FALL INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT:
2018 WORKERS RIGHTS ADVOCATE & ORGANIZER (AUSTIN, TX)
About Workers Defense Project: WDP is a statewide, membership-based immigrant and workers’ rights organization that builds power for low-income workers in Texas. WDP has gained notoriety for its ability to translate direct services and grassroots organizing into concrete policy wins in one of the toughest climates for workers in the country. WDP concentrates its efforts on winning better working conditions in the Texas construction industry, which is both one of the most powerful special interest groups in the state and one of the largest employers of immigrant workers in the state. In 2010, WDP won the first rest break ordinance in Texas, guaranteeing rest breaks for Austin’s construction workforce, and, in 2018, WDP led the local coalition that won Austin’s Earned Sick Time Ordinance, making Austin the first city in the South to guarantee private employees the right to earned paid sick time. The New York Times has named WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country.”
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 community outreach efforts, direct actions, and other ongoing organizing, research, and advocacy campaigns.
This is a fall internship program for college students who are currently working towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Fall interns will receive a monthly stipend of $300. WDP is also happy to work with interns to access class credit or funding through their educational institution.
- Strong proficiency speaking, reading, and writing in both English and Spanish;
- Commitment to racial, economic and social justice;
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail, allowing for proper management of case files and completion of legal forms/processes 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 15-20 hours a week, including some nights and weekends (Tuesday evenings from 6:30-10:00pm are required); and
- Available to work for 10-12 weeks between mid-September and December.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible as applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The posting will be removed from the WDP website once filled. To apply, please:
- Provide a cover letter, resume, and list of three references;
- Note in your cover letter when you would be available to begin working with us and your level of Spanish proficiency; and
- Send your application materials in .pdf format to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, and include “Fall Workers Advocate Internship” in the subject line.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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.