Thursday, August 30, 2012

Scholar Activist Workshop focused on Research for Change

The Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation will hold the inaugural Hopmayer Scholar Activist Workshop focused on Research for Change on Sept. 28 and 29 at the Wabash Building.

The training workshop explores varying aspects of community organizing and focuses on the critical importance of applied research in forwarding social justice work. It is open to any Roosevelt student who has interest in building a career with meaning, working for social change and obtaining skills that can be useful for research, social activism and/or politics. Faculty members are encouraged to share this opportunity with their students.

The workshop is free and will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in WB1214. However, space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a place, email Nancy Michaels at

Monday, August 6, 2012

Democracy Fellows Internships

These internships from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) are unpaid, but a good opportunity for students interested in grassroots organizing, immigrant/refugee communities, and electoral politics!

Our full-time Democracy Fellows are working all across Chicago and nearby cities and suburbs to maximize the immigrant community's power in this election cycle. Do you know young leaders who care about the strength and well-being of their community? ICIRR is now hiring interns for the Fall Term. We are also looking for volunteers to Get Out The Vote in their communities! ICIRR has an outstanding, year-round internship and volunteering program for college students, graduate students, and community members who want to get more involved. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in meaningful and rewarding organizing, political and electoral work. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested! The internship descriptions are also available on our website:


Between now and Election Day--November 6--we need to mobilize the immigrant community to turnout in large numbers to tell our representatives loud and clear: the time has come. The time has come to give our young people a chance to lead normal lives. The time has come to keep our families together. The time has come to recognize the economic contributions that immigrants make to our nation every day. Whether you want to be a Precinct Captain or are looking to volunteer for just a few hours on the weekends because you care about your community, our Democracy Fellows need your help. We all need your help to make this an Election that helps push immigration reform forward. We are not voting for Republicans or Democrats--we are voting for our families!

To volunteer with the Democracy Fellow nearest you, please sign up here:

Volunteer opportunities are available in or near: Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, Bridgeview, Melrose Park, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Aurora, Schaumburg, Elgin, Highland Park, Mundelein, Waukegan, and Round Lake.


We are now accepting applications, and will be accepting interns on a rolling basis.

The New Americans Democracy Project (NADP) is ICIRR’s integrated civic engagement and electoral program. It serves as a national model for building immigrant power through non-partisan voter registration and mobilization, combined with community organizing and citizenship promotion. In every election cycle since 2004, ICIRR has worked to register and mobilize Latino, Arab and Muslim, African, Asian and other immigrant voters. Interns will be working with ICIRR staff and our 20 full-time Democracy Fellows who are placed in immigrant organizations throughout the state.

We are looking for interns who are motivated and willing to contribute their time, energy, and skills to help give a voice to Illinois' immigrant community. You must meet the following criteria:
·  Minimum of 15 hours per week time commitment through at least November 9

·  Organized self-starters who will take ownership of tasks assigned to them

·  Ability to motivate and communicate effectively with others,

·  Ability to prioritize competing responsibilities

There are four types of internships available:

Democracy Intern - Field (20 positions available)

There will be a Field Intern in many of the NADP field offices where Fellows are working. These offices are located throughout Chicagoland and in other cities and suburbs in Illinois. Field Interns will not be working from ICIRR's downtown office. Interns will assist the Fellow with door-knocking, phone-banking, data entry, tracking numbers, trainings, document production and overall organization. These interns may also participate in other voter contact activities. The Field Intern will also assist the Fellow in helping recruit and train volunteers. The intern should know where to direct volunteer efforts on any given day, whether it be phone banking, canvassing, attending an event, sign-making, etc. Must be personable, responsible and a self-starter. Field interns must be able to work long hours and weekends. Being proficient in Excel, Word and GoogleDocs is a plus. There is no doubt that this will be a rewarding, but demanding, experience. Field Internships available in or near: Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, Bridgeview, Melrose Park, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Aurora, Schaumburg, Elgin, Highland Park, Mundelein, Waukegan, and Round Lake.

Democracy Intern - ICIRR Downtown Office (5 positions available)

ICIRR is seeking interns to conduct phone-banking, volunteer recruitment, data entry and outreach efforts from our main office in downtown Chicago. Some Democracy Interns will also be conducting voter registration drives at Naturalization Ceremonies near ICIRR's office. They will help plan and execute numerous events and actions throughout the Fall, including rallies, candidate forums and press conferences. Democracy Interns will be an integral part of our electoral work this fall, and must be personable, responsible and self-starters. Being proficient in Excel, Word and GoogleDocs is a plus.

Data & IT (2 positions available)

There will be one data intern at the ICIRR office who will assist in data management and preparation using the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and Microsoft Excel. The Data/IT intern will assist in trainings and answering data and database related questions from our Fellows, as well as any technical problems that may arise. At times, there will be deadlines for data entry and these interns will help to make sure those deadlines are met. Knowledge of the Voter Activation Network and Excel a plus. If you love working with large amounts of data and numbers, this is for you!

Election Protection (1-2 positions available)

Election Protection Interns will help our campaign preserve and protect the vote. You will conduct supervised research of election laws and county interpretations, help organize attorneys to build our Election Day Voter Protection Team, and general administrative tasks such as phones, emails, and creation of flyers and other promotions of our effort. Pre-law or law students preferred, but not required.

To Apply:

Once you select the area or areas you are interested in, please send  an email to Abdelnasser Rashid ( with the following:

1. Your Resume

2. A Cover Letter that includes:

·  Why you want to work on the New Americans Democracy Project;

·  The type of NADP internship you are seeking (you may select up to two), and why;

·  The time commitment you are prepared to make (how many hours/week, which days, etc);

·  Any languages you speak other than English;

·  Your experience in this or related fields

3. The name and contact information of one reference; someone who can speak on your behalf.

We strongly encourage people of color and recent immigrants to apply. There is no age or education requirement. We especially encourage those living in suburbs or outside of Cook County to apply for a Field Internship near you--see the list of cities & towns in the Democracy Internship description.