Information for Students
Committed to the labor & social justice movements?
Want to make a difference in the Los Angeles community with workers, immigrants, and people of color?
Interested in labor and community organizing for economic justice?
The Student Leadership Academy (SLA) is a full-time, paid summer internship program for young leaders who want to get in-depth experience as organizers in the Los Angeles labor movement.
What does it mean to participate as an intern in SLA?
- Working full-time for a labor union in Los Angeles for 8 weeks during the summer
- Participation in a mandatory two-day training on June 20 and 21, where you’ll learn the history of the Los Angeles labor movement and the basics of labor organizing
- Mentorship opportunities with your supervisor and colleagues at your host organization
- You’ll earn a stipend of $4800 total for participation in the 8-week internship program
Past internship experiences with the SLA:
- Working alongside homecare workers (SEIU United Long Term Care Workers) in nursing homes and private agencies, as they seek to organize for better wages and safety provisions in their caregiving jobs.
- Joining Walmart associates (United Food & Commercial Workers), in thier mission to make Walmart a good employer and a responsible community partner.
- Assisting food packing workers (United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 770) with contract negotiations for meat-packing & processing workers in South LA.
- Organizing with the carwasheros (CLEAN Carwash Campaign), and with low-wage immigrant undocumented workers around workers' rights and health/safety issues.
- Working with nurses (AFSCME United Nurses Association of CA/Union of Health Care Professionals) in San Diego and Orange County as they fight for fair contracts and wages.
Eligibility to Participate in SLA:
- You must be a graduating senior (graduated by June 17, 2013) or a recent (within 1-year) graduate from an undergraduate program of a university/college and not be enrolled in any academic program during the internship period.
- Our program is geared towards students who live in Los Angeles. It is highly recommended that you have familiarity with the Southern California region, particularly Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernandino Counties. We do not provide housing or transportation assistance.
- You cannot have any other commitments (including school or part-time jobs) during the program period.
Fill out and return the SLA Application to the UCLA Labor Center at firstname.lastname@example.org for review. Applications are due no later than
Monday, April 8th, 2013Sunday, April 14th, 2013 (midnight).
You may be asked to attend an in-person interview with the SLA team. Interviews will take place May 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2013. We will contact you by early May if you have been selected to participate in the interviews.