Sithara Menon (middle, gray shirt), chapter chair for CALPIRG at UCLA, leads the chapter's press conference announcing the university's new plans to phase out single-use plastics.
NOTE: Photo taken before the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown. Photo: Staff

Student PIRGs Campus Internship

Gain grassroots organizing skills with professional organizers.

The Student PIRGs Activist Bootcamp program operates on over 80 of the largest and most prestigious campuses across the country to provide the training, professional support and resources students need to tackle issues they care about.

This program is designed for college students who are looking to increase their experience in political organizing and strategy. This semester-long program provides interns with opportunities to build their leadership skills, political engagement and interest in advocacy careers. Interns will work remotely on a variety of different campaigns and take part in weekly tactical workshops to develop their skills.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS

Our approach requires each intern not only to develop expertise in campaign strategy, but also to become skilled in organizing and the political process. As an intern you will work side by side with the professional organizing staff of The Student PIRGs.

The Campaigns:

Interns will have the opportunity to work on issues like:

  • Environmental Protections - Banning single use plastic, protecting our natural spaces, 100% renewable energy, clean water, and more.
  • Higher Education - Textbooks affordability, protecting federal and statewide grant programs, expanding student aid, etc.
  • Public Health - Covid-19 campaigns, stop the overuse of antibiotics, and more.
  • Democracy Protection - Protecting Voting Rights, Institutionalizing voting best practices on campus, Modernizing the vote, and more.

Responsibilities include:

  • 10-15 hours per week commitment
  • Weekly activist class
  • Weekly national program call
  • Weekly individual/campus priorities call with organizer
  • Attend 5-10 hours of team events per week — work blocks, events, additional briefings/trainings, etc.
  • 2-5 hours individual work on planning, personal priorities, etc.

The list of skills workshops include:

  • Building Grassroots Support — petitioning, phonebanking, etc.
  • Event Planning
  • Organizing Grasstops/VIP support
  • Media Work — write LTE’s, release campaign press advisories and releases, hold virtual press conferences, etc.
  • Coalition Building — building and supporting community and campus relations
  • Fundraising — running funding drives, grant writing, etc.
  • Online Organizing — Emailing, Social media, etc.
  • Public Speaking

REQUIREMENTS

  • A commitment to making a difference on issue-based campaign work
  • Strong organizational abilities
  • The ability to engage others, whether one-on-one or in a group
  • The ability to think strategically
  • Strong writing and communication skills

Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students in law, political science, public policy, sociology or environmental studies, but students in any area of study may apply. Previous campaign and/or advocacy experience is a plus.

TO APPLY

Please apply using this link or visit studentpirgs.org for more information.

Each of the groups that partner with the Student PIRGs is an equal opportunity employer.


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