Organizing & Policy Internship

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About PAN::
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives, by building public will for state, national and global policy change. Our interns are a crucial part of our team and help in all aspects of our public will campaigning framework:
● Research to understand the dynamics of a problem and possible solutions
● Building community / institutional awareness and support (power­building)
● Garnering media coverage with strategic frames and key messages
● Getting the issue on the public agenda in a way that is viable for policy action
● Building policymaker support for ecologically sound and socially just solutions.

About the Internship (General Job Description)::
Industrial agricultural interests wield a tremendous amount of power in Sacramento, from the halls of the Capitol building to the state agencies meant to regulate them. PAN seeks a highly motivated intern to continue to strengthen our network to challenge the use of the most hazardous pesticides while advancing socially just and environmentally sound farming practices. In particular, the intern will work on emerging campaigns to protect children’s health from highly hazardous pesticides used near schools. The Sacramento-­based Organizing & Policy intern will report to the Organizing Director, Paul Towers, and work closely with other staff at PAN to support a variety of campaigns with research, writing, and organizing skills (see Specific Responsibilities below). We are looking for a commitment of 10-­20 hours / week for at least 3 months. PAN internships are an important PAN program in which we intentionally invest time, energy, and resources because we see this as an opportunity to build a pipeline of leaders for our movement(s) that is rooted in communities of color and most ­affected communities. We expect interns to invest similarly: to commit to challenging themselves and to using this as an opportunity to develop their own leadership skills. We work to ensure that each internship is crafted to meet the intern’s, as well as PAN’s, goals. To help with this, the intern is expected to clearly articulate their own goals for the internship and to include these in their cover letter.


With the support of their supervisor, the intern will:
● participate and support activities in the state legislature and with state agencies,
including hearings and briefings.
● support development of materials and fact sheets related to food, farming and health
● conduct research to support policy development, including academic reviews and
interviews with communities affected by pesticide use.
● support policymaker education days in Sacramento, supporting logistics and
participating in


Our internships are designed to fit a diverse spectrum of people coming with and from
different skill­sets, ages, and academic (or non­academic) backgrounds. We always give
preference to candidates from frontline communities. The ideal candidate is also able to
demonstrate their interest in and commitment to PAN issues, and is eager to learn more
about these.
To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to

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