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Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign Internship Program


Job Title: Intern – Beyond Oil Campaign, Washington, DC
Department: Conservation/ Beyond Oil Campaign
Term: Interns are accepted on a rolling basis
Hours: Minimum 20 hours per week; full time preferred

Oil is America’s # 1 source of climate disrupting emissions, and 51% of oil consumption in this country happens in the gas tanks of cars and light trucks on the road - that’s more than plastics, petrochemicals, jet fuel, and diesel fuel combined. For far too long, the oil industry has used this dependence in the transportation sector as an excuse to destroy Alberta’s boreal forests, Michigan’s Kalamazoo river, and the coastal communities of the Gulf of Mexico and the Niger Delta, not to mention the health and safety of children near refineries and freeways all over the world. When we fight for solutions to oil addiction, we fight to show the oil industry that they don’t own our future.

It's time to break Big Oil's stranglehold on our nation. The Sierra Club's Beyond Oil campaign aims to cut America's addiction to oil by stopping destructive and dirty fossil fuels and promoting real solutions such as smart transportation systems, clean cars, and clean, renewable energy that won't run out. The Beyond Oil intern will assist the campaign’s team members to move our nation beyond oil-based fuels.

Job Activities/Scope: Interns will provide support to all aspects of the Beyond Oil Campaign, including its three sub-campaigns: dirty fuels, green transportation, and green fleets & electric vehicles. Past job activities have included conducting research and writing, assisting in outreach efforts, organizing program activities and events, preparing educational materials, providing administrative support, and contributing to program blogs and social media.

Required Knowledge and Skills:
·        Excellent written and oral communication skills
·        Demonstrated ability to research complex issues
·        Ability to gather and synthesize complex information and communicate it in a clear and concise manner
·        Ability to work well independently or in a team setting
·        Ability to converse comfortably on the phone
·        Strong attention to detail
·        Experience with grassroots organizing and campaigns is a plus
·        Possessing good time management and organizational skills
·        Enthusiastic about ending America’s oil addiction!

Compensation/ Pay: All Sierra Club internships are unpaid. Participants may be able to gain college credit for their internship.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Jessica Eckdish with “Spring 2012 Internship Application” in the subject line.

Please feel free to contact Sara Black with any questions. 

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