Internships and Volunteer Positions Available
internships are entry-level positions for people new to social change work or
who can only commit a very limited amount of time. Rather than focusing on a
specific project or campaign, novice interns work on a variety of projects as
the need arises, in order to expose the intern to a wide range of projects and
tasks. For applicants who are unsure of which project they wish to pursue this
is an excellent starting point. Over time, general interns may choose to
progress into a specialized internship,
JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Wetlands animal rights
campaigns have included efforts to stop drug addiction studies and maternal
deprivation experiments on monkeys; to prevent legislation to legalize
crossbows and cruel snare traps; to ban the hunting of animals in fenced-in
areas (canned hunting) and the production of foie gras, to end the sale of fur
garments; to promote vegan diets; to grant local governments the power to ban
animal trapping; and much more.
Rights and Globalization
Global Justice for Animals and the Environment (GJAE) project is a new effort
to research the impacts of global free trade agreements on animals, to bring
this information to legislators and the media, and to mobilize animal activists
against these agreements. To
learn more about GJAE visit our website at http://freetradekillsanimals.org
GJAE is looking for an intern to help in all of these areas.
- Research and develop reports on proposed free
- Find content for freetradekillsanimals.org.
- Draft flyers, action alerts, sign-on letters to
congress, and other literature.
- Lobby elected officials
- Draft press releases and contact media to
announce activities, release of reports, respond to Congressional votes,
- Contact animal rights groups around the country
to urge them to pressure their elected officials.
- Translate research documents from Spanish (for
Helpful Skills (not
- Familiarity with globalization and animal rights
- Interest in research
- Spanish fluency
- Writing ability.
- Experience in lobbying and legislative activism.
By eliminating environmental protections viewed
as "trade barriers", restricting green procurement legislation, and
protecting the investments of corporate polluters, free trade agreements have a
devastating impact on forests and other ecosystems. Wetlands Activism
Collective is presently working to stop Congress from ratifying free trade
agreements with Peru, Panama, Colombia, and South Korea.
- Read text and analyses of the Peru, Panama,
Colombia, and South Korea free trade agreements to learn how they impact
- Organize educational workshops to inform New
Yorkers on environmental impacts of free trade agreements.
- Meet with legislators and their aides to inform
them of the environmental impact of proposed trade deals.
- Mobilize environmental groups around the country
to educate their communities and pressure elected officials to oppose
anti-environmental free trade agreements.
- Through Op-Eds, story pitches, events, and
letters to the editor raise profile of trade/environment connection through
- Work with allied organizations to stage protests
to increase pressure on elected officials to oppose free trade deals.
Translator and Researcher
The battle is under way to stop passage of the
South Korea Free Trade Agreement, and to maximize the effectiveness of our
efforts, international solidarity is essential. To fight this agreement, we
need to build effective alliances with the Korean American community, advocacy
organizations in South Korea, and learn more about issues facing animals and
the environment in South Korea through Korean news media and publications of
advocacy groups and the Korean government. Global Justice for Animals and
the Environment seeks an individual who can facilitate all of these functions
by acting as a translator and interpreter.
- Translate correspondence to and from Korean
- Locate relevant documents in Korean and translate
- Translate Global Justice for Animals and the
Environment publications and webpages into Korean.
- Work with Korean American groups to outreach to
Korean American community on animal and environmental impacts of free
- Fluency in English and Korean
- Writing, editing, and translation skills.
- Research skills.
- Strong communication skills.
Translator and Interpreter
The Bush administration is in the midst of a
multi-year effort to build a US dominated trading bloc throughout the Americas via
bilateral trade agreements that threaten animals and their habitats.
Administration efforts are currently focused on deals with Peru, Panama, and
Colombia. Global Justice for Animals and the Environment is working to stop the
passage of these trade deals by researching their negative implications and
publicizing the issue to elected officials in the general public in the US and
abroad. To fight these agreements, we need to build effective alliances with
immigrant communities from these countries, share information with advocacy
groups in Peru, Panama, and Colombia, and learn more about issues facing
animals and the environment in these countries through news media and
publications of advocacy groups and governments. Global Justice for
Animals and the Environment seeks an individual who can facilitate all of these
functions by acting as a translator, researcher, and occasional
- Translate correspondence to and from advocacy
groups in Latin America.
- Locate relevant documents in Spanish and
- Translate Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
publications and webpages into Spanish.
with US based Latino organizations to outreach to Latinos in the US on
animal and environmental impacts of free trade agreements.
* Fluency in English and Spanish.
* Writing, editing, and translation skills.
* Research skills.
* Strong communication skills.
Our planet's forests are under attack, and
corporate logging polices are responsible! Wetlands Activism Collective
campaigns to stop the destruction of forests for paper comic books and catalogs
and wood for outdoor furniture. We also campaign against corporate-backed
free trade agreements including provisions that threaten forests and increase
investor protections for logging companies.
Wetlands Activism Collective is presently seeking interns for three summer
positions to work on our comics, trade, and catalogs campaigns (we may add a
fourth relating to the outdoor furniture at a later date).
As part of the
nationwide Paper Campaign spearheaded by ForestEthics, Wetlands is working to
shift the catalog industry towards increased use of recycled paper.
Organize protests at
stores and corporate offices of companies using paper pulp from endangered
forests in their catalogs. Work with volunteers to create props, signs and
banners, script street theater, choose targets, and alert media.
Recruit new activists to
the campaign by organizing lectures, film screenings, and information booths in
public places at environmental / progressive events.
Outreach to alternative
and mainstream media on catalogs campaign with story pitches, Op-Eds, and
letters to the editor.
Data enter signed
petitions, mail to company executives, and contact individuals who request additional
Collect photos and
videos and write articles describing protests for campaign blog and
Develop content on the
campaign for Wetlands-preserve.org website.
Greening the Comics Industry
Wetlands Activism Collective's Greening the
Comics Industry Campaign seeks to shift the comic book industry to use of 100%
post-consumer recycled paper and to reduce overall paper use.
- Develop a national list of comic book conventions
to survey fans at and organize grassroots environmentalists around the
country to conduct fan surveys.
- Research current paper used in the comic book
industry and viable recycled alternatives; collect recycled paper samples.
- Develop and send informational packets and arrange
meetings with comic book publishers to educate them on recycled
alternatives present information on recycled paper options
- Data enter and analyze survey results with
consultation from polling experts.
- Inform comics community of recycled paper issues
through outreach to comics fan and trade press.
Wetlands has fought in solidarity with
indigenous people worldwide in struggles for social and environmental justice.
We have challenged logging, mining, natural gas, and oil extraction on
traditional indigenous lands, fought against the forced relocation of the Dineh
and other indigenous people, challenged hydroelectric projects that would
create flood native peoples' homelands, publicized indigenous political
prisoners like Leonard Peltier.
Forests and Indigenous Rights
boreal forests of Canada are home to roughly 500 first nations
communities—many of which are threatened by corporate logging
projects. Similarly, many indigenous
communities make their homes in the rainforests of Southeast
Asia—currently being liquidated for uses wood for uses including outdoor
furniture. Wetlands forest defense
campaigns are working to defend these forests and to publicize and support efforts
by indigenous communities to defend their homelands against corporate logging
á Research impacts of forest destruction on indigenous
á Organize film screenings and other educational events
on the impacts of forest destruction on indigenous communities.
á Collaborate with ForestEthics and Rainforest Relief to
organize protests on these issues
á Build alliances with indigenous rights groups and
á Publicize issues to mass media, including indigenous
issues focused media, through Op-Eds, Letters to the Editor, radio interviews,
and by garnering media coverage of protests and other actions through press
releases and pitch calls to reporters.
Indigenous Rights and Trade
(see Trade Justice section)
Free trade agreements harm
workers, small farmers, the environment, animals, healthcare recipients, and
indigenous communities while creating opportunities for profits at the world's
expense by socially irresponsible multinational corporations. Wetlands is an active member of
TradeJustice NY Metro, a coalition of organizations working to oppose these
unfair trade deals.
Rights and Globalization
Since 2002, Wetlands Activism Collective
has worked with an alliance of labor, Latin American solidarity, Latino and
South Korean community groups, environmentalists and AIDS activists in
opposition to free trade deals that threaten indigenous communities. This spring and summer, we're fighting to
stop the passage of free trade agreements with Peru, Panama, South Korea, and
Colombia, and need an intern to help mobilize opposition to these agreements.
(For a basic introduction to the impact of free trade agreements on indigenous
people, visit http://www.ifg.org/programs/indig.htm)
á Become familiar with the threats posed to indigenous
communities by corporate globalization through books like the International
Forum on Globalization's Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Resistance to Globalization.
á Outreach to indigenous community organizations in the
US and abroad to form alliances to oppose free trade deals.
á Update our brochure on the impact of free trade
agreements on indigenous people.
á Develop content for the http://ftaareferendum.org website.
á Arrange for indigenous speakers to participate in
community forums on free trade agreements.
á Participate in organizing demonstrations against
corporations involved in violating indigenous rights.
forums and film screenings addressing impacts of free trade deals on indigenous
abreast of other local actions for indigenous rights and outreach about
Wetlands indigenous solidarity campaigns at these events.
á Publicize the link between free trade and violations
of the human rights indigenous people in the mass media and indigenous-focused
Rights and Globalization
Wetlands, both on our own and in coalition with other groups has addressed
worker oppression in Burma, Honduras, Russia, Indonesia, Haiti, Saipan, China,
and the USA, through demonstrations, civil disobedience, marches, public
forums, production and distribution of literature, and other tactics. Since
2002, we've worked with an alliance of labor, Latin American solidarity, Latino
and South Korean community groups, environmentalists and AIDS activists in
opposition to anti-labor free trade agreements. This spring and summer, we're fighting to stop the passage
of free trade agreements with Peru, Panama, South Korea, and Colombia, and need
an intern to help mobilize opposition to these agreements. For background on this issue, visit
á Research the impacts of pending free trade deals on
á Outreach to labor unions and anti-sweatshop groups in
involve them in coalition efforts to oppose the current round of bilateral free
á Run information booths and speak at anti-sweatshop
events regarding the impact of free trade agreements on labor rights in the US
á Organize speaking events on sweatshop issues at
update our brochure on Labor rights and free trade agreements.
á Serve as resource person on labor and free trade
issues, addressing inquiries, disseminating resources developing files, and
collecting anti-sweatshop books, videos, and literature.
á Develop content on the labor impacts of free trade
agreements for t he ftaareferendum.org website
á Speak at schools, to community and religious groups,
union locals etc.
á Meet with legislators and their aids to present information
on the labor impacts of free trade deals.
á Publicize free trade deals' impact on labor and the
economy through the mass media by writing Op-Eds and letters to the editor.
á Organize marches, rallies and protests.
Skills (not required):
á Fluency in Spanish, ability to translate written and
Be part of grassroots efforts
to oppose free trade agreements that endanger our environment, threaten jobs,
displace family farmers, promote cruel factory farming, and limit access to
medicines by enforcing corporate intellectual property.
With Upper Manhattan
Congressmember Charlie Rangel now the chair of the US House of Representatives'
Ways and Means Committee, NYC is now the most important city in the country for
activism against corporate globalization.
As an intern with Wetlands
Activism Collective, you'll work as part of the NYC People's Referendum on Free
Trade and the Movement Against the Free Trade Agreements, an alliance of
progressive Latino and Korean community organizations, Latin American
solidarity groups, AIDS activist groups, environmentalists, peace groups
progressive churches, labor unions, and animal rights organizations opposed to
free trade deals.
- Organize community forums and teach-ins on
pending free trade deals.
- Arrange and attend meetings with elected
officials to lobby them against destructive trade agreements.
- Write reports, brochures, and other publications
on pending free trade agreements.
- Develop content for http://ftaareferendum.org
- Organize volunteers and participate in grassroots
community outreach-- flyering, staffing information booths, and
- Draw media attention to pending trade deals by
writing Op-Eds, letters to the editor, and by making contact with key
reporters and editors.
- Develop information displays for use at
information booths, libraries, and other venues.
- Outreach to diverse community organizations to
inform them on free trade issues and involve them in efforts to oppose
Helpful Skills (not
- Ability to speak Spanish and/or Korean is
- Strong writing ability
- Graphic design
- Web design
- Research skills
- Lobbying experience,
- Strong communication ability.
Task Based Positions
Activism Collective seeks an intern to document on video our forums, protests,
educational walking tours, and other events and create short films that can
á Record protests, forums, civil disobedience actions,
and other events.
á Edit footage into news clips and upload to websites
like Indymedia and Youtube.
á Obtain raw footage and news coverage of older actions
and events and upload to the web.
á Start a Vlog and Podcast w/ RSS feed.
á Explore possibility to air content on public access
á Create a documentary on Wetlands' actions and
campaigns using old and new footage.
á Link video content to Wetlands' website and write
headlines and synopses for the Wetlands homepage.
Skills & Resources:
Access to and familiarity with digital video equipment and editing software.
to digital video camera and editing software.
Activism Collective seeks an intern to photograph our forums, protests,
educational walking tours and other events.
á Photograph events.
á Upload photographs to the Wetlands Preserve and
Freegan.info websites with descriptive captions.
á Provide photographs of Wetlands events to mainstream
and alternative journalists.
á Select photographs to include in media kits provided
Skills & Resources:
á Access to digital camera.
á Ability to upload photographs to the Internet.
assistant aides volunteers in performing tasks essential to maintaining an
effective and efficient non-profit organization.
- Sort and file stored paper documents and incoming
- Organize and maintain data files on hard drive
- Check voicemail and email and disseminate
messages to appropriate parties.
- Work with volunteers to design and refine
efficient office systems.
- Check post office box.
- Create administrative files and maintain index of
administrative and campaign files.
- Data entry of new contacts
- Management of Computerized Rolodex
- Maintain office supplies and solicit supply
donations via Freecycle, Craigslist, and other venues.
- Office experience
- Highly organized
- Strong Typing Skills
Disobedience/ Protest Organizer
internship is a chance of a lifetime to learn action skills from veteran
blockaders, banner droppers, tree sitters, hunt saboteurs, tripod climbers,
office occupiers, street theater performers, puppet and costume makers, march
and rally organizers while participating in the organizing of actions with
Wetlands, Rainforest Relief, and other groups.
á Read books on direct action including The Handbook for
Nonviolent Action and The Earth First! Direct Action Manual.
á Watch direct action films and videos like "A Call
to Direct Action" and "Breaking Free."
nonviolence trainings and study consensus process.
á Assist in organizing actions, taking on responsibilities including researching
issues and targets; scouting locations; researching, building, and /or
acquiring special equipment, creating banners, signs, literature, press
releases, and press packets, recruiting participants for the action and support
roles, alerting media to the upcoming event, and much more.
in direct action or support roles including interacting with police or media,
leading lawful support demonstrations, photography/ videography, and jail
á Willingness to respect security culture, as discussed in
publications like Security Culture: A Handbook for Activists
á Experience participating in protest activities (not
Repair and Networking
Wetlands Activism Collective
is opening a new office in the summer of 2007. We wish to establish a simple PC network and have several
PCs that need cards, drives, and systems installed. We're also interested in starting a free computer repair
workshops to rescue discarded computers and teach people to fix computers that
they can keep in order to keep computers and peripherals—which often
contain toxic chemicals--out of the waste stream. We may also wish to offer some repaired computers on Craigslist
for a donation. We are looking for
an intern interested in doing hands on work to repair computers, establish and
maintain networks, and possibly to teach these stills to others.
* Regularly run diagnostics
and update versions for all programs on office computers.
* Troubleshoot hardware and
* Sell machines from within
Wetlands' collection of older computer equipment to fund the purchase of more
* Install new hardware
* Establish a network to link
* Familiarity with setting up
* Strong ability at
troubleshooting and repairing PCs.
* Broad knowledge of
diagnostic and repair software
* Teaching ability (optional)
Wetlands began as a music venue dedicated to using life entertainment to
subsidize and raise awareness about social justice and environmental
activism. We seek to rekindle this tradition by organizing benefit
concerns that will combine music, films, and activist speakers. We are
current seeking an individual to work with other volunteers and interns in
organizing and publicizing these events.
* Identify and book potential concert venues.
* Solicit and collect donations (food, drinks, raffle prizes, etc.)
* Rent or borrow necessary A/V equipment (speakers, monitors, video projectors,
* Research and address necessary licensing issues (liquor, cabaret, etc).
* Locate and recruit musical talent.
* Recruit speakers
* Rent, borrow, or purchase films.
* Promote event through activist and music industry media,
* Benefit concert organizing experience.
* Band and music venue contacts.
* Effective negotiator.
* Promotional experience.
maintains a range of databases and spreadsheets on volunteers, NGOs, media, and
other subjects. We are looking for someone to coordinate and expand them as
well as to increase their efficiency.
á Streamline/expand and merge/interlink databases.
á Enter and check
á Prepare written instructions for using all databases.
á Familiarity with spreadsheet and database programs
including Microsoft Excel, and Filemaker Pro.
á Ability to write clear, concise instructions,
accessible to people with varying levels of English proficiency.
á Comfortable cold-calling to fact-check data.
Wetlands seeks an individual willing to manage
the general fund and special project funds of a low-budget non-profit
- Develop an efficient accounting system to account
for all organizational income and expenditures.
- Train volunteers and interns to record expenditures
- Allot funding authorized expenditures.
letters of acknowledgement for tax-deductible contributions.
- Manage all deposits into Wetlands credit union
- Manage Wetlands Paypal account.
- Process donations through Rainforest Relief, Wetlands'
501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.
- Track and estimate value of in-kind donations of
supplies and labor.
- Generate financial statements on a seasonal basis.
- Establish separate credit union/bank accounts for
special project funds.
- Research tax and tax status questions with IRS.
- Training and experience in bookkeeping.
- Understanding of IRS rules relating to income
reporting for 501(c)3 organizations.
- Formal education or experience in financial
aspects of non-profit administration.
Fundraising is a critical component of ensuring
that nonprofit organizations like Wetlands Activism Collective have the
resources they need to run effective campaigns. Wetlands seeks an intern to
work with volunteers to organize generate funding for our activities.
- Research effective fundraising strategies, using
books like Kim Klein's Fundraising for Social Change.
* Organizing volunteer-based telephone canvassing efforts to solicit
donations from Wetlands supporters.
* Research, draft, and submit applications for grants.
* Identify and arrange meetings with prospective major donors.
* Draft fundraising appeals.
* Organize fundraising events, including benefit dinners, parties, and
- Experience or training in non-profit fundraising.
Wetlands Activism Collective
seeks a graphic design student, professional, or other graphic skilled
individual to design websites, publications, banners, presentations and
* Proficiency in graphic
design for websites, publications, displays, PowerPoint presentations and other
Outreach & Recruitment Assistant
á Read and answer internship inquiries and applications
á Post information on Wetlands internships to websites
and activist email lists.
á Arrange, coordinate, and staff information booths at
concerts, conferences, street fairs, and other events to publicize Wetlands
á Assist internship program coordinator in conducting
á Develop database of high school, college, and trade
á Coordinate mailings to high school and college internship
programs and student organizations.
Ensure that an ample
supply of internship information packets is always available for information
á Work with internship program coordinator to complete
forms and respond to inquiries from school internship programs.
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational and research skills
- Some knowledge of the Internet and Microsoft
years, Wetlands has brought environmental, human rights and animal rights issues
into the news in New York City, the world's vastest and most competitive media
market. We are now making available an opportunity for interns to learn the
skills that have made this possible from experienced Wetlands media activists.
Update and refine our
spreadsheet of media contacts
publications' policy on upcoming events listings and fax announcements of our
Update media contacts on Wetlands
Research media strategy through publications like Primetime
Activism and the Ruckus Guide to Direct Action Media.
Draft media advisories
and press releases.
Track coverage of our
activities in the media and obtain copies of news reports about our work.
Develop sound bites and talking points on
kits—packets of background information to distribute to journalists at
events and to put on our website.
Serve as a media
spokesperson at demonstrations, marches, rallies, and direct actions.
Participate in off-site
media for direct actions: faxing news releases, hyping stories to assignment
editors, conducting telephone interviews, providing video, photos and press
packets to media, and more!
Strong writing and communication skills.
Street Theater Director
performance plays a key role in Wetlands' efforts to draw the attention of the
media and the general public to vital environmental, animal rights, and human
rights issues. Wetlands
seeks an intern to help create these performances.\
á Brainstorm street theater performances on current
á Recruit costume and prop-makers and organize work
parties to make theater props and costumes.
á Recruit volunteer performers and script and rehearse
á Obtain needed materials for props and costumes from
Materials for the Arts and other sources.
á Where needed, prepare accompanying literature to hand
out to passersby and journalists at events.
Skills (not required):
á Acting and/or directing experience.
á Works well with groups.
á Experience making theatrical props on limited budgets.
á Visual art ability (for painting, drawing, or crafting
As an organization committed to
informing the public, elected officials, and the media on critical issues
facing our planet and its inhabitants, Wetlands releases numerous publications
and maintains 6 websites, and needs interns to assist with writing and editing.
- Write news stories on Wetlands actions for
http://wetlands-preserve.org website, for the CatalogCutdown.net blog, and
other "friendly" media outlets.
- Proofread and edit reports, flyers, events
schedules, media kits, and other publications, as well as the content of
- *Work with campaigners to develop brochures,
flyers, action alerts and other publications on Wetlands campaigns/
- Develop an introductory brochure describing
Wetlands overall mission, tactics, and projects.
- Assist in writing Wetlands Annual Year in Review
Report, fundraising appeals, and letters to the editor and Op-ed articles
- Strong writing, editing and proofreading
Wetlands runs seven websites:
www.wetlands-preserve.org, www.freetradekillsanimals.org, www.freegan.info, www.tradejustice.net, www.furfreenyc.org, www.stopperufta.org, and www.foodnotfur.org. Many of these sites need updating, new
features and new designs.
* Working in conjunction with
Wetlands' Internet Systems Administrator, take design specifications from
non-technical staff members and implement them in an appropriate programming
language/system. All tasks related to the development of the end product must
be handled: software design, programming and debugging.
- Experience in HTML a must.
- Some experience with a program like Photoshop,
ImageReady, Fireworks, GIMP, etc.
- Programming experience, especially experience
with PHP and MySQL.
- Experience developing dynamic websites with