Workers Advocate Internship

SUMMER INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT:

2017 WORKERS RIGHTS ADVOCATE & ORGANIZER (AUSTIN, TX)

 

About Workers Defense Project: Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide membership-based workers rights organization that builds power for construction workers in Texas. WDP is one of the few organizations in Texas working to address workplace abuse faced by low-wage workers. One of the most established worker centers in the South, WDP is a national leader in the movement of worker centers fighting for fair conditions for working people. WDP has won numerous awards and accolades for its cutting edge organizing work in one of the toughest climates for workers in the country. The organization was named “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country” by the New York Times.

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 and Organizer 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 (Tuesday evenings from 6:30-915 pm are required); and
  • Available to work for 8-10 weeks between late May and mid-August.

How to apply: While there is no firm application deadline, it is recommended that candidates not delay in submitting their materials as positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Sofia Morales at sofia@workersdefense.org.
WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals to apply.

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