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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.

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 FALL 2018 INTERNS

 

1) Sanctuary and Faith Organizing Intern

 

5-10 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 during the day on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, plus some nights and weekends.
  • Available to attend Interfaith Jericho Walk for Immigrant Justice on first Wednesday of each month from 11-1 in Springfield (rides available)
  • Capacity to travel easily to Amherst and Northampton
  • A laptop computer

To apply to this internship, please send a brief cover letter and resume to margaret@pvworkerscenter.org

2. 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.

Requirements:

  • Ability to work some weekend and evenings, specifically on Sunday afternoons (usually between 2:30-4:30) to support facilitation worker committee meetings in Springfield. We recognize that this is a big ask for students, but also believe it is very rewarding work!
  • Strong Spanish conversational skills. We strongly prefer a student who can carry conversations in Spanish and connect with folks who are native Spanish speakers
  • Ability to connect with immigrants with working-class backgrounds. We are looking for someone who feels comfortable navigating conversations and spaces with people who have different socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels and does so in a way that is empowering.
  • A passion for movement building: we are working to build a movement led by workers and immigrants in the valley and beyond. We therefore look seek to work with students who are excited to be a part of this long-term struggle!

Preferred:

  • Access to a car. Not at all a requirement, but it would certainly be a plus!

To apply to this internship, please send a brief cover letter and resume to andrea@pvworkerscenter.org

3. Small Business Development and Fundraising Intern

(6-8 hours/week)

This intern will work closely with Irida Kakhtiranova, currently living in sanctuary in Northampton, as she launches a new business selling pierogies.  The business started three months ago and is growing quickly. The intern will assist in business development strategy, graphic design, and direct sales.  The intern will also support ongoing fundraising events and activities held by Irida and her host congregation, the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence (USNF)  The intern will work out of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and will be based in Northampton.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist business in achieving food safety and kitchen certification
  • Oversee weekly sales of pierogies from PVWC office (i.e. manage online orders and purchasing)
  • Graphic design of posters, social media postings, online fundraising events
  • Work with Irida and USNF to support fundraising and sales activities

Requirements:

  • Available for 3.5 hour weekly block of time to oversee pierogi sales on Tuesday or Thursday after 12 noon (we are flexible on the exact hours).  
  • Available occasional nights or weekends

To apply, please email a brief cover letter and resume to margaret@pvworkerscenter.org

4. Event Organizer Intern

5-8 hours/ week

The Event Organizer Intern will work to plan and organizer 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 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
  • Assist with coordinating short term volunteers for events

Preferred:

  • Spanish fluency
  • Familiarity with and interest in working with immigrant communities
  • Availability for weekend work when needed
  • Capacity to travel easily to events across the valley
  • A laptop computer

To apply, please email a brief cover letter and resume to gabriella@pvworkerscenter.org

5. Campaign Intern

5-10 hours/ week

The Campaign intern will work to coordinate all components that make a campaign successful. Campaign Interns are expected to be part of the coordinating team for press conferences, education forums and general community events as well as coordinators for social media strategy, graphics, talking points etc. Interest in policy-making and ability to work with groups is crucial as interns will formally communicate with local elected representatives on policy matters as well as with community members to discuss priorities and direction.

Campaign Interns will practice and gain valuable experience in the following areas:

  • Press and Communications
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Event Planning
  • Immigration Policy
  • Women Rights
  • Social Media
  • Research
  • Fundraising
  • Canvassing
  • Graphic Design
  • Data Entry
  • Field Organizing

Preferred:

  1. Graphic Design experience
  2. Fundraising experience
  3. Event planning experience
  4. Excellent communication skills
  5. Spanish Fluency
  6. A somewhat flexible schedule outside of office hours to attend these events on a semi-regular basis

To apply, please email a brief cover letter and resume to eduardo@pvworkerscenter.org

  1. 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.

The SIS Campaign Intern will:

  • Support the monthly general assemblies
  • Help with phone banking to get turn out for the meetings
  • Help write weekly newsletters
  • Create monthly flyers
  • Work to coordinate the events and trainings associated with each of the committees
  • Help with fundraising events i.e. House Parties, Cooking Classes
  • Support large events and actions
  • Assist with coordinating short term volunteers for events

Preferred:

  • Spanish fluency
  • Familiarity with and interest in working with immigrant communities
  • Availability for weekend work when needed
  • Capacity to travel easily to events across the valley
  • A laptop computer

To apply, please email a brief cover letter and resume to rose@pvworkerscenter.org