Title: Chispa Communications Intern
Reports to: Chispa National Communications Director
Duration: 12 Weeks – January – April 2021 (start and end dates flexible)
Schedule and Compensation: 15-20 hours per week; $15.00 per hour
LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections.
Our over 2 million members, our volunteers and staff, and our more than 30 state affiliates (together, the Conservation Voter Movement) work for a more just and equitable democracy, where people—not polluters—determine our future. This movement is an influential national network with unparalleled influence in Washington, DC, in state capitals, and in communities around the country. We are unmatched in our ability to ensure meaningful action on our key issues. We aim to bring people and communities together across racial, geographic, political, religious, economic and other differences toward collective goals instead of dividing us from one another.
In 2014, LCV launched Chispa (“chispa” translates to “spark” in English), a program that relies on community organizing to build the voice and power of Latino families to influence the environmental policies and decisions that affect their lives. Through our programs in five states, our members have taken leadership in the fights to keep rooftop solar affordable and accessible and convert dirty diesel school buses to clean electric fleets, developed Latino and other people of color policymakers as champions on environmental issues, demonstrated to Spanish-language media that the environment is a priority issue for Latinx families, and built strong relationships with social justice and environmental groups alike.
LCV is seeking a Chispa Communications Intern who will support the Chispa National Communications Director in implementing communications strategies for the multi-state Chispa program. The internship will include all facets of the Communications department’s work, including producing press and online materials and interacting with reporters. The Chispa Communications Intern will produce a diverse writing portfolio by the end of their internship, which they will be able to present to potential employers. They will also have a comprehensive understanding of how a communications team runs and the tools we use to communicate with the press. The ideal candidate is bilingual in English and Spanish, creative, culturally competent and an excellent communicator.
The Chispa Communication Intern will:
- Assist in writing blog posts that center racial justice and equity in the fight for environmental protections.
- Draft press releases and emails, and other communication materials for outreach to media and Chispa members that are culturally competent and reflect the environmental justice priorities of the program.
- Participate in local pitching opportunities with local and national media, including Spanish-language and Latinx-focused outlets.
- Help create and maintain press list for Chispa and state-specific Chispa programs.
- Write opinion-editorials, incorporating storytelling where appropriate.
- Help coordinate press events and conferences as needed.
- Help craft social media posts as needed under supervision of the Chispa Digital Campaigns Manager.
- Participate actively in centering racial justice and equity in all Chispa communications.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Work Experience: Six months administrative support work, including internship experience preferred.
- Skills: Required – Highly organized; strong attention to detail; excellent written and oral communications skills; strong research skills; exhibits solid judgment; critical thinking skills; able to work independently and as a team; able to handle multiple tasks; self-starter; demonstrated ability to meet deadlines; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite. Preferred – Spanish language proficiency with the ability to write effectively in Spanish. Interest in political news, including coverage of the 2020 presidential, grassroots organizing, and storytelling.
- Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating racial justice and equity into the work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Commitment to environmental protection and mission of LCV. Interest in politics, media, communications and/or social media.
- Conditions: The location of this position is flexible. Please note that all LCV staff and interns are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Chispa Communications Intern” in the subject line no later than December 8, 2020. No phone calls please.
LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace.