California: Californians for Pesticide Reform seeks Interns

27 Mar
Volunteer and internship positions are available with Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR), an environmental health coalition of over 185 organizations working to protect public health and the environment from the dangers of pesticide use. Internship responsibilities can include the following areas of activity:

Coalition Building/Networking

Learn how to build and maintain an active network from the coalition that received the California Association of Nonprofits 2001 Partnership Award.

Projects include:

  • Coordinating outreach to new and existing member groups
  • Mobilizing our action alert network
  • Recruiting participants for our annual conference and other events
  • Writing newsletter articles
  • Updating the coalition website and database

Media—Make the News

CPR achieves regular statewide media coverage through press conferences, placing opinion editorials and letters to the editor, meeting with editorial boards and responding to media inquiries. Learn how to write compelling media materials, pitch a story, set up a news conference and more.

Projects include:

  • Drafting news releases, advisories and other news conference materials
  • Coordinating a news conference
  • Pitching stories to the media
  • Writing and pitching opinion editorials, writing letters to the editor
  • Tracking pesticide media coverage

Policy in Action

Learn how state level and local policy works from the coalition that passed the California Healthy Schools Act of 2000, buffer zones around schools in the Central Valley and numerous local pesticide policies.

Projects include:

  • Tracking state and federal pesticide legislation and state agency action
  • Writing letters, calling and visiting legislators about key pesticide policy
  • Assisting community groups with local policy issues

Location: Our central coordinating office is in downtown San Francisco, one block from the BART Powell Street Station at Market and Powell.

Requirements: Volunteers and interns are asked to contribute a minimum of one day a week. Specific hours, project plans, and responsibilities are worked out individually.

Credit for internships can be arranged.

To apply

There are no application deadlines – we accept intern applications on a rolling basis. Please send applications by email to Claire@pesticidereform.orgwith “Internship Application” in the subject line. In your application, please include:

  1. Cover letter, including a description of:
  • Why you are interested in interning with CPR
  • What issues you are specifically interested in working on (Healthy Schools, Pesticide drift, Environmental Justice, pesticides and water, farmworker issues, sustainable agriculture, local city/county ordinances)
  • What skills you have and what skills you would like to develop (research, writing, policy work, community organizing, computer, translation, media skills etc.)
  • If you are fluent or highly proficient in any languages besides English
  • What dates you are available
  • How many hours you can work each week
  1. Recent resume
  1. Short writing sample

For More Information, contact: Californians for Pesticide Reform; Claire Swanback, (415) 981-3939 x320; email

Californians for Pesticide Reform

49 Powell Street, Suite 530

San Francisco, CA  94102


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