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Student Internship Spring 2020

AZ Local 449
Tucson, Arizona
Posting Date:
February 03, 2020

“It takes guts to stand up for our rights on the job. Organizing isn’t easy, but when we stick together, have faith and overcome fear, we inspire our families. For when we win- and there’s no feeling like it-we make Tucson a better place for all.”
-John Duran, AFSCME Chair, El Rio Community Health Center

Join the AFSCME team that is working for decent health care, better pay and dignity for workers throughout Southern Arizona. Apply for the AFSCME Local 449 Internship today!

AFSCME Local 449 (American Federation of  State County and Municipal Employees) located in Tucson, has two internship positions available.

AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million active and retired members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. We are nurses, bus drivers, student services specialists, custodians, sanitation workers and more. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

AFSCME Local 449 is a union comprised of a diverse group of people who share a common commitment to public service. AFSCME Local 449 represents members in six divisions that include: El Rio Community Health Center, City of Tucson, Pima Community College, Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), Pima County and PimaCare at Home. We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table — we fight for fairness in our communities and in the halls of government.

AFSCME interns would assist with a number of hands-on organizing and research projects. To include:

  • Organizing – produce materials, assist with lunch & learns, and member assessments.
  • Media – assisting with social media outreach; working with AFSCME members to write letters and op-eds.
  • Research– conducting research on topics related to pay and working conditions, unfair discipline, health and safety, and collective negotiations.
  • Office Assistance-filing, data entry and updating records.
  • Event Planning– arranging logistics and outreach for events.


  • A commitment to helping workers gain power and justice on the job.
  • An ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • A strong interest in union organizing
  • An ability to empathize with workers and move others to action
  • Previous work experience that involves research, organizing, phone calling, creative actions and/or writing is helpful.

Hours are flexible and based upon availability of intern. Bilingual, Spanish speaking a plus. This is an unpaid internship however; this is a valuable work experience for those interested in future paid positions in the labor movement.

To apply for this internship, please email your resume and references to Mary Valdez, Office Manager at and Maritza Broce, AFSCME Organizer at For any questions, please contact us at 520-571-8884.