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Friends of the Earth is recruiting Interns

29 Jun 2009

Friends of the Earth Ireland Internship Programme 2009

The Opportunity
Friends of the Earth is recruiting interns to participate in our fourth annual internship programme. The successful candidates will work as part of a small, multi-disciplinary team.

We are recruiting for two different internships:

  1. NGO administration intern
  2. Campaigns intern

NGO administration intern
Your job is to strengthen the administrative systems that make it possible for a campaigning NGO to do what it does. The role involves campaign administration: working with our databases of people who have taken action whether by email, postcard or participating in one of our events; Supporter relations: dealing with correspondence from our supporters by phone, email and letter and facilitating our work to recruit more supporters; Office administration: helping us with our systems to make the organization run smoothly.
If you enjoy bringing order to a very dynamic environment, developing office systems and working with databases then you can make a really significant contribution to our work for environmental sustainability and justice.

Campaigns intern
Your job is to support our campaign mobilization and activism work. The role will have a particular focus on supporting the establishment of Young Friends of the Earth in Ireland. It will also include work on our campaign for a climate change law and our participation in the Stop Climate Chaos coalition in the run up to the Copenhagen summit in December.
If you have experience of youth work, organizing student societies, environmental activism or volunteering with NGOs then you will have an advantage in a role that will give you the opportunity to take the Young FoE idea and run with it, as well as working with some of Ireland's leading environmental and NGO campaigners.

The Organization
Friends of the Earth ( is the Irish member of the world's largest network of environmental groups with over one million supporters and campaigners organized in 70 countries ( Launched in Ireland in 2004, our priority campaign is on climate change. As well as our own campaign for a law to ensure action to reduce climate pollution, Friends of the Earth plays a leading role in the Stop Climate Chaos coalition which brings together environmental, overseas aid and faith groups to campaign for Ireland to do its fair share to prevent runaway climate change.

The Commitment
This post is for 20 hours a week for six months (the duration is negotiable and can also be extended in certain circumstances). The allocation of weekly hours will be agreed between the Director and each intern. This internships are on a voluntary basis. However, there will be a very small allowance to cover transport and lunch.

The Application Process
To apply, please send your CV, along with an email saying why you would like the position to Please indicate which of the two internships you are applying for. Closing date: Thursday 30th July 2009. Interviews are planned for Wednesday 5th August. It is hoped that the successful candidates will be able to start on Monday 10th August. Given the high volume of applications last year, we regret we can only undertake to reply to short-listed candidates.

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