Food & Water Watch is a leading national consumer advocacy organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge campaigns that challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources, empower people to take action and transform the public consciousness about what we eat and drink. Since 2005, wehave won significant victories to protect our food and water. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major media outlets. For more information check out our website at www.foodandwaterwatch.org.
We work to protect water as a public resource rather than a commodity sold to the highest bidder, covering issues related to water privatization, state water policy, and exposing the myths and dangers of bottled water. We also work to stop factory fish farming and promote safe and sustainable food. Interns will have the benefit of learning critical research, grassroots organizing and advocacy skills from experienced staff.
The Food & Water Watch communications staff is responsible for developing and implementing new and traditional media outreach strategies for national, regional and local issue campaigns relating to food safety and security, water rights and healthy oceans. This internship is a hands-on position that will be a great introduction to public interest advocacy and media relations work. We are seeking interns to work in our Washington, DC and NYC offices.
This position is part-time and runs from January - April.
Responsibilities may include:
- Participating in planning, development and implementation of national, state and local media campaigns.
- Pitching Food & Water Watch issues and reports to reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and news and talk show producers.
- Assisting with the regular information flow to these contacts including e-mailing, blast faxing, and mailing of pertinent information such as news releases and editorial board memos.
- Assisting in organizing news conferences or other media events in Washington, DC and NYC.
- Writing materials such as newsletter articles, news advisories, talking points, letters to the editor, and responses to web news or blogs.
- Maintaining media databases and research new media contacts.
- Monitoring news coverage and maintaining news clips file.
- Assisting in Food & Water Watch website promotion strategies such as posting on social networking and news discussions sites.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Strong interest in Food & Water Watch's issues and a demonstrated commitment to social change.
- Interest in how the media works and how communications strategies advance a public interest agenda.
- Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills are required, as well as an ability to handle multiple tasks at once.
- Experience in social issue organizing, communications, or journalism is helpful.
How to apply
Please email a tailored cover letter, resume, two professional references and writing sample to [email protected] (Subject: Spring Communications Internship). Please put the specific location for which you are applying in the subject line.