Organizing and Research Summer Intern

Toxics Action Center

Portland, Maine

Job Type Unpaid
Salary Details Unpaid
Deadline Jun 01, 2020
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The Research and Organizing Intern will support Toxics Action Center’s community organizing efforts in Maine by assisting with the program, administration and fundraising aspects of our work. They will work closely with the Maine Community Organizer, Dana Colihan.

The intern will primarily assist in Toxics Action Center’s ongoing program activities and they will be responsible for helping to identify and support communities in need of Toxics Action Center’s assistance from behind the scenes. These activities will include the following, as needed: attending community meetings, assisting local groups in planning events, helping with campaign research, scanning the media, writing letters to the editor and more.

The intern will also be in charge of at least one of the three projects below, to be completed by the end of their internship:

  • Media or Social Media Campaign: Plan, develop and produce a video or social media campaign to support a community group we are currently working with to further their organizing. Skills you will develop: Digital Organizing, Communications
  • Policy Research Report: Write an in-depth research report on a key environmental and public health issue for a group with which we are currently organizing to further their campaign! Skills you will develop: Research, Policy
  • Campaign Issue Case Studies: Help compile, organize, and summarize examples of past Toxics Action Center campaigns on a specific environmental issue. May include the opportunity to interview current and former activists. Skills you will develop: Synthesizing Information, Communications

Key Responsibilities

  • Scan the news and refer promising leads to staff
  • Write and pitch letters to the editor that support our local organizing efforts
  • Research and write memos on legislative, legal, regulatory, and corporate campaign processes for community groups facing a pollution threat in their neighborhood (campaigns based on community need)
  • Assist with Toxics Action Center or community group campaign event logistics (i.e. houseparty fundraisers, issue summits, leadership retreats, etc.)
  • Participate in other campaign tactics as needed (knocking on doors, databasing, attending events, writing memos, etc.)
  • Assist with ongoing fundraising activities such as tracking supporters, sending out cultivation pieces, and helping to organize house parties.
  • Support organizational administrative tasks

Skills Required

  • Commitment to environmental issues and social change
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Desire to develop event planning and outreach skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and work efficiently
  • Ability to work independently

This is an unpaid summer internship. We are able to work with students applying for course credit and scholarship through their school. Minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Option to work remotely, though interns must be able to come in at least 1 day a week to our Maine office in Portland.


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