Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), Year Long Internship
FLOC is a farm worker union that has been fighting for better working conditions for farm workers in Ohio and North Carolina since the mid 1960s. Union members live and work in North Carolina and we are looking for people interested in building the farmworker movement through student and working organizing. Interns should expect an intense but rewarding experience. This internship is an excellent opportunity to develop organizing skills and to become part of the movement for farmworker justice. You will have the opportunity to visit labor camps and interact with farmworkers to understand the struggles of this kind of work.
Part 1 – FLOC Trainings
Early in the semester FLOC will provide a thorough introduction our work and our organizing style at our office in Dudley. You will learn in depth about the Reynolds campaign and the work students are doing around it. Through the year, there will be additional skills trainings offered including communications training, meeting facilitation training, student outreach training, and farmworker issue trainings, among others.
Part 2 – Campus Organizing (Fall and Spring semester)
Alianza is an organization at UNC’s campus that dedicates itself to support and be in solidarity with farm workers. As a FLOC intern you be expected to will:
- Regularly attend Alianza meetings
- Help plan events with Alianza students and be involved with the general running of the organization, as well as work with students in the campaign to get David Powers, a UNC Board member and Reynolds exec, removed from the UNC Board of Governors.
- Participate in Farmworker Awareness Week by highlighting FLOC’s work during the events
- Work with Alianza to plan a fundraising event for FLOC
- Help mobilize for and attend Reynolds shareholders meetings in May of 2014
- Host one house meeting to bring supporters to the Reynolds SHM
Part 3 – Worker organizing (Spring semester)
FLOC represents over 6,000 farmworkers throughout North Carolina, and visits camps throughout the season to work with our membership to solve any problems that may arise. As an intern you will:
- Coordinate 3 – 5 times during April-May to meet with FLOC organizers at camps
- Write a blog post for the website about your experience
- You must be a college student enrolled at a school in North Carolina
- Be able to dedicate at least 10-15 hours a week to this internship
- Ability to work in groups and communicate with fellow students to get the work done
- Highly motivated and able to work independently
- Demonstrate commitment to social justice
- Preference is given to students who speak Spanish
*Note: FLOC is unable to offer a paid internship but is willing to work with students to make this internship count for class credit, or may also be able to offer a small stipend.
To apply please send a cover letter and your résumé to Briana Kemp at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter please be sure to answer the following questions:
- Why are you committed to social justice?
- What experience have you had working on issues of social justice and how do you think this can translate to working with FLOC?
- What interests you about FLOC and what experiences, skills or ideas do you think you can bring to the organization?
- What is your availability for the semester/year and when are you available to start?