Volunteer and Intern Opportunities
ACE seeks volunteers in a variety of areas to help advance our work. These include communications, development, legal, and technical assistance. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our current internship opportunities are available below.
Updated: September 2013
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Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) seeks interns interested in the movement for civil rights and social justice. Based in Roxbury, ACE is a non-profit environmental justice organization that builds the power of lower-income communities and communities of color in New England to achieve environmental justice. We believe that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and to be decision makers in issues affecting our communities. ACE organizes residents, provides legal/technical support to community groups, develops youth leadership and works for first-class public transit.
Under the supervision of ACE’s Communications staff, interns will assist in planning and implementation of fundraising and communication activities throughout the year, including:
• Assist with logistics and organizing of ACE’s annual celebration and fundraiser, Jammin’ for Justice.
• Communicate about ACE work like our annual events, campaigns and EJ issues by writing for our newsletters, blog, social media and materials.
• Attend and participate in events like member meetings, fundraisers, rallies, actions and our Annual Meeting
• Update press and donor information
• Provide support for fundraising and campaign appeals
Communications Interns play a crucial role in helping to broaden the visibility and effectiveness of our work for environmental justice. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in organizational planning sessions, learn about our campaigns and programs, and work closely with our vibrant, committed and fun staff. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a community-based non-profit working for social justice and systemic change.
We expect interns to be self-motivated and take this opportunity seriously. Part of your work will involve learning more about environmental justice and anti-oppression practices through discussions, presentations, readings and events. This internship is best for those who have a strong commitment to social justice and are willing to take charge of the experience as a time for learning and growth.
Team player, self-starter, quick learner and ability to work in a fast-paced environment • Dependable and reliable • Computer savvy; familiar with Word, Excel, internet and data entry. Desktop publishing experience a plus • Detail oriented and conscientious work style • Good writing and editing skills • Understanding and commitment to social and environmental justice work • Willingness to engage in diversity work, such as discussions on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, white privilege and internalized oppression • Artistic skills a plus • Spanish fluency a plus • Resident of the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston and Chelsea a plus
Hours and Compensation
This internship is offered all year and time requirements are flexible. We ask Communications Interns to attend member events whenever possible, which usually occur in the evenings and occasionally on weekends. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2013 and beyond. Volunteer opportunities are available year-round, please contact us for details. This position is unpaid, though work-study arrangements may be available and we encourage students to explore school-based funding opportunities. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Please send a resume and cover letter addressing the following questions:
1) Tell us about your interest in environmental justice.
2) Environmental justice is part of a larger social justice movement. What issues are important to you and why? How are you working on them, or how do you aspire to do so?
3) How do you envision your role working for and in a lower-income community of color?
4) What do you hope to learn from this internship?
Also, please let us know your time frame and how many hours a week would you like to work. (For example: I'm looking for an internship from September 29 through December 12, for 24 hours a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
ACE welcomes applicants of all backgrounds. We are an anti-racist, anti-classist organization and encourage honest, straight-forward answers.
Please send resumes and cover letters to:
Celina Lee, Membership and Communications Coordinator, email@example.com
Or mail to:
ACE: Attn: Celina
2181 Washington Street, Suite 301
Roxbury, MA 02119
Phone: 617.442.3343 x232
People of color strongly encouraged to apply.
ACE seeks a law student intern for summer 2014. The law student intern will assist ACE’s Staff Attorney on the cases and issues that require work during the summer. The student should expect to perform legal and factual research and writing, interact with state and local government, and work with community residents. The subject matter will include many of the legal and factual issues that arise in a multi-faceted community-based environmental justice program that provides legal representation to resident groups.
· Law student who has completed one or two years of an ABA accredited law school
· Excellent legal research and writing skills
· Strong commitment to social/environmental justice and community empowerment
· Good active listener
· Flexibility to work an occasional weeknight or weekend day
· Commitment to work at ACE for at least 35 hours per week for ten weeks during the internship term
ACE does not have funding for the position. Many law students have worked at ACE with public interest funding from their law schools or another outside sources.
Email your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages) to Staci Rubin, Esq. at Staci@ace-ej.org. ACE will accept applications beginning November 1, 2013, and until the position is filled.
Grassroots fundraising is a lot of work. Why do we do it?
ACE has a vision of maintaining an independent political voice and range of action that is controlled by our primary members from lower income communities and communities of color. To ensure this, we want to be “owned” by the communities we work in. This means the community provides significant support to ACE, with financial and other contributions. Ownership also means that our primary members are responsible for leadership and fundraising. Our members vote for our board and annual plan, and lead our campaigns and programs through committees and other decision-making processes.
In this way we are resisting the institutionalized racism and classism (and power imbalance) that exist within foundation funding as well as with funding from wealthy individuals.
We at ACE also recognize that we are part of a larger movement for social justice in the US. Our funds raised do not only support our programs, they support our movement building work with such allies as Right to the City, US Social Forum, various transit justice allies, etc.
We do not take funds from corporations or companies that are antithetical to our mission.
This position is offered all year and time requirements are flexible. We ask volunteers to attend member events whenever possible, which usually occur in the evenings and occasionally on weekends. Volunteer opportunities are available year-round, please contact us for details. This position is unpaid, though work-study arrangements may be available and we encourage students to explore school-based funding opportunities. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Outreach Calls: Invite folks to our Annual Meeting and Toxic Tours.
Donor Calls: Touch base with supporters and ask for end-of-year contributions as part of ACE's fall donor campaign. We offer a training in early November.
Data Entry: This is a key part of keeping the membership and grassroots fundraising base going and growing. Attention to detail needed.
Tabling: Staff info-tables at events; talk with people about ACE.
Management: Keep track of our the tour outreach and scheduling.
Office Support: hand-addressing, filing, and collating are all vital parts of keeping this org rolling.
Brainstorming: Help enhance our outreach materials, mail appeals, and holiday giving campaign.
Event Support: The Annual Meeting takes place in late October. We also hope for some house party fundraisers this fall. Cheers!
If you are interested in volunteering, please email a little bit about yourself and your time availability to Kalila Barnett, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People of color strongly encouraged to apply.
Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) is committed to working with our members to develop their skills so that they are able to organize and advocate for environmental justice in their communities. ACE is seeking a temporary, part-time Organizing Intern for four months, September through December 2013, from our active membership base.
The Organizing Intern will be supervised by Mea Johnson and provide support to ACE’s T Riders Union (TRU) Program. The Organizing Intern’s primary role will be coordinating weekly outreach with other staff and members to T riders with a focus in Dudley, Roxbury and Dorchester. This will include direct outreach on buses, in MBTA stations and at local community meetings. The intern will also assist in building relationships, mobilizing, and recruiting potential and current TRU members, and preparing for meetings and upcoming events or actions.
This Organizing Internship position is open to any member whose dues are current and is actively involved with the T Riders Union (TRU) program. The process to determine who will fill the position is internal to ACE and our most active members –We expect the internship start date to be September 9 and an end date of December 20, 2013. Any hours as a paid intern will not go towards membership hours; to be a voting member at the annual meeting, each member must complete at least 15 additional hours of work with ACE.
Current dues paying member
Ability to work on $12 an hour paid basis for at least 15-20 hours a week (up to a total of 160 hours for 8 weeks)
Must be actively involved with ACE’s T Riders Union program (over past 12 months)
Familiar with and committed to ACE’s organizing approach: doing outreach that introduces people to ACE and its programs not just TRU, doing follow-up and relationship building with people that we meet using phone calls, one-on-one meetings, emails, and mailings
Open to learning more and deepening direct organizing skills
Ability to follow through with assignments and meet deadlines
Familiar with computers and basic programs including Word, the internet, and using email
Flexibility to work some weeknights and weekends
Must be at least 18 years old
Must be willing to work at least 4 days a week doing outreach on buses, at stations, door-knocking and other locations.
Submit resume and up to 500 word essay sharing why you want to do this internship with the T Riders Union.
$12.00 per hour
Monthly bus pass
An ACE email account
Access to training opportunities
Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.