Workers Defense Project's Summer Organizing Institute

Workers Defense Project's Summer Organizing Institute

The institute offers an opportunity for aspiring organizers to get hands on experience with grassroots community organizing! Participants will learn a wide range of organizing skills such as worksite organizing, planning direct actions, public speaking and media relations, grassroots mobilization, lobbying, and policy research. These internship opportunities are available in Austin and Dallas, Texas.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Internship Period: June 16–August 8, 2018 

The organizing intern will work with the Austin Campaign Manager to provide support to strategic campaigns that are building power for immigrant workers in Austin. WDP’s campaigns engage members to fight back against attacks on the immigrant community and advocate for policies that seek to create just working conditions for workers. The intern will learn to conduct outreach presentations about immigrant rights, build relationships with community partners, identify leaders, and engage these leaders in strategic campaigns.  The intern will also support actions and events to assist low-wage workers with recovering their unpaid wages.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Computer literate: Word, Internet, and e-mail, Google drive

  • Ability to work independently

  • Commitment to social justice

  • Able to work 25 hours a week including some nights and weekends

  • Spanish fluency preferred


Intern will work with WDP staff and volunteers to:

  • Conduct weekly construction worksite outreach at Austin construction sites;

  • Support summer construction blitz to collect up-to-date data on the construction industry in Austin;

  • Conduct Know Your Rights outreach presentations to inform the community about their immigration rights;

  • Identify leaders and support the organizing department in developing a core group of leaders;

  • Assist with planning direct actions to help workers recover their wages or correct unsafe working conditions;

  • Conduct community outreach regarding the new paid sick leave policy in Austin, TX;

  • Support the organizing team during the summer leadership institute for worker leaders;

  • Provide critical office and administrative support organizing efforts.


  • Life-long experience and skills

  • Referrals for future employment

  • $150 stipend per week

  • Possible class credit

WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals to apply.

How to apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two professional references to Emily Timm at For questions, please call 512-966-7932.