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Please note that these internships vary in length and time offered.
Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifications do I need?
We expect all applicants to have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers.
What are the hours, and will I get paid?
Most of our internships are full-time with regular business hours (9-5, Monday through Friday) with one paid hour for lunch. All interns receive a competitive salary. Please see individual listings for salary information.
What if I’m not a U.S. citizen?
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be able to provide an employment authorization document from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
How do I apply?See instructions for each internship below.
Outreach & Communications Assistant (One Year Internship)
Nuclear Weapons Risk Reduction Campaign
Union of Concerned Scientists
Cambridge, MA office
The Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) Global Security Program is starting a national campaign to reduce the risks posed by nuclear weapons. The overall goal of the campaign is to educate and engage activists, supporters and experts, as well as the concerned public, on the issue and to build support for national policies that will reduce nuclear risk. The campaign seeks to build a national network of UCS Science Network members and UCS supporters in key states with whom we interact with on a regular basis and work with to engage in a range of advocacy and public education activities.
The intern will help in meaningful ways to address one of the planet’s most critical issues – the threat posed by nuclear weapons. The intern will gain direct experience working on public policy issue advocacy, public education and engagement and grassroots organizing. He/she will develop a better understanding and experience with conducting effective issue campaigns across many platforms, including traditional and social media, and events. The intern will improve writing and speaking abilities, persuasion and grassroots organizing skills and learn how to interact with scientists, concerned citizens, issue activists and other partners. He/she will work directly with legislative and communications professionals and issue experts at one of the nation’s most respected public interest advocacy organizations.
- Serve as the campaign’s primary contact with UCS activists and expert members in support of campaign goals and initiatives;
- Work with campaign manager and Communications department to conceive and implement online campaign actions and initiatives that engage supporters, experts and pressure targets
- Help identify and organize speaking opportunities for UCS experts and staff to key states and college campuses
Qualifications and experience
Two or four year college degree, plus some experience in political, grassroots or issue organizing or working for a cause, candidate or concern, and/or other experience involving significant in-person, phone or email contact with the public.
May spend extended periods at computer terminal.
Possible travel (1-2 full day or single night trips during the internship) by automobile in the New England/mid-Atlantic region; Driver’s license required.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff particularlyto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. UCS is committed to building a workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking candidates who bring diversity of background and perspective to join us in this work.
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, one-year, benefits-eligible internship based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is $31,200; the equivalent of $15 per hour. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “GSP Campaign Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: December 6, 2015 or until filled. We anticipate a January start date.
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security.
Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a small group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a monthly stipend, the fellows serve as full-time project assistants at the participating organization of their choice.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is one of the organizations where Scoville Fellows can elect to work.
Scoville Fellows, through independent projects and active participation with their chosen organization and the larger community dedicated to peace and security issues, have rich opportunities to gain experience and leadership skills and to help translate their social concerns into direct action. In addition, each fellow selects a board member to serve as a mentor and mentor, smoothing the transition to Washington, DC.
Scoville Fellows are selected from an international pool of distinguished applicants. Prospective fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.
For information on how to apply, please visit the Scoville Peace Fellowship website.