internships are designed for those who are new to activism or have limited
available time. The program begins with directed reading and research.
Intern responsibilities vary widely, depending on interns' experience,
interests, time commitment, and the needs of the program at the time.
During the course of their internships, interns are likely to make protest
signs, file information, sort literature outreach boxes, attend and
help plan demonstrations, participate in telephone outreach, and join
the set-up crew for our weekly speaking events.
also work with staff and volunteers in maintaining and redecorating
the Earth Station public information center, which provides current
environmental literature, magazines and petitions to thousands of people
each week focusing on how they can involved. Wetlands generates 50,000
petition signatures a year in-house AND at demonstrations, as well as
over 4,000 protest letters annual in-house alone.
some time, beginner interns may move on to advanced-level work, including
project research, participation in strategy planning sessions, writing
and designing publications, and assisting in running meetings and demonstrations.
students should have a strong interested in environmental, animal rights,
or social justice issues and the ability to work in an unusual and extremely
stimulating atmosphere. These positions are excellent opportunities
to learn about a wide range of environmental and social justice issues.
addition to our novice internship, Wetlands also offers the following
more specialized internships. Below is a description of our anti-sweatshop
internship. The description lists a basic outline of intern tasks and
skills/experiences needed for the internship. In most cases these are
not absolutely required, but are included to help you decide which internship
may be right for you, part of the internship will include skills training,
but you may want to intern in a an area where you already have a head
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 and
Rod Coronado. Currently we are working to expose Occidental Petroleum's
oil drilling on the traditional cloud forest lands of Colombia's U'wa
people and fighting to force Texaco to clean up their massive oil
spillage with the Ecuadorian rainforest.
*Organize weekly vigils against Fidelity Investments, one of the largest
investors in Occidental Petroleum.
*Build ties with the Colombian American and Ecuadorian American communities,
indigenous rights and indigenous community organizations
*Raise the profile of the U'wa struggle through media outreach
*Participate in organizing major direct actions against corporations
involved in violating indigenous rights
*Stay abreast of other local actions for indigenous rights and act
as a Wetlands representative in coalition efforts.
* Organize educational forums at Wetlands on indigenous rights issues
Prerequisites/ Helpful Skills:
*Fluency in Spanish, ability to translate written and spoken Spanish,
and ability to write and speak publicly (optional)
*Familiarity with indigenous rights, international environmental,
justice, and rainforest struggles.
*Interest and experience in organizing direct action, civil disobedience,
street theater, and educational leaflets.
* Strong writing and speaking skills
Outreach / Recruitment Assistant
*Read and answer internship inquiries and applications o Maintain
* Post information on Wetlands internships to Websites and activism
* Arrange, coordinate, and staff information booths as concerts, conferences,
street fairs, and other events to publicize Wetlands internships
* Assist internship program coordinator in conducting internship interviews
* Develop database of high school and college internship programs
* 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 tables, Wetlands Earthstation, information
* Work with internship program coordinator to complete forms and respond
to inquiries from school internship programs
* Strong interpersonal skills o Excellent organizational and research
* Some knowledge of the Internet and Microsoft Excel
* Excellent typing ability
The Wetlands Preserve
nightclub takes pride in being a socially responsible business and
reflects this in our use of environmentally safe, non-animal tested
cleaning products, our use of recycled paper products, our refusal
to book bands who promote racism, homophobia, and misogyny through
their music and our refusal to sell beverages produced by companies
that are the targets of active boycotts. The environmental audit intern
will ensure that Wetlands remains consistent with these principles
in all areas of our operations.
* Work with activists staff in developing a list of principles and
standards relating to all product purchases and in-house practices.
* Conduct a complete survey of the ecological and human rights records
of the producers and distributors of all products used or sold at
the Wetlands Preserve nightclub, including in-house the impact and
safety of the specific products Wetlands uses.
* Develop a list of cost effective potential alternative practices
and products for environmental unsound and inhumane products and products
from companies that fail to meet Wetlands' high social responsibility
* Strong familiarity with a broad range of animal rights, environmental,
and human rights concerns.
* Experience in conducting campus or other institutional environmental/
social responsibility audits.
* Excellent organizational skills.
Relief Website Designer/Manager
seeks a volunteer website designer/manager. The webmeister must have
experience in designing quality websites. Time to work with Rainforest
Relief's director is a must, especially during the initial design
American Wilderness Protection Intern
Wetlands is New York City's leading grassroots organization
working to protect America's wildlands through demonstrations, civil
disobedience, legislative activism, and a range of other tactics.
We are closely affiliated with Earth First! and work in conjunction
with a range of local and national wildlands protection groups.
*Act as a group contact to Grassroots Environmental Effectiveness
Network, American Lands Alliance, The Endangered Species Coalition
, Allegheny Defense Project, and other regional and national networks
working to end the destruction of our continent's wildlands.
*Develop a working knowledge of current wilderness protection issues,
pending legislation in Congress, the political climate around environmental
legislation, and other, related topics through publications, the Internet,
books, and email.
* Organize monthly North American Wilderness forums with our staff
domestic wilderness campaigner.
*Select, write, and edit action alerts for our monthly mailing, weekly
forums, and email list.
*Consult with Wetlands staff and experts nationwide to develop organizational
positions on issues, and then express these positions by letters and
op-eds in newspapers and by signing onto letters to elected officials.
*Work with Domestic Wilderness campaigner to outreach to constituencies
interested in wilderness campaigns and recruit volunteers.
*Maintain North American Wilderness files and distribution literature.
*Attend gatherings of wilderness activists as an organizational representative.
* Publicize our activities and perspectives in movement publications
and over email.
*Create displays on current issues for Wetlands' Earthstation, our
environmental education display space in the Wetlands Preserve nightclub.
* Strong background in wilderness issues
* Completion of CEC/LCV Summer Training Academy (not required)
* Design ability or experience in creating educational displays
* Experience in organizing and publicizing speaking events
* Limited Demonstration organizing experience
* Reading and editing skills
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Within the Wetlands nightclub, the Earthstation is
an educational display area featuring posters, petitions, pamphlets,
and periodicals on activist issues and events. For ten years the Earthstation
has remained largely unchanged. We are looking for interns to coordinate
a major facelift for the Earthstation, making it more eye-catching,
interactive, and educationally effective.
* Draft a new design for the Earthstation, including new lighting,
interactive computer terminals, video displays, special light effects,
permanent and temporary museum-style displays, original artwork, message
flashers (similar to the news flasher at Times Square), a space for
a person to staff the station and take questions, and other improvements.
* Develop an approximate budget and timeline for these improvements,
and submit to Wetlands management for approval.
* Recruit and coordinate interns and volunteers in implementing Earthstation
Prerequisites/ Required Skills:
* Experience and training in at least several of the following areas:
visual arts, graphic design, wiring, carpentry, hypertext, and lighting.
* Experience in leadership and volunteer management.
* Lots of creativity!
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For years, Wetlands has brought environmental, human
rights and animal rights issues into the news in New York City, the
world's most vast and competitive media market. we are now making
available an opportunity for intensely committed people to learn the
skills that have made this possible from experienced Wetlands media
* Merge and update the media lists of activists working on human rights,
anti-militarism, labor, solidarity, animal rights, rainforest, community
gardens, and a range of other issues into NYC's most complete, detailed,
and efficient media list. * Research various publications' policy
on upcoming events listings, and set up a system for faxing them information.
* Update media contacts on Wetlands mailing list.
* Research media strategy through publications like Primetime Activism
and the Ruckus Guide to Direct Action Media.
* Draft media advisories and press releases.
* 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!
Prerequisites/ Required Skills:
*¨Strong writing and communication skills.
* Organizational skills
* Knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Microsoft Excel, FaxSTF Pro, and Microsoft
Fax, but not required.
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Action/Civil Disobedience Intern
For the brave hearted rabble rouser, this internship
is a chance of lifeline to learn direct action skills from veteran
blockaders, banner droppers, tree sitters, hunt saboteurs, tripod
climbers, and office occupiers, while participating in the organizing
of direct actions with Wetlands, Rainforest Relief, the Animal Defense
League, and other groups.
* Read books on Direct Action including The Handbook for Nonviolent
Action and The Earth First! Direct Action Manual.
* Watch direct action films and videos like "A Call to Direct Action"
and "Breaking Free"
* Attend nonviolence trainings and study consensus process.
* Work with an affinity group in organizing direct 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.
* Participate in direct action or support roles including interacting
with police or media, leading lawful support demonstrations, photography/videography,
and jail support.
* Completion of a Ruckus Society Action Camp STRONGLY preferred, but
not absolutely required
* Commitment to abide by affinity group consensus, e.g. code of nonviolence,
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As both a grassroots activist group and an activist
information resource center, Wetlands 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.
*Streamline/expand and merge/interlink databases
* Train high school interns in data entry and supervise and assess
* Complete several hours of data entry weekly
* Prepare written instructions for using all databases
* Strong knowledge of database and spreadsheet programs including
(at least 2 required) Microsoft Excel and Access, Appleworks, and
* Excellent typing ability.
* Dataentry and database design experience.
* Limited human resource management experience (not required).
* At least some familiarity with both Mac OS and Windows (strongly
preferred, but not not required)
* Ability to write clear, concise instructions, accessible to people
with varying levels of English Proficiency.
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Wetlands, both on our own and in coalition with other
groups has addressed worker oppression in Burma, Honduras, Russia,
Indonesia, Haiti, Saipan, China, and here in the US, through demonstrations,
civil disobedience, marches, public forums, production and distribution
of literature, and other tactics. Currently, we are engaged in an
unrelenting campaign against Gap, Inc. for their sweatshop labor practices
and their owners' involvement in redwood forest logging. We are seeking
an intern to assist in organizing this campaign, strengthen our ties,
with other anti-sweatshop groups, and educate our activist base on
* Act as liaison to Global Sweatshop Coalition, UNITE, National Labor
Committee, National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, Global Exchange,
Sweatshop Watch, Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation, and
United Students Against Sweatshops and its local chapters.
* Work with our North American Wilderness Campaigner to organize demonstrations,
direct actions, street theater, leafletting, etc, on our campaign
against Gap, Inc, for their use of sweatshop labor and their owners'
destruction of redwood forests.
* Run information booths and speak at anti-sweatshop events activism
against Gap, In.c.
*Organize speaking events on sweatshop issues at Wetlands.
*Serve as in-house resource person on sweatshop issues, addressing
inquiries, disseminating resources, etc.
* Develop a section of the Wetlands website devoted to sweatshop issues.
* Aggregate resources on sweatshop issues: books, videos, and literature
in bulk for distribution
* Develop files on sweatshop issues.
* Coordinate anti-sweatshop volunteers.
* Publicize Wetlands work on sweatshops and the Gap campaign itself
by getting groups to link to our website, drafting articles for publications,
being a presence at anti-sweatshop events, and disseminating our campaign
* Speak at rallies, schools, to community and religious groups, etc.
* Develop a base of volunteers and interns to work on sweatshop issues.
* Update campaign literature and press materials to reflect new information.
* Create displays on sweatshop issues at Wetlands' Earthstation, our
activist education space for nightclub patrons.
(Intern is not required to have every one these skills, but at least
several are strongly preferred)
* Commitment to and experience in anti-sweatshop activism
* Experience in organizing and publicizing speaking events and demonstrations
* Public speaking experience
* Strong writing abilities
* Leadership ability and strong interpersonal skills
* Filing Experience and strong organizational skills
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Since 1995, Wetlands has aggressively pursued animal
rights campaigns. Over the years we have addressed issues including
seal hunting, vivisection, fur, veganism, the killing of dolphins
and sea turtles in nets, and many others. Early this year we reached
an agreement with the NYC Animal Defense League to campaign jointly
and share resource on animal rights issues. We are now offering internships
for people with a strong committment to animal rights. (Applicants
should also be sympathetic to human rights and environmental issues.)
Rights Resource and Outreach Internship
Wetlands is a leading information source and resource
for local animal rights activists. We host monthly animal rights forums,
maintain an extensive library of animal rights books, videos, and
informational files, and house a huge and highly varied collection
of animal rights literature in bulk quantities, which we distribute
free of charge to activists and other who want to learn more on animal
We are currently seeking an intern to coordinate and publicize
*Assist in organizing monthly animal rights forums with expert
speakers, letterwritiing on current animal rights issues, new animal
rights films, and upcoming events announcements.
* Publicize monthly forums, library resources, and other animal rights
events to media, other organizations, community, and students.
* Attend meetings, demonstrations, and other events of other local
animal rights organizations as a Wetlands representative.
* Maintain clearinghouse of animal rights literature from a range
of local and national organizations.
*Maintain, organize, and catalog Wetlands' extensive library of animal
rights books and videos.
* Work with the NYC and Brooklyn chapters of the Animal Defense League
on their various campaigns against fur and to educate the public on
* Provide resources and support to campus animal rights groups in
the New York metropolitan area.
* Write updates on Wetlands' animal rights activities for our monthly
Wetlands Works newsletter
* Manage high school animal rights interns and volunteers.
*Create educational displays on animal rights issues for Wetlands'
Earthstation Information Center
* Reply to animal rights information requests
*Speak or find experts to speak at schools and other settings that
request animal rights speakers
* Coordinate and staff information booths at conferences, concerts,
and other events
* Develop animal rights content for the Wetlands and Animal Defense
* Some public speaking ability
* Leadership skills (for intern management)
* Strong knowledge of animal rights issues or willingness to commit
to hours of reading and research
* Limited graphic design/layout skills (for creating displays)
* Writing ability
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Rights Legislative Internship
New York City at this time severely lacks strong, coordinated
grassroots lobbying and electoral efforts centered around animal rights
issues. Wetlands' Animal Rights Legislative Intern will build the
foundation to turn the NYC animal rights movement into a powerhouse
in these areas.
* Lobby legislators and consulates on local, state, federal, and international
animal rights issues.
* Conduct research for a planned animal rights ballot initiative in
New York City * Organize voters in critical legislative districts
* Act as group liaison to organizations working on federal, state,
and municipal legislative initiatives on animal protection issues,
including the Society for Animal Protective Legislation, the Committee
for Humane Legislation, Humane Society of the United States, The New
York State Coalition for Animals, The Fund for Animals and the American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
* Monitor animal rights legislation on the state, federal, and municipal
* Draft comments on behalf of the organization on animal-related regulations,
letters to legislators, and letters to the editors of newspapers and
magazines, as well as op-ed columns on animal issues.
* Develop legislative "scorecard" to track voting records of city,
state, and federal elected officials on animal issues.
* Compile research on animal rights legislative affairs into website
(web design experience is not mandatory)
* Outreach to New York City animal rights activists to activate them
on legislative an electoral affairs.
Prerequisites /Required Skills
* Graduates of CEC/LCV Summer Training Academy preferred, but not
required * Strong writing and editing skills
* Excellent research skills and reading ability
* Interest in campaign strategy
* Excellent organizational skills
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Wetlands affiliate group, the Animal Defense League,
is a leader in the fight against the confinement, torture, and killing
of animals for fur garments. We are currently seeking an intern to
conduct research for and participate as a key organizer of this campaign.
* Take a major role in organizing anti-fur protests and other events
* Develop anti-fur educational materials for activists and the public,
including a boycott/protest target list of stores that sell fur in
* Conduct extensive research and develop detailed files on the NYC
fur industry and Federated Department Stores, owner of Macy's, ADL's
primary fur protest target
* Draft and circulate (via email) activist updates on the fur industry
and its allies, including dates and locations of upcoming fur sales,
legislative and public relations initiatives by Fur Commission USA,
trappers organizations , anti-fur actions, etc. Prerequisites/
* Experience in protest organizing strongly preferred.
* Strong research and organizational skills
* Willingness to make a long-term commitment to the internship is
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USE YOUR TALENTS
TO SAVE THE EARTH !
INTERN WITH R A I N F O R E S T R E L I E F
January 2000: The following Rainforest Relief positions are available
AS internships or To committed volunteers:
IN NEW JERSEY: Assist South Jersey Coordinators in campaigns to end
the use of uncertified rainforest woods for boardwalk reconstruction
projects in Ocean City, Atlantic City and Wildwood, NJ. Organize direct
actions, contact media, organize coalitions.
IN NEW YORK: Assist Director in campaign to end the use of uncertified
rainforest woods for boardwalk reconstruction projects in New York
City Organize direct actions, contact media, organize coalitions.
ELSEWHERE: Research and report on other coastal areas (such as Maryland,
Florida and California) regarding the use of rainforest woods in boardwalks,
piers, bulkheads and other marina construction and work to pass resolutions
against the use of uncertified rainforest woods.
Other NYC Agencies:
NY / NJ PORT
Assist director in a campaign to end the use of rainforest woods
for pilings in New York Harbor by the Port Authority. Organize direct
actions, contact media.
Assist director in a campaign to end the use of rainforest woods
for decking of the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian/bicycle deck. Organize
Murder Campaign Restaurants/Bars
Continue to organize for the ongoing campaign to end the use of
mahogany and other uncertified rainforest woods by New York City restaurants
Dying for Mahogany
Research and organize a new campaign to end the use of mahogany
and other uncertified rainforest woods for coffins within NYC and
Further research and organize the ongoing campaign to end the use
of mahogany and other uncertified rainforest woods by national chain
retail strores and restaurants. So far our research has identified
Hard Rock Cafe, Georgiou, Barney's New York, TGI Friday's, Tristan
& America, Coach, The Tie Rack, The Museum Company and others as using
rainforest wood for store construction.
Research and organize a campaign to end the imports of futon made
from endangered rainforest woods into New York City. The Rainforests
of Broadway Research and organize a new campaign to end the use of
lauan tropical hardwood plywood and other uncertified rainforest woods
for set construction by NYC theaters.
Continue to organize the campaign to end the purchase of teak
and other rainforest wood furniture by this store, the last remaining
Scandinavian design store in the City.
Reconstruct and update the Rainforest Relief web site. Would necessitate
working closely with the director and learning about RR campaigns
Follow-up on numerous projects and administrative needs. Work
Interns will be trained in public speaking, subject matter and
use of materials, and will eventually go into area schools to present
Rainforest Relief's unique presentation on protecting rainforests
(see Presentation Proposal)
Developing and coordinating special fundraising event(s). Current
ideas include a benefit tape of regional musicians, benefit concerts,
dine-out nights, etc. The tape project would include a release party
and a concert. Future projects could include a raffle, celebrity dinner,
author brunch, etc.
Research the current situation regarding Calanolide-A, the compound
discovered in the bark of a rare gum tree native to the Malaysian
rainforest and then lost when the forest was cut for plywood. The
first step is to contact Nexus and find out which libraries carry
this on-line service in New Jersey. It is possible to work with other
organizations that may carry this service.
Research various topics on the Nexus database such as Calanolide-A,
teak, tropical wood exports, bananas.
Compile information on imports of various rainforest hardwoods
and agricultural products using information from the PIERS database.
Research tropical agriculture (banana, mango, papaya, sugar, cocoa,
etc.) and its effects on rainforests, aluminum production in rainforest
countries, beef trade in the U.S. and its impact on Central American
rainforests, greenheart logging and its use in the U.S, the use of
tropical timber in the shipping industry, or the connection between
the global production of tobacco and the loss of tropical forests.
If there is something in particular which interests you, let's design
Work to pass a rainforsest timber ordinance in your town or resolution
in your school or institution.