Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

The Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), was founded as a multiethnic collaborative of advocacy groups, social service providers, policy makers, and legal services organizations dedicated to advancing the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles. In 1993, CHIRLA was officially established as its own 501(c)(3) (i.e. non profit organization).

It began as the collaborative effort of individuals and organizations working to protect the human and civil rights of all people. It began with the call to action of those, who, when confronted with the plight of mistreated individuals, chose to stand, organize, and fight for a more just and humane society. What began in 1986 in Los Angeles is today a powerful and growing movement that continues to serve as the template for innovation and success in the immigrant rights movement for the 21st century.

 

General Requirements

Need 1) an updated resume and 2) a cover letter that is no more than 1.5 pages that include the following:

  • Career interests
  • How you heard about CHIRLA
  • What part of CHIRLA's work most interests you (see program descriptions on website if necessary)
  • How long you anticipate working with CHIRLA
  • Your availability
  • If you are looking for an internship as part of a class or program, please explain any requirements, necessary paperwork, etc. 
  • Any other relevant skills or talents you could bring to CHIRLA (languages, experiences, etc.)

 Open Internships for people with an interest in Media and Communications, Accounting, Administration, Graphic Design, Policy, Community Education, and Community Organizing:

 

Graphic Design and Marketing Internship

 Link: http://www.chirla.org/Graphic_Design_Intern

 The intern will work creatively on various marketing materials (which include all collateral and brochures, flyers, posters, logos, print advertising, web graphics & social media outreach) with art direction from the Development Coordinator. In addition to assisting with the design and production of marketing materials the intern will also be responsible for collecting research materials for various projects, helping to organize and archive jobs and photography, and creating and mocking up comps when needed.

Submit all resumes, cover letters, and samples of work to Silvia Fuentes: sfuentes@chirla.org

 Details: Interns should be available for a minimum of 15 hours a week from for 10-12 weeks. Days and times are flexible but must fall between business hours of 9am -5pm.

NOTE: This position is unpaid, but will include a Letter of Recommendation and portfolio pieces.

Requirements:

  1.  excellent time-management and organizational skills, experience in using Adobe Creative Suite (such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver) and Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint) (required)
  2. fundamental understanding of typography, photography and layout for print and web (recommended)

Responsibilities:

  1. Developing marketing materials, including printed, and web content
  2. Updating current web platforms (including social media and website with drupal platform content management) and/or creating new pages and content
  3. Contributing to social media presence (You Tube, Twitter, Facebook)
  4. Developing materials for Fundraising & Organizing Campaigns
  5. Assisting with administrative tasks as needed

Illustration Internship (Editorial Project)

 Link: http://www.chirla.org/illustration_intern

The intern will work collaboratively on concept and production of background and original illustrations for the California Dream Network Yearbook project which seeks to document the youth immigrant movement from 1990-Current Date. Under the Art Direction of the Development Coordinator she/he will produce original artwork for this editorial project which will draw inspiration from essays, poems and personal accounts submitted. In addition to assisting with the design and production the intern will also be responsible for collecting research materials for the project, helping to organize and archive files and photography, and creating and mocking up comps when needed.

 Details: Intern should be available for a minimum of 15 hours a week from for 10-12 weeks. Days and times are flexible but must fall between business hours of 9am -5pm.

NOTE: This position is unpaid, but will include a Letter of Recommendation and portfolio pieces. A small stipend to cover transportation costs may be available.

 Submit all resumes, cover letters, and samples of work to Silvia Fuentes: sfuentes@chirla.org

 Requirements:

  1. Posses excellent time-management and organizational skills
  2. Experience using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop)
  3. A fundamental understanding of typography, sequential design and layout for print is recommended

Responsibilities: Concept & creating original illustrations

 

Public Relations and Organizing (E-Advocacy)

Link: http://chirla.org/e-advocate

This internship will allow you to put to good use the skills you use every day on Facebook, MySpace, email, and your personal blog.  You will assist CHIRLA's Public Relations and Organizing departments translate their work into the many online mediums available today.  

 Details: Interns will work with Public relations and Organizing teams in/out of CHIRLA office (computer, desk, internet available); create action alerts; update Web site and MySpace; grow MySpace friend list; create Facebook presence for CHIRLA; provide administrative support to Public Relations team, when needed; and help organizers with administrative tasks in the CHIRLA office including such activities as designing flyers, posters or brochures; creating & maintaining databases; writing letters to community members; and other office-related tasks.

NOTE: This is an unpaid internship. However, the duration and hours are flexible.

Requirements

  1. Familiarity with social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace
  2. Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and WYSIWYG editors
  3. Knowledge of graphics and desktop publishing software
  4. Sensitive to immigration issues and workers’ rights issues
  5. A strong writer/editor
  6. Creative, innovative, and artistic
  7. Committed to social justice

Recommended:

  1. Knowledge of UNIX, LINUX
  2. Familiarity with Excel
  3. Familiarity with Democracy in Action

 

Development Intern

Link: http://chirla.org/development_intern

Details: Interns will work with Executive Directors & CHIRLA development team in/out of CHIRLA office (computer, desk, internet available); help plan/coordinate annual fundraising reception (event will be for 600 people). Event tasks will include planning an artistic component to the event, networking with corporate sponsors and community members to fundraise for the event, and helping plan/outreach for a silent auction; help with development and fundraising;  and help organizers with administrative tasks in the CHIRLA office including such activities as designing flyers, posters or brochures; creating & maintaining databases; writing letters to community members; and other office-related tasks.

NOTE: This is an unpaid internship. However, the duration and hours are flexible.

Requirements:

  1. Sensitive to immigration issues and workers’ rights issues
  2. Somewhat computer savvy
  3. A strong writer/editor
  4. Organized, polite, & comfortable speaking to potential funders
  5. Creative, innovative, and artistic
  6. Committed to social justice