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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Friends of the Earth: Legislative Internship; Wa. D.C.
Practice Areas: Environmental, Legislative/Policy Issues
Friends of the Earth strives for a more healthy and just world. We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy. Sometimes, this involves speaking uncomfortable truths to power and demanding more than people think is possible. It's hard work. But the pressures facing our planet and its people are too important for us to compromise.
Friends of the Earth are members of Friends of the Earth International, a global network representing more than two million activists in 75 different countries. In the United States, we advocate in the halls of Congress, in state capitals, and with community groups around the country. With offices in Washington, D.C., and Berkeley, CA, and members in all 50 states, we urge policymakers to defend the environment and work towards a healthy environment for all people.
Friends of the Earth is looking for a legislative intern to support its climate and energy program. The intern will work across a wide range of issues to help the team better follow actions that Congress and the administration are taking that impact public health and the environment. This position will be part of a team of six staff and will support their efforts to fend off environmental attacks by Republican leadership. Responsibilities will include tracking votes in Congress, attending hearings, producing lobbying materials, and following news coverage of Congress. The intern will learn about legislative processes and Congressional process, as well as important environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Track Congressional votes that impact the environment and public health;
Monitor news coverage of environmental legislation;
Monitor Congressional hearings on topics that impact the environment and public health;
Draft and edit written materials including fact sheets, action alerts, letters to the editor, editorial board memos, press releases and letters to government officials;
Set up meetings with Congressional staff;
Conduct research on climate and energy issues, such as hydraulic fracturing and carbon taxes;
Perform other functions as needed.
Skills and Knowledge
Ability to quickly learn in a fast paced environment;
Understanding of the political system, government, and the lawmaking processes;
Interest in progressive politics and promoting a progressive agenda;
Strong written and oral communication skills;
The ability to excel whether working individually or in teams;
Passion for protecting our planet and the people on it;
Attention to detail.
Salary and Benefits
This temporary 3-month internship pays $10.50/hour, with 37.5 hour work weeks. There are no additional benefits.
E-mail cover letter, resume and short writing sample to email@example.com with the subject heading "Legislative Internship." No mail applications or phone calls. Position will remain open until filled.
Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.