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Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA), Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida (IA), and Just Harvest USA (JH) are currently seeking full-time interns for Summer and Fall 2013; Applications for the summer are due Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Applications for the fall are due Saturday, June 1, 2013.

The Student/Farmworker Alliance, Interfaith Action, and Just Harvest are looking for interns to live and work in Immokalee alongside farmworkers and allies who are organizing around the CIW's national Campaign for Fair Food.

Applicants should be flexible to organize with each of the three organizations -- in partnership with the CIW -- in a variety of tasks including logistical support for the CIW, office support, and national and local campaign organizing.

Exact dates are determined on an individual basis, though applicants should be prepared to commit to a period of three to four months: mid-May through August or mid-August through December. Interns are provided a modest monthly stipend and free housing.

We are

SFA is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. Interfaith Action is a network of people of faith and religious institutions that works in partnership with the CIW. Just Harvest aims to build a more just and sustainable food system with a focus on establishing fair wages, humane working conditions and fundamental rights in collaboration with farmworkers. The CIW is a membership-led organization of mostly Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian low-wage migrant workers based in Southwest Florida.

Intern responsibilities

  • Assist with office duties such as phones, copying, databasing, mail, and accounting
  • Provide on-the-ground support to CIW (translation, technical assistance, driving, etc)
  • Tour, conference, and mobilization logistics
  • Learn first-hand about sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields
  • Create campaign strategy with a team of farmworkers, students, and faith-based organizers
  • Develop a wide range of organizing skills such as coalition building, campaigning, media work, materials production, database management, mobilization planning, and fundraising

Ideal candidates

  • Prior organizing experience
  • (At least) conversational in Spanish
  • Prior experience living outside the US or working with immigrant communities
  • Willingness to work long & unpredictable hours, including late nights and weekends
  • Self-motivated and skilled at juggling multiple tasks
  • Basic computer proficiency and communication skills
  • Strong commitment to social and economic justice and working as part of a collective
  • Availability of at least 3-4 months

To apply

Carefully review the above criteria. Send in a completed application along with a resume, a letter of recommendation, a writing sample in Spanish, and a 1-2 page cover letter responding to the following questions:

  • What previous involvement have you had with the Campaign for Fair Food?
  • Why are you interested in interning in Immokalee?
  • What strengths do you bring to the position?
  • Do you have prior experience living in or working with immigrant communities?
  • What motivates you to participate in the fight for social justice?

Materials should be submitted by the end of Tuesday, April 30, 2013 for the summer and Saturday, June 1, 2013 for the fall via email in Word or PDF format to: organize(at)sfalliance.org.

SFA, IA and JH are committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, working-class, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply. Free lodging and a modest stipend are provided to interns.

 



 

National Co-Coordinator/Staff

This position is based in Immokalee, Florida and requires a minimum two-year commitment. (We are currently NOT accepting applications for staff; Thanks!)

We are:

SFA is a national network of students and youth organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. We work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a membership-led organization of mostly Mayan Indian, Latino, and Haitian low-wage workers based in Southwest Florida.

Together with the CIW, SFA spearheaded national and local efforts the successful, precedent-setting Taco Bell Boycott (2001-2005), and played a crucial role in persuading McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Whole Foods, Bon Appetit, and Compass Group to work with the CIW in campaigns spanning 2006-2009. SFA is a founding member of the Alliance for Fair Food. We also work in close partnership with Immokalee-based Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida.

You are:

  • A student/youth organizer with two or more years experience working for progressive social change.
  • Excellent communicator (written/verbal) in English, at least conversational in Spanish w/ some interpreting skills or experience.
  • A skilled networker.
  • Organized, accountable, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and skilled at juggling multiple tasks.
  • Willing to work very long & unpredictable hours, including late nights, weekends, summers and holidays.
  • Computer savvy (web design, database, and bookkeeping skills a plus).
  • Committed to anti-oppression, collective liberation and building diverse movement leadership.
  • A creative team player comfortable working as part of a collective.

Job description:

National co-coordinators/Staff are chosen by and accountable to the SFA Steering Committee and the CIW. National co-coordinators/Staff are based in Immokalee and are responsible for SFA's day-to-day operations, including:

  • Communication (electronic, written, and in-person) with the CIW, SFA members and allies
  • Developing campaign strategy with a team of farmworkers and student & faith organizers
  • Campaign coordination & outreach
  • Tour, conference, and mobilization logistics
  • Fundraising and basic nonprofit administration
  • Facilitating workshops
  • Providing on-the-ground support to CIW
  • Materials production

To apply:

Send a completed application, resume, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample in English and one in Spanish, and a cover letter responding to the following questions:

  • What previous involvement have you had with SFA and CIW?
  • Why are you interested in working for SFA?
  • What strengths do you bring to the position?
  • Do you have experience living outside the US or working with immigrant communities within the US?
  • What motivates you to participate in the fight for social justice?

SFA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, working-class, LGBT and differently-abled persons are strongly encouraged to apply. In order to devote maximum resources to our organizing work, and in keeping with the CIW's philosophy of pegging staff salaries to typical farmworker wages, we offer a modest, livable salary; we do not currently offer benefits.

Application materials should be submitted via email in Word or PDF format to: organize(at)sfalliance.org

For more information, please contact us.

 

PO Box 603, Immokalee, FL 34143 :: (239) 657-8311 :: organize (at) sfalliance.org