Workers’ Rights Advocate

WORKERS’ RIGHTS ADVOCATE (HOUSTON, DALLAS, AND AUSTIN)

 

About Workers Defense Project

Workers Defense Project is a statewide membership-based immigrant and workers’ rights organization with offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin that builds power for construction workers in Texas. Since its founding in 2002, the organization has gained notoriety for its ability to translate direct services and grassroots organizing into concrete policy wins. The New York Times named WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country”. WDP concentrates its efforts on winning better working conditions in the construction industry, which is one of the largest industries, and consequently most powerful special interest groups, in Texas. Because nearly half of the Texas construction workforce is undocumented, WDP actively engages in legal work, community education, policy advocacy, and organizing campaigns to advance the rights of both working people and immigrant families across the state.

 

Internship Description

WDP’s Employment and Legal Services program uses a wide range of legal and community-based tactics to assist low-wage workers in recovering owed wages, seeking redress for legal violations on the work site, and learning and exercising their legal rights. The Workers’ Rights Advocate will work with the Employment and Legal Services program to assist low-wage workers to resolve wage claims, access other needed services, and participate in organizing-based campaigns. Interns will also participate in know your rights trainings, community outreach efforts, direct actions, and other ongoing organizing, research, and advocacy campaigns.

 

This is a summer internship program for college students who are currently working towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Summer interns will receive a weekly stipend of $150. WDP is also happy to work with interns to access class credit or funding through their educational institution.  

 

Requirements:

  • Strong proficiency both writing and speaking in Spanish;
  • Commitment to racial, economic, and social justice, and to community empowerment;
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail, allowing for proper management of case files and completion of legal forms in a timely fashion;
  • Interest in using the law and community-based strategies creatively to fight for systemic change;
  • Ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups of people;
  • Available to work 30-40 hours a week, including some nights and weekends (for interns based in Austin or Dallas, you must be able to work Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm); and
  • Available to work for 10-12 weeks between late May and mid-August.

How to apply

Those interested in applying should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of references to internships@workersdefense.org with the subject “Workers’ Rights Advocate”.  This summer, we are seeking Workers’ Rights Advocates in Houston, Austin, and Dallas. If you hope to be considered for placement in a particular city, please indicate that preference in the subject line or body of the email when submitting your application materials. All attachments submitted should be in .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  While there is no firm application deadline, it is recommended that candidates submit their materials as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. WDP strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals to apply for this internship.

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