Teachers Unite

Teachers Unite (TU) is an independent membership organization of public school educators in New York City collaborating with youth and parents to transform public schools. We resist institutions that segregate and criminalize Black and Latinx youth, such as the school-to-prison pipeline, by organizing educators to work as allies in campaigns for social and economic justice.

Category: 

  • Racial and economic justice; including prison abolition

Internship description: 

Depending on strengths and interests of the intern, duties may include:

  • Work with TU staff and members to develop and coordinate a skills building workshop for teacher-organizers.
  • Participate in Dignity in Schools Campaign meetings and actions; coordinate meetings with policy makers, and support logistics and member turn-out for campaign activities.
  • Organize and conduct interviews with Teachers Unite members to develop Restorative Justice toolkits.
  • Attend and report back on monthly Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) meetings.
  • Support TU’s fundraising and base-building activities, including calling our members and supporting logistics for a fundraising event.
  • Develop engaging content for Teachers Unite social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), blog posts, and member newsletters.
  • Some occasional administrative tasks.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for social justice
  • Knowledgeable about issues pertaining to the Prison Industrial Complex, prison abolition, school-to-prison pipeline, and restorative justice
  • Curious, inquisitive, and demonstrates a love of learning
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills; positive attitude, team-player; be held accountable to agreed upon outcomes
  • Excellent ability to work with diverse groups
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Unafraid to ask for help when it's needed

Office information:

If we are back in person, our office will be in Lower Manhattan. The building location is accessible by public transportation. We are a small org of 2 staff who take access seriously. Accommodations are made case by case, and is always open for discussion. If we are back in person, interns will each have their own desk and computer

COVID-19 changes:

Staff are currently working remotely during the pandemic. We have decided to bring on interns only once we are safely back working in-person. To us, this means that staff and interns have had access to an effective vaccine and that COVID-19 no longer poses a risk. We recognize that the timing is not likely to work out, but wanted to apply just in case it is. We don't expect to have the capacity to host a remote internship.

Location: 

  • New York, NY

Work hours: 

20 hours per week

Dress code: 

Casual/comfortable

How many people work at the organization: 

2 staff, 7 very active core members

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

No
Internship final reports: 
2020Fiona Kennedy
2020Ricardo Vega