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Internship Program

We at the PVWC feel grateful that we have been able to collaborate with many amazing interns that have come through our doors since we began in 2014. Both because of our size and philosophy, our internships offer many opportunities to be creative and make great connections, rather than just do entry-level office work, though there is certainly some of both in all positions. All of our internships are unpaid, though some colleges in the area offer funding opportunities.

The positions that we offer do have many non-monetary benefits, such as the opportunity to build event organizing, field research and fundraising skills. For all internships, it is very important that interns schedule the majority of their hours during a regular, fixed time of the week. In part because all staff are part-time and the nature of our work so often takes us out of the office. We are much more flexible about scheduling after the first few months, once interns are well-oriented and able to be more self-directed. There are also many events and community actions that fall outside of our regular office hours, which we encourage interns to attend.

The PVWC welcomes and encourages applications from people from all backgrounds, especially people of color.

Summer 2019 Positions

Assistant Farm Coordinator

6-10+ hours/ week, for at least 8 weeks of the summer, with a flexible schedule starting mid-May through August. (Hours are flexible and if needed, can be condensed into as a 6 week period or stretched out over the entire summer.)

NEW PROJECT: Beginning this May, the PVWC will working with 10 of our members to develop a small cooperatively-run farm, in close collaboration with All Farmers and TESA. This position will be focused on supporting our members with a wide variety of logistical start-up tasks, as well as by coordinating volunteer support.

To apply please send a resume and brief cover letter to gabriella[at]pvworkerscenter.org

Farm Labor Researcher and Oral History Project Assistant

5-7+ hours/ week, for at least 4-8 weeks of the summer, with a flexible schedule starting mid-May through August.

The PVWC is conducting a survey about labor conditions with local farmworkers, which serves as an outreach and organizing tool in a variety of ways. Once we gather more surveys, we will publish a report of our findings in collaboration with the UMass Amherst Labor Center. We are also in the early stages of collecting farmworker oral histories, many of which will be used in our report as well as to eventually create an interactive exhibition and story-telling workshop series. The ideal candidate will have a serious interest in understanding food systems and the labor conditions faced by immigrant farmworkers.

To apply please send a resume and brief cover letter to gabriella[at]pvworkerscenter.org

Sanctuary Organizing and Grants Intern

5-10 hours/ week, up to full-time in summer

This internship focuses on supporting our interfaith organizing, sanctuary support, and also learning some grant writing skills.  PVWC works closely with individuals in sanctuary and the congregations who host them. We also organize faith communities to stand with immigrants and workers in the struggle for justice through our Interfaith Sanctuary and Solidarity Network. As the Sanctuary and Faith Organizing Intern, you will work closely with individuals in sanctuary and also build relationships with faith communities in our area, as you also learn basics of grant writing.

To apply please send a resume and brief cover letter to margaret[at]pvworkerscenter.org

Grassroots Organizing Intern

(5-8 hours/week)

This position is intended to support organizers to facilitate the worker committees in Northampton and Springfield,  canvas for campaigns in Springfield and throughout the valley, do outreach to farmworkers to get them involved in organizing, and much more.  We are looking for someone who is able to handle working in a fast paced environment. This is a great position for any student who is interested in getting grassroots organizing experience.

To apply please send a resume and brief cover letter to andrea[at]pvworkerscenter.org

Event Organizer Intern

5-8 hours/week

The Event Organizer Intern will work to plan and organize a variety of fundraising, and community events. An intern in this position would work closely with Sanctuary In The Streets event volunteers. Because of the nature of this position, this internship will require some regular office hours as well as flexibility around events.

To apply please send a resume and brief cover letter to rose[at]pvworkerscenter.org

Sanctuary in the Streets (SIS) Campaign Intern

6-10 hours/week

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center (PVWC) has developed an innovative model of solidarity that unites people with status and/or privilege to concretely support organizing led by immigrant workers, believing that our collective liberation is bound together.  SIS is a 2,000+ volunteer network that converts allies into comrades by training them to provide impacted leaders with the resources and support they need to organize. PVWC immigrant and worker leaders founded SiS following the 2016 election. Today, SiS volunteers operate nine solidarity programs including a 24-hour Spanish/English hotline; a Court Accompaniment program in which trained volunteers drive and support immigrants during court hearings or check-ins, a rideshare driving program, and a childcare collective. Two of our most dedicated leaders live in sanctuary, and PVWC coordinates over 300 volunteers to support their campaigns against deportation.

An intern in this position would work closely with the organizing staff and event volunteers. Because of the nature of this position, this position will require some regular office hours as well as flexibility around events.

To apply please send a resume and brief cover letter to rose[at]pvworkerscenter.org