Are you ready to learn valuable skills at an organization committed to climate action? Are you searching for an opportunity to learn and grow with a community of grassroots activists and organizers? If so, consider an internship with 350Vermont!
A 350VT internship is a way to take your climate justice learning and action, and your leadership development, to the next level! All of our internships offer opportunities to learn about different aspects of grassroots organizing and working for climate justice.
In each position, we are looking for someone with a commitment to and passion for the 350Vermont mission of building a local movement to stop the climate crisis. We seek self-starters with the passion, creativity, and drive to make things happen while working independently and in close coordination with a team. We try to match our internships with the skills and experience you bring to our work. Read more about our Fall, Spring, and Summer internships below!
If you are new to 350Vermont, read more about our mission and history here.
Fall & Spring Internships
Fall and spring internship positions are normally based in 350VT’s Burlington office; in spring 2021, internships will be primarily remote. These positions are unpaid, but we strongly encourage you to get school credit for these internships. Generally, if you are a UVM student with a work study award, we may be able to compensate you for fall and spring internships. (Sorry, we don’t currently offer work study with any other colleges.)
Important skills for interns to possess include: strong organizational skills and attention to detail, ability to work independently and self-direct, and strong communication skills. Enthusiasm to learn (new ideas, skills, software programs, etc.), commitment to work through challenges, and flexibility are also important qualities for a successful 350VT intern.
The application process for spring 2021 internships has closed.
Mobilization & Trainings Internship
Mobilizing people to make change is what we are all about! We have multiple climate justice-related campaigns underway, focused on resistance and solutions. This spring, the mobilization intern will especially help with our solutions work, focusing on organizing a large statewide tree planting and climate justice/food justice project. They will also help with our fossil fuel resistance campaign and our trainings program as needed. The mobilization intern is integral to the process of organizing events, coordinating volunteers, and supporting all the things that go into running a campaign. This position is ideal at around 15 hours a week—great for a capstone internship—but if you’re interested and available for less time, we still encourage you to apply. Please note that we are not able to offer work study for this position. The Mobilization & Trainings Internship would ideally start Tuesday, February 2, 2021, however we’d be willing to discuss starting earlier or later.
Strong communication skills & ability to collaborate
Some knowledge of climate justice issues
Ability to build relationships
Not required, but helpful: experience with activism or organizing; some knowledge of trees or farming
Fundraising & Communications Internship
Fundraising and communications are the backbone of any non-profit organization. The Fundraising & Communications intern will work with 350VT’s Fundraising team to ensure 350VT continues to grow. This person will learn valuable fundraising and communication skills, and gain exposure to the inner workings of a grassroots activist group. This position is ideal at around 5-10 hours a week—ideal for receiving work study or academic credit. The Fundraising & Communications Internship would ideally start Tuesday, February 2, 2021, however we’d be willing to discuss starting earlier or later.
Detail-oriented & organized
Strong database skills, like excel and/or web-based platforms
Strong communication and social media skills
Strong ability to collaborate and build relationships
Some knowledge of climate justice issues
Experience or strong interest in fundraising and community outreach
Support 350VT’s fundraising initiatives
Maintain 350VT’s donor database (NationBuilder)
Conduct outreach to 350VT’s network of supporters via phone, email and social media
Support other modes of communication with 350VT network including drafting and/or editing e-newsletters and website blog posts
In a summer fellowship with 350VT, you can pursue your own organizing work while gaining experience working with the team of a grassroots climate justice non-profit organization. Generally your time will be split between supporting 350VT’s mission, and (if your fellowship is more than 20 hours/week) working on an independent organizing project or related organizing work with another group.
Summer fellows can be involved in many different aspects of 350VT’s work: campaigns, communications, fundraising/operations, outreach, events, and trainings. It’s an awesome opportunity to grow your skills in organizing and collaboration, work with a great team, and receive mentoring while pursuing things you’re excited about! This summer we’re especially looking for someone with interest and skills in making and editing short videos about our work – this is a helpful bonus skill, but is not required.
Our two Summer 2021 fellowship positions will run from June through mid-August (though we’re flexible about exact dates) and are typically 15-35 hours/week. While we expect these positions to be primarily remote, there will likely be some outdoor events taking place around the state, and some work taking place during evenings and weekends. We ask that applicants reside in Vermont for the duration of the fellowship.
What do we mean by “independent organizing” or “related organizing”? If you’d like to work with 350VT for more than 20 hours a week, we’d like you to come with an idea for something to work on or be involved in that will complement, deepen, or build on the work that we ask you to take on. It may be, but doesn’t have to be, something that you end up sharing through 350VT’s platforms. It could be a workshop you want to plan, a research and writing or art project, a group focused on a related topic that you want to get involved in, a campaign you want to develop, a video you want to produce, etc. We suggest that you plan to spend 5 to 10 hours a week during your fellowship working on your project/organizing.
We believe that people should be paid for their work. We regret that unfortunately in 2021 we’re unable to offer paid fellowships. We’re eager to support students in securing external funding sources that are available for positions like this; some colleges and other organizations offer stipends to pay people for otherwise unpaid internships. We ask that if you apply for a summer fellowship, you also let us know your plans for seeking funding.
To apply, please see this form for directions. Apply by 9am on Monday, March 29, 2021. Contact Sophia with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
The application process for Summer 2021 Fellowships isopen!
To apply, please see this form for directions. The deadline to apply is 9AM on Monday, March 29, 2021.
Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way 350Vermont selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and effectiveness of our campaigns. 350Vermont strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, indigenous people, and other underrepresented communities.
“When I first came to UVM, I had very little interest in or knowledge of the environment or climate change, but attending a book talk and panel hosted by 350Vermont my freshman year completely changed that. I heard stories from several activists about why they care about the climate crisis, and how climate change impacts the most vulnerable among us. Immediately, climate change and the justice issues surrounding it seemed more pressing and immediate than any of my other interests. That night completely changed the direction of my life, and I know that I am not the only person that 350VT has impacted in this way.” – Ashley Bolger, 2016-2018 350VT UVM Student Employee
“Working with the 350VT team over the summer was both a challenging and an eye-opening experience for me. Coming from a very structured business background where passion is often an afterthought, the environment working with the highly driven, dynamic, enthusiastic individuals at 350Vermont was a very different experience than what I was used to. The internship allowed me to meet and form connections not only with everybody I worked with every day, but with a network of strong personalities across the entire state. My job position was dynamic, and allowed me to work on a variety of different tasks every day. Having this position helped me realize my greater purpose and position in the climate movement. Everybody has their own experiences, their own goals, and their own motivations that all come together to create diverse harmony in social and political movements, and that was my experience with 350Vermont. It helped me recognize and accept my individuality and feel empowered as a young woman starting out in my career.” – Ally Behn, Summer 2017 Operations Intern
“My summer internship with 350 Vermont gave me the opportunity to build connections with organizers from across Vermont. It was a great chance to explore the “landscape” of climate justice in my beautiful home state, build relationships, and exercise my own creativity. I livestreamed an electric bike “parade” through Bennington, designed a dinner event about religion and colonialism to fundraise for indigenous pipeline resistance, and worked every day with a vibrant, passionate team of staff and interns who approached our work from so many different angles. 350 Vermont helped me invest in place and community – and practice skills that I can apply to social and climate justice work in many other contexts.” – Abby Rampone, Summer 2017 Media Intern