Winter/Spring 2016 Internship Opportunities

 

Your Mission:  Make a difference by joining the nation’s most effective health visionaries.

Organization:  The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) protects people from one of the most dangerous, least discussed health threats of our generation:  the chemical industry’s virtual carte blanche to invent and expose us all to chemicals linked with cancer, obesity, infertility, developmental problems, and more.

Workplace:  CEH’s engine is the twenty-five smart, committed, fact-driven advocates who come together every day to keep short-sighted business interests from harming people in the name of profit.  We are proud of our work, and our workplace community.  We support each other, we work hard, we win far-reaching victories for people’s health, and we have a pretty decent time doing it all.  The people who join our team understand the effect on the world of:  race, gender, class, homophobia, poverty, wealth, labor, and corporate hegemony.  They are also strong.  And funny.  We have offices in Oakland (our headquarters) and New York.

The Center for Environmental Health needs your help.  CEH’s internship program creates opportunities for the next generation of public health leaders to help protect people from toxic chemicals. CEH’s internships give future leaders a high level of responsibility, close supervision, mentorship, and ample skill-building opportunities. Check out our website at www.ceh.org.

We are looking for interns to learn from and support:

  • Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy (CHANGE) Coalition’s Right-to-Know Campaign Internship:  Harm from toxic chemicals is one of today’s most pervasive threats on human health.  We all carry a toxic burden, though some are more vulnerable to this risk than others.  The Right-to-Know (RTK) Campaign aims to put a stop to this injustice through a multi-pronged approach that includes increased disclosure of presence of toxics in everyday products, civic engagement, and a strong communications campaign.  We hope to educate and engage disproportionately impacted communities, garner support for strong legislative action, and change the discourse on toxics in California.  The intern will work with some of the most important groups in the environmental health and justice field to help implement the communications campaign through RTK policy legislation. A background in communications and/or policy and/or enthusiasm to learn is ideal.  Those who have experience organizing are encouraged to apply. Duties will likely include participating in group calls, updating social media outlets, creating campaign documents, and letter writing to elected officials.
  • Environmental & Community Health Policy Internship: Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy (CHANGE) is a growing coalition of environmental health, community groups, labor and other organizations who are working to create a better system for regulating toxic chemicals to improve public health in California. We work at the intersection of environment, community health and social justice. We hope to expand our presence in CA by increasing our outreach, community responsiveness and expand our already diverse coalition to include all groups affected by unregulated chemicals through state level public policy. This year, we’re focusing on education and outreach, women and workers’ health, cleaning products and/or professional salon products. We’re looking for someone who has some experience and/or strong interest in policy work and community outreach.
    • Qualifications- We’re looking for someone with interest OR experience for at least a few of the following
    • State legislative public policy (interest or experience required)
    • Community public health (interest or experience required)
    • Community outreach, education, organizing
    • Social media
    • Communications
    • Website Development (WordPress)
    • Graphic Design
    • Duties may include:
    • Analyzing policy
    • Administrative/Office work
    • Drafting Letters of support or Action alerts
    • Organizing meetings with elected officials
    • Scheduling internal meetings
    • Tracking bill development
    • Compiling or creating outreach/training materials
    • Drafting a press release

We are a small, diverse group with a big mission.  In the past, interns have sometimes been awarded academic credit for their work at CEH.  We are looking for interns willing to work a minimum of10-15 hours per week.  Other arrangements can be negotiated.  The internship is unpaid, but interns receive a stipend to offset transportation expenses.

Please apply as soon as possible- this is a rolling deadline.  To apply send a resume, cover letter, short writing sample (2 pages max), and the names and phone numbers of two references.  Submit to christina@ceh.org  Please put “Winter/Spring internship” in the subject line of your email, and indicate which program you are interested in.

People of color, women, and LGBTI individuals strongly encouraged to apply.