VAIPL Internship Application
Want to save the planet? Do you feel that we have a moral responsibility to protect Creation? Help Virginia Interfaith Power & Light (VAIPL) to achieve healthy communities and environmental justice in Virginia through an internship.
Sample Job Duties:
o Assists with volunteer team development
o Creates faith-specific toolkits detailing how faith communities can take action on climate
o Works with volunteers
o Plans and assists with events
o Conducts outreach at festivals and other events
o Engages new volunteers
o Assists with social media
o Miscellaneous (data entry, office assistance, collecting petitions, etc.)
In this internship, you will work directly with faith communities, experienced advocates, volunteers and organizers to develop and implement campaigns to protect Virginia’s environment. During this internship, we will train you on the basic skills of organizing, educate you about environmental issues, and host numerous events in and around Richmond as part of our campaigns to address climate change, care for Creation and advocate for renewable energy. Your responsibilities will include: building and coordinating volunteer teams, assisting with phone banks, outreach to faith and community organizations, event planning, social media and performing data entry and office work as needed.
Internship positions are available each semester, and are able to be shortened or extended as needed. The internships are sometimes paid and class credit may be negotiated with your educational institution. In Fall 2021, interns will be paid $15/hr or receive class credit. VAIPL will work with students to build your resume and network with professionals. Internships are located in Richmond with remote internships available to stellar candidates. Internships can be arranged for at minimum 15-20 hours per week during the summer and 10-15 hours per week during school semesters, with flexible scheduling. The deadline to aply for a Fall 2021 internship is 11:59 p.m. September 26, 2021!
We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, religion, socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, and political beliefs.
Fall 2021 Internship Project Descriptions:
Collecting Transit Justice Surveys - This project is for you if you are interested in transitioning to a clean and just renewable energy economy. In VA, most of our carbon pollution comes from transportation. Join us to modernize and upgrade our transit system in Richmond by talking to bus riders and community leaders. This is for you if you like talking, reaching out to new people, and making phone calls.
Gathering Water Justice Stories - Equitable access to safe and clean drinking water is an integral component of basic human rights. Pollutants from industry, antiquated water infrastructure, climate disruption, and rate increases are all threats to safe, clean water for rural communities, low-income populations, and communities of color. Please join us in the effort to protect this invaluable and irreplaceable resource by helping collect and share stories from around the Commonwealth. This is for you if you like talking, reaching out to new people, and making phone calls.
Reaching Out to Youth - Join us to reach out to college students and young adults about engaging in environmental and climate justice actions. This is for you if you like reaching out to new young people, planning events and making phone calls.
Community Mapping and Research on the Intersection of Faith and the Environment - One of the really important aspects of reaching out to community members is knowing who you are reaching out to and what they are interested in. This project is for you if you like keeping track of information, working with databases, using spreadsheets, sending emails, and making follow up calls.
Social Media: Are you interested in using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to save the planet and advocate for climate justice? This is for you if you like writing, creating graphics, and social media.