Advocacy and Communications Intern
Ann Arbor (remote)
Erica Bertram, Communications Director
Description of the Intern’s Role
The Rackham intern will provide communications content development to a team of advocates at the Ecology Center by serving as a story-teller to help identify and tell compelling stories about our work.
The Ecology Center’s mission is to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. We believe that the central question of our time is how human beings are going to thrive in the world without destroying the earth’s ability to sustain us. In the face of enormous environmental challenges, virtually all sectors of our society are now scrambling to create solutions, and the Ecology Center plays a critical role in advancing the best models. We are guided by three “North Star” principles, 1) a commitment to justice, 2) a focus on people’s health, and 3) collaboration in all that we do.
Storytelling is a critical advocacy tool. The Ecology Center has been telling stories about our work through our newsletter, action alerts and advocacy campaigns, fundraising emails, history celebrations, and other communications, but it is clear that we could do more to creatively communicate all of the current work we are doing. Program staff need additional communications support to tell compelling stories about their work.
The intern will work with advocates to understand the landscape of our work and to assist with communications support and the development and writing of stories. In addition to general communications assistance, students would focus on several kinds of stories including:
- impact stories that highlight the impacts of our work and the people that benefit,
- movement-building stories that highlight our work in the context of broader movements,
- explanatory or persuasive stories that inform or advocate, among others.
Compelling stories that engage and move readers are critical for advocacy. They help advance our environmental campaigns, persuade and motivate, and communicate our work to the general public, members, and donors. We are seeking a student with experience and interest in learning more about:
- Communicating with a variety of audiences and through multiple channels
- Developing compelling ideas and content for stories to create positive change
- Team-based collaboration
- Experience with advocacy and shaping content to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders and audiences
- Managing, implementing, and completing writing and communications projects
- Training in content management systems
An interest and experience with environmental issues is a bonus, but is not required.
Note: all students are expected to contribute 20 hours per week to their internship experience. The specific days of the week and remote work possibilities (if any) are at the discretion of the site and should be discussed explicitly during the interview and hiring process.
About the Organization
Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center develops innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. Among its accomplishments, the Ecology Center established Michigan’s first recycling program; led a statewide campaign that closed all of Michigan’s 157 medical waste incinerators; led organizing efforts that created the Midwest’s largest locally-funded land preservation programs; created the country’s premier source of information about toxic chemicals in consumer products; and much more.
We believe that the central question of our time is how human beings are going to thrive in the world without destroying the earth’s ability to sustain us. In the face of enormous environmental challenges, virtually all sectors of our society are now scrambling to create solutions, and the Ecology Center plays a critical role in advancing the best models.
To do that, we do the following:
- We educate consumers to help keep their families healthy and safe.
- We push corporations to use clean energy, make safe products, and provide healthy sustainable food.
- We provide people with innovative services that promote healthy people and a healthy planet.
- We work with policymakers to establish laws that protect communities and the environment.
Today, the Ecology Center runs campaigns and programs in four areas—Climate Action and Clean Energy; Safer Chemicals and a Healthy Environment; Sustainable Food and a Healthy Environment; Recycling and Zero Waste.