California: Pesticide Action Network seeks Methyl Iodide Campaign Intern

1 Jun
The intern will be a member of PAN’s Sustainable Food Systems team and will provide research and advocacy assistance in support of the team’s methyl iodide campaign. The team’s overall goal is to build public will to establish policies and market shifts that support agroecological farming, localized control over food systems and fairness for family farmers and workers around the world. The goal of this particular campaign is to protect and promote the health and human rights of farmworkers and rural communities, by removing toxic fumigant pesticide methyl iodide from the suite of pesticides currently in use. 


The intern’s work will contribute to the methyl iodide campaign as mentioned above. Duties may include:

Playing an active role in campaign strategy design and execution. This will be done in collaboration with both PAN staff, as well as a broad-based coalition of state and national organizations.

Conducting research on policies and issues surrounding methyl iodide. Presenting on this topic to a range of audiences, especially high school and university students

Producing campaign support materials such as factsheets, reports, and blog posts.

Communicating with partner organizations to facilitate their collaboration on this campaign. And other campaign support activities as needed.

The intern may also have the opportunity to represent PAN at local tabling events, if she/he desires.


Research (internet, library): able to compile and synthesize material from a broad range of sources

Strong writing, editing and verbal communication skills

Computer skills (Word, Excel, Internet)

Strong interest in sustainable agriculture, food systems, corporate accountability and policy advocacy

Ability to work both independently and as an active group participant

Ability to keep work organized in order for it to be interpreted by future interns or PAN staff

Hours: A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required. Hours are flexible, but there will be some meetings and required in-office hours. 

Timeframe: Starting in May or June and continuing for at least three months. 

Location: The PAN office in San Francisco, near the Powell Street BART station. It is also possible to conduct some portion of the work from home or libraries (if intern has a personal computer). 

Supervisor: Devika Ghai, PAN Partners Program Coordinator


There is no stipend associated with intern positions at PAN. However, we do reimburse any local commuting costs. Benefits include:

Excellent springboard for those seeking a career in the realms of environmental policy and/or social justice.

Strengthened research, writing and advocacy skills

Connections to individuals within the field, including national and international networks of social justice/sustainable agriculture activists

Increased understanding of pesticide, sustainable agriculture, environmental science, social justice, and food and agricultural policy issues

Experience in an established non-profit structure

Increased understanding of effective routes to progressive reform

The chance to work in a creative and fun learning environment where staff members share your vision and values!

How to Apply

Submit the following to

A cover letter indicating that you wish to apply for the Methyl Iodide Campaign Internship. Include why you want to work with PAN and what experience/skills you hope to gain, your available dates, and the number of hours per week you wish to work. Please include where you learned of the position.

A current resume highlighting the experience and/or coursework relevant to the position

A brief writing sample (no more than five pages)

Contact information for two references (name, phone, email, relationship)

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