Providing a pathway to the nonprofit sector for emerging youth leaders, the Power Up Internship Program supports talented people ages 18-25 with a background or interest in activism with paid part-time internship opportunities with social justice organizations addressing the most critical issues of our time.
In Fall 2021, Power Up matched 21 talented and passionate emerging youth leaders to organizations working on nonpartisan civic engagement efforts, immigrant rights, racial justice, and LGBTQ advocacy. Past host organizations include:
- Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus
- African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs
- Asian Solidarity Collective
- Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
- Chinese Progressive Association
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
- Haitian Bridge Alliance
- Human Rights Watch
- International Rescue Committee
- Mi Familia Vota Education Fund
- MSA West
- Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
- National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) - LatinasRepresent Initiative
- Partnership for the Advancement New Americans
- Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
- The Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, & Empowerment
- United We Dream
- Western States Center
The internships are intended for students interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector, young people who are interested in exploring a potential career change, and youth leaders looking to strengthen their commitment to social change by supporting an organization on an ongoing campaign. Candidates will be recruited and vetted by Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs from higher education institutions, youth organizing networks, and organizational list-servs.
Organizations are encouraged to share Power Up Internship Program information with their membership.
Organizations must be:
- Working on social justice issues not limited to: racial justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, gender justice, reproductive justice, disability justice, indigenous sovereignty, climate justice, and Black/African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (BAMEMSA) advocacy; and
- Located in the United States; and
- A nonprofit as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code or a fiscally sponsored project or organization of a nonprofit.
Past applicants are encouraged to apply again. Successful applicants who have completed the program before are eligible to apply again.
Eligible organizations may apply to host 1-2 part-time (15-20 hours/week) interns, each with a stipend of $3000, for a consecutive 6-week work period.
Host organizations will be responsible for:
- Attending an orientation and periodic check-ins with BMP and fellow intern supervisors throughout the internship period to provide updates on progress and flag any possible concerns.
- Explaining the organization’s mission, purpose, culture, and expectations around communication, performance and evaluation to their intern(s).
- Assigning projects suitable for part-time interns to conduct, monitoring their progress, offering feedback on their work, and checking in with them as needed.
Host organizations will assign nonpartisan projects and tasks around research, writing, communication, and civic engagement that are at the level and capacity of a part-time intern. Supervisors will determine the start and end date of the internship and work with the intern to determine a weekly schedule.
Prior to the start of Power Up, interns will participate in an intensive orientation program based on the Solidarity School curriculum. Throughout Power Up they will receive ongoing mentorship and professional development training that is designed to help them acclimate to the pace of social change work and provide them a space to ask questions and receive support.
How To Apply
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By submitting the application form, host organizations agree to be matched to qualified and vetted internship candidates.
Each internship candidate will fill out an application to determine their skills, interests, and aspirations in social change work, submit a resume, and be interviewed by a member of the Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs team. Finalists will be matched with an organization that focuses on issue areas or works on projects the intern has expressed interest in and by geographic proximity to minimize time zone issues.