SAF develops the leadership of college students from diverse backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to work directly with farmworkers in the Carolinas. Each year, SAF trains approximately 25 students on issues that farmworkers face, and places them to work full-time with migrant education programs, legal aid offices, rural health clinics, community-based organizations, and farmworker unions. SAF interns increase the capacity of the organizations they work with by outreaching to over 5,000 farmworkers & their families each summer.
Application due February 7
To qualify you must be a current college student (including community college), recent graduate (within 1 year), or planning to return to school / taking a gap year. To be preferenced you must be able to say yes to one of the following:
- I speak high-intermediate or advanced Spanish (preference but may have availability for a few non-Spanish speaking placements)
- I am a college student from a farmworker family (SAF preferences CAMP program participants)
- I am a student currently attending college in the Southeastern U.S.
- I am a college student from the Southeast (the Southeast is your home; you grew up there; your parents still live there, etc.)
- SAF strongly preferences all non-farmworker students to have reliable cars they can use for the summer. When possible, we pair students without cars together with students who do have cars to share transportation during the summer. In addition to needing a car for their work obligations, interns need it to drive to/from work, grocery store, attend the 3 SAF trainings, and to conduct their documentary or theater projects.
- $4250 stipend
- Rent-free housing
- Room and board at 3 trainings
- Out-of-state students from farmworker families receive support securing paid travel to North Carolina
- End-of-program scholarship for students from farmworker families
- Fundraise $750 to contribute to SAF's work (waived for UNC APPLES participants)
- Complete 35-40 hours of volunteer work per week
- Participate in the entire program from June 3 - August 10, 2024
- Write 3 guided writings/blogs
- Complete a documentary or theater project
- Be willing to drive/ travel long distances to trainings and to outreach to farmworkers (1-4 hrs/day, 2-5 days/week)
- October 16Application opens
- February 7Application deadline
- February 19 - March 4Applicant interviews
- By March 25Students notified of selection
- April 27First cohort meeting (virtual)
- June 3 - 7Orientation Retreat
- July 5 - 6 Mid Retreat
- August 8Last day of placement work
- August 9 - 10Final Retreat
SAF has given me the tools to become a leader who creates effective change. Through the skills and connections I have gained over the summer, I feel confident in leading and organizing future community events and outreach through my own student groups...The people I met and the things I learned this summer about farmworkers and farmworker issues has changed my life.