Environmental Campaign Organizer – Unpaid Internship
The environmental advocacy group Californians Against Waste is searching for unpaid summer
interns to work on the campaign to uphold the ban on single-use plastic bags in California. You will
gain valuable experience in grassroots organizing and coalition building to create meaningful
Background: California is the first state in the nation to enact a single use plastic bag ban. That law
would have taken effect last July 30. But out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers spent more than $3
million to hire paid signature gatherers and force a vote on this issue as a referendum on the
November Ballot. Because of this referendum, the statewide plastic bag ban will not go into effect unless a majority of
California voters say YES on the Plastic Bag Ban Referendum in November.
Responsibilities: Campaign Organizers will be directly involved in an ongoing grassroots effort to
uphold the plastic bag ban that was signed into law by Governor Brown. Tasks include issue
research, strategic and social media communications, local organizing and advocacy.
Qualifications & skills: Ideal candidates must have a commitment to environmental protection;
excellent written and verbal communication skills, with strong public speaking skills. Basic computer
skills; Website and social media skills desired; Legislative or political experience is helpful, but not
Work Hours: Weekday, 1-40 hrs per week.
Contact: Email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1977, Californians Against Waste is a statewide nonprofit, grassroots advocacy
organization that works toward a recycling economy. We research, develop, and advocate policy
initiatives at the local, state and federal levels and are the world’s leading environmental advocacy
group on waste reduction, recycling, and resource conservation.