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Public Citizen’s Climate and Energy Program – Organizing Internship

Public Citizen's Climate and Energy Program works to prevent climate change and promote clean, affordable, and sustainable energy. We organize on the state and national level, conduct research and write studies, monitor government agencies, lobby Congress, testify in Congressional hearings, and work with the press and other advocacy groups nationwide.

Public Citizen is a national nonprofit advocacy group with over 350,000 members and supporters. We serve as the people's voice in the nation's capital, working in all three branches of government to enhance democracy, promote strong health, safety, and environmental safeguards, and hold corporations accountable. To learn more about our work, click here.

Campaign: Raising the consumer voice in support of action on climate

Public Citizen brings a unique, consumer-group voice to the climate change debate. Opponents of responding to climate change argue that we cannot shift from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources because the transition will cost consumers too much. We demonstrate that consumers urgently need assertive responses to climate change and that sound climate policies benefit rather than harm consumers. Our main priority at present is to promote and strengthen the EPA's rule proposal to curb carbon pollution from power plants.

Internship - Spring 2015

Duties: You will be an integral part of the team implementing the action plan for our consumer climate campaign. Key components of the internship include:

  • Regularly posting on social media platforms to promote our messages and actions. Other potential social media projects include creating graphics and memes relevant to our campaign work.
  • Developing materials such as fact sheets, activist toolkits, and action alerts.
  • Providing research assistance on programs , policies and regulations that promote cost effective energy efficiency and the equitable distribution of renewable energy.  
  • Implementing the campaign outreach plan and managing our contact database.

Supervision: Each intern is assigned to work with a member of the staff who will provide general supervision and serve as a resource. Given the nature of our work, it is important that interns have the ability and the desire to work independently.

Strong research and writing skills; excellent communication skills; some knowledge of the political and policy-making process; and non-profit volunteer or other experience. Interns must be self-starters and efficient, responsible workers who are committed to protecting consumers and the environment. They should have experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Access), Google Drive, and social media platforms.

Duration: At least 8 weeks, full- or part-time, to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. This is an unpaid internship and we will accommodate those who are working throughout the course of their internship with flexible scheduling.

Location: Our office is on Capitol Hill, about two blocks from the U.S. Capitol, across the street from the Library of Congress. METRO accessible.

Deadline: Rolling until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To Apply:

Send cover letter (including your availability and why you are interested in Public Citizen’s consumer climate action campaign); your resume; and a short writing sample to Allison Fisher, Outreach Director of Public Citizen’s Climate and Energy Program (afisher@citizen.org).

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