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Nuclear Power Safety Organizing & Media Intern – Cambridge, MA

Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists

Job Title: Nuclear Power Safety Organizing & Media Intern

Location: Cambridge, MA

Hours and Compensation: Full time (40 hours/week), Paid: Monthly pay between $1,733 and $2,600 depending on level of education. Some limited travel may be required.

Position Dates: Start ASAP, 1 -year position

Application Deadline: August 27th, 2012

Posted On: July 27th, 2012

Organization Overview

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at MIT in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 300,000 citizens and scientists that includes people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students.

UCS strives for a future that is free from the threats of global warming and nuclear war and a planet that supports a rich diversity of life. Our specific focus areas include global warming, renewable energy, advanced vehicle technology, nuclear power safety, nuclear weapons and related security issues, preserving the integrity of science, and sustainable agriculture.


Under the supervision of, and working directly with, the Manager of Strategic Campaigns for Global Security, assist in a range of advocacy, organizing, media, and event planning activities as part of UCS’s national campaign to improve nuclear power safety and security in the United States.


  • Spearhead media outreach and research in target states, including tracking news and editorial coverage, building relationships with local media, soliciting and assisting with op-eds and letters to the editor, pitching UCS experts for local media opportunities, and coordinating media mailings.
  • Communicate by phone or email with UCS supporters and activists and other contacts, including local citizen groups and activists.
  • Conduct research on relevant policy issues and prepare fact sheets and briefing memos.
  • Maintain campaign lists and databases, including gathering contact information for local/state stakeholders, such as policy makers, local activists, and media contacts, and inputting data in UCS database on communications with UCS supporters and activists.
  • Assist with campaign communications, including mailings and email communications, such as drafting event invitations, action alerts, and campaign memos. Participate in internal planning and strategy sessions.


Demonstrable experience in outreach, organizing, or media experience for non-profit organizations, political campaigns, or media organizations is preferred. Excellent written and oral communications abilities, considerable self-motivation, experience working in an office, and solid organizational skills are necessary for this position. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively—by phone and email—with professionals, policy makers, activists and UCS supporters/members. Candidates should have some knowledge of (and interest in) nuclear power issues, a working knowledge of and interest in the way in which the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. and state/local governments function, and a demonstrable commitment to working in the public interest/non-profit sector.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to and include “Nuclear Power Safety Intern” in the subject line. Please also add in your cover letter where you heard about the position. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls. Deadline: August 27 or until filled.

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