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 April 26- August 19, 2018. Apply today!


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 diverse communications as well as organizing and archiving existing work.

Nonprofit Management

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 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.

Program Management

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.

"SAF has been a huge part of my college experience. For me, it was really important to balance out my academic experiences with the understanding that different types of learning occur outside a classroom setting. I didn't want to go to school in North Carolina for 4 years and not understand what was happening around me. I now feel deeply committed to the farmworker movement. We should all care about this movement, because we all eat food, and we can't forget about the human aspect of food when it comes to creating a just agricultural system."         
– Lina Palancares, SAF intern 2017-2018


  • $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 5-7 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 more than once


  • 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 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


April 26 - Aug 19Application accepted, interviews, positions filled
September 14In-office Training
September 15Orientation with Levante youth
Dec 8 - Jan 11    Break
January 12Mid-retreat with Levante youth
January 14   Begin spring semester work
March    Spring Break (1 week)
March 24 - 31National Farmworker Awareness Week
April 27Final Retreat with Levante youth


Sandra Rodriguez
Assistant Director