Spring/ Summer MD Clean Energy Internship

SPRING/SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: WORK WITH CCAN TO FIGHT TO DOUBLE RENEWABLE ENERGY & CLEAN ENERGY JOBS IN MARYLAND

DESCRIPTION

This spring, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), along with the Maryland Climate Coalition, is working on a campaign to increase Maryland’s RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard), the state’s requirement for utilities to garner their energy from renewable sources like wind and solar.  It is the best time to make an direct impact on climate policy in Maryland as you will play a vital role in getting this legislation passed in Annapolis during the 2018 legislative session beginning mid-January. This summer, we look forward to more exciting campaign events.

Take part in this visionary campaign to pass legislation that dramatically reduces climate change pollution in Maryland, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

We’re hiring smart, talented students for spring/summer internships to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!

APPLY NOW AND SPEND YOUR SPRING/SUMMER SEMESTER INTERNING WITH US

Email a copy of your cover letter and resume to CCAN’s Director of Maryland Volunteer Outreach, Liz Lee, at liz@chesapeakeclimate.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

ABOUT CCAN

We’re the largest and oldest grassroots group fighting for bold and just solutions to

climate change in the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland.

We’ve put a stop to new coal plants in Virginia, expanded clean energy in Washington

DC, and pressed the stop button on fracking in Maryland.

Not only was Maryland the first state to legislatively ban fracking, we overrode Governor Hogan’s veto thereby expanding Maryland’s requirement of electricity from renewable sources to 25 percent!  We have made great strides in clean energy in Maryland so, let’s keep pushing forward with bold vision to attain a cleaner and more just state.

The campaign is called the Clean Energy Jobs Campaign and the primary components are below:

·       Increasing Maryland’s RPS law for electricity to 50% renewable energy by 2030, which will bring 20,000 clean energy jobs to Maryland.

·       Investing in clean-energy workforce development while targeting economically distressed parts of the state and individuals who have historically experienced barriers to employment

·       Making more funding available for investment capital and loans to help minorities, veterans and women grow within the clean energy economy

·      Phasing out incentives for the incineration of trash under Maryland’s current RPS law for renewable power

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 state-wide campaign!

WHAT WILL YOU DO AS AN INTERN:

  • Learn to organize campaign events and creative actions

  • Help conduct outreach, including tabling at events, phone banking, business canvassing, collecting petitions, presenting at meetings

  • Help recruit new volunteers to the campaign

  • Write and publish your own letters to the editor

  • Conduct campaign research and assist in drafting campaign materials

  • Support constituent lobby meetings with elected officials and legislators, including coordinating with elected officials and legislators, organizing and attending/leading lobby meetings

  • Attend/assist in events, such as rallies, press conferences, hearings, and lobby days, in Annapolis

  • 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:

  • A driving passion to enact structural change to address the causes of climate change and win

  • An eagerness to learn new advocacy and organizing skills and put them to work right away

  • A willingness to work hard

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

LOCATION:

This internship will be based in our office in Takoma Park, Maryland.

HOURS AND DATES:

Interns are part time and typically work 15-20 hours per week from January through May.

COMPENSATION:

Our interns may receive a limited monthly reimbursement. We encourage you to pursue course credit for this internship, or external grant opportunities if those are available, and will

support these pursuits in any way we possibly can.

APPLY NOW AND SPEND YOUR SPRING/SUMMER SEMESTER INTERNING WITH US