The Summer Associate program is an intensive 10-week training program for early career advocates who want to gain exposure to policy advocacy and invest in their personal and professional growth. Through leadership development and experiential learning, we seek to instill participants with the skills, confidence, and social networks to become effective leaders ready to fight for race equity.

Founded in 1993, The Greenlining Institute is a policy, research, organizing, and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice. We work on a variety of major policy issues, from the economy to environmental policy, health care and many others, because we recognize that economic opportunity doesn’t operate in a vacuum. We don’t see these issues as being in separate silos, but as interconnected threads in a web of opportunity.


  • Develop, draft, and publish advocacy or policy projects
  • Develop and participate in social media to uplift ongoing policy and Academy efforts
  • Draft and give oral presentation(s) and testify in policy meetings with stakeholders
  • Participate in all leadership development workshops to increase intrapersonal and collective leadership development
  • Participate in skill building workshops to learn Greenlining’s approach to policy advocacy
  • Complete a capstone group project in collaboration with Summer Associate cohort
  • Participate in cohort development activities as assigned by Academy staff
  • Participate in related program, organization and community meetings as assigned
  • Meet with community, government, and corporate leaders to drive advocacy forward


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Committed to championing causes that serve low-income communities and communities of color
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently
  • Versatile and adaptable; can think on their feet in response to changing circumstances
  • Thrives in, and contributes to, a team-oriented working environment
  • Ability to effectively communicate needs and solutions to personal and professional challenges
  • Strong personal initiative and motivation, strong work ethic, and sense of pride in their work product
  • Track record of working toward social and racial justice
  • A self-starter who likes to take initiative, is curious and seeking opportunities to grow
  • and expand their knowledge and skills
  • Skilled at working well with a wide range of people and able to manage complex projects
  • with attention to detail and deadlines
  • Creativity; can spot nontraditional opportunities and find a way to take advantage of them

Compensation: $5,500 total stipend for 10-week program. This is an exempt position.

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