Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Be the Change, Inc.

This placement is with Be the Change Inc. which builds momentum for citizen service as a practical solution to problems facing our communities and our country. Vibrant coalitions, collaborative policymaking, bipartisan advocacy, and galvanizing events and online outreach are hallmarks of Be the Change, Inc. campaigns. Their combined grasstops and grassroots approach engages well-known voices in entertainment, retail, government, and philanthropy. Through these partners, Be the Change Inc. reaches Americans of all ages and backgrounds. ServiceNation, the first campaign launched from Be the Change, Inc.’s platform, achieved the greatest government expansion of national service in our country in 60 years. OpportunityNation, their second campaign, launching in 2010, will leverage America’s spirit of service and volunteerism to fight poverty and create more opportunity for citizens everywhere.

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Internship is with Opportunity Nation (a campaign of Be the Change)

Possible Areas of Focus Include:

  • Policy and legislation research
  • Coalition and partnership management
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Graphic design and marketing
  • Communications and social media
  • Development and fundraising
  • Event planning and community outreach
  • Database management and administrative assistance

Potential responsibilities include:

  • Research a diverse array of issues around economic opportunity that will help identify key organizational and individual partners
  • Prepare briefing materials on potential partner organizations, funders and policy
  • Data entry and database management
  • Email and phone outreach to members of our coalition and community
  • Write thank you letters, press releases, and other documents
  • Assist with various aspects of event planning
  • Assist with online strategy, which might include work on Facebook and Twitter, and drafting and moderating blog posts.
  • Provide administrative support for internal and external meetings
  • Participate in fundraising and grants administration assistance
  • Other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor


  • Commitment to social change
  • A background or interest in issues of opportunity, community development and organizing, policy, advocacy, politics, social media, marketing and/or public relations
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Experience and proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team
  • Maturity and a sense of humor