Fall VA Policy Internship

FALL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: WORK WITH CCAN TO FIGHT FOR A CAP ON CARBON IN VIRGINIA

DESCRIPTION

This fall, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), is working on a campaign to have Virginia formally join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Take part in this visionary campaign to pass legislation that dramatically reduces climate change pollution in Virginia, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and generating funds to usher Virginia into a just transition from fossil fuels.

We’re hiring smart, motivated students for fall internships to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nation’s capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

We are leaders in the national clean energy revolution. In Virginia, we are on the frontlines of the fight for 21st century clean energy solutions. We are doing this by pushing the envelope on progressive climate legislation in the Commonwealth: CCAN is leading the charge for Virginia to formally join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which would cut carbon emissions from power plants and create up to $200 million per year that will be directed to funding a just transition away from fossil fuels.

The campaign is called the One Virginia Campaign and the primary components are below:

  • Passing legislation to cut carbon emissions by 30% in Virginia and raise $200 million for climate adaptation and resilience
  • Work with legislators to find solutions that will protect Virginians from the dangerous water contaminants in coal ash ponds across the state.
  • Working with frontline communities to pass legislation that protects environmental justice neighborhoods

As we face Trump’s rollbacks on climate change policies, we must continue to act on the state level.  You will be on the front lines of this statewide campaign!

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Learn how to effectively conduct campaign related research
  • Help recruit community leaders and other VIPs to support our policy solutions
  • Educate lawmakers on our policy solutions
  • Support field organizers in arranging and running constituent meetings
  • Create and distribute campaign materials, including factsheets
  • Prepare legislative materials, including testimony
  • Write and publish blog posts in support of the campaign
  • Learn grassroots campaigning from an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben called the “best regional climate organization in the world.”

 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • Someone with a driving passion to change the world for the better and who sees climate change as an urgent problem we need to solve – you will be part of a critical campaign.
  • Someone with an eagerness to learn new advocacy and organizing skills and put them to work right away – we have tons to do!
  • Someone ready to work hard – this is not a “desk job” type of internship
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – you will be in the community, connecting with others.

LOCATION:

This internship will be based in our office in Richmond, Virginia.

HOURS AND DATES:

Internships are typically part time and range from 15-20 hours per week from September through December.

COMPENSATION:

Internships at CCAN are volunteer positions that are primarily education-focused, to arm you with experience toward your career and life goals. Interns receive a limited reimbursement for incidental expenditures. We encourage you to pursue course credit for this internship, or external grant opportunities if those are available, and we will support these pursuits in any way we can.

 

APPLY TODAY! 

To apply, fill out the following Google Form Application, where you will be prompted to attach a one-page resume detailing your relevant experience. Supplemental writing samples in the form of letters to the editor, blogs or other advocacy documents are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.