Organizing or Research Internships and Training

Organizing Beyond Barriers (OBB) is UNITE HERE’s nationally coordinated program to build a progressive alliance of workers and students by teaching, agitating, and inspiring people to fight for justice. We place a lot of emphasis on training and fieldwork. People learn by doing, whether it’s hearing about the real situations of working people in a house visit, doing research on a company, speaking truth to power in a delegation or recruiting friends, family, or coworkers to an action. Our Union is committed to inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to join our movement. Students and workers across the United States and Canada come together for eight weeks in the summer to learn how to organize, push forward the union’s campaigns, and find inspiration in people who are willing to take up the struggle for social justice.  The OBB program strives to link up the workers’ rights movement with the student movement, the LGBTQ movement, the immigrants’ rights movement and all other movements that struggle and work for social justice. We look forward to getting to know and be inspired by you.

OBB Opportunities: Leadership Development Training

Learn organizing skills alongside our rank and file leaders in one- or two-day trainings across the country. You’ll learn how to have organizing conversations, how to campaign strategically, and how to understand our place within the larger movement for social justice. Finally, you’ll get the opportunity to put all of this to use by doing live fieldwork on one of our local campaigns.

Volunteer Internships – Spring and Winter Breaks

Take one or two weeks during spring and winter break and really immerse yourself in union organizing. You’ll learn the history of our movement, how we connect to other progressive movements, the local context of our campaigns, and how to inspire, agitate, and motivate workers in house visits.

OBB Summer Internship

Eight weeks of intensive organizing or researching skills training and movement building experience in over 25 cities. Learn from skilled organizers, researchers, and rank and file leaders who have committed themselves to developing their own leadership and yours.

Important dates for the summer internship:

  • March 20th: Early acceptance
  • April 28th: Application deadline
  • June 1st: Session 1 of the summer program begins
  • June 15th Session 2 of the summer program begins (Each city chooses their own session due to the needs of their campaigns)

To learn more about training opportunities in your area contact Marcos Escobar, OBB Co-Director, at [email protected]

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