Spring 2011 Internship with Massachusetts Peace Action

Massachusetts Peace Action and Education Fund are allied nonprofit organizations working to develop the sustained political power to foster a just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy. Through grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and community education, we promote human rights and global cooperation, and seek an end to war and the spread of nuclear weapons and other egregious weapons systems.

Our current campaigns include organizing to end the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, build peace with Iran, stop the global spread of nuclear weapons, and working to re-direct funds from weapons and war to programs that address environmental and human needs.

We are seeking students, recent graduates, or young activists who can commit 8-10 hours per week from January to May.   The position is unpaid.  Start and end dates are flexible.   We can work with you to receive academic credit or get additional funding if you are work-study eligible.  If there is interest, there is the possibility of extending the internship into the summer.   Our office is located in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Responsibilities may include:

- Drafting educational and promotional materials (flyers, fact sheets)

- Tracking the development of relevant legislation and campaigns

- Posting updates to Facebook, Twitter, our website, masspeaceaction.org, and writing e-mail alerts

- Working with staff and board members to plan a Music for Peace fundraiser, forums, lectures, and special projects

- Showing films and talks at your campus, and organizing a student peace group

- Assisting with mailings, data entry, and other projects as needed

Qualifications:

- A passion for international peace and justice issues and the U.S. political process

- Strong computer skills using Microsoft office; knowledge of HTML, graphic design, blogging, and social networking helpful but not required

- Strong writing skills

- Desire to work as part of a small team in a grassroots setting

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter, resume, and (optional) short sample of your writing, creative or community work (e.g. a flyer, fact sheet, blog link, web page, news article, etc. that you have created) to cole@masspeaceaction.org.  Include in your cover letter your interest and/or experience with peace and justice work.   Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

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