Interns take on a leadership role within a campaign, and are able to receive course credit for their work.
Communication SkillsImprove your public speaking and writing skills, and learn how to work with the media to get media coverage. Get experience speaking in front of groups and advocating a position one-on-one.
Campaign SkillsLearn the basics of running a campaign - recruiting a training volunteers, generating grassroots support (petitions, letters, calls), building coalitions, organizing large events, campaign strategy, and basic lobbying.
Leadership SkillsLearn how to run meetings, work with teams, plan large events, develop other leaders, mange volunteers, and manage your time.
Design and Coding SkillsLearn how organizers use technology, graphic design, and physical art to get people involved in movements. Use skills you already have and hone them to improve databases used for organizing, visualize data, or create eye-catching spectacles that draw people to take action.
To apply to the Maryland PIRG Students Internship Program, fill out this form and we'll be in touch about the interview process.
Labor Conditions and Minimum Wage:UMD pays many of our fellow student workers the state minimum wage instead of the PG County minimum wage (a difference of $1.40 per hour). This year, UMD staff said that they were barred from speaking Spanish on breaks and didn't receive protective equipment or trainings to handle toxic mold clean-up. We're working closely with UMD's worker union (AFSCME), student workers, and student groups to unify students and staff to collectively improve labor conditions at UMD.
Social Work for UMD Students (Survey Corps):Speaking with students directly to learn their needs, wants, and struggles. We'll ask for their contact info, research, and then contact them with info and connections to help solve their problems and meet their needs and wants. 1-to-1 social service.
Hunger and Homelessness:20% of UMD students are food insecure. We're reduce food insecurity in the UMD community by teaching people about the campus pantry that provides free food and collecting regular donations.
Save the Bay / Environmental Protection:Styrofoam pollutes Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, it's cancerous, and it kills wildlife. We can ban styrofoam in Maryland by lobbying and calling state representatives. We'll also be continuing work spreading awareness about other plastic pollutants like Solo Cups.