Five youth interns help prepare for a gun violence prevention rally

Gun Violence Prevention Youth Summer Internship with WAVE  
mid-June to mid-August, 2024

Apply here for the 2024 Youth Summer Internship.

Applications due May 19.

WAVE (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort) Educational Fund is a grassroots, statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing gun violence, injuries, and deaths.   

If you are passionate about preventing gun violence and fall between the ages of 14 and 21, we encourage you to apply for WAVE’s 2024 paid summer internship.   

WAVE’s youth summer internship will help you reach your full potential as a leader and change agent by providing you with the opportunity to create public awareness events, increase advocacy and lobbying skills, develop peace-building skills, learn about nonprofit leadership, build community-based collaborations, and direct peer-to-peer gun violence prevention training. Additionally, this program provides the space to build long-lasting relationships with other young people. 

The 2024 internship will be based in Brown Deer, WI, and will be in person every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. We will also plan and attend events in the Greater Milwaukee area. Some of these will be in the evenings or on weekends.

2024 summer intern duties:  

  • Build expertise on community-based solutions to gun violence.
  • Develop an understanding of Wisconsin’s gun laws and how stronger gun laws save lives.
  • Complete weekly skill-building activities.
  • Learn and teach strategies that help mobilize people to take action to prevent gun violence. 
  • Expand knowledge of peacebuilding and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Work with other interns to plan and execute a large-scale public awareness event or virtual campaign.
  • Help increase awareness among youth and their families about the impacts and nature of gun violence, as well as the importance of community and political engagement to address the problem.
  • Create and update a social media presence related to your gun violence prevention activities.
  • Work at least 50 hours between mid-June and mid-August to complete the internship.

Skills required: 

  • Qualified interns must be positive, energetic, reliable, responsible, mature, and willing to engage and interact with diverse populations.
  • Experience with social media platforms and Google Workspace is strongly desired.
  • Comfort navigating online software on a tablet, cell phone, or computer.
  • Interest in or experience with social justice, customer service, or political organizing is preferred.

Additional requirements:

  • Must read, sign, and adhere to WAVE’s Youth Protection Policy.
  • Must be capable of providing own transportation (public transportation, self-arranged transportation, or a valid driver’s license and auto insurance required), and must be able to travel around the Greater Milwaukee area to attend possible actions and events that occur days, nights, or weekends.


  • This is a paid internship and will require an average of 7 hours per week. 
  • Upon successful completion of the internship,  A stipend will be given to all interns who complete at least 50 hours during the internship.
  • WAVE Ed Fund can also work with interns to help them satisfy school or service requirements.

*Although this internship will be in-person, we strongly suggest that appropriate COVID-19 safeguards be followed (i.e., mask-wearing and timely notification of the onset of symptoms or exposure.) Safety is our top priority.

Apply here for the 2024 Youth Summer Internship.

WAVE is proud to celebrate diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. If there is a part of the job description that would lead you to require accommodations, please let us know.

For more information, contact Darrell Lofton:

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