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)::
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 most­affected communities. We expect interns to invest similarly: to commit to challenging themselves; to do their utmost to leverage this opportunity to develop their own leadership skills; and, most importantly, to bring all of themselves to the internship. The Organizing and Policy intern will report to Midwest organizer Lex Horan. The intern will play a key role in support of our campaigns in Minnesota and Iowa, which focus on changing state policy to better protect farmers, rural communities, and pollinators from pesticides. In all of our work, we aim to build power alongside the communities most affected by pesticides ­ farmers, rural families, Native communities, and farmworkers. We are looking for a commitment of 15­30 hours / week for at least 12 weeks, beginning in January 2016. 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.


The intern will work with their supervisor to design a workplan for the internship that includes weekly/bi­weekly deliverables, including: ● Organizing and participating in press conferences, legislative hearings, community meetings, and other public events to advance PAN’s campaigns ● Researching and reaching out to Midwest organizations to build relationships with PAN ● Promoting and distributing resources on pesticide drift to farming, farmworker and rural organizations around the Midwest ● Supporting Minnesota communities to pass bee­friendly resolutions ● Research on pesticide contamination and health impacts in Minnesota and Iowa water, air, and communities


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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