Information for Students
Committed to the labor & social justice movements?
Want to make a difference in the Los Angeles community with workers, immigrants, and people of color?
Interested in labor and community organizing for economic justice?
The Student Leadership Academy (SLA) is a full-time, paid summer internship program for young leaders who want to get in-depth experience as organizers in the Los Angeles labor movement.
What does it mean to participate as an intern in SLA?
- Working full-time for a labor union in Los Angeles for 8 weeks during the summer
- Participation in a mandatory two-day training on June 19 and 20, where you’ll learn the history of the Los Angeles labor movement and the basics of labor organizing
- Mentorship opportunities with your supervisor and colleagues at your host organization
- You’ll earn a stipend of $4800 total for participation in the 8-week internship program
Past internship experiences with the SLA:
- Interns with the United Nurses Association of California (UNAC) produced a power analysis for the different campaigns the union was working on, outreached to potential community allies to build support for the organization’s campaigns, worked with organizers and members on the ground on data collection, data analysis, and organizing, and were involved in preparing contract language, member outreach, and community support activities.
- Interns with the Service Employees International Union--United Long Term Care Workers (SEIU-ULTCW) had the opportunity to assist in building for regional meetings, delivering the organization’s message at orientations and classes, training member leaders on carrying out a message and doing an ask, and phone banking to engage new activists in the region. They also took the lead in planning the union's 2013 Fresh Start Community Festival at Dodger Stadium.
- Interns with the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) worked with both the new organizing department and the contract organizing department learning skills in strategic research, solidarity work, ratification voting procedures, relationship building, and event planning.
Eligibility to Participate in SLA:
- You must be a graduating senior (graduated by June 14, 2014) or a recent (within 1-year) graduate from an undergraduate program of a university/college and not be enrolled in any academic program during the internship period.
- Our program is geared towards students who live in Los Angeles. It is highly recommended that you have familiarity with the Southern California region, particularly Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernandino Counties. We do not provide housing or transportation assistance.
- You cannot have any other commitments (including school or part-time jobs) during the program period.
Click here for application instructions. Applications are due no later than Monday, April 7th, 2014 (midnight).
You may be asked to attend an in-person interview with the SLA team in early May. We will contact you if you have been selected to participate in the interviews.