Apply to be a Program Assistant

The Program Assistant Position

Former interns and fellows are invited to apply for a summer position assisting SAF staff with planning and logistics for the Into the Fields Internship & Fellowship Programs including mentoring the 24 college students working with farmworker agencies throughout the Southeast.  SAF will provide rent free furnished housing and you’ll be paid like an intern, but you’ll work alongside the staff in our Durham, NC office, conducting site visits, assisting with the theater and documentary projects, creating a memory book for the participants, attending coalition meetings and more.

Deadline February 3, 2018


  • Help coordinate and implement weeklong orientation and 2 weekend trainings
  • Educate participants about farmworker issues or present other workshops during retreats
  • Conduct 8 site visits, mentor, and communicate with participants on an ongoing basis
  • Support interns’ theater group by compiling farmworker evaluations and notes from each performance and creating a theater report
  • Keep track of interns’ work including workplans, weekly surveys and guided blogs
  • Complete basic office duties such as data entry, copying, filing and answering telephones
  • Conduct a community presentation on farmworkers
  • Create a memory book for participants
  • Help plan the End of Summer Celebration
  • Attend staff and board meetings
  • Assist in general fundraising efforts as needed
  • Maintain a professional relationship with program participants

“As the Program Assistant, I was able to gain an even broader understanding of farmworker activism than during my internship, while still gaining in-depth knowledge of what it takes to get the job done behind the scenes.  I was involved with nearly every area of the internship, from planning each retreat and workshop, building relationships with interns and providing them with the resources necessary to be effective during outreach, and performing in the SAF theater troupe out in the fields.  Working at SAF headquarters allowed me to interact with and be mentored by SAF staff, and the knowledge I gained from them is invaluable to me.  It was an even better experience than my internship summer, which is really saying something.”  -Levi Vonk, SAF Program Assistant 2012


  • $1600 total stipend (based on May 27-Aug 5, additional stipend will be pro-rated if you can come early or stay longer)
  • $1500 scholarship upon completion
  • Free rent in furnished housing
  • Some travel costs


In order to qualify for the Program Assistant position, applicants must:

  • Have participated in SAF’s Into the Fields Internship or Fellowship Program (any year)
  • Speak conversational Spanish (intermediate level or above)
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have mentoring/leadership experience
  • Be able to multi-task and respond to crises in a timely manner
  • Be able to participate in the entire program (May 21 to August 10, 2018 preferred)
  • Fundraise $750 to contribute to SAF's work


Feb 3Application deadline
Feb 12-16Applicant Interviews
March 16Applicants notified of Selection/Waitlist/Decline
March 23Deadline to accept position or be on the waitlist
Mar 24-31     Farmworker Awareness Week
May 27-June 1 SAF Orientation 
June 28-30Mid-Retreat 
August 3-5Final Retreat (Durham, NC)


Ramon Zepeda
Program Director