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Divest-Invest from Fossil Fuels Internship-Washington, DC

Organization: Institute for Policy Studies

Position Title: Divest-Invest from Fossil Fuels Internship

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation:  15 hours/week. $12.50 per hour

Application Deadline: April 28, 2014


Internship Description:

The Institute for Policy Studies is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power.

Interested in global justice? Passionate about the planet? Imagine an internship that is flexible and rewarding. The Institute for Policy Studies seeks an enthusiastic organizerwith fantastic communications skills to join our committed team of experts and scholars working towards a more equitable society and healthy planet.

The Project: Divest-Invest Individual

We are seeking an intern to help us with our Divest-Invest (DI) Individual campaign DI Individual calls upon investors to join with colleges, universities, foundations, religious and health endowments, private and governmental pension funds, in the movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in a new- energy economy. Divest-Invest Individual unites people in collective action to respond to the global climate crisis and support a sustainable future. Ethically, we encourage investments that don’t contribute to dangerous climate change. Financially, we acknowledge that fossil-fuel assets are over-valued as most of their reserves cannot be burned. The DI Individual Campaign will spread the word that investors can get good, safe returns while helping to build a new-energy economy.

We need your help to catalyze and engage individuals of all income levels to divest their funds from fossil fuels and develop innovative investments in the new energy economy.

Internship Responsibilities

We seek an intern to:

A) Help with back-end support for the initiative, including fielding requests, questions, and invitations. We need help collating data and sources for the website.

B) Support the organization stakeholder activities for Divest-Invest Individual, including a steering committee.

C) Compile and manage training and resource materials.

Skill Set:

The best candidate will possess strong written and verbal communication skills. We are looking for someone who isn’t afraid of Excel and a little bit of number crunching. If you have an eye for design, that’s a plus, but not required. And, of course, we want someone excited about the possibilities of the Divest-Invest Campaign!


A team is working on this for the next 24 months. Ideally an intern would work between 10-20 hours a week at defined but flexible times, until year-end. However, if you can’t work until the end of the year, we ask for a minimum commitment of 45 days. We are looking to fill this position immediately.

How to apply:

Please send your cover letter, resume, and 2 page writing sample to In the subject line, please write Divest-Invest Individual Internship Application.

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