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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.  

Massachusetts Peace Action is a statewide membership organization working to develop the sustained political power to foster a more just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy.  Through grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and community education, our priority issues for 2018 are:  Stop the $1 Trillion nuclear weapons modernization; No War in Korea; End War Without End; People’s Budget; and A New Day for Israel and Palestine.  Choose from one of six specialties:

Organizing

  • Organize a Peace Action club at your college or high school
    • Identify students 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 – participate in Massachusetts Peace Action campaigns or create your own!
  • Design and circulate promotional materials
  • Build relationships with other community activists, like minded organizations, and Peace Action working groups
  • Use social media to advance your campaign
  • Click here for more information: masspeaceaction.org/campus-student/

Communications and Journalism

  • Post regularly to social media about Peace Action’s projects, events, issues, and ideas.
  • Write e-alerts and keep web content updated. Photograph events and produce videos
  • Write or edit news releases and articles about Peace Action projects
  • Co-edit an issue of our newsletter
  • Scan mainstream media coverage of our issues and write letters to the editor
  • Contact media outlets to cover events and/or run our articles and releases
  • Create compelling digital content that supports our website, email, and social campaign efforts.
  • Help us strengthen our image and reposition our message across all digital channels
  • Graphic design
  • Create impactful campaign videos

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 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 office staff to communicate about our issues
  • Contact Peace Action supporters who are constituents and ask them to contact legislative offices or attend delegations
  • If an election campaign is ongoing, contact candidates about the issues

Fundraising

  • 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

Campaign Specific

  • Help organize an issue-specific campaign
  • Topics include nuclear disarmament, People’s Budget, Middle East wars, and Palestine/Israel
  • Schedule meetings, take notes, remind members of action items
  • Draft, edit, and format literature. Organize and publicize events

All interns will:

  • Meet in the office with staff and other interns
  • Read a book on one of our issues, and report on it during the term
  • Assist with outreach tabling, mailings, data entry, vigils and rallies, and general office tasks as needed
  • Attend, assist and learn at MAPA sponsored events

You must demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the global and domestic effects of U.S. militarism
  • Commitment to grassroots organizing for progressive social change
  • Strong writing, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Desire to work as part of a small team in a grassroots setting
  • Able to lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Social media savvy
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Schedule flexibility to attend events nights, weekends, holidays

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.

Course Credit:

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 (cole@masspeaceaction.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.