2014 Summer Associates

The Next Generation of LeadersThe 2014 Greenlining Summer Associates (left to right): Diana Ortiz, Joshua Alegado, Rodney Nickens, Yanni Lin, Brian Li-A-Ping, Fhanysha Clark, Tevah El Emmet, Wazi Maret Davis, Terry Allen, and Lauren Valdez

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 cohort is made up of 12-15 people and includes Legal Associates. 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.

Law students should see our Legal Academy page for Summer Associate opportunities for those pursuing their JD degree.

Associates work 37.5 hours per week and earn a $4,750 total stipend for 10 weeks.

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:

  • Personal statement
  • A current resume with 3 references
  • One letter of recommendation (must be uploaded with entire application package)

Application submission deadline: 12 pm PST on January 29th, 2015.

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