Internships & Fellowships

Find current information on internships and fellowships with a social justice focus that are available to undergraduate and graduate students.

AjA Project

The AjA Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, California. Utilizing participatory photography methods and an assets-based model, AjA’s programs transform youth and communities. Since its founding, AjA has provided long-term, community-based programming for over 2000 individuals, and has shared visual narratives with over 1 million viewers through large-scale public exhibits.

Our mission is to provide photography-based programming to transform the lives of youth and communities. We believe youth and communities have the ability to change from within. The AjA project exists to ignite change, break cycles of marginalization and to build healthy communities. We do this through a creative platform called participatory photography that asks participants to reflect on and analyze their personal and social landscapes.

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Open Society Community Youth Fellowships

The Open Society Foundations’ Youth Exchange, in partnership with the Human Rights Initiative and the Open Places Initiative, seeks applicants for its Community Youth Fellowships. The fellowships come with an award of $60,000 for full-time, 18-month projects (prorated for part-time or 12-month projects).

The Community Youth Fellowships will support dynamic activists aged 18–25 who want to implement a project of their own design that advances human rights in underserved communities. Human rights projects could include those relating to criminal justice, workers’ rights, employment, education, health, housing, or immigration, among other subject areas.

Through these fellowships, the Open Society Foundations aim to provide young people at the early stage of their work with the support they need to develop great ideas that contribute to dismantling challenges in their communities and advancing the values of an open society. Applicants may employ, either alone or in combination, any number of strategies to achieve the goals and objectives set forth in their projects. These strategies include but are not limited to: grassroots organizing, public education, strategic communications, policy advocacy, and coalition building.

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Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Summer Internship Program

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps is a paid summer internship program that places undergraduate students from around the country at reproductive rights and social justice organizations for ten-week summer internships. 

The RRASC program defines reproductive rights broadly to include movements advocating for human rights, economic justice, racial equality, queer rights, immigrants' rights, access to health services, and youth empowerment among others.  Our partner organizations span the country and work with and for various communities.  Since our program started in 1999, the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) has placed over 350 interns at more than 100 organizations. 

RRASC internships are substantive with interns participating in organizing, advocacy, direct service, community health, education, research, public policy and more.  All interns receive a $3,500 stipend and complete an intensive internship training at the annual CLPP conference.

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Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) Fellowship

The Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) Fellowship, a program of the Center on Policy Initiaties, is an intensive 6-week full-time paid summer fellowship with the purpose of building stronger capacity for community and labor organizing in San Diego. SEJ fellows are placed with social justice and labor organizations, where they learn the skills and tools that talented, passionate students need to lead the fight for economic justice in San Diego. It gives students organizing training through skills building, political education and hands-on, in-the-field experience working on campaigns for economic and social justice. 

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