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Internships & Fellowships

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

CAUSE Leadership Academy

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA), is a nine-week paid internship program for college undergraduates that prepares the next generation to lead and represent the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Founded in 1991 as the California Asian American Student Internship Coalition (CASIC), CLA’s goal is to develop a pipeline of civic leadership for the APA community. As the fastest growing community in the United States, it is key that representation and leadership in the public, private, and non-profit sectors keep pace with our country’s changing demographics.

Program components provide the knowledge and insight needed for interns to understand the roots of the APA community’s strengths and challenges. Thanks to CAUSE’s reputation for selecting the most promising future leaders, our community’s most respected leaders and institutions provide CLA students with access to a wide range of resources and opportunities. Students are also encouraged to connect with the leaders they meet each week to build their community and strengthen their networks.

Through CLA, students are exposed to thought leaders, policymakers, and the issues of the day. Interns gain a deeper awareness of the civic issues facing the APA community in California. By the program’s end, students will have an understanding of how to engage in the politics of the day to affect the change they want to see in the world. Graduates of this program have gone on to run for political office and become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

Duration: June 18, 2018 – August 17, 2018 (9 weeks)

Time Commitment: Must be able to commit full time for 40 hours per week. Additional hours to work on a group project will also be required.

Stipend: A stipend of $2,000 will be provided upon satisfactory completion of the program and will serve as reimbursement for expenses accrued throughout the program’s duration. Limited additional support is made available on a case-by-case basis.

Requirements: Must be able to access a reliable source of transportation. Interns are required to commute to and from their office placement, weekly civic leadership workshops, various mandatory meetings/events, and to group project meetings on an as-needed basis. Participants are required to secure their own housing in Southern California for the duration of the program. Interns should prepare to make their own meal arrangements.

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Little Saigon Mobile Museum

On behalf of the Media Arts Center San Diego, The AjA Project and the Little Saigon Foundation we would like to share an invitation to join the multimedia workshops of the project Little Saigon Mobile Museum: Memory, Creation, Expression.

The purpose of establishing a Little Saigon Mobile Museum is to capture the origin and stories of Vietnamese refugees, immigrants and families that make up San Diego’s designated Little Saigon District. We are looking for participants with an interest in oral history, particularly through photography and video.

Workshops will begin in late January and continue through March. Participants will develop their storytelling skills through video and/or photography and engage with community residents about memories of Vietnam, journeys to the U.S., and rebuilding lives in San Diego. Produced content will help support the exhibition of the Little Saigon Mobile Museum.

To apply to this exciting project please use this online application. School internship credit and/or community service hours are available to those who complete the program. UCSD students can also apply for internship credit here.

Please contact Diana Cervera at The AjA Project or Brian Myers at Media Arts Center San Diego for more information.

Diana Cervera, diana@theajaproject.org, Phone (619) 223-7001

Brian Myers, brian@mediaartscenter.org, Phone (619) 230-1938

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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ONE Archives Foundation LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program

The ONE Archives Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program, offering limited-term research fellowships to support scholars engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars who are interested in conducting primary source-based research at the ONE Archives at the University of Southern Californian (USC) Libraries are invited to apply.

“The LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program will contribute toward deeper scholarship around LGBTQ history and its importance in advancing social change. The Fellowship program further enhances the ONE Archives Foundation’s LGBTQ education initiatives. We are delighted to support scholars and researchers expand knowledge and understanding of our diverse, queer communities,” said Jennifer C. Gregg, Executive Director of the ONE Archives Foundation.

“The ONE Archives Foundation’s LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program seeks to support academics and established researchers to advance scholarship around LGBTQ history by providing short-term support to access the collections at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, making the academic world and a larger public aware of the important and unique holdings in the archives,” says Dr. Joseph Hawkins, Director of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and ONE Archives Foundation Board Member.

Applications must be received by March 1, 2018.

Applications are invited for residence between May 2018 and December 2018. Applicants may request funding up to the full amount of $1,500. Applicants will be notified of results by April 1, 2018. Desired outcomes could include scholarly writings, publications, and media and art projects.

Please visit http://one.usc.edu for detailed information about the research resources of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.  

For more information about the LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program, please visit: http://onearchives.org/fellowship. 

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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UnionYes San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Coucil

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO represents more than 200,000 union workers in the region and advocates for an economy with more jobs, better jobs and better lives for all workers in the region, union and non-union.

The deadline has been extended to January 31st.


We encourage college students who are passionate about social and economic justice to apply! They are semester long, paid, part-time internships.


For more information contact Fernanda Flores at fflores@unionyes.org.

Find the application here.