Internship - Community Engagement Intern

  • Conservation Fund
  • Chapel Hill, NC, United States
  • Mar 17, 2017
Temporary Advocacy Communication/Public Outreach EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Protection Sustainability

Job Description

Position Summary:  We seek an energetic self-starter able to take direction well and work independently.  This internship seeks to provide internship opportunities to students of color.  Applicants from Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) within North Carolina are encouraged to apply. Major intern activities and deliverables will include: 
Environmental and Food Justice and Youth Organizing

  • Research environmental and food justice issues in rural North Carolina and successful youth organizing strategies and principles to address environmental racism and advance food justice.
  • Meet with three or more rural community partner organizations to connect with youth leaders and identify critical environmental and food justice issues in those communities.
  • Develop and deliver a 3-hour educational workshop and “how-to” materials for two or more youth groups on identifying environmental and food justice issues in their communities, identifying systemic issues/ root causes of the injustices, and organizing youth and adults to address the issues and create community change.
  • Evaluate the training and adapt workshop and materials for widespread dissemination and use by Resourceful Communities network partner organizations.

Conservation Fund:  Program and Partner Overviews

  • Interview program staff of four Conservation Fund programs; develop five+ Facebook/ blog posts based on interviews.
  • Visit three+ community partners; develop three-five Facebook/ blog posts highlighting community partners.

Skills Required: 

  • Software: Microsoft Office, social media
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Dependability, initiative and follow-through
  • Willingness to work cooperatively with a wide range of people and organizations
  • Ability to travel
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking ability

Special Requirements:  Some travel will be required.  If a personal vehicle is used for travel (less than 100 miles), intern will be reimbursed mileage at a rate of $0.54 per mile.  For trips longer than 100 miles roundtrip, The Conservation Fund will cover the cost of a rental car and gas.  Incidentals, such as meals and lodging (if needed), will also be reimbursed.
About Resourceful Communities and The Conservation Fund
Resourceful Communities, a program of The Conservation Fund, was established in 1991 to support a grassroots network that implements the “triple bottom line” in North Carolina communities. The support we provide 500+ community groups results in social, environmental and economic benefits; enables access to otherwise inaccessible resources; and helps move people and places out of poverty. Because Resourceful Communities works closely with local partners, including nonprofit, private and public concerns, we help ensure local ownership of long-term change. For more information, please visit:

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Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO


$12/ hour (37.5-hour work week) for the duration of the internship.