Service Learning Internships

The service learning internship track matches students with local community organizations. Each student will gain hands on experience while working with community leaders on different campaigns or projects that have a local or statewide focus on bringing social and economic justice to working families in Florida.

After taking the Intro to Labor Studies course I became very passionate about social injustices occurring in my community. I wanted to be engaged in what has happening in my community and at the same time get credit for it, so I enrolled in the service learning internship. During my Fall semester I worked with the Miami-Dade’s Small Business Development Agency where I helped employees and employers to conciliate unpaid wages. In the Spring semester, I worked with Americans for Immigrant Justice where I worked with undocumented detainees helping them to learn about their rights. These Social Justice Internships have helped me to acquire workplace skills, meet other advocates, and most importantly, provided me with an outlet where I could pursue my passion for social justice within my own community. These experiences have been invaluable! In fact, having these internships under my belt strengthened my law school application!” —Linda interned at Americans for Immigrant Justice and Intern at Miami-Dade’s Small Business Development, 2011.

Below are Service Learning Opportunities

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THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR AND CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS (AFL-CIO) http:/thesfaflcio.org

Community/Political Organizer

This internship involves organizing events and coordinating logistics for diverse community and labor organizations. Interns will also support an affiliated local during a bargaining contract or political campaign.

Focus: Community and political organizing, event planning, researching laws, ordinances, and municipal policies

Skills: Well organized, bilingual, strong writing and communication skills

Contact: Cynthia Hernandez

Email: chernandez@flaflcio.org

Address: 4349 NW 36th St, Miami Springs, FL 33166

Phone: 786-301-6665

Communications

This internship involves strategizing a communications plan for labor campaigns and events. Interns will coordinate communications events and press outreach with affiliated locals.

Focus: Communication strategies, community out reach, and labor campaigns event

Skills: Well organized, bilingual, strong writing and communication skills

Contact: Cynthia Hernandez

Email: chernandez@flaflcio.org

Address: 4349 NW 36th St, Miami Springs, FL 33166

Phone: 786-301-6665

Researcher/Policy Analyst

This internship involves researching municipal policies, laws, and ordinances, as well as providing policy analysis and recommendations to campaigns. Interns will also be able to conduct corporate campaign research.

Focus: Researching laws, ordinances, and municipal policies

Skills: Well organized, bilingual, strong writing and communication skills

Contact: Cynthia Hernandez

Email: chernandez@flaflcio.org

Address: 4349 NW 36th St, Miami Springs, FL 33166

Phone: 786-301-6665

SOUTH FLORIDA INTERFAITH WORKER JUSTICE (SFIWJ) http:/www.sfiwj.org

This Internship involves: preparing and assisting with presentations and trainings for workers and community allies, including various houses of worship; gathering worker stories; updating the organization’s website; mapping faith communities throughout the state; engaging in campaign activities including joining in delegation visits to employers or elected officials, attending rallies, and meeting with community partners; outreach to workers; attending monthly wage theft hearings; research and preparation of reports related to wage theft enforcement and workplace fatalities and injuries.

Focus: Work on issues related to worker justice, including wage theft and workplace safety and health as well as other issues that affect the conditions of workers, particularly low-wage or vulnerable workers.

Skills: Computer skills are a must and foreign language skills are a plus, particularly Spanish or Haitian Creole. Should be well-organized and able to follow through on projects without being afraid to ask for guidance when needed. Depending on the project, own transportation would be helpful.

Contact: Jeanette Smith

Email: jeanettesmith@sfiwj.org

Address: Bartram House, 1205 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143

Phone: 305-598-1404

ERADICATING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE FOUNDATION, INC. (E-STOPP (ESTOPP) http:/e-stopp.org

Research Internship

This Research Internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of the research process with a social justice-oriented not-for-profit organization. Responsibilities include (a) participate in PPLM sessions; (b) collaborate on team oriented research projects; (c) develop and practice research skills; (d) attend E-SToPP board meetings with innovative suggestions, directions, ideas, and venues regarding research processes and projects; (e) contribute to presentations, reports, and publications.

Focus: Enthusiasm for E-SToPP’s grass-roots transformative mission and vision; keen interest in research and evaluation.

Skills: Full participation on current research projects; academic/applied knowledge of quantitative/qualitative research methods/analyses and conducting literature reviews; advanced skills in Microsoft applications and APA style; excellent written/oral communication skills; self-motivated; organized; detail oriented; meets deadlines.

Contact: Debra Pane

Email: debrapane@e-stopp.org

Address: 9501 SW 160 St. Miami, FL 33157

Phone: 786-371-6938

Communications

This Communications Internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of the communications process with a social justice oriented not-for-profit organization. Responsibilities include (a) participate in PPLM sessions; (b) collaborate on team-oriented communications projects; (c) develop and practice communications skills; (c) attend E-SToPP board meetings with innovative suggestions, directions, ideas, and venues regarding communications processes and projects; and (d) contribute to presentations, reports, and publications.

Focus: Enthusiasm for E-SToPP’s grass-roots transformative mission and vision; keen interest in research and evaluation.

Skills: Full participation on current communications projects; proficient in Microsoft applications, graphic design software, and social media tools and platforms; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate professionally with public, press, youth, and staff in multicultural settings; good understanding of nonprofit/business marketing, promotion and internet communication best practices; self-motivated; organized; detail-oriented; meets deadlines.

Contact: Debra Pane

Email: debrapane@e-stopp.org

Address: 9501 SW 160 St. Miami, FL 33157

Phone: 786-371-6938

Public Relations and Marketing

The Public Relations and Marketing Internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of the public relations and marketing process with a social justice-oriented not-for-profit organization. Responsibilities include (a) participate in PPLM sessions; (b) collaborate on team-oriented public relations and marketing projects; (c) develop and practice face-to-face, written, social media, and internet public relations and marketing skills; (d) attend E-SToPP board meetings with innovative suggestions, directions, ideas, and venues regarding public relations and marketing processes and projects; and (e) contribute to presentations, reports, and publications.

Focus: Enthusiasm for E-SToPP’s grass-roots transformative mission and vision; keen interest in research and evaluation.

Skills: Keen interest in public relations and marketing; full participation on current public relations and marketing projects; proficient in Microsoft applications, graphic design software, and social media tools and platforms; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate professionally with public, press, youth, and staff in multicultural settings; good understanding of nonprofit/business marketing/promotion/internet public relations and marketing best practices; self-motivated; organized; detail-oriented; meets deadlines.

Contact: Debra Pane

Email: debrapane@e-stopp.org

Address: 9501 SW 160 St. Miami, FL 33157

Phone: 786-371-6938

Positive Peer Leadership Mentoring

Develop research-based pedagogical group mentoring curricula that augment PPLM program goals of (a) reducing or eliminating youths’ involvement in violent crime, (b) increasing their advocacy skills, and (c) building their capacity for civic engagement. PPLM is part of E-SToPP’s larger effort to eliminate systemic obstacles that disproportionately funnel Black and Brown youth into the school-to-prison pipeline.

Focus: PPLM serves youth who are impacted by incarceration, including but not limited to: (a) have one or both parents in prison; (b) are suspended, expelled, or incarcerated; and (c) are reentering school, family, and community after suspension, expulsion, or incarceration. PPLM sessions promote an intergenerational empowering culture of thinking, critical community of practice, and community meeting format that builds on youths’ cultural histories, strengths, talents, and positive goals. PPLM is a safe space for youth and adults to problematize critical issues and topics relevant to their lives.

Contact: Debra Pane

Email: debrapane@e-stopp.org

Address: 9501 SW 160 St. Miami, FL 33157

Phone: 786-371-6938

EDGE COMMUNICATIONS http:/edgecommunications.com

Political Campaign

Interns will have the opportunity to learn how to build a field campaign from scratch that includes building relationships with volunteers and community leaders to develop a coalition. Interns will also work on data targeting and monitoring direct voter contact. You will also be able to create a candidate’s message and communication with voters. Lastly, interns will assist our Senior Campaigns Director with managing field programs in Miami electoral races. The position begins May 15, 2016 and ends August 31, 2016 for the summer term. Our fall internship will run from September 1, 2016November 15, 2016. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and with a possible $1,000 stipend at the completion of each term in the program.

Focus: We seek driven interns who want to develop political and campaign skills in order to give back to their community

Skills: Background in politics, communications, journalism, campaigns. Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Proficient in GoogleDocs/Drive/Calendar and also familiar with VAN or Excel. Organized and able to prioritize tasks and complete assignments on time. Strong work ethic. Comfortable meeting new people and teaching others. Able to work flexible hours and respond quickly to email communications.

Contact: Kalynn Cook

Email: kalynnacook@gmail.com

Public Relations and Communications Intern

Interns will be responsible to monitor media platforms including social media, news outlets, and political blogs, write press releases and blast emails, create social media content for clients, and search for press clippings and provide updates on developing stories. Interns will also assist our President with managing public relations clients across Florida. The position begins May 15, 2016 and ends August 31, 2016 for the summer term. Our fall internship will run from September 1, 2016 to November 15, 2016. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and with a possible $1,000 stipend at the completion of each term in the program.

Focus: We seek driven interns who want to develop public relations and communication skills in order to promote progressive change in our state.

Skills: We are looking for students that have background in politics, communications, journalism, and marketing. Students must have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Interns should be proficient in social media platforms and have excellent writing skills. We are looking for students that are organized and able to prioritize tasks and complete assignments on time. Students should have strong work ethic, have attention to detail and also be able to work flexible hours and respond quickly to email/phone communications.

Contact: Kalynn Cook

Email: kalynnacook@gmail.com