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DescriptionFounded in the wake of September 11, 2001, OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) has grown to become a regional and nationally recognized leader in advancing immigrant, civil and human rights. The success of our work has spurred a period of tremendous organizational growth, expanding from primarily volunteers to a staff of 19 with additional growth projected. Successful candidates will be people who are excited by the opportunity to contribute their strong leadership and commitment to social justice to a growing team.
To be eligible for an internship with OneAmerica, an applicant must work a total of 70 hours over two months. However, some internships may be specific to a certain program or project and the time commitment may vary. The position is located in Seattle, Washington, but opportunities may emerge in other areas of Washington State. All internships are unpaid. All interns will have one staff supervisor on site. Work will likely involve immersion in one department or with a specific project, but an applicant may be asked to assist with multiple projects across departments.
Follow the internship application process outlined at http://www.weareoneamerica.org/work-volunteer. Once we receive an application we will determine which department and/or project best aligns with an applicant’s skills and goals. For this reason, please be thorough when filling out the application.
Please note you MUST complete this application process to be considered for an internship.
We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please, no phone inquiries.
OneAmerica is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women and people of color to apply.
ResponsibilitiesInterns work in many different capacities and often end up partnering with multiple departments. Typically, however, interns focus their time at OneAmerica on one of the department areas described below:
OneAmerica’s Organizing Team builds power in immigrant and refugee communities by developing strong relationships within communities and in partnership with key allies; by creating a space for collective and individual voices to advocate for themselves; and by training community leaders to organize within their neighborhoods and communities,
identifying and taking action on priority issues. An organizing intern would be a key team player, implementing programmatic strategies, participating in civic engagement work and supporting a variety of actions and campaigns.
The Organizing Department also houses the Washington New Americans Program, which ensures free naturalization services are available to all eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) in Washington State and provides the opportunity for LPRs to become U.S. citizens and active members of our community.
Policy Advocacy and Research
OneAmerica’s Policy Team analyzes policies at the federal, state and local levels to gauge how these policies impact immigrants. Policy Team staff members analyze and share information through policy briefs, testimony at public hearings, OneAmerica’s network of member organizations and individuals, and other targeted mediums, with the goal of educating the public and policymakers on the effects of specific proposals on immigrants. Through coordination with the Organizing Team, OneAmerica’s Policy Department engages in advocacy efforts designed to impact policy discourse and win favorable policies for the immigrant communities of Washington State. An intern working with the policy department would assist with specific research assignments, issues-based reports or unique service-oriented pilot programs like the English Innovations project.
Communications and Media
OneAmerica’s Communications Team shares powerful member stories, develops effective online campaigns, and crafts compelling messages for targeted audiences that collectively build power in immigrant communities and influence policy. A communications intern would implement communications strategy, extend our website and social media reach and engagement, support multiple organizing and policy programs, seek out new opportunities for targeted outreach, and much more.
OneAmerica's Development Team is responsible for securing donations, grants and corporate funding (~$2M) necessary to support the organization's ongoing work, special projects and community events. A development intern would have the opportunity to be an integral part of a small department and would gain hands-on experience working on a variety of areas such as individual giving, major gifts messaging and research, grants, corporate sponsorship, and fundraising and donor stewardship events.
Requirements- Demonstrated commitment to fighting for social, racial and economic justice
- Clear dedication to immigrant advocacy
- Experience working with a diverse environment community
- Strong verbal and written communications skills
- Attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, prioritizing and handling multiple, complex tasks simultaneously
- Strong personal management skills and flexibility
- Comfort with basic technology including email, Excel, Word and database work
- An ability to work some weekends and evenings