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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 try to set up our program so that all interns can come on the same day of the week and be part of a cohort that learns and grows together.

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.

To apply, please send a brief letter of interest and resume via email to Gabriella della Croce at gabriella@pvworkerscenter.org. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

 

POSITIONS FOR SUMMER 2018 INTERNS

Sanctuary and Faith Organizing

5-8 hours/ week, full-time in summer

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.  The Sanctuary and Faith Organizing Intern will work closely with Rev. Margaret Sawyer.

Responsibilities:

  • Support individuals in sanctuary and their families
  • Assist in sanctuary coordination of rides, food, other needs as they arise
  • Work closely with Interfaith Sanctuary and Solidarity Network (ISSN) member congregations in coordinating meetings, actions, shared initiatives
  • Perform outreach to other congregations to welcome them into the Network
  • Assist in data tracking of ISSN contacts
  • Attend religious services on occasion and speak about ISSN work, sanctuary

Requirements:

  • Spanish fluency
  • Familiarity with and interest in working with faith communities
  • Availability for weekend work in congregations when needed
  • Capacity to travel easily to Amherst, Northampton and surrounding area (particularly for summer intern.  For school-year, travel to Amherst and Northampton only)
  • A laptop computer

Farm Labor Researcher

5-8 hours/ week

This intern will help conduct research to help the PVWC gain a stronger quantitative understanding of the labor conditions on local farms. The center has already been working with a Farmworker Organizing Committee and learned of many labor abuses but, is still at the beginning stages of developing strategy around where workers have leverage in this arena. Job time will rough break down to about 60% downtown Northampton office, 40% in the field.

Responsibilities:

  • Help enter data from ongoing farmworker surveys being conducted.
  • Assist with conducting some surveys
  • Try to attend semi-regular Farmworker Organizing Committee meetings, which happen more or less monthly, and will include large community forums in Turners Falls and elsewhere as well as Know Your Rights trainings.
  • Do research on local farms and help develop content to share with Farmworker Organizing Committee.

Requirements:

  • Fluent Spanish. This is essential as many workers don’t speak English.
  • Passion for food justice and labor rights work
  • Self-directed, responsible and very well-organized
  • Good communication skills
  • Patient, outgoing personality

Preferred:

  • Ideally, this intern would be able to commit to working with the PVWC for 2 semester (To be discussed after a trial period of 1 month for both parties)
  • Knowledge of farm work, especially personal experience working on local farms
  • Knowledge of labor issues
  • A laptop computer
  • While certainly not required, access to a car is ideal

Communications & Development

5-8 hours/ week

Fundraising  is an important aspect of sustaining the work of any non-profit. Working in this position, you will have the unique experience learning a lot about how to get a new organization off the ground in such a way that it can sustain itself long term. An intern in this position will develop skills in CRM systems, fundraising tactics and website design.  The Development Intern will collaborate most closely with the Events Organizer Interns in helping PVWC to plan fundraisers and other events that serve as platforms for both organizing and development.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the tracking of donations and donor cultivation (such as sending thank you cards) as well as other office tasks
  • Learn to use WordPress and help with website updates
  • Work closely with Events Organizer Intern to help plan and host events. These include: regular documentary film screenings in our downtown office, dance parties, art shows, cooking classes, house parties and more.
  • Assist with the development of content sent out to donors
  • Help prepare fundraising mass mailings

Requirements:

  • Excellent attention to detail and well organized
  • Interest in learning about NGO development work and thinking about how streams of money flow throughout social justice movements
  • A community organizers’ mind, combined with the power of patience for office work
  • A laptop computer

Preferred:

  • Experience with fundraising and event planning
  • Spanish fluency

Event Organizer

5-8 hours/ week

The Event Organizer Intern will work to plan and organizer a variety of fundraising, and community events which are vital to maintaining our relationships with the community. An intern in this position would work closely with the Development Intern and event volunteers. Because of the nature of this position, this position will require some regular office hours as well as flexibility around events.

Responsibilities:

  • Help PVWC to plan for and hold a wide variety of events, most of which have a fundraising aspect. These include: regular documentary film screenings in our downtown office, dance parties, art shows, cooking classes, house parties and more.
  • Assist with designing flyers for these events and
  • Develop content for communications tasks such as sending out monthly newsletters including event invitations
  • Take the lead on some coordinating aspects of our big Annual Art on The Menu Show, which showcases the creative talents of workers all along the food chain, and which this year will include a wider variety of workers than ever before.
  • Assist with coordinating short term volunteers for events

Requirements:

  • Experience planning events and handling event logistics
  • A somewhat flexible schedule outside of office hours to attend these events on a semi-regular basis (roughly every other month.)

Preferred:

  • Experience with fundraising and event planning
  • Spanish fluency