Internships, Fellowships, AppFellows, and Volunteers
Highlander’s commitment to having Interns here is a political commitment. We believe that in order to support broad-based social justice movements for the long haul, we must continually involve new voices, especially those of young people. Intentional and hands-on work with interns is one way we further these political goals.
We also believe that what our movements for Progressive social change need is leaders who have had the opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills. Thus, the Highlander Education team is committed to modeling and sharing a vision of organizing that regards skills such as phone networking as highly as it does public speaking; which sees how you reach and treat people as being just as important as how many people you reach.
Our Internship Program brings interns to Highlander for six-month internships designed to help them learn the nuts and bolts of popular education and social justice work. Interns are drawn from our constituency groups, including young people, people of color, immigrants, and low-income whites. Internship openings vary from year to year; openings for paid internships will be posted when available.
We also have volunteers and students come to Highlander for practicums, independent studies, and volunteer work. Volunteers currently help with our library, our gardens, administrative support and educational programs.
For more information, contact Susan Williams, swilliams at highlandercenter.org
With the support of the Greensboro Justice Fund, we have launched an annual fellowship program to provide educational experiences for Southern activists. We will recruit a new class of fellows for 2012-2013.
Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program (AppFellows)
The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, paid program designed for 15 emerging community leaders who are committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. Central Appalachia is defined as West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, Appalachian Ohio and Western North Carolina.
This program offers the opportunity to spend a year working within host communities to help foster cross-sector (education, nonprofit, for-profit, philanthropy, and government) partnerships, provide needed capacity to regional efforts, and build personal and professional skills. Through institutional placements, independently designed projects, training, and mentoring, the program gives emerging leaders and host organizations skills and networks needed to advance economic and social change in the region.
Central Appalachia is engaged in a period of economic transition. While the decline of previously stable industries such as coal and manufacturing bring significant economic instability, it also offers Appalachia the opportunity to focus on the long-term well-being of its people and its communities. This economic transition allows regionally-based industries to prosper while also protecting and supporting the environmental and social well-being of the region. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship (AppFellows) seeks to increase the connectivity and capacity of Appalachian institutions and leaders while building a collective analysis and seeding projects to change the systemic problems in our region leading to a just and sustainable Appalachian economy.