Internships

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!

About

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. (Sorry, we don’t currently have that arrangement 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 internships is open! See below for application info. Here are our internships for spring 2020:

Fundraising & Operations

Fundraising and operations are the backbone of any organization. The Fundraising & Operations intern will work us 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. 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 that would include helping with a wider range of 350VT’s needs, especially communications, outreach, and events.

Qualifications:

  • Detail oriented & organized
  • Strong database skills, like excel and/or web-based platforms
  • Experience or strong interest in fundraising and community outreach
  • If interested in a 10- to 15-hour-a-week internship: strong writing skills

Main responsibilities:

  • Support 350VT’s fundraising initiatives
  • Maintain 350VT’s donor database (NationBuilder)
  • Conduct outreach to 350VT’s network of supporters

Mobilization & Trainings

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 in a few different areas: with our trainings program, on our climate leadership and racial justice/climate justice trainings; with our Re)Generate New Solutions campaign, on local regenerative agriculture and decarbonizing transportation/infrastructure work; and with our Extreme Energy campaign, resisting fossil fuels. 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 about 15 hours a week—great for a capstone internship (which can include work study hours).

Qualifications:

  • Strong communication skills & ability to collaborate
  • Some knowledge of climate justice issues
  • Ability to build relationships

Summer Fellowships

In a summer fellowship with 350VT, you pursue your own organizing work while gaining experience working with the team of a grassroots climate justice non-profit organization. You spend half your time helping with 350VT’s mission, and half your time working on an independent organizing project or 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!

Summer 2020 fellowships will run from June through mid-August (though we’re open to discussing exact dates). Much of the work happens in our downtown Burlington office, but there are also many opportunities to get out around the state, with some work taking place during evenings and weekends.

We believe that people should be paid for their work. We regret that unfortunately in 2020 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. We’re happy to help secure housing if needed.

To apply, please see this form for directions. Contact Lily with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply

Our application process for spring 2020 internships is open! Apply here by 9 A.M. on Monday, Dec. 2.

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.

Testimonials

“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