Public Health Advocate with WashPIRG: Impact Internship
Right now, we’re working to end the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. If you are like most Americans, you or someone in your family has been prescribed antibiotics to treat an illness. Maybe it was a simple ear infection, or strep throat. Or maybe it was something potentially life-threatening, like pneumonia or a post-surgery infection. When we get an infectious illness, we assume that the antibiotics our doctors prescribe for us will make us better. But what if they didn’t? Medical experts, including the World Health Organization, are warning that if we don’t stop the overuse of antibiotics, they could stop working — with potentially grave consequences for public health
That’s why we’re organizing campaigns across the country on this issue. Unlike most campaigns with Impact, the antibiotics campaign is targeting a corporation to initiate the change we want to see in our food system. Subway is the largest fastfood chain in the world and advertises itself as a healthy alternative to most fast food restaurants, so we are calling on them to stop serving meat raised with antibiotics by January 2016.
So: what do interns with Impact do? You’ll help us educate and engage more students and citizens on the overuse of antibiotics. You’ll help us get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to make a difference. WashPIRG is looking to hire three interns this semester to work on our antibiotics campaign:
Media and Social Media: The media is the best way to get our message out to the public. Media interns will develop a media strategy for promoting our work to the public, educating the public about our issues, and using the media as a tactic in advocacy. Activities include keeping and maintaining press lists, developing relations with members of the local media, and maintaining visibility for events through letters to the editor, local public service announcements, doing radio feeds, digital organizing, postering, and other visibility. You will also help develop our online presence—creating and posting content on Facebook and Twitter, liking and interacting with other groups & VIPs in the state, and growing our reach to even more people online.
Grassroots: Grassroots interns are essentially responsible for building people power – our response to the political and financial power wielded by corporate interests and elected officials. You will coordinate our efforts to generate grassroots pressure aimed at targeted decision-makers. You will use tactics such as petition/letter drives, endorsement campaigns, district meetings, and generating local media attention.
Community Engagement and Research: Coalitions are an important part of the people power we will need to take on entrenched political and economic interests. Community Engagement interns will be directly responsible for reaching out to community leaders and health professionals to get them involved in our campaign as coalition partners. You will be in charge of developing and maintaining these relationships through the duration of the campaign. You will also be in charge of research responsibilities such as conducting surveys, writing reports or fact sheets on the overuse of antibiotics, and releasing reports to the media.
Becoming an Impact intern
We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and our democracy, and are ready to make a difference now. As an intern:
- You’ll learn how to analyze problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win
- You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
- And you’ll attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about the issues and gain organizing skills
And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving big problems like polluted water, global warming, or big money in our political system – interning with Impact is one of the best ways to get started. Not only will you get the training and experience you need, but we hire our most talented and committed interns to join Impact as campaign organizers when they graduate: check out weareimpact.org for more information.
If you want to make an impact on our environment, our democracy and our future, apply to be an Impact intern today: send your resume, cover letter, and an indication of which internship you are interested in to Andrew Gage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application period: rolling until 12/15/2015