Union of Concerned Scientists Sustainable Agriculture Internship
Internship dates: June 2009-August 2009 (3-month internship, flexible dates)
The UCS Food and Environment Program seeks an intern for three months, beginning in June 2009. Working primarily with our outreach coordinator, the intern will assist in implementing the field efforts associated with our campaign to pass federal legislation on the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed. This overuse, primarily in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) promotes drug-resistant human infections, a growing public health crisis.
The intern will: i) be assigned specific target states and districts where she/he would serve as principal organizer (grassroots and grasstops) to generate support for this legislation, ii) work closely with local organizers in other key swing districts for the same purpose, and iii) prepare substantive pieces for use in field efforts. The intern may also be called on to carry out other campaign tasks, as needed, such as recruiting organizations from around the country to support the legislation or to renew their support.
Candidates interested in public policy, sustainable agriculture, and environmental issues are encouraged to apply. We will consider applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds. Candidates with interest and education in political science, agriculture, environmental science, and public health, or with a background in political campaigns/organizing efforts are especially encouraged to apply.
Basic qualifications: Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers.
Education requirements: Enrolled as an undergraduate or Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Hours and pay: 35 hours/week; monthly pay commensurate with experience and training.
Location: Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC office.
To apply: Please send cover letter referencing where you learned of this opening, resume, and short writing sample by May 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include “F&E Internship” in the subject line.