The largest environmental event in history needs student organizers. Earth Day 2020, the movement’s 50th anniversary, is going to engage more than one billion people around the world. All of those voices will speak to the greatest problem of our time: climate change. An environmental background is not required for this position. If you care about issues of poverty, race, labor, and equity, we believe that you care about climate change.
This role would see you engaging, supporting, and educating your fellow students as you advocate for serious change and build a unified message.
The first Earth Day in 1970 saw 10 percent of the American population on the streets, demanding change from their leaders. The event led to the creation of the EPA, the Clean Air and Water Acts, the Endangered Species Act and the modern environmental movement.
Student organizers made that progress possible. Campuses around the world supply the leaders, ideas, and voice of progress.
This internship will be remote from your campus with the full support of the Earth Day Network based out of Washington, D.C.
Specific Responsibilities May Include:
- Networking with your school’s advocacy and environmental groups
- Planning educational and organizing events in the lead-up to Earth Day
- Recruiting fellow organizers
- Meeting with supportive faculty and staff
- Posting on social media, putting up posters, publicizing events
- Tracking results on a robust database
- Coordinating strategy with and giving feedback to Earth Day Network staff in Washington
- A strong interest in and knowledge of environmental issues.
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or master’s degree program
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Professional demeanor.
- Public speaking or educational skills are strongly preferred, though this position will develop them.
- Proficiency in a language other than English is strongly preferred.
Desired Professional Qualities:
- Passion for advocacy and social causes
- Network of friends and classmates who are socially involved
- Ability to work independently and to ask good questions
- Respectful, hardworking, results oriented individual
- Positive attitude and willingness to tackle large challenges
- Experience with social media and attention-earning techniques preferred
- Prior advocacy, organizing, or campaign experience preferred
Work hours will be decided based on your availability and the conditions on your campus, but will likely fall in a range of 5 to 15 hours per week.
This internship is unpaid. College credit can be awarded if your institution supports it.
Please email a resume and a short writing sample — between 250 and 500 words — to [email protected]. The writing sample should be a personal description of your motivations for working on climate issues. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!