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Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association — Paid Summer Internship

The Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association offers a summer internship program at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.

The 10-week program for two interns consists of rotations at the following publications: The Allentown Morning Call, Capitolwire.com, LNP Media Group, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pennlive/Patriot-News.

Interns will assist reporters covering the state budget and report on committee hearings and other political and policy stories in a fast-paced news environment. Interns are expected to pitch their own ideas as well as take assignments on a variety of subjects. Depending on assignment, interns may be required to shoot videos and photos with their phones or other equipment. We are seeking candidates who can produce their own stories, whether writing quickly for the web on a breaking news event or turning around longer enterprise pieces.

Applicants should be college juniors or seniors or graduate students.

Start dates are flexible, but interns are expected to complete the full 10-week program, working five days a week except for July 4. Occasional evening or weekend work may be necessary.

Pay is $500 per week. Interns are expected to provide their own laptops and cell phones. (A small stipend will be provided to offset phone costs.)

Preference is given to students who plan to pursue a career in journalism covering politics and government, though former interns have gone on to cover a wide array of beats at news organizations around the country.

The deadline to apply for the 2017 summer internship is Feb. 15.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and six-to-eight published clips to internship coordinator Karen Langley @ klangley@post-gazette.com.

http://www.palegislativecorrespondents.org/internship/

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Foster Love Project Internship

Andrew & Kelly Hughes were foster parents who took in 7 different foster children over a period of time. Two of those children ended up needing a forever home and they adopted them in 2015.

It was overwhelming for foster kids to arrive with almost nothing or a few items stuffed in a trash bag. So Kelly set out to change that reality for as many kids as she could. She put together a placement bag drive in November of 2014 with the goal of having 300 bags donated that would be filled with new pajamas, a blanket, stuffed animal, book, socks, soap & toothbrush/toothpaste. These were essentials that would make the transition a little easier for both foster kids on such as hard day as well as give some tangible help to foster families who often receive these children with only a few hours notice. Thankfully, Pittsburgh caught the vision of this project and over 1,300 filled bags were donated during the 5 week drive! 2015 brought a second drive in which 1,800 bags were donated and were able to be distributed to over 20 agencies in 10 counties in Western PA.

As the burden on their hearts and awareness of needs has continued to grow to help ease transitions during the very hard process of foster care, they have continued to move forward in further developing the Foster Love Project. It is now registered as a 501c3 nonprofit and the current goal is to open a full time resource center that will be available with free donations for kids in foster care. Come work with us and gain valuable experience while making a difference in the lives of some of the vulnerable in our community!

Our internship will involve helping with support in getting items to foster kids in need, helping secure and move to a full time facility, writing grants to receive funding, maintaining communication with foster agencies, and best of all, getting to interact with some awesome kids!

Please contact Kelly at pghmoms@live.com to apply or for more information about this position.

 

http://www.fosterloveproject.org/

https://www.facebook.com/fosterloveproject/

Next Gen Climate — Paid!

NextGen Climate is currently seeking detail oriented and highly motivated students to join our team in key states as stipend Fellows through the 2016 General Election. Fellows will be responsible for assisting Field Organizers managing volunteer efforts and voter registration/Get Out The Vote activities on key college campuses.

 

NextGen Climate is seeking Fellows who can begin immediately and work with NextGen Climate through the election in November 2016.

Apply here
Or send an resume directly to hannah.snyder@nextgenclimate.org

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Developing a volunteer base on target campuses

  • Effectively recruit volunteers around the 2016 election, climate change, and other political issues pertinent to young voters

  • Registering voters at on and off-campus events

  • Utilize social and earned media to recruit volunteers and promote events

  • Use voter database and online organizing tools

  • Responsible for voter contact, volunteer recruitment, and event management

  • Meet all goals and deadlines

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Strong appetite for grassroots organizing and passionate about climate

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Previous campaign experience is plus

  • Experience using voter databases like VAN is a plus

  • Ability to adapt rapidly to evolving priorities and deadlines

  • Driven with a strong work ethic

  • Act with high integrity and character

  • Self-motivated and willing to work long hours (including nights and weekends)

  • Previous climate, energy or environmental issue organizing experience a plus

 

COMPENSATION:

NextGen Climate offers stipended campaign organizing fellowships for students with both full-time and part time availability.

NextGen Climate is an equal opportunity employer.

 

ABOUT NEXTGEN CLIMATE:

NextGen Climate is a San Francisco-based environmental advocacy organization. Founded by businessperson and philanthropist Tom Steyer in 2013, we act politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. Working at every level, we are committed to supporting candidates, elected officials, and policymakers across the country that will take bold action on climate change.

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For Recent Grads:
SUMMARY:

NextGen Climate is currently seeking detail oriented and highly motivated organizers to join our team in key states as Field Organizers (FOs) through the 2016 General Election. FOs will be responsible for managing volunteer recruitment efforts and voter registration/Get Out The Vote activities on key college campuses.

Apply Now
or send a resume to hannah.snyder@nextgenclimate.org

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Developing a volunteer base on target campuses
  • Effectively recruit and train volunteers around the 2016 election, climate change, and other political issues pertinent to young voters
  • Utilize social and earned media to recruit volunteers and promote events
  • Use voter database and online organizing tools
  • Conduct volunteer trainings and develop and manage a core team of volunteers, including stipended student fellows
  • Responsible for voter contact, volunteer recruitment, and event management
  • Meet all goals and deadlines

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Ideally have at least one election cycle of organizing experience on a college campus
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience using voter databases like VAN is a plus
  • Ability to adapt rapidly to evolving priorities and deadlines and manage several tasks simultaneously
  • Driven with a strong work ethic
  • Act with high integrity and character
  • Self-motivated and willing to work long hours (including nights and weekends)
  • Previous climate, energy or environmental issue organizing experience a plus

COMPENSATION:

NextGen Climate offers salaries that are some of the highest in the industry and a very comprehensive benefits package.

NextGen Climate is an equal opportunity employer.

ABOUT NEXTGEN CLIMATE:

NextGen Climate is a San Francisco-based environmental advocacy organization. Founded by businessperson and philanthropist Tom Steyer in 2013, we act politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for all Americans. Working at every level, we are committed to supporting candidates, elected officials, and policymakers across the country that will take bold action on climate change.

Environment America — Paid!

Environment America runs campaigns to tackle global warming, stop fracking and protect the places we love. And we’re hiring.

Spring application deadline – March 1
Apply at jobs.environmentamerica.org

Right now, we’re hiring entry-level staff looking to kick start their career in environmental action and advocacy through our fellowship program and for people to help run our digital campaigns.

We take pride in being strategic and disciplined—and in hiring a team with the grit it takes to get things done.

That’s how we approach each of our campaigns, whether we’re defending President Obama’s Clean Power Plan against coal industry attacks or convincing more communities and companies to go solar.

BE AN ENVIRONMENT AMERICA FELLOW
Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or imagine releasing a hard-hitting research report on power plant pollution. Or picture yourself building a community coalition around clean water or fracking. Imagine building the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on—that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.

All of this is what you do as an Environment America fellow. Because this is how we build the support it takes to reduce global warming pollution, create more solar and wind power, spare our parks and forests from fracking, keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protect our wildlife and wild places. Is it easy? No, we’re up against some wily opponents who are incredibly well-funded. Is it rewarding? Absolutely. And given global warming, fracking and all of the tough problems we’re facing right now, can you imagine doing anything more urgent and meaningful?

BE A DIGITAL CAMPAIGNER
Work with one of our campaign teams to run a powerful digital campaign to help solve global warming, expand solar energy or protect clean water.

You’ll write emails and campaign actions that you’ll send to hundreds of thousands of supporters; design and curate content for social media, and engage with our national community; coordinate with our field team of five to nine campaign organizers, and back them up with emails, web pages and digital strategy; develop partnerships and creative online tactics to build our audience and raise money; analyze the results of your work, and report on successes and failures; and keep your projects on track, hold people accountable to their deliverables, and communicate regularly with your team.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY
jobs.environmentamerica.org

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

Three Rivers Community Foundation Website Intern

Website Design and Writing Intern

Mission of the Organization

Three Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF) promotes Change, not charity™, by funding and encouraging activism among community-based organizations in underserved areas of Southwestern Pennsylvania. We support groups challenging attitudes, policies, or institutions as they work to promote social, economic, or racial justice.

The Foundation’s action areas include: Disability Rights; Economic Justice; Environmental Justice; Racial Justice; Women’s Rights; and LGBTQ Rights.

Over the past 20 years, TRCF has distributed over $1 million to over 300 social change groups in the region. With a focus of making grants to smaller organizations doing innovative work to address divisions in society, TRCF actively seeks out those working on the ground floor of change.

Purpose of the Website Design and Writing Internship

In the nonprofit sector in the United States, information technology, in all its broad applications, is becoming increasingly vital in ensuring the strength, stability, and competitiveness of service organizations. This is particularly true in today’s environment of changing mass media, increasing reliance on electronic information, generalized website and search engine use, and the burgeoning usage of social media.

TRCF has redesigned and updated the Foundation’s website to maximize its impact and benefits. As part of this effort the Foundation wishes to have a user-friendly website that remains up-to-date and professional.

The Website Design and Writing Internship is intended to:

  1. Expand awareness of the Three Rivers Community Foundation throughout the 10-county region of southwestern Pennsylvania
  2. Drive visitors to the various pages of the new TRCF website.
  3. Increase the public’s access to the Foundation, its grantmaking, and its technical support services
  4. Increase on-line donations to the Foundation’s grantmaking endowment and operations
  5. Increase TRCF’s fundraising capabilities in general operating, program, and endowment fund development.
  6. Enhance the Foundation’s capacity to support and effect social change and conduct responsible grantmaking.

Responsibilities

The Intern will: insert new content and current events information on TRCF’s interactive website; develop additional new content, as appropriate, for the website; Maintain the TRCF blog in collaboration with other TRCF interns;; promote special events and activities through website and social media postings; maintain and update website posts including:

  • TRCF e-newsletter
  • Testimonials and success stories (by area of interest) from representatives of
  • grantee organizations
  • Update and maintain social media
  • Conduct full overhaul of TRCF website pages and update information
  • Collaborate with TRCF staff to write content for website pages

Qualifications

The Website Design and Writing Intern must share the TRCF commitment to social justice and social change. This position requires knowledge of website design and management and broad knowledge and understanding of the workings of social media. In addition, intern must be a competent and strong writer with an interest in social change research. In 2016, TRCF will focus on Racial Justice as our outreach and fundraising issue area. The Intern must demonstrate a passion and desire to learn and write more about Racial Justice. They must commit to doing their own internal anti-racism work.

Estimated Time Commitment

5-10 hours per week

Reporting

The Website Design and Writing Intern will report to the Program Manager.

Applications

To apply for this internship please submit your cover letter and resume to Sydney Olberg, Program Manager, Solberg@threeriverscommunity.org.

 

Three Rivers Community Foundation Outreach Internship

Mission of the Organization

Three Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF) promotes Change, not charity™, by funding and encouraging activism among community-based organizations in underserved areas of Southwestern Pennsylvania. We support groups challenging attitudes, policies, or institutions as they work to promote social, economic, or racial justice.

The Foundation’s action areas include: Disability Rights; Economic Justice; Environmental Justice; Racial Justice; Women’s Rights; and LGTBQ Rights.

Over the past 25 years, TRCF has distributed over $1 million to nearly 300 progressive groups in the region. With a focus of making grants to smaller organizations doing innovative work to address divisions in society, TRCF actively seeks out those working on the ground floor of change.

Purpose of the Outreach, Partnership, and Liaison Internship

The success of the Three Rivers Community Foundation is dependent, in part, on close, functional collaborative relationships with strategic partners in social change and human services throughout the 10-county region of southwestern Pennsylvania. The Outreach, Partnerships, and Liaison Intern will work to identify, establish, maintain, and strengthen productive collaborations with appropriate social change organizations and groups, and agencies and organizations serving them.

Responsibilities

The Outreach, Partnerships, & Liaison Intern will help to further social change throughout the region by researching, identifying, contacting, and connecting activists, human service professionals, and other organizations and galvanizing them around the TRCF issue areas.

His/her/their responsibilities will entail:

  1. Networking:
    1. Identify groups with which TRCF should collaborate to further the work of the groups and that of the foundation. In 2016, TRCF will focus on Racial Justice as a fundraising and outreach initiative. The Outreach Intern should have a strong passion for Racial Justice and be willing to do their own anti-racism internal analysis and work.
    2. Update the TRCF database of constituent groups and social change organizations
  2. Represent TRCF at volunteer recruitment events and volunteer recruitment events of local colleges and universities.
  3. Help to promote the annual special events.
  4. Partnerships and “Friendraising”:       Help to establish relationships with key organizations in the region
  5. Youth Engagement: Identify and contact youth groups that would wish to further TRCF’s mission.

Qualifications

The Outreach, Partnerships, & Liaison Intern must share the TRCF commitment to social justice and social change. The ideal candidate will have a professional bearing and enthusiasm for public service. He/she will have strong interpersonal skills, tact, sound judgment, good verbal and writing skills, and some experience in research methods. Sound time management abilities and organization skills are required. The Intern should be able to devote a sufficient number of hours weekly to the position.

 Estimated Time Commitment

8-10 hours per week.

Reporting

The Program Manager will provide supervision and resources to the Outreach, Partnerships, & Liaison Intern.

Applications

To apply for this internship please submit your cover letter and resume to Sydney Olberg, Program Manager, Solberg@threeriverscommunity.org.

 

New Hope Center Internships

New Hope Center (based in Paris, Texas) is looking for one or two very motivated Communication majors to run their social media accounts. New Hope is a 501(c) non-profit that helps people escape poverty and homelessness as a part of an integrated network of groups that help people learn job and life skills, volunteer in the community, and build a new life. For more information, please see http://www.newhopecenter.org/

New Hope is opening a thrift store in January of 2016 to help support the work of the center. The thrift store will need its own social media presence.

Applicants should be familiar with social media best practices, and either maintain or start accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other relevant sites. The social media accounts will be used to help build community, raise funds, and raise awareness of what we do for our community. Interns will work with the center’s Executive Director to craft and deliver polished messages.

This internship can be done from home! The hours are flexible, though we’re hoping for a minimum of 2-3 posts per week per platform.

Interested students should contact Dr. Meredith Guthrie at guthrie@pitt.edu