Organizing or Research Internships and Training

Organizing Beyond Barriers (OBB), UNITE HERE’s bi-nationally coordinated internship program, builds a progressive alliance of workers, students and community activists by training, 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 corporation, speaking truth to power on a delegation, or recruiting friends, family, or coworkers to an action. UNITE HERE is committed to inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to join our movement.

The Program:

Workers, students and community activists across the United States and Canada come together for trainings and internships ranging from one day to 8 weeks to learn how to organize or do campaign research.  OBB organizing and research interns are deeply engaged in pushing forward union organizing campaigns. The OBB program connects the workers’ rights movement with student-led movements, struggles for justice for LGBTQ people, Black Lives Matter, the immigrants’ rights movement and other struggles for economic and social justice.

OBB Opportunities:

Leadership Development Training

Learn organizing skills in one- or two-day trainings across the country. You’ll learn how to have organizing conversations, how to campaign strategically, and about our union’s 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. Please Like us on Facebook to find out about trainings in your area.

OBB Summer Internship

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

UNITE HERE members:  To learn about opportunities for training through an OBB organizing, research or boycott internship, please contact your organizer or union representative/shop steward.  OBB coordinates these trainings year-round for members.

We begin accepting applications for summer internships in mid-April through the end of May. The best way for students, community members and allies to learn more about our internship opportunities is by contacting a local in your area. To learn more about training opportunities in your area contact the OBB team at [email protected] and follow us on Facebook.