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: Cynthia.hernandez1@fiu.edu

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: Cynthia.hernandez1@fiu.edu

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: Cynthia.hernandez1@fiu.edu

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

Phone: 786-301-6665

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

Research Internship

Supervisor’s Name: Debra Mayes Pane, Ph.D.

Phone: 786-371-6938

E-Mail: debrapane@e-stopp.org

Type: Research Internship(s)

Start Date: Spring Semester 2019

Number of Openings: Varies

Duration: Academic Semester or Year

Hours Per Week: Varies

Research Internship Description: E-SToPP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to eradicating the school-to-prison pipeline throughout southeastern Florida’s most economically disadvantaged communities by building a grass-roots network of transformative schools and educational opportunities for underserved and unserved youth. E-SToPP in partnership with Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy’s Positive Peer Leadership Mentoring (PPLM) program seeks to empower and prepare youth during their suspension, expulsion, or detention, as well as after their release and reentry to school, family, and community, to take an active role in learning, living, and improving society. 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 as co-editor of data collection, thematic analysis, and publication of youth-written newsletters; (b) collaborate on team-oriented research projects; (c) develop and practice research skills; (d) submit a proposal to E-SToPP’s board that fulfills an academic course requirement for conducting an innovative research project with a community-based organization; and (e) contribute to presentations, reports, and publications.

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

Instructions for Applicants: Background check and attendance at E-SToPP Trainings required.

Join Our Team: If interested, please contact Debra Pane at debrapane@e-stopp.org or contact us at http:/e-stopp.org.

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