Make the Road New Jersey

Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and respect through community organizing, legal services, adult and youth education and policy innovation. Founded in late 2014 in Elizabeth, Make the Road New Jersey's 2500 immigrant members have successfully fought for driver's licenses for all, a $15 minimum wage that includes teen workers, and has helped training more than 10,000 immigrants to know their rights. We provide legal services, preparation for the written portion of the driving exam, ESL classes, and youth development and organizing programs.


Elizabeth, NJ

Internship Description

Based on their interest, interns may work assisting Make the Road New Jersey's members and community organizers in outreach and in developing workshops and activities for our immigrant and workers' rights campaigns, or may help to teach ESOL and citizenship classes, or may assist attorneys in immigration or workers' rights cases. Interns will also learn to conduct Know Your Rights training for Make the Road New Jersey's immigrant membership base. Students who are interested in supporting the leadership of working class immigrants and who are comfortable in a fast paced environment should apply. Students will have the opportunity to learn about community organizing first hand, support community based legal service provision and have lots of contact with community members in our bustling community center.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format


12:00pm 8:00pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

We are a train ride away from Princeton and NYC. There is also affordable housing in Elizabeth, NJ.

Internship Qualifications

  • Spanish fluency required
  • Commitment to social justice

Additional Qualifications

Students should be comfortable working in a fast paced community center.

Writing Sample Required?


Additional Information

We occasionally have events, marches, and legal clinics on the weekends and evenings.