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 based in 350VT’s Burlington office, although depending on transportation, some work can be done remotely. More hours may be required based on the needs of our campaigns and organization. These positions are unpaid, but we strongly encourage you to get school credit for these internships. If you are a UVM student with a work study award, we may be able to compensate you for fall and spring internships.
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.
Here are some recent examples of fall and spring internships:
Mobilizing people to make change is what we are all about! We have multiple climate justice-related campaigns underway, and this spring, the mobilization intern will work with our Re)Generate New Solutions campaign and support our field organizer, Jaiel, in getting towns to pass resolutions and ordinances to build momentum for alternatives to fossil fuels! They will also help plan a statewide gathering of organizers after Town Meeting Day, and fossil fuel-free Vision to Action forums. 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 averages about 15 hours per week.
Online organizing through social media, e-mails, and websites is a crucial part of 350Vermont’s strategy. The Online Organizing Intern will focus their work on building the efficacy of 350VT’s mass e-mails, website, and social media content. We’re looking for an intern who is passionate about using online tools to mobilize Vermonters for climate action! This position is ideal for work study (around 5 or 6 hours per week), but could also be a 10- to 15-hour-a-week internship.
Proficiency in social media platforms, Google programs, and some database experience (i.e. CRMs, WordPress)
Excellent writing skills
Maintain & update the 350Vermont website (run by WordPress) and online database
Build new content for online petitions and the 350Vermont website
Manage and contribute to 350Vermont’s social media accounts
Create a digital story to share over the summer
Fundraising & Operations
Fundraising and operations are the backbone of any organization. The Fundraising & Operations intern will work with 350VT’s Director and Assistant Coordinator to ensure 350VT continues to grow. This person will learn valuable, sundry skills with a rapidly growing organization and gain exposure to the inner workings of a grassroots activist group.
Detail oriented & organized
Strong database skills, like excel and/or web-based platforms
Experience or strong interest in fundraising and community outreach
Support 350VT’s Director in fundraising initiatives
Maintain 350VT’s donor database (NationBuilder)
Conduct outreach to 350VT’s network of supporters
Events and Outreach Intern
350Vermont helps to plan and carry out many different types of events, from rallies and actions to film screenings and art parties. All the events help to build the climate movement here in Vermont. The Events and Outreach intern will be integral to the process of coordinating one or more events during their semester. Some of the responsibilities of the intern could include: working with a coalition of organizers and volunteers to plan and coordinate the event; building the outreach plan for the event; coordinating social media outreach; organizing the location, food and transportation for the event; and much more! Some event planning and outreach experience is preferred. Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills are a must and a background in social justice or climate organizing is desired. Ideally, this intern will have planned at least one event in the past. Most of all, we’re looking for someone who enjoys bringing people together for a big event and brings energy and enthusiasm to their work.
Most summers, we have internship positions available for a 10-week internship with 350Vermont, running from June through August. Often summer interns work together to advance our campaigns and do outreach to communities around the state. Specific roles and responsibilities change each year but we are always looking for dynamic self-starters with the ability to jump in and work collaboratively!
Each position is paid, 20 to 30 hours a week based on organizational needs, with some work taking place during the evenings and weekends.
This year, we are not able to offer summer internships. The process to apply for fall internships will open up at the end of the spring semester!
The application process for fall internships will open up at the end of the spring semester.
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