- Provides an experiential learning opportunity through the summer
- Develops students’ understanding and research skills through hands-on work
- Allows fellows to mold their own understanding, interests, and skill-set
- Helps students evolve the soft-skills needed in a professional work environment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
As many of friends of the Kalmanovitz Initiative already know, we said good-bye this week to our longest-serving staff member, Nick Wertsch, holding a send-off in his honor at Georgetown on May 2. Nick joined the KI in August of 2012 as a program officer. Over time he developed such a wide-ranging portfolio—which included supervising all of our many talented interns, developing new internship programs such as our Research in Action and Labor Capital fellowships, building relationships with community allies, and mentoring students—that we had to come up with a new job title for him: Organizing Director. In truth, that title barely suggested all that he contributed to KI, its students, and its allies on and off campus.
What’s more remarkable is that Nick did all of this while also attending law school in the evening. He will graduate from Georgetown University Law Center on May 20. After graduation he’ll be moving to Texas, where he will become the attorney in the Houston office of one of the most exciting and impactful worker centers in the country, the Worker Defense Project. We cannot imagine a more perfect match of dynamic young organizer/attorney with dynamic young worker rights organization. We look forward to following his work in the years ahead. He’s going to make a difference.
While Nick is moving on, he leaves behind a legacy that will continue to thrive. As an organizer with unsurpassed empathy and inclusivity, a mentor of great patience and wisdom, and a person of profound ethical convictions and a deeply democratic sensibility, he made his KI colleagues, his student mentees, and his community allies better for having known and worked beside him.
We have now commenced our search to fill his old position, but we know we will not replace Nick. With great gratitude for all he has given to KI, we wish him well as he moves on to the important new work that beckons him.
You can relive Nick’s years at the KI through a slideshow video that we created in his honor.
Last summer we launched the Labor Capital Strategies internship and it ended up working out well, so we’re doing it again! The internship program is jointly run by the Kalmanovitz Initiative and Heartland Capital Strategies. Here’s the gist of it:
It’s an 8 week paid internship ($5,000 for the summer to cover cost of living in DC or NYC) for students to gain hands on experience working with the capital strategy teams within unions or with funds that manage union money. The work would range from investing the money that unions have received from their membership to supporting watchdog corporate governance campaigns to helping with communications work for the capital strategy department of a union, depending on the placement organization’s needs. If you’re able to read and analyze financial statements or have any experience with developing financial portfolios, then you should definitely think about applying for these. The application is open to current students both from Georgetown and other universities.
The placement organizations include:
The Labor Capital Strategies (LCS) Internship matches undergraduate students with top labor groups and progressive investment groups advocating for working people. The LCS Internship provides an opportunity for students to observe the impact of finance and capital strategy, support efforts to strengthen the labor movement, and develop their own understanding and skill set. Read more about the LCS Internship on this information sheet.
The placement organizations include:
- Change to Win Investment Group (CtWIG)
- LIUNA Corporate Affairs (LIUNA CA)
- The Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Ullico)
- KPS Capital Partners, LP (KPS)
- Smart Growth America (SGA)
Please direct any questions to Nick Wertsch at 202-687-4987 or email@example.com.