Environmental & Climate Justice Intern Program (2 positions)

Vacancy Announcement – December 6, 2012

Position Location:     Baltimore, MD     
Reports to:                   Director, Environmental & Climate Justice Program
Travel:                            Minimal

Summary:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.  The principal object of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality for all.  As part of its mission, the NAACP seeks to enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights and to educate persons about their constitutional rights.

The NAACP ECJ Leadership Intern Program is designed to give students and recent graduates the opportunity to work for six months at NAACP Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. Students will work on a range of tasks to advance the objectives of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program and to build their own individual professional capacity through increased knowledge and skills. The NAACP ECJ Leadership Intern Program is made possible through the generous support of the Energy Foundation.

Summary of Duties:

Those selected for the ECJ Leadership Intern program will work in one or several of the following ECJ Projects:

  • Coal Blooded Campaign—Organizing communities to address pollution from coal fired power plants;
  • Just Energy Campaign-Advancing Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy;
  • Upholding Civil and Human Rights in Disasters;
  • Youth and College Leadership Initiative on Environmental and Climate Justice; and
  • African American Church Leadership Initiative on Environmental and Climate Justice.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducting outreach to engage key constituencies in environmental and climate justice work including youth and faith leaders, tracking federal, state, and local policies on environmental and climate justice as well as corporate practices
  • Documenting and uplifting best practices on environmental and climate justice
  • Creating educational materials for member engagement and support
  • Increasing the visibility of NAACP member engagement on environmental and climate justice through social media
  • Conducting a range of research projects, including racial impact studies, and facilitating member engagement in educating policymakers on environmental issues impacting communities of color and low income communities


Qualifications:

ECJ Leadership Interns will be selected based on a number of factors, including:

  • Interest in environmental and climate justice
  • Academic credentials
  • Work/volunteer history
  • Recommendations
  • Commitment to racial justice, human rights and environmental and climate justice

Selected participants will be awarded a stipend of $­­­­­­1,100/month to offset living and travel expenses while participating in the program.  This stipend will be paid on a bi-weekly basis through our payroll system and is subject to applicable state, local, and federal taxes.

ECJ Leadership Interns will be responsible for securing their own housing and transportation for the duration of the program.

ECJ Leadership Interns may also seek funding from outside sources to supplement the stipend.

Questions concerning the program should be directed to the ECJ Administrative Coordinator, at ecjp@naacpnet.org, please use the subject line of 2012 ECJ Leadership Intern Program.

Nondiscrimination:

It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply: Resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:

Email: hresources@naacpnet.org (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Fax:  (410) 580-5735

Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent upon the continuation of such funds.