Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action

VIDA Internship



1. Project Internship: 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.


Some of those topics include- renter's rights, higher education affordability, immigration, transportation, environment, health and policy issues.



2. Student Staff Internship: includes working on VIDA wide events as well as program logistics.


Some projects include- Conferences, LSC Graduation, Project Fair, Open House and more!


3. Field Placement Internship: 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.


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.

Internship Description and Application
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.
How to Apply:

Get involved in the 2018-2019 VIDA Internship Program! Recruitment will begin Spring 2018!

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.

Like volunteers, paid interns commit and take on leadership roles, but are accountable for major responsibilities in the projects/campaigns they are placed on. The ultimate goal? Build student power and be agents of change in this world.

*Check back for application link in Spring 2018 or doing our list serve by e-mailing 


Building: East Cottage

Director: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739

Program Coordinator: Angelica Esquivel
Phone: 408.864.8993

Student Staff:


Last Updated: 1/5/18