Help Students Build A Brighter Future
From the Freedom Riders fighting for civil rights in the 60's, to the students who helped launch the environmental movement, to the anti-apartheid movement of the 1980s and the fossil fuel divestment movement of today, students — past, present and future — are often at the forefront of movements to build a better future for our country.
Whether or not those students make real progress depends on whether they are organized, have the skills to be effective and have a strategic plan to get things done. That’s where we come in: The Student PIRGs have been working for more than 40 years to amplify the power of student activism, and help students make real change, right now.
Right now, PIRG students are tackling climate change by convincing colleges to join the University of California, Cornell, Vanderbilt and Boston University in committing to meet their energy needs with 100 percent renewable sources. This campaign is part of our vision to power our lives solely with clean, renewable energy.
PIRG students are also taking on America’s plastics problem, and moving us closer to zero waste by working to ban single-use foam take-out containers, plastic grocery bags and other plastic junk we can all live without. Already, two states have banned foam containers, and four have said no to single-use plastic bags.
To make lasting change on important issues, PIRG students know we need to show our leaders and future leaders that they have to pay attention to our voices. That’s why our New Voters project will be working to register and get first-time voters to turn out for the 2020 elections.
How do we do it? We start by finding and recruiting the students who really care about the issues we’re working on. We work together to decide what strategies and tactics will be most effective on each campus. Next, we figure out which students will be good leaders, and teach them how to organize and run a campaign. We make sure they have the skills they need, so they can do everything from plan and run a press conference to organizing a huge event on campus.
And we make sure that all our individual efforts add up to meaningful change by setting concrete goals and holding people, including ourselves, accountable for achieving them. That could mean making sure we get 100 students to take photo petitions to send to their state representative, or registering thousands of new voters on campus. When you combine those efforts at dozens of colleges across the country, each of those goals can add up to make a real impact.
If you take a job as a campus organizer, you won’t just be a leader — you’ll be a trainer, an inspirer, a full-on changemaker and a behind-the-scenes support system for student activists, giving them the resources they need, and empowering them to unlock their full power to build a better future.
We all want to live meaningful lives in a world that's greener and healthier. We’re hiring people to help students get organized, mobilized and energized to make that vision a reality.
Things To Know When You Apply
The Student PIRGs are part of The Public Interest Network. We're a group of organizations working to address problems our society can’t afford to ignore — from preserving irreplaceable resources like air, water and a livable climate; to transforming vast systems of transportation and energy that were designed to meet the needs of a different century; to growing and distributing food in ways that won’t destroy the environment and threaten human health.
Throughout The Public Interest Network, we believe that a clear vision, commonsense ideas, a fact-driven case for action, and the power of bringing people together are the necessary ingredients to any successful effort to solve society's problems. We share a set of core values and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.