Massachusetts Peace Action is seeking college or high school students, recent graduates, or young activists who want to help and want experience building political power for peace. The time commitment is at least 10 hours a week for at least 10 weeks. The internship is unpaid, but a $300 stipend is awarded on completion. Our office is located near Harvard Square, Cambridge. The internship experience works best for those that have flexible schedules and, while setting a regular schedule of hours in the office, can also sometimes attend evening and weekend programs and meetings.
Usual schedules: Fall term - September to December; Spring term - February to May; Summer term - May to August each year. Start and end dates are flexible as long as the time commitment is met.
Choose from one of four specialties:
Communications and Journalism
- Post regularly to Facebook and Twitter about Peace Action’s projects, issues and ideas. Write e-alerts and keep web content updated.
- Photograph events and produce videos
- Edit an issue of MAPA's newsletter
- Write or edit news releases or articles about Peace Action projects
- Contact mainstream media outlets to cover events and/or run our articles and releases
- Tech savvy
- Graphic Design
- Create compelling digital content that supports our website, email, and social campaign efforts.
- Help us strengthen our image and reposition our message across all digitalchannels
- Create impactful campaign videos
- Familiar with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube. Buffer and Tweetdeck are a plus.
Website Design and Management
- Optimize our WordPress site by creating and configuring new functionality
- Solve technical problems that may require HTML or CSS coding
- Evaluate our site usage patterns using analytics to draw conclusions about usage patterns
Legislative / Political
- Update the Legislative Agenda and Legislative Scorecard to reflect current legislation, sponsorship and vote results
- Write updates for our supporters on the legislative agenda; post updates on social media
- Contact legislative offices to communicate about our issues
- Contact Peace Action supporters who are constituents and ask them to contact legislative offices
- If an election campaign is ongoing: distribute and collect campaign questionnaires, attend candidate events, contact candidates about the issues, write up candidate comparison charts
- Organize a recognized Peace Action chapter or Peace and Justice Club at your school
- Identify students, faculty, and existing groups interested in your initiative
- Register the club as an official campus organization
- Schedule, organize and hold meetings to develop members’ engagement and make plans
- Lead the club to organize events and campaigns on your campus - You may participate in state or national Peace Action campaigns or create your own!
- Design and circulate promotional materials
- Build relationships with other community activists, like minded organizations, and Peace Action members
- Use social media to advance your campaign
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- Keep track of the master list of donors and prospective donors
- Work with board members to track their outreach to donors and assist them
- Call donors and schedule appointments for board member visits
- Assist in organizing fundraising events
- Assist in keeping track of grant opportunities and in developing proposals
- Participate in an issue-specific campaign and assist its members
- Schedule meetings, take notes, remind members of action items
- Draft, edit, and format literature
- Organize and publicize events
- Topics include nuclear disarmament, People’s Budget, Middle East wars, and Palestine/Israel
- You should have demonstrated previous involvement in the issue area
For All Internships, You must demonstrate:
- Your understanding of the global and domestic effects of U.S. militarism
- Your commitment to grassroots organizing for progressive social change
- Strong writing, analytical and interpersonal skills
- You are a self-starter
- Desire to work as part of a small team in a grassroots setting
Except for organizers, interns will spend 80% of their time in the office at hours of their choice between M-F, 10am-6pm, and work with staff and other interns. Up to 25% of their time will be spent on general support work including staffing outreach tables, mailings, data entry, attending vigils and rallies, and general office tasks.
We can help you do an internship that is part of a course that receives college credit. Please make that clear and be sure to provide us with information on all the relevant requirements.
To apply, please submit a brief cover letter, resume, and short sample of your writing or (for communications) creative work to Cole Harrison, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include in your cover letter an explanation how you fit into the peace movement and identify which specialty you prefer. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.