Californians for Pesticide Reform seeks Intern

1 Jul

Start  date:  As  soon  as  possible.

Minimum  Commitment:  3  months,  10  hours/week
Research  assistant  needed  for  a  progressive  coalition  working  on  pesticide  and  environmental  justice  issues  across  California.  Californians  for  Pesticide  Reform  (CPR)  is  a  dynamic  statewide  coalition  of  over  185  public  interest  groups  founded  in  1994  to  protect  public  health  and  the  environment  from  pesticides.  CPR  is  undertaking  a  series  of  media,  communications,  and  public  opinion  research  projects  in  order  to  get  a  clear  understanding  of  how  Californians  understand  our  issues,  and  how  they  might  be  inspired  to  take  action  to  support  sustainable  agriculture  and  protect  farmworkers  and  the  public  from  pesticide  exposures.  This  research  will  directly  inform  CPR’s  current  and  future  campaigns,  as  well  as  those  of  its  member  organizations.  Findings  will  be  translated  into  messaging  and  issue  definitions  recommendations,  and  then  shared  widely  with  partner  organizations  in  the  state  and  across  the  country.    
In  addition  to  a  passion  for  environmental  justice  and/or  sustainable  agriculture,  applicants  should  have  some  familiarity  with  databases  such  as  Lexis  Nexis  as  well  as  strong  internet  research  skills.  A  strong  academic  background,  preferably  in  the  humanities,  is  required.  Some  graduate  training  would  be  ideal.  After  initial  project  consultation  and  definition,  the  intern  would  work  independently,  checking  in  once  every  week  or  two  as necessary.  Work  can  be  done  remotely,  from  CPR’s  San  Francisco  office  or  from  coalition  member  Pesticide  Watch’s  office  in  Sacramento.  Working  with  the  communications  director  of  Pesticide  Action  Network  North  America  (a  CPR  member  organization),  the  intern  would  be  expected  to  commit  to  a  three-­‐month,  10  hour  per  week  minimum  in  order  to  see  a  piece  of  research  through  to  completion.
At  the  completion  of  the  project,  the  intern  will  have  a  body  of  communications  research  to  add  to  their  portfolio:  media  content  analysis,  public opinion  research  meta-­‐analysis,  a  campaign  materials  audit  or  a  map  of  relevant  new  media  influence  networks.  These  skills  should  translate  well  into  a  career  in  online  organizing,  marketing  and  communications,  and  campaign  planning.
To  apply,  please  send  a  resume  &  writing  sample  with  “Media  Internship”  in  the  subject  line  to:  Tracey  Brieger,  tracey@pesticidereform.org.  Feel  free  to  call  (415-­‐981-­‐3939  x6)  or  email  with  any  questions.
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