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 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. 

Maine Internships

Organizing and Research Fall Intern

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

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: attending community meetings, assisting local groups in planning events, helping with campaign research, scanning the media, tabling at the Common Ground Fair, writing letters to the editor 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:

  • Media or Social Media Campaign: Plan, develop and produce a video or social media campaign to support a community group we are currently working with to further their organizing.→ Skills you will develop: Digital Organizing, Communications
  • 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!→ Skills you will develop: Research, Policy
  • 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.→ Skills you will develop: Synthesizing Information, Communications

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.
  • Table at the Common Ground Fair, assisting expanding our outreach in MaineSupport organizational administrative tasks

Skills Required

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

Click here to apply. This is an unpaid, fall internship. We are able to work with students applying for course credit and scholarship through their school. Minimum commitment, 10 hours per week. Option to work remotely, though interns must be able to come in at least 1 day a week to our Maine office in Portland.

Massachusetts Internships

Organizational Internship

Boston or Northampton, MA | Fall 2019

Organizational interns work closely with the operations coordinator and development director. They will take part in the foundations of Toxics Action Center’s work, helping with fundraising efforts, office administration, and planning our fall leadership retreat and other events. They will also have the opportunity to assist in program work as available.

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
  • Must learn quickly and work efficiently

Apply Here Online.
Located in Boston.

This is an unpaid internship. We often work with students to apply for scholarships or course credit. Minimum 12 hour a week commitment. Offered each summer and semester.

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.

Western Mass: Research And Organizing Fall 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 two projects below, to be completed by the end of their internship:

  • 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.Skills you will develop: Synthesizing Information, Communications
  • 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.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, fall internship. We are able to work with students applying for course credit and scholarship through their school. Minimum commitment, 10 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.

To apply, click here. 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.

Communications Internship

Boston, MA | Fall 2019

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, especially 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

Apply online. Located in Boston. This is an unpaid internship. We often work with students to apply for scholarships or course credit. Minimum 12 hour a week commitment. Offered each semester.

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