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The application for the 2021 Students for Economic Justice Fellowship is now open!

The Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) Summer Fellowship is a full-time, $15/hr, 6-week program that empowers the next generation of social justice leaders through leadership and professional development opportunities. SEJ gives undergraduate college students organizing experience in a current San Diego campaign for economic justice. Fellows receive trainings from key labor and community leaders throughout San Diego to build an intersectional approach to economic and social justice. During the program duration, SEJ Fellows are placed at sites (i.e. labor unions, community organizations, or advocacy groups) to gain hands-on organizing experience.

PROGRAM DATES
June 21 – August 6, 2021
Graduation Ceremony: August 6, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Friday, February 26, 2021 by 11:59pm

General Information

Ideal candidates for SEJ:
– Demonstrate passion and dedication to social and economic justice
– Demonstrate leadership at school, at work, at home, and/or in the community
– Demonstrate an interest in labor or community organizing as a potential career path
– Dedicated to advancing the San Diego region
– Has lived in San Diego and plans to stay in San Diego long-term

*We welcome participation from draft of all genders, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.
*The Center on Policy Initiatives is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates to apply.

SEJ Applicants must:
– Be college undergraduates at either a 2-year or 4-year institution
– Be eligible to work in the U.S.
– Be available full-time (40 hours a week) from Monday, June 21, 2021 to Friday, July 30, 2021
– Be at least 18 years of age
– Submit online application form (including short answers and essays) and resume by 11:59p.m. PST, Friday, February 26, 2021
– Have recommender submit letter of recommendation by above deadline to ana@cpisandiego.org

1) Complete online application.
Application can be found here. The application includes three sections: 1-General Information, 2-Short Answers, and 3-Essay Questions. We highly encourage you to write the essay prompts on a separate document so as to keep track of the word count, spell check, and have someone else revise it, before copy/pasting into the online application form. Tip: Please write the essay questions with ample time before the deadline, this will help you provide quality responses to the questions.

2) Request a letter of recommendation 
The letter can be requested from someone who knows you well to describe who you are and why you’d be a good fit for the SEJ program?. Recommendations can come from former employers, teachers, mentors, or other supportive roles. The letter must include a signature and contact information, such as email or phone number. The letter needs to be directly emailed to ana@cpisandiego.org by the deadline. Tip: Be sure to give your recommender at least 2 weeks or more of advance notice to write you a letter. Please refer to this article on advice in asking for a letter: https://stanford.io/33UfDAG

3) Prepare your resume
The online form will require you to upload a PDF or Word document. Please describe your prior employment, education, internships, etc. Describe your roles, successes, hours worked, and duration. You can also include your involvement in student organizations, volunteer work, community work, church activities, etc that speaks to your leadership development and/or skillsets. At the end, list three references (name, title, contact information). Two pages maximum. Tip: We encourage you to visit your career services center for advice on fine tuning your resume.

You will receive confirmation of your submitted application within a week of submission and a notification when your recommender submits their letter. You will be contacted by the Leadership Development Coordinator regarding the status of your application one month after the deadline. Final decisions will be made at the end of April.

More Info

For questions or concerns, please contact the Leadership Development Coordinator, Ana Laura Martínez, at ana@cpisandiego.org.

For more current updates please visit our SEJ Webpage:
https://www.cpisandiego.org/sej

About CPI
The Center on Policy Initiatives is a research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. CPI serves a unique role in the San Diego region providing the analysis, policy solutions, education and alliances that advance social and economic justice.

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