The Academy Summer Associate Program is an intensive, 10-week development program for emerging leaders. 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. To read more, click here.

Applying for the Summer Associate Program

Candidates for Summer Associate Program must submit a completed Academy application packet.

How to Apply

No degree required. Candidates for the Summer Associate Program must be 18 years or older, have at least 6 months of relevant work experience and submit a completed Academy application.

Based in our Oakland office, the Summer Associate program is an intensive development program and learning community for emerging leaders. Associates are assigned to a Greenlining policy team and gain exposure to the policy development process through a research and advocacy capstone project. Associates participate in leadership discussions, skills building workshops, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Associates receive mentorship and coaching, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports and blogs, balance multiple priorities, testify at key policy meetings, and participate in meetings with top government officials, corporate leaders, and community leaders.


  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • No degree required.
  • At least six months of relevant experience requiredCommitted 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
  • Effectively communicates 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 seeks opportunities to grow
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