Building Leaders for the Farmworker Movement

Spend the academic year interning at Student Action with Farmworkers' office learning about the farmworker justice movement and gaining nonprofit leadership skills. Through mentorship and training, 5-10 Solidaridad interns gain an understanding of farmworker issues and experience in social justice and nonprofit work, while increasing SAF’s capacity to fulfill our mission. Students intern approximately 10 hours a week at the SAF office in Durham, NC. Students may conduct presentations, mentor farmworker youth, plan events, create communication tools, participate in actions, rallies, and coalition meetings and write blog posts. Students will also be introduced to seasoned advocates so that they have the opportunity to build their professional network.

Applications will be accepted from April 1- August 28, 2019.  Early application deadline May 15 and final application deadline August 28. Apply today!


  • $2,400 scholarship
  • Work approximately 10 hours/week for 24 weeks
  • 1 weekend orientation and 2 day-long trainings with SAF's Levante Leadership Institute (LLI)
  • Cohort of 5-7 participants
  • Mentorship by SAF staff
  • Potential academic credit
  • Work-study can be arranged for Duke University students

"SAF has been a huge part of my college experience. For me, it was really important to balance out my academic experiences with the understanding that different types of learning occur outside a classroom setting. I now feel deeply committed to the farmworker movement. We should all care about this movement, because we all eat food, and we can't forget about the human aspect of food when it comes to creating a just agricultural system."         
– Lina Palancares, SAF intern 2017-2018


To be eligible you must:

  • Be a current college student or recent graduate in the NC Triangle Area.
  • No Spanish language required
  • DREAMERS and DACAmented students encouraged to apply
  • SAF alumni are encouraged to apply. Students can participate in the program more than once
  • Be able to provide your own transportation
  • Demonstrate an interest and/or experience in leadership development in the farmworker justice movement
  • SAF preferences students from farmworker families
  • Social Work students fulfilling internship requirements at NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke & NCCU are encouraged to apply


Communication Arts

Gain experience in creating materials for SAF's website, social media, blog, documentary work, and publications. Be responsible for writing, editing, and designing diverse communications as well as organizing and archiving existing work.

Grassroots Organizing

Gain experience in organizing awareness raising events and conducting presentations about SAF and farmworkers on campus and in the community. Support planning & logistics for National Farmworker Awareness Week. Support farmworker-led campaigns.

Learn about higher education access and support the campaign to get in-state tuition for undocumented students. Participate in Adelante Education Coalition meetings and help plan activities and presentations directly for educators, students, and other community members.

Participate in Farmworker Advocacy Network meetings and help plan activities to raise awareness about farmworker issues.

Program Management

Learn the behind the scene skills necessary to prepare for the Into the Fields internship/fellowship program. Assist with recruitment presentations and communications, processing applications, and other program logistics.  

Learn about higher education access and the barriers farmworker youth face by working closely with middle/high school students and their families that participate in SAF's Levante Leadership Institute. Speak Spanish during trainings and retreats and learn how to plan workshops and fieldtrips to build leadership skills.


  • Work at least 10-15 hours a week. 10 weeks in the fall and 14 weeks in the spring semester. Some interns may work more hours or more weeks depending on school program requirements or special projects.
  • Work at the SAF office in Durham NC
  • Write 3 reflections for SAF’s blog
  • Attend SAF meetings & events as needed
  • Conduct at least one outreach activity or presentation about SAF and farmworkers
  • Fundraise $450 to contribute to SAF's work by the mid retreat


April 1 - Aug 28Application accepted, interviews, positions filled
September 14-15   Orientation
Dec 6 - Jan 10    Break
January 11Mid-retreat
January 13   Begin spring semester work
March    Spring Break (1 week)
March 25 - 31National Farmworker Awareness Week
April 25Final Retreat


Sandra Rodriguez
Assistant Director