Casa Latina advances the power and well-being of Latino immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing.

Internships

There are currently two internship opportunities available at Casa Latina: the Day Worker Center Internship and the Education Program Internship. Information about both of these are available on this page. Please read it carefully before applying. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to:
 
Casa Latina Volunteer Coordinator
 

Day Worker Center Internship:
Minimum commitment:  3 months; Minimum weekly commitment: 9 hours

Casa Latina was founded in 1994 to empower Seattle’s Latino immigrants by providing them educational and economic opportunities, giving people the tools they need to work, live, support their families and contribute to the Seattle community.
 
Our Education Program, Day Worker Center, Workers' Defense Committee, and the Leadership Program are all focused on giving the training, knowledge and support needed for our constituents to move toward greater self-sufficiency.
 
Through our Day Workers' Center, men and women are connected with employers and temporary jobs that often lead to full-time, permanent employment. They also receive training in on-the-job health and safety and directly participate in the Center's day-to-day operation.
 
Intern Duties: 
The Day Worker Center (DWC) intern supports the very important processes around connecting our workers with employers and vice versa. The DWC intern works closely with the DWC Coordinators and many of the position’s duties focus around communication with prospective employers including:
 
  • Work several morning shifts per week
  • Receiving calls requesting workers, 
  • Processing online worker requests, 
  • Negotiating with employers around fair wages and safe workplace conditions, 
  • Communicating Casa Latina’s expectations to potential employers
  • Following up with employers regarding their experience with Casa Latina workers
  • Entering employment and feedback information into the DWC database
The DWC internship is a great opportunity to gain experience in the most direct employment work done here at Casa Latina – a model that is being replicated around the country! 
 
DWC Schedule: Mon.-Fri. 7:00am-10:30am / Sat. 7:00am-11:00am
 
Other Possible Internship Activities:
 
  • Help train and inform current volunteers about any changes, updates, etc to the DWC volunteer program
  • Provide admin. support to the volunteer ESL teachers, the ESL program, and/or teach a weekly ESL class
  • Support Worker’s Defense Committee by participating in direct actions to fight for fare wages and in support of workers who have suffered wage theft
  • Assist the Volunteer Coordinators in planning and organizing events and activities
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and provide updates on what you have been working on
  • Give workshops in the Day Worker’s Center about topics of expertise or interest that would benefit the participants of Casa Latina

Schedule: Offered each academic quarter or semester including summer; weekly schedule is flexible

Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator
 
 
Education Program Internship
Minimum commitment:  3 months; Minimum weekly commitment: 9 hours
 
Casa Latina was founded in 1994 to empower Seattle’s Latino immigrants by providing them with educational and economic opportunities that give people the tools they need to work, live, support their families, and contribute to the Seattle community.
 
Our Education Program, Day Worker Center, Worker Defense Committee, and the Leadership Program are all focused on giving the training, knowledge, and support our members need to move toward greater self-sufficiency.
 
For 20 years, Casa Latina has taught ESL classes to day laborers and is nationally recognized for its contextualized curriculum based on community needs. It has been recognized in the ESL field as providing an effective community response to teaching non-traditional students: low literate immigrant workers.
 
Intern Duties: 
 
Teach ESL Classes:
  • Teach a weekly ESL class or sub for other instructors depending upon schedule and availability
  • Note: ESL classes are taught in the Day Workers’ Center, in the mornings, Monday through Saturday.  The ESL program utilizes popular education and ‘practical’ ESL theory to cover topics from worker negotiations to immigration to health. Interns must observe five ESL classes prior to teaching and a minimum commitment of three months is required. Some Spanish language skills are required. 
Support ESL program and volunteer teachers:
  • Manage the teaching schedule
  • Organize lesson plan folders and materials cabinet; replace and update outdated materials or make new versions of materials
  • Ensure that visuals accompanying ESL lesson plans are in the right place and are of high quality
  • Gather attendance sheets weekly from ESL classrooms and enter attendance data into the Casa Latina database.
  • Manage supplies in ESL classrooms ensuring the materials are prepared and stocked 
Miscellaneous Activities:
  • Support special events and fundraisers
Requirements: Intermediate Spanish language skills, experience/interest in working with racially and economically diverse communities, experience/interest in working to develop and deepen your cultural competency skills, experience/interest in contributing to the social justice work of our organization.
 
Schedule: Offered each academic quarter or semester including summer; weekly schedule is flexible
 
Reports to: Education Coordinator