Student Community Field Placement
Leadership and Social Change
De Anza College 2016-2017
It’s not too late to get involved in the 2016-2017 VIDA Internship Program! Recruitment is now underway for one more intern!
We are committed to providing opportunities for students to build their skills and knowledge outside of the classroom, to apply the knowledge they've gained from such courses as in the Leadership & Social Change Certificate program.
Looking for someone passionate about empowering students, building leadership skills, promoting social justice, and advocating for higher education. Must be willing to learn about issues facing the undocumented/AB540 community.
HEFAS is an institutional and educational program that provides free resources, reduces financial stress, and creates a safe learning environment for all students with an emphasis on undocumented/AB 540 information.
Tasks include helping run the resource office space, data entry, peer advising, planning community building events, classroom presentations. Ideal person would have at least one more year at De Anza.
Please submit your applications by 5pm on Friday, December 9th.
Students will secure a year-long field placement with an approved off-campus social justice organization in order to broaden students understanding of community-based organizations and enhance their personal career-readiness in the field of social change.
The field placement is appropriate for students who have previously earned their certificate in Leadership and Social Change, or in some cases may be used to satisfy LSC certificate requirements.
Hours and timeline
Students will completed 210 hours of field placement work over the course of the academic year and may register for up to 6 total units of academic credit. In some cases, student field placement work may be eligible for a VIDA stipend. Students are encouraged to research and make contact with potential placement sites early.
Students must first apply for field placement with VIDA prior to the beginning of fall quarter. Field Placement agreements must be submitted to the VIDA Director by the 3rd week of fall quarter.
Student Field Placement Expectations
Community Organization Expectations
Community Based Organizations
The following organizations are pre-approved as field placement sites for students. Students are encouraged to seek out any other organizations that may be appropriate placement and should contact VIDA for any guidance.
Californians for Justice
Contact: Igdalia Rojas
Sacred Heart Community Services
Contact: Leila McCabe, Community Engagement Coordinator
SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network)
Contact: Jeremy Barousse, Community Organizer
(408) 453-3003 ext. 112
San Jose Center for Peace and Justice
Contact: Lauren Benetua
Contact: Esha Mennon, Research Associate
LGBTQ Youth Space
Contact: Adrienne Keel, Outreach Coordinator
The VIDA Internship program is designed to offer training, mentorship, and a stipend for De Anza students who have taken extraordinary leadership in projects that promote community college access and success.
The Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action is offering paid internships in the following categories.These come with a $3000 stipend for the year and involve 10 hours of work per week.
Also earn a Certificate in Leadership and Social Change
Several of last year's interns also completed the 18-unit Certificate of Achievement in Leadership and Social Change. Learn about the certificate program.
Past student intern projects have included:
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