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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