Better Builder Program Intern

INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE: BETTER BUILDER PROGRAM INTERN  in AUSTIN, DALLAS, & HOUSTON
Applications accepted until position filled

About Workers Defense Project:

Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide, membership-based organization devoted to workers’ rights and advocacy, chiefly aiming to build power among Texas construction workers.  Its mission – to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships – is accomplished through a network of dedicated staff, volunteers and members.

WDP is one of the few organizations in Texas focused on addressing workplace abuse faced by low-wage laborers.  Among the most established worker centers in the South, and a leader in the national movement of worker centers fighting for fair conditions for working people, WDP has won numerous awards for its cutting-edge achievements within one of the country’s most difficult climates for workers.  The New York Times described WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country”.

Each year, WDP serves over 2,500 workers through offices in Austin and Dallas by way of various social-service and organizing programs. WDP concentrates its efforts on winning better work conditions in the construction industry, among the most powerful special interest groups in Texas, employing over 900,000 workers, half of whom are undocumented.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION: BETTER BUILDER PROGRAM INTERN

The Better Builder Program Intern position is a 40 hour/week commitment and will run from May through August 2017.  Better Builder is working to expand its operations, and interns will have an exciting opportunity to help build, from the ground up, an organization that will raise working conditions in the construction industry.  Interns will build their writing and research skills, learn project management, and become integral members of a team dedicated to helping working families in Texas.  The Intern will report to Workers Defense Project’s Better Builder Program Director, and will enhance the Better Builder Program’s work by:

 

  • Establishing a plan to research the business and economic benefits for companies to commit to raising working conditions for construction workers.
  • Finding new partners who are committed to working families and common sense wage and safety standards.
  • Supporting existing campaigns with research, writing, and editing.
  • Educating community allies about and engage construction workers in ongoing campaigns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Interest in social enterprises and companies that do good things to help raise conditions for working families
  • Experience conducting basic research, including reading and understanding primary and secondary sources, citing sources, and compiling information for use by external audiences
  • Microsoft Word/Excel proficiency
  • Preferred: experience with Google Email, Drive, Calendar, and Mavenlink, Spanish language proficiency.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Commitment to social, economic, and racial justice


COMPENSATION:

  • Life-long experience and skills
  • Referrals for future employment
  • $150 stipend for full time summer internships
  • Possible class credit

Can be done in coordination with school internship programs and for academic credit.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR AUSTIN APPLICANTS

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to Jessica Wolff at jessica.wolff@workersdefense.org with subject line:  Austin BBP Intern.

HOW TO APPLY FOR DALLAS APPLICANTS

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to Sasha Legette at sasha@workersdefense.org with subject line:  Dallas BBP Intern.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR HOUSTON APPLICANTS

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to Sasha Legette at sasha@workersdefense.org with subject line:  Houston BBP Intern.

 

As an equal opportunity employer, Workers Defense Project embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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