paid community organizing internships in Chicago
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colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
Wed Jan 25 21:48:03 CST 2006
From: Midwestacademy5 at aol.com
Summer 2006 Community Organizing Internship Program
The Midwest Academy, a 32-year-old national training institute for
progressive direct action organizing, will hire 10 or more community
organizing interns for a paid ten week Summer 2006 program. The stipend
will be $3000, and will be paid biweekly.
We are still determining the exact locations of placements. We project
that half the interns will work with community organizations on the
south side of Chicago, on a variety of issues, and the other half will
work on a health care issue with a statewide organization, Citizen
Action/Illinois, in suburban locations. Preference will be given to
applicants living in or near the area where they will work, or in school
nearby. Applicants in suburban locations must have use of a car. Mileage
will be reimbursed. Details about locations will be posted as soon as
Interns will spend the first week of the internship in the Midwest
Academy five-day training program (see training agenda on our website,
www.midwestacademy.com.) They will learn how organizers choose issues,
develop strategy, assess their own organizational power and that of
their target and opponents, recruit constituents, and move into action.
(All costs for the training, including room and board, are covered.)
During the nine weeks in the field, interns will conduct community
outreach and organize one or more public meetings. Interns will receive
day-to-day supervision from their placement organizations, and ongoing
training and mentoring from the Midwest Academy. For interns who are
interested in pursuing a job in community organizing, we will provide
job search assistance at the end of the internship or upon college
We are looking for young people who are ready to work hard and take on
new challenges and responsibilities, who have a passion for social
justice, and who want to learn solid skills in the field of organizing.
We are particularly looking for people who want to explore a career in
progressive organizing in Illinois.
Fluency in Spanish or other languages relevant to recent immigrants will
be a plus for suburban locations. Use of a car will be required in the
To apply: Fill out the application on our website at
www.midwestacademy.com. Likely candidates will be interviewed via
telephone. Review of applications will begin February 15 and continue
until positions are filled; our target date to complete hiring is March
31st. Questions? Review our website, then email Judy Hertz at
mainterns at aol.com.
Note: Space is currently very limited due to funding. Some colleges make
funds available to students for summer work. If you have a grant (or
plan to apply for one) and would like to use it to participate in this
internship, please fill out the internship application and email it with
a paragraph explaining your proposed source of funds (which should be
between $2000 and $5000, the full cost of the program). Applicants with
their own funding must go through the regular application process and
must follow the same ten week program as other interns.
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Application for Midwest Academy Summer 2006 Internship
Your responses probably won’t fit on one page, but we are looking for
content, not length! Please paste application into the text of an email
to submit; do not submit attached files. Submit applications to Judy
Hertz at mainterns at aol.com.
-College Attended, and anticipated year of graduation:
(community college students, recent grads and grad students also welcome
-Please describe your race/ethnicity:
-Location you are applying for: South Side Chicago; Suburban; either
-What is your connection to this area, and do you have housing in or
near the location (as noted above, we hope to determine exact suburban
-Will you have the use of a car this summer?
-Why are you interested in learning community organizing skills? What do
you most hope to get out of the summer internship experience?
-What previous social justice/organizing efforts have you been involved
in, either as a volunteer or paid (on campus or off)?
-Thinking of your previous experiences, tell more about one particular
thing that you did. Explain why you either felt great satisfaction in
the experience, or did not feel satisfied.
-What are your career goals? (You may be able to name a specific job or
field, or what kind of skills you want to be using, or what your broad
goals are. We are looking for your ideas about your future, not
necessarily a clear five-year career path.)
-Can you carry on a conversation in a language other than English? Which
one, and how well?
-Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
-How did you hear about this internship?
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