Summer Communications Internship

Term: Summer: June-August

Commitment: Part-time (20 hours), remote

Compensation: Unpaid, but we can assist in arranging credit for students through their schools.

Who we are: Environmental Advocates NY has 50 years of experience in Albany monitoring all levels of state government, evaluating legislation, and fighting for policies that will benefit the climate, land, water and health of all communities in New York. We build political power through activating advocates, participating in coalitions, and drafting and supporting policies that reduce toxics and pollution in our communities and lead to cleaner air and water for New Yorkers.

Description: As the leading environmental watchdog, Environmental Advocates NY offers communications interns a front row seat and active role in promoting and marketing our policy work. While learning about a host of environmental issues, our interns will learn how to educate the public on the legislative process. Communications interns will learn how to capture and retain the public’s interest in issues such as climate change, clean water and air, environmental rights, renewable energy, and more. Candidates will also learn how social media and marketing plays a role in building and engaging the organization’s membership.

The intern will tackle a variety of substantive assignments, including: creating original visuals for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, drafting advisories and compelling press releases, live-tweeting, and media outreach. There will also be opportunities to research the use of new social media platforms, such as Snapchat and TikTok. Interns will interact with our membership and policy teams and maintain databases as needed.

Qualifications: Demonstrated research, writing, and communications skills; knowledge of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat and Tiktok), interest in environmental protection and learning about state legislative and regulatory processes; enthusiasm, and willingness to learn and tackle new projects.

Work Period: The summer internship runs from May through August. Start and end dates are flexible. Position is part-time (20 hours per week), depending on intern’s availability. Interns must maintain a regular schedule. Due to the ongoing health crisis and social distancing requirements,  internships will be fully remote with a chance of an occasional in-person event. Interns will still have a robust learning process remotely by receiving one-on-one engagement with various members of the team as well as scheduled learning sessions on advocacy, lobbying, civics, communications, campaign development and our priority policy areas.

We are deeply committed to equity and are motivated by our vision of a just world and strive to incorporate social justice into all of our policy areas. We value diversity and inclusion and we strive to create a workplace that reflects the values we fight for in the world. People of color, people with disabilities, women, non-binary, and LGBTQ people are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure: Submit resumes to Max Oppen at [email protected] Please include in your letter the hours to which you would commit and the start/end date that works for you, along with specific environmental issues that interest you.

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