ABOUT BLUEGREEN ALLIANCE
Launched in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club, this unique labor-environmental collaboration has grown to include the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, United Auto Workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The Blue Green Alliance unites more than 14 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. More information about the BGA and our positions can be found at www.bluegreenalliance.org.
An internship with the BlueGreen Alliance D.C. office can include research assistance and writing, legislative support, event planning, and working with U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations, particularly BGA union and environmental partners. Interns will also be asked to participate in administrative work as needed, but the overall nature of the internship is highly substantive, focusing around specific projects as determined by the applicant and supervisor. Internships are offered during the fall, spring and summer in the following areas:
• Legislative and Policy – Assist with lobbying efforts and material development in three focus areas:
1. Transportation – Research, track legislative developments and attend Hill hearings and briefings regarding infrastructure and vehicles policy.
2. Energy & Environment – Policy and campaign support for broader energy and climate change issues, including more detailed research on certain specific issue areas; carry out data compilation projects.
3. Forestry, Bioenergy, Recycling, and Chemicals – Data and media research support, assistance with lobbying efforts and tracking legislation on a variety of policy and legislative initiatives.
• Research and Partnership Building – Focus on BlueGreen Alliance as a whole through coalition building, working with union partners to expand national and international work and researching and developing materials to enhance new and existing projects.
• Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conferences - Assist BGA Conference and Events Program team with planning four regional conferences to be held in spring 2012. Conduct outreach efforts to involve diverse constituencies, manage regular communication between BGA partners and steering committees, supervise program development, and track various lists, commitments and registration.
The ideal candidate will be organized and willing to learn; he or she will perform well under the pressure of deadlines with an ability to work independently while adapting to rapidly changing situations.
Strong research, writing and computer skills are necessary. Hill experience/familiarity a plus. Prior study and/or interest in the environment, international trade, globalization, economics, labor movement and/or social justice desirable, as well as an awareness of current events. Familiarity with office procedures and conference or event planning is helpful.
The internship is designed to be full-time; however accommodations can be made for the right applicant.
All internships are UNPAID, though academic credit can be arranged.
Send a resume, cover letter, brief writing sample and a list of 2-3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Title the e-mail “BGA Internship Application”. In your cover letter, please indicate your interest area and the time period you are available.