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Public Citizen’s Climate and Energy Program – Organizing Internship


Public Citizen's Climate and Energy Program was founded in 1974 to oppose nuclear power and promote cleaner, safer energy alternatives. Our work now also includes advocating for policies and regulations that address climate change.  We strive to enhance worker safety and environmental safeguards; protect consumers by promoting strong regulations; and hold corporations accountable. Our work involves organizing on the state and national level, researching and writing studies, monitoring relevant government agencies, lobbying members of Congress, testifying in Congressional hearings, and working with the press and citizen groups nationwide.


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


The most important climate change policy from the Obama administration during its remaining term will be the adoption of two rules aimed at limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

These rules will not be panaceas, but it is imperative they succeed. Dirty Energy interests are rallying to defeat the rules. Opponents of policies to usher in a clean energy future rely on one central claim: transitioning away from dirty to clean energy will cost too much. Often, cost claims are presented as directly injuring consumers, especially low- and moderate-income people.

Consumer groups have a unique role to play in showing how direct costs to consumers can be limited; promoting policies that will protect all consumers, especially low- and moderate-income consumers, against unaffordable electricity price increases; and demonstrating the very real consumer and social costs of inaction.

Public Citizen will work with national and state consumer, health, and environmental groups to get educated on the pending carbon pollution rules, develop common policy positions focused on mitigation of harm to vulnerable consumers and communities, campaign for rules that reduce carbon emissions without making energy significantly less affordable, and message cohesively against industry attacks.

Internship - Summer 2014


Duties: You will be an integral part of the team implementing the action plan for our climate consumer campaign. This will include doing extensive outreach to our national and state partners and activists. You will assist in developing outreach and educational materials for the campaign and there may also be opportunities for organizing online/offline actions.

Key components of the Climate and Energy Program internship include:
  • Using social media to promote our messaging, issues and action online. Including regularly posting on our social media platforms. Potential projects include creating graphics and memes relevant to our campaign work.
  • Developing materials for the online action component of our campaign
  • Providing research assistance on state programs , policy and regulations that promote cost effective energy efficiency and the equitable distribution of renewable energy.  
  • Implementing campaign outreach plan and managing our contact database.

Supervision: Each intern is assigned to work with a member of the Energy Program 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.

Qualifications:
Strong research and writing skills; good communication skills; some knowledge of the political/policy making process; and non-profit volunteer or other experience. Interns must be self-starters who are committed to the protection of the environment and consumers and preferably are activist oriented.

Prefer: Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Access), Google drive, and  social media platforms.  We expect interns to be efficient, responsible workers.

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 - Public Citizen’s Energy Program Outreach Director (afisher(at)citizen.org).
 

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