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PCL/PCLF internships are a great way to become familiar with environmental policy in California and network with environmental non-profit organizations, government representatives, and other stakeholders. Possible work assignments include policy research, report writing, event planning, and outreach to community groups. Interns work on a core project and often provide support to PCL/PCLF staff on other assignments. Interns have opportunities to do work in the Capitol, such as attending hearings and meetings on assigned bills. This is a friendly, flexible, and fast-paced office, and our interns provide key support to our environmental mission.
We are looking for law students or graduate students in related fields for these positions; however, outstanding undergraduate interns will also be considered. All candidates should possess excellent research and communication skills, and be well suited to work in a fast-paced environment. These are unpaid internships, but PCL/PCLF will assist in attempting to secure funding for the position.
How to apply/For More Info
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to the respective contact person found in internship description.
PCL/PCLF currently has one internship position open:
Water Policy Intern
Through its Water for Life campaign, PCL and PCL Foundation are leading the fight to strengthen statewide planning efforts, such as the State Water Plan Update and Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), in order to foster regional self-sufficiency and prioritize: (1) water conservation and efficiency (reduce); (2) rainwater harvesting, graywater use, and stormwater capture (reuse); (3) potable reclamation projects (recycle); and (4) ecosystem restoration (restore). PCL's Water Policy Intern will help advocate for sound policy by providing research and writing support to PCL's Water Team. Responsibilities include policy research and analysis, assistance with in-Capitol legislative work, report writing, communications support, and educational outreach. This is a volunteer position that requires a commitment of 8-16 hours per week. Excellent writing skills and an interest in environmental policy are required; water-specific coursework or experience is desirable. For more information, contact Rebecca Crebbin-Coates at Rebecca@pcl.org.
CEQA Community Workshops Intern
PCL is seeking an intern to help arrange and coordinate several day-long workshops for 2014. The unpaid position is for the spring term, but may be extended. PCL provides workshops to communities throughout California to help engage people in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. By educating communities on how to participate more effectively in the land use decisions that affect them, we help Californians have a say in their own futures. PCL is going to host 2-3 workshops in 2014 that will focus specifically on issues related to environmental justice, and these workshops will be conducted with our environmental justice and public health partners, and held in areas with significant environmental justice issues. Preparation for these workshops will include arranging calls and meetings with our sponsor partners, dealing with logistics for the events, and helping with the ongoing update and publication of the accompanying materials for the presentation, including our landmark "Community Guide to CEQA." Travel to the workshops will not be required, however, we would be thrilled to have the intern attend the events and will cover costs of travel and per diem. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to multi-task are required, as is the ability to work without constant supervision. Editing and writing skills also required. Familiarity with the California Environmental Quality Act and environmental justice issues in California are strongly desired. Fluency in Spanish or another commonly-spoken non-English language is a plus. 8-16 hours/week. For more information, contact Abigail Okrent, email@example.com or (916) 822-5633.
Outreach & Events Intern
Throughout the year, PCL hosts a variety of events to educate the public, fundraise for our programs, and promote dialogue on key environmental issues among stakeholders, opinion leaders, and decision-makers. PCL seeks an Outreach & Events Intern to assist the Executive Director, Membership & Events Coordinator, and program staff in planning these events, as well as to help with our outreach, social media, and website management. The Outreach & Events Intern will primarily help to coordinate and promote the annual Environmental Symposium, but will also assist with PCL/F's fundraising "Eco-Salons" (around 6 annually), regional workshops and trainings, and other small events as needed. Intern may also aid in blog, social media, and website management. This position requires strong oral and written communication skills and attention to detail; a background in outreach, marketing, event management, or non-profit work is desirable. This is a volunteer position that requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. It is perfect for recent college graduates or outstanding undergrads looking for experience in communication, event planning, content editing, database management, and more! For more information, contact Beverley Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsibilities include: developing/managing event timeline and other planning documents; database management; researching about and coordinating with venue and vendors; assisting with development of event program; inviting/coordinating with speakers; managing sponsor recruitment, invitations, and event marketing; managing event day-of; coordinating website updates, social media, publications, content editing, and media relations as needed; etc.