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Poverty Talk
 Virtual
Posted: March 09 2015
Company Location: Chelsea, MA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 15 Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

Want to end poverty? Despise politicians and businesses using poverty to their advantage as talking points? Throw your water at the screen when someone says "People are poor because they choose to be"?

Let's talk.

Poverty Talk is seeking up to 10 writers and researchers, graduate or undergraduate students, who can help assist with providing content for the initial launch of the website. We are an organization that seeks to improve the discourse related to poverty and the issues surrounding it. We are currently in launch mode and need additional content.

We are data driven, meaning that all writing must be supported by facts, relevant data, and statistics. We currently need extra help in developing documents on the following issues and how they relate to poverty:

* Early childhood education

*Affordable Housing

*Wages and the economy

*Affordable health care

*Nutrition

*Safety

If this sounds like something you've researched or are passionate about researching, please apply. School status and majors do not matter as everyone can provide insight into this.

This is, unfortunately, unpaid. However, you will be helping a cause and will be listed on a "thank you" page to be featured as part of the main navigation of the website. We can link to your linkedin profile, twitter, etc. You will also get a letter of recommendation. Those who do a spectacular job will be a featured writer/blogger.

These internships are available in one month, three month, and six month intervals. Since this coincides with the launch of the non-profit, you have a chance to help get something big off the ground. We're going to use Big Data to end Big Poverty and Big Mouths.

Responsibilities

A Typical Day Would Look Like:

Searching the web for data related to homelessness and nutrition. You record the statistics in a spreadsheet program and accurately cite your sources. After you have enough data, maybe you generate a cool chart.

Once a month or so, you also must be willing to Skype/call and talk about your research. Sometimes it will be more, sometimes it will be less. This is more to talk about how we can move forward in improving discourse. Your input is more needed and appreciated than you can possibly imagine.

Requirements

The basics:

1. You are civics minded, passionate about ending poverty, and are non-partisan in your approach (politically neutral for the sake of the project).

2. You are a graduate or undergraduate student at any American university.


3. You like to write about data, facts, and stats.

4. You understand how to use spreadsheets or other software for basic analysis of data.

5. You can spend a few hours a week (1-3) working with the director and other team mates in developing the content.

It Would Also be Cool If:

1. You were good with visuals, especially making charts and graphs related to data

2. You're pretty active on social media-spreading the word about Poverty Talks helps


All potential interns, please attach a writing sample. This can be an academic piece or blog post.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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