Building Leaders for the Farmworker Movement

Spend the academic year interning at Student Action with Farmworkers' office learning about the farmworker justice movement and gaining nonprofit leadership skills. Through mentorship and training, 5-10 Solidaridad interns learn about farmworker issues and gain experience in social justice and nonprofit work, while increasing SAF’s capacity to fulfill our mission.

Students intern approximately 10 hours a week. Students may conduct presentations, mentor farmworker youth, plan events, create communication tools, and participate in actions, rallies, and coalition meetings. Students will also be introduced to seasoned advocates so they can build their professional network. They will write blog posts to help SAF raise awareness of farmworker issues with the larger community.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all or part of the program may take place remotely. SAF will follow local, state, and national health regulations to determine the best way to implement the program.

Application deadline September 4, 2020. Apply today!


  • $2,400 scholarship
  • Work approximately 10 hours/week for 20 weeks
  • 1 weekend orientation and 2 day-long trainings with SAF's Levante Leadership Institute (LLI)
  • Cohort of 5-10 participants
  • Mentorship by SAF staff
  • Potential academic credit

"My time as a SAF intern solidified my interest in working in social justice and the farmworker movement. It gave me the skills and confidence to speak to people about farmworker issues and my story about coming from a farmworker family."    
– Ruby Arellano, SAF Solidaridad intern 2019-2020


To be eligible you must:

  • Be a current college student or recent graduate in the NC Triangle Area
  • No Spanish language required for most positions
  • DREAMERS and DACAmented students encouraged to apply
  • SAF alumni are encouraged to apply. Students can participate in the program more than once
  • Be able to work 10 hours/week and provide your own transportation to the SAF office
  • SAF preferences students from farmworker families
  • Social Work students fulfilling internship requirements at NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, & NCCU are encouraged to apply


Communication Arts

Gain experience in creating materials for SAF's website, social media, blog, documentary work, and publications. Be responsible for writing, editing, and designing communications as well as organizing and archiving existing work.

Grassroots Organizing

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 through actions, online petitions, and social media.

Program Management

Learn the behind-the-scenes skills necessary to prepare for the Into the Fields internship/fellowship program. Assist with recruitment presentations and communications, processing applications, and other program logistics. Support initiative to expand Internet to migrant workers and farmworker youth and help coordinate an annual conference on farmworker issues.


Work with farmworker youth and families that are part of SAF's Levante Leadership Institute.  Participate in an effort to provide farmworker youth with access to institutions of higher education and create opportunities to break barriers that impede youth to reach their full potential.  Intermediate or advanced Spanish is required for this position.


Learn about the policies and laws affecting farmworkers and immigrant communities in the state. Create materials to raise awareness and lobby both directly and indirectly. Participate in the Adelante Education Coalition, the Farmworker Advocacy Network and other coalition meetings and help plan activities and presentations that can impact policies affecting immigrant students and farmworkers.


  • Work at least 10-15 hours a week. 8 weeks in the fall and 12 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 - We will determine closer to the date if work will need to be remote because of COVID-19 for all or part of the program
  • Write 3 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


* Dates & locations may change because of COVID-19. Closer to the date we will determine if the events will be in-person or online

Sept 4Application deadline
Sept 11Decisions announced
September 19-20     Orientation
Nov 18 Last day of Fall Semester Work
January 16Mid-retreat
January 19First day of Spring semester work
March 25 - 31National Farmworker Awareness Week
April 16Last Day of Spring Semester Work
April 17Final Retreat


Victoria Nwankudu
Grassroots Organizer