2020 Youth Summer Internship

June 15, 2020 – August 7, 2020

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

If you are between 14 and 21 years old and are passionate about preventing gun violence, we encourage you to apply for the 2020 WAVE summer internship.

The 2020 WAVE summer internship will help you reach your full potential as a leader by providing you with the opportunity to create weekly public awareness events, increase your advocacy and lobbying skills, learn about non-profit leadership, build community-based collaborations, and direct peer-to-peer gun violence prevention advocacy trainings.

2020 summer intern duties:

  • Develop an understanding of Wisconsin’s gun laws and how stronger gun laws save lives
  • Participate in and complete trainings and skill-building activities
  • Help increase awareness among youth and their families about the impact and nature of gun violence, as well as the importance of community and political engagement
  • Create and update a social media presence related to your gun violence prevention activities
  • Learn and teach strategies that help mobilize people to take action to prevent gun violence
  • Engage in public awareness and advocacy actions at public events such as block parties, festivals, community fairs, youth programming, farmers’ markets, and other public or invited gatherings
  • Work with other interns to plan and execute a large-scale public awareness event
  • Work a minimum of 72 hours, between 6/15/20 and 8/7/20, to successfully complete the internship

Skills Required

  • Qualified interns will have enthusiasm and optimism about preventing gun violence and a strong desire to share those feelings with others, whether in personal conversations, on social media, or as part of actions or events.
  • Qualified interns must be positive, energetic, reliable, responsible, mature, and willing to engage and interact with diverse populations.
  • With either the intern’s own transportation (valid driver’s license and auto insurance required), self-arranged transportation, or public transportation, the intern must be able to travel around the Greater Milwaukee area to attend actions and events that occur days, nights, or weekends. Most actions occur outdoors in the summer.
  • Qualified interns should be able to capture photos during actions and events to share on social media.
  • The intern must be able to regularly stand and walk for significant amounts of time (up to 8 hours) and lift loads less than 35 lbs.
  • Experience with social justice, sales, customer service, or political organizing is preferred.
  • The ability to speak Spanish or Hmong is desirable but not required.


  • This is a paid internship and will require an average of 10 hours per week. Hours will vary weekly, based on planned events.
  • Upon successful completion of the internship, a $550 stipend will be awarded.
  • WAVE Ed Fund can also assist interns in providing school/service credit for this 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 requiring accommodations, please let us know.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Deja Garner at dg@WaveEdFund.org.

If you do not have a resume and cover letter, please send an email to dg@WaveEdFund.org answering the following questions.

Phone Number:

  1. What interests you about participating in a gun violence prevention internship?
  2. What is one thing you would do today to stop gun violence?
  3. What is your definition of peace?
  4. Tell us about a time that you made a mistake. How did you handle the situation?
  5. Describe yourself in 3 words
  6. What are 3 words that your family and friends would use to describe you?
  7. Please describe any relevant leadership experience that you have.
  8. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
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2019 Youth Summer Internship

Lakefront Street Action, July 3, 2019

Woah! It has been quite a summer!

WAVE’s eight 2019 youth summer interns, aged 15 to 19, were very busy advocating for gun violence prevention in Wisconsin.

Throughout the summer, the interns cultivated strong friendships with one another and developed skills that they will continue to use throughout their lives.

Examples of What We Did

Performed street actions to demand commonsense gun policies

  • Held up signs supporting gun violence prevention reforms at Lake Michigan on July 3rd, a day that attracts many people to the area for fireworks,
  • Protested (holding signs and chanting) outside Senator Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office due to his dangerous voting history regarding gun violence prevention reforms, and
  • Led the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County on a street march in Madison with signs and chants.

Collected signatures and wrote a letter to demand policy change from lawmakers at the…

  • August Recess Rally,
  • Brewers Community Foundation kiosk at Miller Park,
  • Fondy Farmers Market, and
  • Milwaukee Public Market.

Empowered youth leaders through youth peace advocacy training at the…

  • All People’s Church Youth Music Activism Workshop,
  • Boys and Girls Club of Dane County,
  • Independence-First Youth Leadership Summit,
  • Oakland Cambridge Presbyterian Church, and
  • Peacemakers’ Day Camp.

Registered voters (especially in marginalized communities) at the…

  • All People’s Church Isaiah 55 Food Pantry,
  • Fondy Farmers Market,
  • Phongsavan Asian Market Health Fair,
  • Southwest Wisconsin YWCA,
  • WestCare Wisconsin E.A.T.S. Food Pantry, and
  • 2019 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Exposition at the Wisconsin Center.

Collaborated and spread awareness with ally organizations, including…

  • All Peoples Church is a truly inclusive church that partners for justice and welcomes all people. All Peoples Church is outspoken in support of “Black Lives Matter,’ the LGBTQ community, and immigrants.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Dane County has a vision is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as responsible and caring adults.
  • Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion, and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
  • Fondy Farmers Market is a diverse, nationally recognized leader in connecting low-income people with the benefits of farmers’ markets.
  • Independence-First’s has a mission to effectively facilitate the empowerment of diverse, multi-cultural individuals with disabilities. Independence-First values inclusion, access, empowerment, and independence for people with disabilities.
  • Indivisible Tosa takes effective action to make sure that Congress is paying attention to the voters.
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs.
  • March for Our Lives (Madison and Milwaukee chapters) harnesses the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives.
  • Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health, Inc. strives to build the capacity to address cancer health disparities through community engagement.
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting (Quakers) is a witness for peace, equality, simplicity, and justice.
  • Moms Demand Action/Students Demand Action/Everytown for Gun Safety are fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.
  • Northcott Neighborhood House strives to empower families to meet their survival needs and provide good parenting to their children; to provide a safe place for youth as well as recreational and skill-building activities; and to provide the neighborhood with space, activities, and the opportunity to engage in community building and crime prevention.
  • Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) acts to inspire a dynamic collaboration that heals trauma and creates a resilient community.
  • Southwest Wisconsin YWCA is an organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
  • WestCare was founded to reclaim, rename, and rebuild the Harambee (meaning “Work Together – Pull Together” in Swahili) Neighborhood.
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