Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center
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At Toxics Action Center, we believe that everyone has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community. Since 1987, our mission has been to work side by side with New England residents to build strong groups to prevent and clean up toxics, while developing long-term leaders for the environmental movement.

We are always looking for talented students to take on projects in our Montpelier, VT, and Boston, MA, offices. We strive to give interns a broad overview of the environmental movement and issues in New England, basic organizing skills and the operational needs for running a non-profit.

Vermont Internships

Vermont interns work closely with the Vermont State Director, Shaina Kasper. They will take part in the foundations of Toxics Action Center’s work, helping with fundraising efforts, planning our annual activist conference, and administrative duties.

Research and Policy Intern

Toxics Action Center’s Research and Policy interns work closely with the Vermont and New Hampshire State Director, Shaina Kasper and Community organizer, Woody Little. Interns will focus on a specific issue are and campaign, writing a report to assist community organizing on the issue, research campaign processes, and more. Interns will take part in all aspects of Toxics Action Center’s work including program, organization, and fundraising. Interns should have strong research and writing skills. In the cover letter, applicants should identify one environmental health issue in the state that they are following closely, and explain why they view it as a problem.

Responsibilities

  • Write a report on a priority campaign
  • Research and write memos on legislative, legal, regulatory, and corporate campaign processes for community groups facing a pollution threat in their neighborhood (campaigns based on community need)
  • Write campaign case studies
  • Assist with Toxics Action Center or community group campaign event logistics (i.e. houseparty fundraisers, issue summits, leadership retreats, etc.)
  • Other campaign tactics as needed (knocking on doors, databasing, attending events, writing memos, etc.)

Skills Required

  • Commitment to environmental issues and social change
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Desire to develop event planning and outreach skills
  • Social media aptitude
  • Must learn quickly and work efficiently

 

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Located in Montpelier, Vermont.

This is an unpaid internship. We often work with students to apply for scholarships or course credit. Flexible (240-400 hr) commitment dependent upon your interests and community groups’ needs (24-40 hrs/week). At least one day/wk based in our Montpelier office. Includes some travel to community group meetings, to do interviews, etc. Offered each semester.

 

Massachusetts Internships

Communications Internship

Communication interns work closely with the communications and digital coordinator, Ruthy Rickenbacker. They will take part in the foundations of Toxics Action Center’s online outreach, helping with social media, content creation, and administrative duties.

Responsibilities

  • Manage Toxics Action Center’s social media, including Facebook, flickr and twitter.
  • Track & maintain records of news articles, social media hits, and monitor our online presence.
  • Create content online, such as graphics & various posts.
  • Recruit supporters out to events, including movie screenings, rallies, press conferences, and public hearings.
  • Work to get Toxics Action Center in the media by helping with press events and writing letters to the editor.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks.

Skills Required

  • Commitment to environmental issues and social change
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Graphic design
  • Desire to develop event planning and outreach skills
  • Social media aptitude
  • Must learn quickly and work efficiently

 

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Located in Boston. 

This is an unpaid internship. We often work with students to apply for scholarships or course credit. Minimum 16 hour a week commitment. Offered each semester.


Organizational Internship

Organizational interns work closely with the donor relations associate, communications coordinator and development director. They will take part in the foundations of Toxics Action Center’s work, helping with fundraising efforts and planning our annual activist conference. Toxic Action Center’s annual conference brings together residents and environmental organizations from across the state. They help set up and manage New England’s largest gathering of grassroots environmental activists and gain experience planning events, coordinating logistics, and recruitment.

Responsibilities

  • Creatively communicate Toxics Action Center’s work to members with mail and media.
  • Secure donations of food and prizes for events.
  • Assist with managing conference and fundraising event logistics.
  • Recruit activists and members to attend events.
  • Do outreach to publicize events.
  • Work to get Toxics Action Center in the media by helping with press events and writing letters to the editor.
  • Maintain and organize records of donors, member lists, trainings and more.
  • Create action alerts for members to weigh-in with decision makers on important issues.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks.

Skills Required

  • Commitment to environmental issues and social change
  • Strong communication and writings skills
  • Desire to develop event planning and outreach skills
  • Social media aptitude
  • Must learn quickly and work efficiently

 

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Located in Boston or Northampton.

This is an unpaid internship. We often work with students to apply for scholarships or course credit. Minimum 16 hour a week commitment. Offered each semester.


Digital Communications Internship

Digital communication interns work closely with the communications and digital coordinator, Ruthy Rickenbacker. They will take part in producing content for Toxics Action Center’s digital organizing project to give community groups the tools and skills to organize online.

Responsibilities

  • Research and create factsheets, graphics and other materials for our digital organizing project
  • Draft and design guides for using social media for beginners
  • Design graphics and produce video to promote our annual conference
  • Design graphics for email and social media for organizing campaigns
  • Assist with general administrative tasks

Skills Required

  • Commitment to environmental issues and social change
  • Strong graphic design skills
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Social media aptitude
  • Must learn quickly and work efficiently
  • Video experience preferred but not required

 

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Located in Boston. 

This is an unpaid internship. We often work with students to apply for scholarships or course credit. Minimum 16 hour a week commitment. Offered each semester.


 

Western Mass: Research And Organizing Summer Intern

The Research and Organizing Intern will support Toxics Action Center’s community organizing efforts in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut by assisting with the program, administration and fundraising aspects of our work. They will work closely with the Western Massachusetts Community Organizer, Mary Jones.

The intern will primarily assist in Toxics Action Center’s ongoing program activities and they will be responsible for helping to identify and support communities in need of Toxics Action Center’s assistance from behind the scenes. These activities will include the following, as needed: scanning the media, writing letters to the editor, helping with campaign research, attending community meetings, assisting local groups in planning events and more.

The intern will also be in charge of at least one of the three projects below, to be completed by the end of their internship:

  1. Planning Summer Local Pesticide Action Summit: Organize the logistics of a state-wide summit for activists taking local action on pesticides, including advertising, soliciting donations, and managing materials and registration.
    1. Skills you will develop: Event Planning
  2. Campaign Issue Case Studies: Help compile, organize, and summarize examples of past Toxics Action Center campaigns on a specific environmental issue. May include the opportunity to interview current and former activists.
    1. Skills you will develop: Synthesizing Information, Communications
  3. Policy Research Report: Write an in-depth research report on a key environmental and public health issue for a group with which we are currently organizing to further their campaign.
    1. Skills you will develop: Research, Policy


Key Responsibilities

  • Scan the news and refer promising leads to staff
  • Write and pitch letters to the editor that support our local organizing efforts
  • Research and write memos on legislative, legal, regulatory, and corporate campaign processes for community groups facing a pollution threat in their neighborhood (campaigns based on community need)
  • Assist with Toxics Action Center or community group campaign event logistics (i.e. houseparty fundraisers, issue summits, leadership retreats, etc.)
  • Participate in other campaign tactics as needed (knocking on doors, databasing, attending events, writing memos, etc.)
  • Assist with ongoing fundraising activities such as tracking supporters, sending out cultivation pieces, and helping to organize house parties.


Skills Required

  • Commitment to environmental issues and social change
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Desire to develop event planning and outreach skills
  • Social media aptitude
  • Ability to learn quickly and work efficiently
  • Ability to work independently

This is an unpaid, summer internship. We are able to work with students applying for course credit and scholarship through their school. Minimum commitment, 15 hours per week. Option to work remotely, though interns must be able to come in at least 1 day a week to our Western Mass office in Northampton.

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In their cover letter, applicants should (1) specify they are applying for the Research and Organizing Western MA internship and (2) identify one environmental health issue in Massachusetts that they follow closely, and explain why they view it as a problem.

Toxics Action Center is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to a diverse workplace and a diverse movement. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

To apply for this job email your details to action@toxicsaction.org