellowship Programs including mentoring the 24 college students working with farmworker agencies throughout the Southeast.  SAF will provide rent free furnished housing and you’ll be paid like an intern, but you’ll work alongside the staff in our Durham, NC office, conducting site visits, assisting with the theater and documentary projects, creating a memory book for the participants, attending coalition meetings and more.

Application Deadline: February 4, 2021


  • Attend Sponsor trainings before the program begins (preferred)
  • Help coordinate and implement weeklong orientation and 2 weekend trainings
  • Educate participants about farmworker issues or present other workshops during retreats
  • Conduct 7-8 site visits, mentor, and communicate with participants on an ongoing basis
  • Support interns’ documentary group by coordinating workshops with farmworkers
  • Keep track of interns’ work including workplans, weekly surveys and guided blogs
  • Complete basic office duties such as data entry, copying, filing and answering telephones
  • Conduct a community presentation on farmworkers
  • Create a memory book for participants
  • Help plan the End of Summer Celebration
  • Attend staff and board meetings
  • Assist in general fundraising efforts as needed
  • Maintain a professional relationship with program participants

My participation as Program Assistant for SAF made me a better leader. It continued to emphasize that a great leader comes from how you handle tough situations and how you guide a group of people rather than how you can order a group of people around. Leaders learn and adapt...” 

– Librado Mendoza Sosa, SAF Program Assistant 2020


  • $1600 total stipend (based on May 31-August 9, additional stipend will be pro-rated if you can come early or stay longer)
  • $1700 scholarship upon completion
  • Free rent in furnished housing
  • Some travel costs


In order to qualify for the Program Assistant position, applicants must:

  • Have participated in SAF’s Into the Fields Internship or Fellowship Program (any year)
  • Speak conversational Spanish (intermediate level or above)
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have mentoring/leadership experience
  • Be able to multi-task and respond to crises in a timely manner
  • Be able to participate in the entire program (May 26 to August 14, 2020 preferred)
  • Fundraise $750 to contribute to SAF's work


Feb 4Application deadline
Feb 15-24Applicant Interviews
March 12Applicants notified of Selection/Waitlist/Decline
March 21Deadline to accept position or be on the waitlist
Mar 25-31     Farmworker Awareness Week
May 31-June 4 SAF Orientation 
July 8-9Mid-Retreat 
August 6-7Final Retreat 


Ramon Zepeda
Program Director