Student PIRGs Summer Internships

5 weeks of rewarding experience to gain grassroots organizing skills with professional organizers.

The Student PIRGs Summer Internship program is designed for college students who are looking to increase their experience in political organizing and strategy. This 5 week long program provides interns with opportunities to build their leadership skills, political engagement, and interest in advocacy careers. Interns will work remotely on a variety of different campaigns and take part in weekly tactical workshops to develop their skills. 

Internship Program Details

Our approach requires each intern not only to develop expertise in campaign strategy, but also to become skilled in organizing and the political process. As an intern you will work side by side with the professional organizing staff of The Student PIRGs.

The Campaigns: 

Our main campaign this summer is our New Voters Project. On Election Day, young people will be the largest and most diverse group of potential voters, with distinct values and ideas.That’s why we are preparing to launch our non-partisan voter registration effort that will help 100,000 students register to vote and head to the polls on Election Day. We are looking for folks who are ready to make a difference on issues and help us increase the youth vote in 2020.

Interns will also spend time this summer working to promote ocean protection and the transition away from single-use plastics and to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Organizing political support. Student PIRG interns will help to broaden the constituency for our campaign, assist in building, organizing, and managing a coalition of groups that are interested in increasing the youth vote.
  • Devising an effective strategy to implement civic engagement plans on college campuses. Interns will work to craft effective tactics for the campus to use in the fall to increase voter participation and work to hit goals each week that elevate the status of our campaign work.
  • Media outreach. Student PIRG interns work to get our issues and opinions covered by the media, through news releases, “op-eds,” online webinars, and more. 
  • Attending a weekly skills workshop. Each week interns will be taught grassroots campaigning skills from our professional staff, some of whom have worked in student organizing for over 30 years. 

The list of skills workshops include: 

  • Digital campaigning- How to mobilize student voters in the time of COVID-19
  • Working with the media –Generating media coverage on the youth vote
  • Running a meeting-From getting the right people in the “room/zoom”  to facilitating a productive meeting
  • Building diverse and effective coalitions and mobilizing student leaders
  • Developing winning campaign strategies and tactics
  • Public Speaking –in forums varying from virtual classrooms to town halls and press conferences
  • Using social media to educate and mobilize

APPLY ONLINE: 

Please apply on using this form. 

For Students on a Semester Schedule:

  • We will run two 5 week long summer internship sessions.
    • Session I: May 26th- June 26th
    • Session II: June 29th-  July 31st

For Students on a Quarter Schedule:

  • June 26th – July 31st 

Requirements:

10 hours per week

A commitment to making a difference on issue based campaign work
Strong organizational abilities
The ability to engage others, whether one-on-one or in a group 
The ability to think strategically
Strong writing and communication skills

Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students in law, political science, public policy, sociology or environmental studies, but students in any area of study may apply. Previous campaign and/or advocacy experience is a plus.