21st Century Leaders
The 21st Century Leaders Summer Internship Program is a ten (10) week program that promotes grassroots community organizing and leadership development in key impact areas. The internship program will provide students with an opportunity to observe the dynamics of social change by working with leaders and elected officials in their community, registering voters, and attending public policy seminars presented by local, county, state and federal officials.
Also, students will learn how to develop valuable communication and organizational skills. The student dedicates ten weeks to reaching his/her goal of registering 1000 new or restored voters, primarily Latino. The student must also continue to maintain contact with his/her supervisor at least once a week. The internship requires a mandatory training in Chicago, Illinois, May 19-20, 2016. The internship program will officially begin May 23, 2016 and concludes July 29 , 2016.
The student must commit to the two (2) days of orientation/training and ten (10) uninterrupted weeks of the internship in order to be considered.
Students must submit a one-page essay about their past experience with voter registration, community involvement or leadership skills and two letters of recommendation. A one-on-one interview is also required. If selected, a contract must be signed, which certifies that the intern understands the requirements, program expectations and the basis upon which compensation will be received. Interns are also required to create a strategic plan, maintain weekly telephone contact and bi-weekly meetings with their supervisors, and submit a weekly progress report.