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Chispa Policy and Campaigns Intern

Title: Chispa Policy and Campaigns Intern 
Department: Community and Civic Engagement
Status: Non-exempt
Reports to: Chispa Senior Director
Location: Flexible (the intern may decide whether to work remotely and/or from an LCV office)
Duration: 12 Weeks; May – August 2024 (Start and End Dates are Flexible)
Schedule and Compensation: 40 hours per week; $17.00 per hour

General Description:

LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections.

Chispa, a program of LCV, works to ensure that Latine communities and leaders have a strong voice in the movement for climate justice and within the environmental movement and influence the environmental policies and decisions that impact our health and environment. Based in the Community and Civic Engagement department, Chispa has programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, and Texas. 

LCV is seeking a Chispa Policy and Campaigns Intern who will support the Chispa program’s advocacy work related to federal climate investments and its Clean Buses for Healthy Niños campaign. This internship will provide an opportunity to apply an equity framework to policy advocacy, policy making and policy implementation. They will work with the Chispa Senior Director on a data analysis project on the siting of school bus depots and their impacts on low-income communities and communities of color. Special projects include analyzing different health equity and air quality metrics; testing and providing feedback on data tools; and, creating short- and long-form materials related to the data analysis findings for community members and decision makers. The Chispa Policy and Campaigns Intern will join a Summer 2024 internship cohort that will have access to development opportunities including a Capstone project, informational interviews with staff, and organization-wide training and discussions. Summer interns participate in brown bag lunches with various members of LCV’s senior management team, including President Gene Karpinski.

Intern Will Gain Experience In:

  • Collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data related to public health and equity.
  • Researching and staying up-to-date on key policy developments, and communicating those developments to Chispa team members and partners and their impact. 
  • Supporting the development of short- and long-form campaign materials, policy briefs, toolkits, and presentations for a variety of audiences from community members to federal decision makers.
  • Testing and providing feedback on data tools and other resources for policy making.
  • Incorporating racial justice and equity into policy and ensuring these principles are applied throughout team processes.

Qualifications:

  • Experience: Experience with data science is preferred but not required. 
  • Skills: Highly organized; strong attention to detail; excellent written and oral communications skills; strong research skills; exhibits solid judgment; critical thinking skills; able to work independently and as a team; able to handle multiple tasks; self-starter; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite. Knowledge of history of race relations within the U.S. preferred.
  • Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity and inclusion in our movement and organization, integrating racial justice and equity into the work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Commitment to environmental protection and mission of Chispa.
  • Working Conditions: Applicants need to be located in and legally authorized to work in the United States. LCV requires all employees working from our offices or participating in in-person meetings or events to be fully up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

LCV offers sick leave, paid holidays, and voting leave to interns.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcv.org with “Chispa Policy & Campaigns Intern” in the subject line by February 19, 2024. No phone calls please. 

LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information, or any other protected status. LCV is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact hr@lcv.org.