Working Partnerships USA Bill Leininger Summer Justice Internship Program San Jose, CA · Part time

Working Partnerships USA is a community organization bringing together the power of grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to drive the movement for a just economy. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods, and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth, and a democracy that works for all. We are co-founders of Silicon Valley Rising which is fighting to inspire the tech industry to build an inclusive, middle class. For 25 years, Working Partnerships USA has been at the forefront of the national movement for a just economy driven by the power of working people.




The Bill Leininger Internship is an 8-week summer program that focuses on building regional grassroots political power for communities in Santa Clara County. Interns will be trained and embedded in ongoing political and social change campaigns with Working Partnerships USA, a local nonprofit known for its advocacy and organizing work for working families. The program aims to develop future leaders who can engage in community-centered non-profit, electoral, and public policy campaigns with a strong foundation in theory-informed hard skills.



Interns will work within various departments at Working Partnerships USA to develop their community organizer mindset, implement power-building strategies, and participate in campaign planning. Through a tailored placement system, interns will be matched with projects that align with their interests and skills. By the end of the program, interns will have:

- Supported and achieved campaign goals that contribute to a shared political strategy and long-term agenda

- Grown as leaders within organizations and the regional political landscape

- Connected with mentors in the South Bay area across different communities and skill sets

- Expanded partnerships and built authentic relationships within the community

- Developed a deep understanding of Working Partnerships USA's theory of change around workers, tenants, and communities of color.



·      Racial Justice that centers the dreams, priorities, and voices of working people and Black, Indigenous, communities of color to dismantle racial capitalism and win economic justice and liberation for all. 

  • Building Political Power with an organizing strategy anchored in base building that demands radical inclusion, names unapologetic truths, and takes on fights not simply to win, but to govern and transform. 
  • Community Care that shows up in solidarity with our hearts and hands to listen, learn, and sustain our staff, allies, and communities. 
  • Leading with Integrity by honoring our word, being accountable to our base, and creating the impact our communities deserve.

·      Movement Building rooted in the interconnectedness of our communities, the necessity of united fronts, and the power of labor and community organizing.



Applicants of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a preference for those interested in social change and working within a nonprofit setting. We particularly welcome applicants seeking an entry-level internship to develop a professional skill set, including transitional-aged youth. Preference will be given to candidates with previous leadership experience.




·      Employment Status: Temporary, Part-Time, Non-Exempt 

·      Compensation: $25/hour 

·      Schedule: The internship spans 8 weeks, commencing on June 17th and concluding in the first week of August. Interns are expected to work 20 hours per week, Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 3pm. Deadline to apply for this position is May 10th.

·      Our office is located at 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose. 


Working Partnerships USA strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ, and all qualified persons to apply for this position. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.


$25 - $25 per hour