ITF Fellowship Applicant Information

Where You'll Work | Theater & Documentary Projects | Fellow Qualifications | Expectations | Benefits | Program Timeline | Contact Info

Overview

Deadline February 3, 2018

The Into the Fields Fellowship is a 5 month leadership development program for college students and recent graduates to improve farmworkers’ access to healthcare as well as advocate for improved living and working conditions. 

Many people don’t think about where their food comes from; they just go to the grocery store and buy it, unaware of the people who produce it. Farmworkers have one of the most dangerous jobs and are among the lowest paid workers in the U.S. They face discrimination, heat illness, pesticide exposure, poor housing, and low wages.

Farmworkers have a long history of organizing, standing up for better working and living conditions through labor unions and community organizations. Health clinics help to serve the immediate health needs of farmworkers, the majority of whom do not have health insurance.  By participating in the ITF Fellowship you can be a part of this tradition!

Through Into the Fields you will support health agencies and get trained on the issues surrounding farmworkers’ lives and the broader context of the agricultural industry. Student Action with Farmworkers will place 5 fellows with health clinics and organizations that serve farmworkers in North Carolina. They will be trained alongside our 20 summer interns at 3 retreats. SAF fellows and interns come from diverse backgrounds and about half are from farmworker families.  Check out SAF’s blog to read intern and fellow experiences. Application available Oct. 1.

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Where You’ll Work

Fellows will live and work in rural agricultural areas in North Carolina. Fellows will be placed in health agencies that serve farmworkers and provide interpretation, case management, transportation to clinics and health education trainings about pesticides, nutrition, HIV/STI prevention, heat stress and other topics. All placements offer at least 50% office work as well as some outreach to farmworkers, their children, or meat processing workers. Outreach varies but can be 2-5 times/week. Check out SAF’s partners page to view a list of past sponsoring organizations.

Theater, Documentary, and Focus Group Projects

In addition to working full-time at a health clinic, SAF fellows work on one of the following projects:

Documentary students will get to know a group of workers more in-depth by conducting participatory documentary projects with workers to document their lives through drawings, photography, writing and will make zines to use in reflections and discussions about workers' lives. Check out the documentary projects from past years.

Theater students will perform a skit to initiate dialogue among farmworkers and to mobilize them to come up with solutions to the issues they face. Performances take place in labor camps in the piedmont and eastern NC and address issues important to workers; the 2017 topic was the SAF farmworker mural & farmworker rights. Check out the theater videos and reports from past years.
*Fellows may submit a proposal to fulfill an academic requirement at their school in lieu of a theater or documentary project, which must be approved by SAF staff.

Focus group project - Fellows organize a small group of workers to gather input and increase knowlege about health resources. Past focus group projects concentrated on access to clinics, Affordable Care Act, teen health, mental health, women's health, and technology.

Fellow Qualifications

  • Current college student (including community college) or recent graduate (within 1 year)
  • Must speak advanced Spanish
  • Must have use of a vehicle for the duration of the program (May 29- October 30)
  • Commitment to farmworker justice
  • Previous experience in healthcare, campus activism, community volunteer work with farmworkers, or academic coursework on farmworkers

Note: Preference given to students from the Southeast and students from farmworker families, especially those involved in the CAMP program.  Former SAF interns encouraged to apply.

Expectations

In order to participate in the ITF Fellowship, you must:

  • Fundraise $850 to contribute to SAF's work
  • Complete 35-40 hours of volunteer work per week
  • Participate in the entire program from May 27-October 30, 2017
  • Write 4 guided writings/blogs
  • Complete a documentary or theater project*
  • Conduct a community focus group
  • Be willing to drive/ travel long distances to trainings and to outreach to farmworkers (1-4 hrs/day, 2-5 days/week)

Benefits

$7,500 stipend + $1500 scholarship/professional development funds to attend East Coast Migrant Stream Forum, room and board at 4 free trainings, mentorship, and academic credit available. Additional health trainings and conference attendance funds are often available. Fellows will set up their own housing and will use their stipend to cover living expenses. Out-of-state students from farmworker families receive paid travel to North Carolina.

Program Timeline

Oct 1Application available online
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     Orientation with ITF Interns 
June 4First day of on-site work
June 28-30Mid-Retreat with ITF Interns 
Aug 3-5Final Retreat with ITF Interns (Durham, NC)
Oct 29Last Day of on-site work
Oct 30Fellows Celebration (Durham, NC)

Contact

Ramon Zepeda
Program Director
919-660-0704