SPRING INTERNSHIP: MARYLAND GRASSROOTS

SPRING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: WORK WITH CCAN TO MOBILIZE OUR GRASSROOTS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN MARYLAND 

DESCRIPTION
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) works with partners across the state to promote renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. Our campaigns focus on passing legislation that will dramatically reduce climate change pollution in Maryland, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

We’re looking for smart, talented students for spring 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
Not only did we fight to make Maryland the first state with natural gas reserves to legislatively ban fracking, we recently expanded renewable energy in our region by increasing Maryland’s renewable energy requirement to 50% by 2030. We are currently working with partners to establish campaigns around reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, and to get us closer to 100% clean renewable energy by 2040.

As we face Trump’s rollbacks on climate change policies, we must continue to act on the state level, and you will be on the front lines of our campaigns!

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.

DETAILS
Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week from early January through early May. Exact timing to be determined based on your course schedule.

Internships at CCAN 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 NOW AND SPEND YOUR SUMMER OR FALL INTERNING WITH US

To apply, please fill out this Google Form Application, where you will be prompted to upload your resume. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

Spring Internship: Northern Virginia Climate Organizing

SPRING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: WORK WITH CCAN TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Do you want to spend your semester fighting climate change while learning how to build a powerful grassroots movement? 

If so, then the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has the perfect internship for you! We are currently looking for a Northern Virginia Climate Organizing Intern.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) works with partners across the Chesapeake region to promote renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. Our campaigns focus on passing legislation that will dramatically reduce climate change pollution in across the region, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

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

In Virginia, we are working on bold campaigns that would result in energy policies matching the scale of the climate crisis the state is facing. Never has our work been more important as we are facing stalls and rollbacks at the national level. For over a decade, we have been pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible” in Virginia, using every tool inside and outside of the box – from organizing to lobbying to the law. We are standing in the way of two fracked gas pipelines, working to hold polluters accountable, and pushing the most effective climate policies in the Commonwealth.

WHAT YOU’LL WORK ON:

  • Learn to plan, organize and execute campaign events and creative actions 
  • Help conduct community outreach, including collecting petition signatures, tabling at events, phone banking and other field work
  • Help recruit new volunteers and work with existing volunteer leaders to implement grassroots campaign tactics
  • Learn how to write and publish blog posts and letters to the editor 
  • Conduct guided campaign research 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • A drive to combat climate change and secure clean energy victories
  • Eagerness to learn environmental advocacy and organizing skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A sense of humor, and a friendly positive attitude

LOCATION

This position is remote. Most of the fieldwork will be in Fairfax county, with the intern reporting to the Virginia Grassroots Coordinator located in Richmond. Weekly video call-ins with the Virginia Grassroots Coordinator will be required.

DETAILS

Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week from early January through May. Exact timing to be determined based on your course schedule.

Internships at CCAN 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 now to spend your spring semester interning with us:

To apply, fill out the following Google Form Application, where you will be prompted to upload your resume, cover letter and a writing sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Spring Communications and Social Media Internship

DESCRIPTION

With a Trump presidency, state-based climate action has never been more important. It’s the collective fortress of the environmental movement. And state-based, people-powered, climate action is what we do here at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (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, brought 100% clean power to Washington DC, and fully banned fracking in Maryland.

OUR CAMPAIGNS

In 2020, we’re going to keep fighting: to stop massive fracked-gas pipelines across the farms and forests of Virginia, to bring a Green New Deal to Maryland, and to make DC a national leader on climate action — right in Trump’s backyard.  

We and our 70,000 supporters surrounding the nation’s capital are going to keep building the powerfully diverse grassroots climate movement our region needs – building local resistance, raising our voices, taking concrete action.

And under a Trump presidency, we’ll be fighting for more than energy justice. Trump is a threat to all of our progressive values and we will work with our progressive allies across the region for paid sick days for all workers, an increased minimum wage, and more. We will pitch in wherever we can.

OUR COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP

Interns at CCAN work side-by-side with our experienced communications experts to create compelling content and run impactful media campaigns across our region. They gain valuable experience for careers in the communications and media industries.

SPECIFICALLY, YOUR TASKS WILL INCLUDE

  • Learning the ins-and-outs of managing media lists and reaching out to reporters
  • Developing fluency in a website management system for creating and sharing content on multiple websites
  • Drafting social media posts and analyzing social media content
  • Researching best practices for social media and search engine optimization
  • Conceptualizing, editing, and/or drafting blog posts and language for the website
  • And having an amazing opportunity to learn what it’s like to work at an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben has called the “best regional climate organization in the world.”

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • A driving passion to combat climate change despite a climate denier in the White House, and secure clean energy victories
  • A commitment to a fair and equitable energy future
  • A keen eye for new technologies and computer systems
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Quick learner 
  • A good understanding of social media spheres
  • And a sense of humor!

LOCATION

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

DETAILS

Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week from early January through May. Exact timing to be determined based on your course schedule.

Internships at CCAN 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 now to spend your spring semester interning with us:
To apply, fill out the following Google Form Application, where you will be prompted to upload your resume, cover letter and a writing sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.