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Sierra Club, Media and Communications Intern, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 8456

Mon, May 19, 2014

Are you wondering if a career in public relations, journalism, social media coordination, or progressive politics is for you? The Austin Beyond Coal Campaign and Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter are seeking an intern in our downtown Austin office. This is a great opportunity to learn more about communications in the non-profit field, while making an impact on critical environmental issues like climate change, fossil fuels and clean energy, and conservation. 
This internship will offer you a chance to learn about crafting communications strategy, helping community members engage with local media, working with reporters, and winning advocacy campaigns. 
The ideal candidate for an internship with Sierra Club is self-motivated, energetic, flexible and a strategic thinker with very strong writing abilities, good organizational skills, understanding of the political system, and a passion for the environment and social justice. Responsibilities will be tailored to personal skills and areas of interest to the best of our ability. 

Primary Responsibilities 

While projects may vary, the Media and Communications Intern will gain exposure to: 

Social media coordination and blog outreach 
Monitoring and compiling Sierra Club or related issue media coverage 
Pitching stories to the news media 
Writing and editing press materials, reports, and presentations 
Preparing and distributing media props and materials 
Answering media inquiries and responding to the field requests 
Building press lists 
Brainstorming media opportunities, media strategy, talking points/messaging 
Attending events and hearings 
Providing general support for the Communications team 
Other public relations and communications tasks and individual projects as assigned 

Required Qualifications 

Other qualifications: Current college student or recent college graduate living in Austin. If you are foreign student, we cannot review your application unless you are part of a program that arranges your paperwork for you -- we cannot arrange an H1B visa. 
This is an unpaid internship, but includes opportunities to attend many events and participate in several program trainings at no cost. The Club will also reimburse any campaign-related travel costs. 

Interns will be expected to work a flexible 10-15 hour week which includes holding regular office hours and attending mandatory Wednesday evening phonebanks from 6pm to 8pm. Once accepted, all interns are expected to complete the semester of the internship program they have committed to in order to receive credit. Interns must have a weekly meeting or call with their Sierra Club staff member to check in on work plan and strategy. 
Depending on progress and commitment shown, there is also an opportunity for the internship to continue past the set end date with remote supervision from the Sierra Club office in Austin. Academic credit may also be available (we are willing to provide any documentation necessary to help students get credit at their college or university).

To apply, 

Send resume and cover letter to Internship Program Coordinator Rabekha Siebert at, and cc Internship Manager Dave Cortez at Include in the body of your email a note about which position you are applying for. 

Internship applicants should send a letter answering the following questions: 
Why are you interested in this position? 
What would you hope to learn or accomplish? 
What experience do you have working with news media, political organizing or using communication tools to tell a story? 

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis at the Sierra Club office in Austin (1202 San Antonio St). Orientation will be held on Monday May 19th. If hired, interns must be available for this date. The first regular day of the internship will be Wednesday May 21st. 

See BTT Gateway Job ID 8456. Application Deadline 5/19

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