Summer Dean Internship

New York, United States


Sadie Nash Leadership Project provides award-winning leadership programming to more than 500 young women and gender-expansive youth of color in New York City and Newark each year. Operating at the intersection of love and rigor, we use the tools of popular education to build critical consciousness, community, and college and career readiness. Our programs include a nationally recognized six-week summer institute, in-school and after-school classes, paid internships at local organizations, college access and persistence support, and an advanced level fellowship to design and implement an original social justice project. Our vision is to equip all our participants to lead lives in committed pursuit of joy and liberation for self and community

Summer Institute is a rigorous six-week program where high school aged young women and gender-expansive youth (lovingly called Nashers) participate in social-justice themed courses, workshops, and field trips rooted in leadership and feminism. In 2019, we will be operating at four sites: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Newark, NJ.


The Summer Dean Internship is a summer internship to gain hands-on feminist youth work and facilitation experience in our Summer Institute. Deans are current college students who serve as the connector between our youth constituents and management team. Deans should demonstrate clear leadership experience and an interest in social justice education and direct mentorship. The internship offers a uniquely engaging, dynamic, and challenging learning experience. Deans will act as teaching-assistants, facilitate daily small groups and weekly workshops, attend daily debrief meetings, and support with a range of programmatic needs of the program.

Deans receive two and half weeks of training and preparation, prior to Nashers arriving on site, focusing on trauma-informed youth work skills, workshop development, and group facilitation practice.

Eligible dean applicants are self-identified women/gender-expansive folk and must be current students described below:

Internship Dates are June 17 to August 16, 2019

Summer Institute (SI) is a six-week leadership and educational program for high school aged young women and gender-expansive youth. Participants explore their identities and social justice through rigorous classes, meeting with local/national leaders, participating in various workshops, and going on field trips. The Summer Dean Internship operates concurrently to SI, with Deans supporting the program through facilitation, direct mentorship, and administrative support. Each intern will receive a stipend of $3400 for a total commitment of 8.5 weeks, starting June 17, 2019.

Positions will be based at four sites: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Newark. If you have strong community ties to any site please indicate that in your application as we prioritize local community representation in our programming. Please note that we cannot guarantee site placement until the time of hire.

Candidates will be expected to secure their own housing.



This is a summer internship taking place Monday through Friday. Deans will:

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee. They will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by their supervisor.


Please review the checklist below of the required materials needed to complete your application.

Recruitment Timeline:

Jan 16: Informational Webinar (Q&A) (RSVP)

Feb 3: midnight EST: Application closes

Feb 6: Candidates selected to interview will be notified

Feb 9: Group Interview for local candidates in NYC/NJ area

Feb 11- Mar 1: Interviews conducted via phone and online

March 15: Accepted and waitlisted candidates will be notified

March 22: Acceptance deadline

April 5: Waitlist acceptance deadline (if applicable)

Internship Requirements

April 18, 1pm - Pre-Summer Webinar

May 16, 1pm - Pre-Summer Webinar

June 17 - July 3: Dean Training (Deans are on-site)

July 8: Program starts (Deans and Youth participants are on-site)

August 16: Program ends


The deadline to apply is February 3, 2019. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. Please submit an application including Resume, Cover Letter, and Reference below.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports inclusivity in our staffing and values. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, gender-expansive individuals, particularly those who reflect people of color, immigrant, working-class and queer communities. SNLP complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Please visit our website: for more information on SNLP.

Thank you for your interest in our work and in this position!

*Gender-expansive - conveys a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with the binary gender system (male/female). Folks who identify as trans, non-binary, genderqueer, androgynous, gender fluid, and more are welcome to apply.


Deans will receive a $3,400 stipend.

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