Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Workers Defense Project, Summer Internship, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 10276

Fri, June 5, 2015

Explore this position and learn how to apply via your BTT Gateway account, BTT Gateway Job ID 10276 

The Campaign Organizer intern will work with the Research and Policy program to protect the rights of low-wage workers, particularly construction workers, through grassroots organizing and policy research in support of local campaigns. The Organizer will mobilize low-wage workers and their allies around frequent workplace abuses such as wage theft, safety violations and to advocate for fair wages for the men and women who work in the Texas construction industry. 

Current campaigns include efforts to establish a living wage standard, improve health and safety standards on construction worksites, and strengthening wage theft enforcement mechanisms. 

The Organizer will also perform research tasks including secondary data collection, government data collection through public information requests, and surveys with low wage workers. workers implementing policy that creates opportunity for working families and ensures fairer conditions at the workplace. The advocate will also participate in grassroots organizing work, and the 
coordination of a committee of low-wage workers that fight for the change of both local law and statewide policy. WDP’s successful model of policy change has won thousands of workers in Texas safer conditions and better wages. 

→ Strong written and verbal communication skills 
→ Conversant in Spanish 
→ Computer literate: Word, Internet, and email 
→ Ability to work independently 
→ Commitment to social justice 
→ Able to work 20-25 hours a week including some nights and weekends. Must be available Tuesday evenings. 

Responsibilities : Intern will work with WDP staff to: 
→ Put into practice grassroots organzing skills to mobilize low wage workers around policy campaigns to improve working conditions. 
→ Conduct primary and secondary research in support of policies that create better, safer jobs for working families 
→ Help coordinate immigrant worker committees to build worker leadership statewide 
→ Plan and participate in local actions, marches, and press conferences 
→ General office and programmatic support 

Compensation : 
→ Lifelong 
experience and skills 
→ Referrals for future employment 
→ $150 stipend per week 
→ Possible class credit 
→ Can be done in coordination with school internship programs. 

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    University of Texas at Austin
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    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508