BlueGreen Alliance Internships
Minneapolis, MN • Washington, D.C. • San Francisco, CA
BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) is an exciting, fast-paced organization that covers a wide variety of issues from climate change to green chemistry to smart grid infrastructure, bringing together an effort to advance a 21st century economy that respects workers and their rights, protects the environment and secures America’s energy future. Interning for BGA puts you at the forefront of a rapidly growing movement and shows you what it is like to work with diverse stakeholders. Join us in laying the path for the future . . . and have fun in the process! Internships are available in D.C., Minneapolis, and San Francisco.
ABOUT BLUEGREEN ALLIANCE
Launched in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club, this unique labor-environmental collaboration has grown to include the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Sheet Metal Workers' International Association (SMWIA), United Auto Workers (UAW), and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The Blue Green Alliance unites more than 14 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. More information about the BGA and our positions can be found at www.bluegreenalliance.org .
An internship with the BlueGreen Alliance can include research assistance and writing, legislative support, event planning, communications and working with U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations, as well as BGA’s union, environmental, business, and community partners and allies. Interns will also be asked to participate in administrative work as needed, but the overall nature of the internship is highly substantive, focusing on specific projects as determined by the applicant and supervisor. Internships are offered during the fall, spring and summer in the following areas:
· Legislative and Policy – Assist with research, legislative and advocacy efforts, and material development (writing and editing fact sheets, reports, and other documents) in five focus areas:
1. Transportation – D.C. (32-40 hours/wk)
2. Energy & Environment – D.C. (32-40 hours/wk)
3. Forestry, Bioenergy, Recycling, and Chemicals – D.C. (32-40 hours/wk)
4. Clean Economy Research – D.C. (32-40 hours/wk)
5. Clean Energy – San Francisco (24-40 hours/wk)
· Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conferences – D.C. (32-40 hours/wk) – Assist BGA Conference and Events Program team with planning four regional conferences to be held in spring 2012. Conduct outreach efforts to involve diverse constituencies within the labor and environmental communities, and track various lists, commitments and registration.
* The opportunity to conduct outreach work from other BGA offices or in coordination with our field staff may be available to qualified candidate(s). Please contact us if this is of interest to you and we can further discuss the possibilities.
· State and Local Field Program – San Francisco (24-40hrs/wk) – Support the BlueGreen Apollo state and local affiliate program including research, policy, and organizing support for affiliates across the country with a focus on local, state and regional policy as well as BGA’s national programs that have state or local level components.
· Communications – Minneapolis, D.C. and San Francisco (24-40hrs/wk) – Join a dynamic and fast-paced communications team, helping to produce written materials like blog posts and press releases, developing content for our social media platforms and maintaining media lists and conducting media outreach.
Applicants should have at least 1-2 years of college education or other relevant experience. The ideal candidate is organized and willing to learn, with prior study and/or interest in the fields of labor and economics, environment, energy and sustainability, international trade or social justice. The ability to perform well in a fast-paced environment, work independently and take initiative is necessary, as are strong research, writing and computer skills. Familiarity with office procedures, workings of Congress (mainly for D.C.-based positions) and conference or event planning is helpful.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT
We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Further, reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
All internships are UNPAID, though academic credit can be arranged.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, brief writing sample and a list of 2-3 references as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org . Indicate the location, time period and focus area you are interested in by using the following format in the subject line “(LOCATION) (FOCUS AREA) Internship Application – (TIME PERIOD)”. You are welcome to apply to more than one position but please indicate your first choice. No phone calls please.