Fall internships available with MILK NOT JAILS
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who would like to develop their grassroots campaign building skills with MILK NOT JAILS this fall! Please read the description below and apply today!
MILK NOT JAILS campaign intern
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Through innovative and pioneering services as well as the research, public advocacy and training of its Justice Strategies division, CCA fosters individual transformation, reduces reliance on incarceration and advocates for more responsive juvenile and criminal justice policies.
CCA is looking for a Fall 2010 intern to help with the launch of a new campaign, MILK NOT JAILS. MILK NOT JAILS asserts, “If rural NY’s economic survival depends on my habits, I’d rather drink their milk than send my child to their prison.” Over 75% of New York State’s prisons are located in rural areas far away from the cities where most people in prison call home. There are enough empty beds in the NY State prison system to close 10 prisons right now, but the State legislature cannot mobilize enough votes to shut these prisons down because they are often considered “the last factory in town.” These rural areas are also home to a struggling dairy industry, where dairy farmers are selling off their herds because the federal government’s pricing of milk is causing them to lose money while producing milk.
MILK NOT JAILS examines how agricultural policy and criminal justice policy have shaped an unhealthy urban-rural relationship. It is a consumer campaign to mobilize NY residents to support the dairy industry and the long-term sustainability of the rural economy. It is a political campaign to advocate for criminal justice and agricultural policy reform that will bring positive economic growth. MILK NOT JAILS insists that bad criminal justice policy should not be the primary economic development plan for rural, upstate NY.
• Conduct research on the dairy industry and reach out to local dairy farmers.
• Research and prepare briefings on a variety of issues.
• Draft content for website and email updates.
• Organize events throughout NYC, upstate and western New York.
• Respond to constituent correspondence.
• Promote the campaign through street outreach and online social networking sites.
• Assist with steering committee development and communication.
• Grant research and fundraising planning.
• Database management and administrative work.
• Enthusiasm about the campaign
• Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills
• Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access)
• Familiarity with social networking sites and web content management systems (WordPress, Drupal), a plus
• Comfortability with conducting street outreach
• Ability to work independently as well as on a team
The fall internship program will run for 12-15 weeks. Interns must be available 12-20 hours per week with availability on weekends and evenings as needed. This is an unpaid internship. We are happy to work with students to obtain credit towards coursework. Interested candidates should send a cover letter explaining interest and availability (days and times) for the position along with a resume and short writing sample (1-3 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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