PICS Organization Name
Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas - CATA
Glassboro, New Jersey
Michael Aspirin '19
CATA – The Farmworker Support Committee (El Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas) is a non-profit immigrant advocacy organization that works together with the immigrant community to seek justice and create social change. CATA focuses on issues of workers' rights, immigration, and food justice.
CATA is a membership-based organization and relies on its members to guide the work of the organization. CATA members are Latino immigrants, the majority of whom are undocumented. CATA's main office is in Glassboro, NJ with satellite offices in Bridgeton, NJ, Salisbury, MD, and Kennett Square, PA. CATA has a staff of 6, 4 of whom work full time out of the New Jersey office. CATA plans community meeting with members, as well as meeting with other allies to further the work of the organization. CATA staff also visit farm labor camps and communities to give health and safety trainings on pesticides, heat, and HIV/AIDS and manages 3 organic community gardens. We also have a low-power radio station, RadioCATA, for the Latino community. CATA is a small staff with lots of responsibilities and having a Princeton intern would allow us to work on some projects that we would like to do but don't have the time to do.
Assist the Communications Coordinator in implementing the Communication strategy of the organization. Tasks will include contributing to the writing, editing, research, and mailing of a monthly newsletter, maintaining website and Facebook pages, assisting with fundraising activities, and researching data and statistics on migrant workers and farmworkers. Also, assisting with:
RadioCATA – creating announcements and content for volunteer DJ’s, reaching out to local businesses for underwriting, creating content for the Facebook page and website, assisting with fundraising activities etc. The intern may work on a radio program and/or create content that may be used for programming. Additional activities could include: participating in outreach to farmworker camps and communities, assisting with CATA activities and trainings, assisting with administrative tasks, etc.
CATA can be flexible with the specific projects the intern will work on. The internship may be tailored to the interests and skills of the student so that he or she is able to meet the needs of the organization and help further CATA's mission.
- Bi-lingual English and Spanish
- Microsoft Office proficiency
- Commitment to social justice principles and workers’ rights
- Programs, including Microsoft Publisher
- Willingness to perform a variety of tasks independently
- Able to communicate and ask questions, follow up on tasks, and arrive promptly for events
Expected Start Time
9:00 am or 1:00 pm
Expected End Time
5:00 pm or 9:00 pm
June - August
Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, History and Practice of Diplomacy
The Glassboro office is close to Rowan so there are many apartments and other options open to students close by.
The schedule will normally be 9-5 unless the intern is attending an evening activity of the organization, which is common, then their schedule would be 1-9.
I was able to do things that I didn't think possible for a young student only one year removed from high school, and as I grew as a person, I realized that change does occur, and that so often it is local organizations that are able to perform it.
—Michael Asparrin '19