Summer Associate Program

The Next Generation of LeadersThe 2016 Greenlining Summer Associates (left to right): Kacey Hopson, Erendira Calderon, James Yelen, Nicole Powell, Angelo Sandoval, Ariana Taylor, Wendy Pacheco

The Academy Summer Associate Program is an intensive, 10-week development program for young leaders who have completed, at minimum, their undergraduate degrees by the start of the program. Associates learn about issues impacting California and the nation and manage research and advocacy projects under the direction of a Greenlining staff member.

The learning environment is based on combining experiential learning opportunities, individual development and team participation. Each Summer Associate experience is unique and is shaped by the current policy focus of their program area. Associates present their findings and projects in both a written and oral report at the end of the program.

It’s All About the People

Summer Associates participate in leadership skills workshops, attend meetings with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Associates are exposed to community leaders, new issues, and new methods of advocacy. Associates receive regular mentorship, professional and personal skill development, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, testify at key policy hearings, and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and political leaders.

Personal and Professional Development Workshops

Summer Associates participate in personal and professional development workshops that teach participants essential skills that will strengthen their capacity to contribute to their Greenlining experience as well as enhance their future opportunities.

Workshops Include:
  • Public Speaking and Effective Presentations
  • Leadership Development
  • Introduction to Greenlining’s Negotiation Techniques
  • Introduction to Greenlining’s Advocacy and Organizing Techniques
  • Sacramento Ins and Outs and Lobbying
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Research for Writing a Policy Brief
  • Effective Social Networking
  • Media Spokesperson and Communications

Policy Issue Area Days

Policy issue area days are opportunities for Associates to learn and grow in their understanding of important policy issues impacting California and its most vulnerable populations. Issue days occur on Fridays and consist of three meetings or site visits with different organizations focusing on a particular issue. These meetings allow Associates to have discussions with leaders in private, public and non-profit sectors and learn about their approaches to creating positive change in their communities.

Issue Day topics may include:
  • Financial Regulation
  • Healthcare Implementation in California
  • Social Media for Social Justice
  • California Government
  • Broadband Technology and Access
  • Access to Higher Education
Site Visits may include:
  • San Francisco Federal Reserve
  • Bank of the West
  • California Healthcare Foundation
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • The State Capitol, Sacramento
  • Public Policy Institute of California
  • PolicyLink
  • The Prevention Institute
  • Urban Habitat

Applying to the Summer Associate Program

A complete application requires:

Applications Are Closed

  • Personal statement (see online application for guidelines)
  • Resume with three references
  • One letter of recommendation (must be uploaded with entire application package)

Legal Summer Associate Program

The Summer Legal Associate program is a 10 week training program for two or three young leaders who are in the process of completing their Juris Doctor. Summer Legal Associates will be assigned to either the Energy, Telecommunications and Technology, or Environmental Equity program, and will complete a research project in that area of Greenlining’s advocacy. ¬†Associates will develop expertise in that area under the direction of Greenlining’s legal team and the Academy Director.

Personal and Professional Development Workshops

The learning environment is based on combining experiential learning opportunities, individual development and team participation. Each Summer Associate cohort is made up of 12-15 people and includes policy Summer Associates. Each Summer Associate experience is unique and is shaped by the current policy focus of their program area. Along with the rest of our Summer Associates, Summer Legal Associates participate in personal and professional development workshops that teach participants essential skills that will strengthen their capacity to contribute to their Greenlining experience as well as enhance their future opportunities.

Workshops Include:
  • Public Speaking and Effective Presentations
  • Leadership Development
  • Introduction to Greenlining’s Negotiation Techniques
  • Introduction to Greenlining’s Advocacy and Organizing Techniques
  • Sacramento Ins and Outs and Lobbying
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Research for Writing a Policy Brief
  • Effective Social Networking
  • Media Spokesperson and Communications

Policy Issue Area Days

Policy issue area days are opportunities for Associates to learn and grow in their understanding of important policy issues impacting California and its most vulnerable populations. Issue days occur on Fridays and consist of three meetings or site visits with different organizations focusing on a particular issue. These meetings allow Associates to have discussions with leaders in private, public and non-profit sectors and learn about their approaches to creating positive change in their communities.

Issue Day topics may include:
  • Financial Regulation
  • Healthcare Implementation in California
  • Social Media for Social Justice
  • California Government
  • Broadband Technology and Access
  • Access to Higher Education
Site Visits may include:
  • San Francisco Federal Reserve
  • Bank of the West
  • California Healthcare Foundation
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • The State Capitol, Sacramento
  • Public Policy Institute of California
  • PolicyLink

Applying for the Legal Summer Associate Program

A complete application requires:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume with three references

Applications Are Closed

Please make clear for which program you are applying in your cover letter and in your online application. Candidates for Summer Legal Associate must be law students who have completed either their first or second year of law school.

 

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