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 Vermont and Boston 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.

To apply for all internships email your resume and cover letter to the staff person listed for each position.

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.

Dirty Dozen Intern

Every few years, Toxics Action Center “honors” the worst polluters in New England with “Dirty Dozen” awards to be released November 28th with press conferences all over the region. We need a research-savvy good writer to help us write this report and work with reporters and community groups to release it.

Responsibilities

  • Garner media hits for local papers and generate letters to the editor.
  • Develop strong relationships with local activists, community groups, environmental groups, and businesses.
  • Play a key role in putting together events such as house party fundraisers and activist conferences.
  • Maintain and organize records of donors, member lists, news articles, trainings and more.
  • Recruit supporters out to events, including movie screenings, rallies, press conferences, and public hearings.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks.

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

To Apply

Apply below. Direct your application to Shaina Kasper.  shaina(at)toxicsaction(dot)org

Located in Montpelier, Vermont.

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.

Act 250 Intern

Vermont has a unique land use law called Act 250 that is vital for communities fighting pollution threats in their neighborhoods. This important program is being reviewed and changed over the next year and we need to make sure that communities voices are heard. And that’s we need you! We need an intern to survey communities who have worked with Act 250 for their needs and hopes for the future.  Students with community engagement and organizing experience, a passion for justice, and attention to detail is important!

Responsibilities

  • Garner media hits for local papers and generate letters to the editor.
  • Develop strong relationships with local activists, community groups, environmental groups, and businesses.
  • Play a key role in putting together events such as house party fundraisers and activist conferences.
  • Maintain and organize records of donors, member lists, news articles, trainings and more.
  • Recruit supporters out to events, including movie screenings, rallies, press conferences, and public hearings.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks.

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

To Apply

Apply below. Direct your application to Shaina Kasper.

Located in Montpelier, Vermont.

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.

Toxics Vermont Internship

Moms for a Toxic-Free Vermont: Thousands of toxic or untested chemicals are used in products we use every day in our homes, schools, and workplaces, building up in our bodies and contributing to alarming trends in public health, including increased rates of birth defects, developmental disabilities, reproductive disorders, cancers, and more. Unsurprisingly, most at risk from toxics is women and children. We believe that everyone has a right to breath clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy and sustainable community. We need engaged Vermonters to reduce toxics exposure and use in the state, both through individual actions, business leadership, and policy change. Join our team to help the fight!

PFAS: Coming out of the Bennington PFOA drinking water crisis last year, thousands of residents across the Northeast and beyond have been told that the water coming out of their tap is contaminated and unsafe to drink… and that it likely has been for years. A class of chemicals known as highly fluorinated chemicals or PFAS -used in the production of Teflon and other non-stick coatings- are linked to increased risks of testicular and kidney cancer, thyroid disease, adverse developmental effects, and reproductive health effects. When residents are confronted with all this, they have lots of questions. Families need to know how to get access to clean drinking water and how they can make sure this never happens to anyone else. Help us work with community groups across the country working to fight this in their communities.

Responsibilities

  • Garner media hits for local papers and generate letters to the editor.
  • Develop strong relationships with local activists, community groups, environmental groups, and businesses.
  • Play a key role in putting together events such as house party fundraisers and activist conferences.
  • Maintain and organize records of donors, member lists, news articles, trainings and more.
  • Recruit supporters out to events, including movie screenings, rallies, press conferences, and public hearings.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks.

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

To Apply

Apply below. Direct your application to Shaina Kasper. shaina(at)toxicsaction(dot)org

Located in Montpelier, Vermont.

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.

Communications Internship

Communication interns work closely with the communications and digital coordinator, Eisha Misra. 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

To Apply

Apply below. Direct your application to Melissa. meslissa(at)toxicsaction(dot)org

Located in Boston or Amherst. 

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.

Member Relations & Event Planning Internship

Member relations and event planning interns work closely with the administrator, event planner 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. 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

To Apply

Apply below. Direct your application to Megan Stokes.

Located in Boston or Amherst.

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.

 

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