Intern with Clean and Healthy New York (PAID)
About the organization
Clean and Healthy New York (CHNY) is an advocacy organization building a just society in which toxic chemicals are unthinkable. Our work changes laws, shifts markets, and empowers people to advance innovative solutions and create a sustainable economy. We envision a clean, safe, and healthy world in which all people are free to grow and thrive. We value collaboration, authenticity, justice, foresight, and fearlessness, and seek staff who embody these.
Since our founding in 2006, we have driven New York State’s environmental health leadership. We won bans on BPA in baby bottles, PFAS in food service ware, and flame retardants in furnishings. In 2020, we secured our keystone policy, the Child Safe Products Act. We have driven national retail chain buybuy BABY to establish a Restricted Substances List, phase out flame retardants in nursery items, and end presence of harmful chemicals in personal care and cleaning products. In service of this work, we have authored numerous reports, tested products and people for harmful chemicals, and presented to thousands of people across the US. Learn more: www.cleanhealthyny.org.
CHNY’s paid internship program offers the opportunity to engage in advocacy for a just society in which toxic chemicals are unthinkable. In this temporary, part time position, you’ll be providing project and campaign support to staff to help us engage the public, win new government and corporate policies, and ensure existing policies meet their potential.
20 hours per week, flexible; largely within the 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday – Friday range.
Period of employment
January – June 2021, with the potential to be extended by mutual agreement
The position will start as remote-working only. Should the impact of Covid-19 lessen, if you live near the Capital Region, you may work in our Albany office later in the spring. You will need a computer, telephone, and reliable internet access. Preferably, our interns are based in New York State, in the event that in-person activities become possible.
Help CHNY win policy victories by:
Researching, writing, compiling, and distributing memoranda of support and fact sheets for CHNY’s priority issues.
Tracking the status of, and support and opposition for, identified policy priorities.
Support CHNY’s coalition building and public support by performing data entry and database maintenance.
Amplify CHNY’s voice by researching, pitching, and drafting content for our blog, website, and social media.
Promote public engagement by updating CHNY’s websites with current program information and action opportunities.
Maintain communication with supervisor and other relevant staff about ongoing project progress
Keep CHNY running effectively by fulfilling other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director and other CHNY staff as needed.
Be a valuable member of our team by participating in and contribute to staff meetings, email correspondence, and other means of communication.
We are looking for a hard-working, intrinsically motivated person who wants to learn more about environmental health, public policy, and how a small nonprofit advocacy organization functions, while having the opportunity to make a big impact on our success. You must have strong tech and communication skills, and be quick to learn new styles of writing (such as for Memoranda of Support). Background understanding about the impact toxic chemicals have on human health and the environment, public health, public policy, or health care a bonus. We are looking for creative problem solvers who know when to ask for help as they learn the ropes of our work.
Planning and oversight
You and your direct supervisor will meet weekly to review the previous week’s workplan and accomplishments, discuss the goals for the week, and troubleshoot any challenges. Your direct supervisor will be available regularly for email, phone, or video chat contact to discuss ongoing projects and answer questions.
Clean and Healthy New York will staff provide an introductory orientation to current campaigns and provide additional resources as necessary or requested to ensure you are able to successfully complete the responsibilities outlined above.
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Siobhan Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include your location, salary requirements, and where you saw the posting. Please write the position title in the subject line of your email. Position open until filled.
Clean and Healthy New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, childbearing status, or disability.