This summer, the KI was grateful to have Logan Arkema (COL ’20) with us as our summer research intern. Logan is double majoring in Computer Science and Government, with a focus on information security and privacy. Originally from Michigan, Logan got involved in the labor movement through his mom, a public school teacher and proud member of the Kent County Education Association. On campus, he is involved with Georgetown Solidarity Committee and GUSA’s Student Workers Affairs Team. He was a participant on our Worker Justice DC spring break trip this past spring, and is looking forward to help lead the trip this coming spring break.
KI is now accepting applications for its paid, part-time internship programs for the Fall open to Georgetown undergraduate students.
Each semester, KI recruits Georgetown students who are dedicated to social justice to work with top local community groups in D.C. advocating for working people through its Organizing Internship and Research in Action Internship. KI also hires student coordinators for its Immigration and Labor Project to work on issues that affect immigrant workers.
The Organizing Internship provides an opportunity for students to observe the impact of community and labor organizing, support and contribute to ongoing campaigns and projects, and develop their own organizing skills. Open placements for the Organizing Internship this semester include:
- Many Languages One Voice (MLOV)
- Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)
- The Washington Lawyers Committee’s Worker Rights Clinic (WLC)
Meanwhile, the Research in Action Internship provides students the opportunity to learn from leaders in the world of workers’ rights, support and contribute to ongoing campaigns and research projects, and develop their own research skills. Our open placements for the Research in Action Internship are:
Lastly, our Immigration and Labor Project plugs students into the efforts of community-based organizations to advance economic and social justice for immigrant communities in the DC area and nationwide. This semester we are hiring two additional coordinators to lead the project.
Please submit your application and resume to email@example.com by Tuesday, August 21 at 11:59pm. For more information or any questions, reach out to Alex Taliadoros at 202-687-2951 or Alex.Taliadoros@georgetown.edu.
KI’s incoming Program Manager Juan Belman will transition into overseeing our student programs as the semester begins.
- Applications due by 2/25/18
- Internship starts 6/4/18 and ends on 7/27/18
- Includes stipend of $5,000
- Link: http://lwp.georgetown.
edu/2018/01/17/labor-capital- strategies-internship-for- summer-2018-applications-open/
The internship provides an opportunity for students to observe the impact of community and labor organizing, support and contribute to ongoing campaigns and projects, and develop their own organizing skills. The purpose of the KI Organizing Fellowship is to expose students to activism and organizing work. Through firsthand involvement in local campaigns, students will develop their own view of the challenges facing workers in the modern economy and the role of worker justice in a larger social justice context. From these experiences, students contribute to the next generation of the worker justice movement. Quick facts about the internship:
- Applications due by 2/26/18
- Internship starts on 6/4/18 and ends on 7/27/18
- Includes stipend of $4,900 and transportation stipend of $250
- Placements in DC and NYC
- Link: http://lwp.georgetown.
- Applications due by 2/26/18
- Internship starts on 6/18/18 and ends on 8/10/18
- Paid internship – $15/hour, 40 hours/week
- Link: http://laborcenter.
- Applications due by 2/28/18
- Tentative dates: starts on 6/4/18 and ends on 8/10/18
- Paid internship – $4,000 stipend + covers housing costs
- Link: https://www.afscme.org/organize/union-scholars
- Applications due by 4/28/18, but early acceptance by 3/20/18
- Tentative dates: either 6/25-8/17 or 7/9-8/31
- Paid – not sure how much
- Links: https://www.
organizingbeyondbarriers.org/ obb-internship-program/; http://jobs.unitehere.org/job/ 4043
- Applications due by 2/12/18
- Dates: 10 weeks from June to August
- Paid: $1,600 stipend + housing is provided
- Links: https://www.saf-unite.
org/content/fields-internship; https://www.saf-unite.org/ sites/default/files/ 2017programbrochurefinal.pdf
UCLA Dream Summer Internship
Participants are placed within social justice based organizations for 10 weeks and work closely with their host organization to incorporate and strengthen the role of immigrant issues alongside the organization’s social justice work. Dream Summer fellows receive a $5,000 fellowship award for their participation in the program, leadership and professional development trainings, and become part of a national alumni network of 600+ individuals. Over the summer, fellows engage and lead social justice efforts by aligning the call for immigrant rights issues alongside the unique challenges of queer and transgender communities, Asian and Pacific Islander communities, Black immigrant communities, the ongoing mass incarceration and criminalization of people of color, worker rights, and health care access for all. Quick facts about the internship:
- Applications due by 2/15/18
- Dates: 6/18-8/19
- Paid: $5,000 stipend
- Links: https://www.labor.ucla.
edu/what-we-do/dream-resource- center/dream-summer/; https:// docs.google.com/document/d/ 1gDtXC8fS7jyYc907fjbZgBdQyXLCO f0Qqv0NhRBuhI0/edit
The KI was lucky to have eight excellent students undergoing our Research in Action Internship for the Fall 2016 Semester! Lilah Burke worked on Bill Fletcher, Jr.‘s radio program, Kory Stuer and Yanely Perez served In the Public Interest, Marcela Barrientos and Pam Escalante were placed with the National Employment Law Project, Kenyon Smutherman provided research support to the Fair Trade Music DC project, Chris Wager conducted research for Prof. Denise Brennan, and Alyssa Russell researched for KI Fellow Stephen Lerner.
Lilah Burke (SFS ’18) is originally from New York. She is a member of the Georgetown Women’s Rugby Football Club, volunteered at the Bluestockings Women’s Bookstore and Activist Center in New York, works at the Georgetown Performing Arts Costume Shop as a costume technician, and writes for The Georgetown Voice as a staff writer and editor.
Kory Stuer (COL ’19) is a double major in English and Women’s & Gender Studies, with a minor in African-American Studies. He is a member of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee and is the Director of Organizing for H*yas for Choice. Kory has interned with the Washington Peace Center and is passionate about finding ways to connect the student activism at Georgetown with the work that happens in the broader DC community. Last year, he participated in the KI’s Alternative Breaks Program trip “Worker Justice DC” and is excited to continue working with the KI this year!
Yanely Perez (COL ’17) majors in Government and Psychology with a minor in German. Throughout her school career and in her personal time she has worked on issues pertaining directly to the homeless population and animal rights. Because her family has a long history of immigrant workers, she has found a passion advocating for worker rights. Through the KI Organizing Internship, Yanely worked with DC Jobs with Justice, an experience that deepened her understanding of the organizing world and gave her the tools to help those affected by unjust labor practices. Yanely also served as a Co-Chair of MEChA.
Marcela Barrientos (SFS ’18) is a junior majoring in Regional Comparative Studies: East Asia and Latin America, with a focus on migration and conflict. Marcela was born in El Salvador and moved to the Bronx at four years old, living in New York City ever since. This year, she tutors for DC Schools Project: 121 Chinatown and interns in partnership with the KI at the National Employment Law Project, helping research labor conditions for workers in poultry factories. In the future, she hopes to continue to advocate for immigrant and workers rights throughout the US.
Pam Escalante (SFS ’17) has worked as a DC Reads tutor through the CSJ, served on the steering committee for the Student Farmworker Alliance, organized with DC Fair Food, and advocated for students and workers on Georgetown’s campus as part of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee. This summer she is a KI Summer Organizing Intern with Many Languages One Voice doing work with the DC Language Access Coalition, the Know Your Rights campaign, and the Student Multi-Ethnic Action Research Team (SMART) and their summer institute for student organizing (SISO). Pam hopes to write a book someday on the intersections of race, gender and socio-economic status as they apply to women’s rights and queer theory in Mexico. She hopes to get her PhD in this topic, perhaps one day directing an LGBT center in Mexico.
Chris Wager (SFS ’17) grew up in Houston, Texas, where he cultivated a passion for activism and social justice. At Georgetown, Chris studies Culture and Politics and is especially interested in how gender, race, and other identities shape life experiences at the intersections of labor and migration. These interests inspired Chris to join the Georgetown Solidarity Committee and Hoyas for Immigrant Rights and lead the Kino Border Immersion Alternative Spring Break trip in spring 2014. Last summer he organized with the American Federation of Teachers in Houston through the AFL-CIO Union Summer internship program. When he’s not at a protest or solidarity action, Chris can be found riding his bike around DC, scouring the city for murals or street art.
Alyssa Russell (COL’17) is a senior majoring in History and Government with a minor in Theology. She is from Millersburg, a small town in Northeast Ohio. She is currently the editor-in-chief of the Georgetown University Journal of History, a research assistant for Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, and the volunteer coordinator of the Phi Alpha Theta honors society. Her passion to improve the lives of working people stems from her family’s working-class background and her own experience as a fast food worker for three years. While at Georgetown, Alyssa has developed a great interest in U.S. labor history and hopes to study the subject at graduate school.
The Kalmanovitz Initiative Undergraduate Research Conference
“Work, Organize, Struggle: Student Perspectives”
The Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor is currently soliciting undergraduate research papers for a conference on April 21, 2017. The conference will feature the work of GU undergraduate students, and only submissions by undergraduates will be accepted. The theme of the conference is “Work, Organize, Struggle: Student Perspectives.” All submissions should address this theme, and the conference committee welcomes papers that take a broad approach to its meaning. The conference is open to all disciplines, and we are looking to solicit papers that deploy a diverse array of disciplinary methods to explore the conference’s theme.
All interested undergraduates are encouraged to submit a completed copy of their paper to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
Please note that we are only accepting papers from Georgetown University undergraduate students. Other students and scholars are encouraged to submit their papers to the Working Class Studies Association’s 2017 Conference taking place at Indiana University, Bloomington from May 31 to June 3, with a February 20 submission deadline.
Please direct any questions to Vincent DeLaurentis at email@example.com.