Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Accepting Applications: Grassroots Solutions Winter-Spring 2011 Internship

I love my job because of the projects, passion, and people I encounter every day. Whether organizing a phone bank to preserve healthcare for the poorest of the poor in Minnesota, advocating about the implications of the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics in industrial animal farming, managing a daily doorknocking canvass in rural turf for a hotly contested congressional race, or enjoying a milkshake with coworkers from the Grassroots Solutions malt machine, I'm aware daily of the privilege I have in doing work I love to do with people who inspire and challenge me to do it better. Want to roll up your sleeves and get a glimpse into this world? We're currently recruiting an intern for the 2011 Winter-Spring season and welcome all comers. See below for the details and job description and maybe I'll be able to call you colleague soon enough!

grassroots solutions has an immediate need for an intern in our beautiful Minneapolis office near University Ave and Highway 280. Ideal for a motivated individual interested in learning more about grassroots organizing, advocacy, program evaluation, and related activities. Position runs from early February through May 27, 2011 and pays a total stipend of $595 per session/semester. A commitment of 15 hours per week is required. Schedule is somewhat flexible, but typically hours are put in between 8:30am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, with a minimum shift of 3 hours per day. We will coordinate as needed with students who wish to receive academic credit for the internship.

If you are interested in learning more about grassroots organizing and advocacy, this is a perfect chance to gain new skills and get your feet wet. Activities may include:
  • Conducting phone outreach; organizing and tracking phone call data
  • Recruiting supporters face-to-face and by phone
  • Assisting with various types of logistics
  • Interacting with attendees at events
  • Some administrative/clerical tasks such as answering our incoming phone calls, filing, etc.
  • Performing research
  • Assisting client service staff
  • Conducting marketing and social media research and outreach
  • Performing data entry and data hygiene
Applicants should be highly motivated and outgoing, with excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills. Love of grassroots organizing and advocacy a plus. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

At least some college education, a working knowledge of MS Office, and good written communication skills preferred.

Before applying, ask yourself if you can answer the following questions affirmatively:
  • Am I highly responsible and dependable?
  • Do I have a strong work ethic?
  • Am I comfortable calling and approaching new people?
To apply, send resume and cover letter ASAP to grassroots solutions’ Intern Coordinator, Pam Wetterlund, at pam@grassrootssolutions.com. Please put “Intern Applicant” in the Subject Line of your email. Resumes accepted until positions are filled. Please do not apply if you cannot make a definite commitment to the time frame.

grassroots solutions is a national consulting firm specializing in grassroots organizing, strategy, training, and evaluation. Since 1999, grassroots solutions has worked across the country with nonprofit and labor organizations and their funders, political campaigns, corporations, and government entities to expand their grassroots capacity, win elections or legislative victories, address community concerns, or position brands on the market. See additional information on grassroots solutions on our web site: www.grassrootssolutions.com.

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