Boards and Commissions Fellowship Program Intern

Title: Boards and Commissions Fellowship Program Intern

Department: Campaigns

Status: Non-exempt

Reports to: Senior Manager of Candidate Recruitment and Training

Location: Flexible (the intern may decide whether to work remotely or from an LCVEF office)

Duration: 12 Weeks – January – April 2023 (start and end dates flexible)

Schedule and Compensation: 20 hours per week; $16.10 per hour

General Description:

The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund believes our earth is worth mobilizing for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. LCV Education Fund (LCVEF) works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCVEF’s work to protect and advocate for the environment is rooted in our commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. 

In 2020, LCVEF launched a long-term candidate development program called the Boards and Commissions Fellowship, in partnership with our state affiliate Conservation Voters for Idaho Education Fund. In four states as of 2023, this program allows us to recruit future leaders from LCV’s base of climate champions, and provide training and support to help them apply to serve on boards and commissions where they can influence policy decisions in their communities. 

We invest in leadership development because some of the most promising leaders in our movement are not interested in running for elected office. Through the Boards and Commissions Fellowship, they can pursue and be trained for non-elected public leadership roles in their communities, and build their confidence and skills as leaders.  The goals of this grant program are to develop strong environmental policy leaders who are well-prepared to serve on environmental boards and commissions in their communities, to increase diverse representation on boards and commissions and to create a pool of highly qualified environmental leaders, some of whom may someday seek elected office.

LCVEF is seeking a Boards & Commissions Fellowship Program Intern who will support the Senior Manager of Candidate Recruitment and Training in ensuring strong implementation of state fellowship programs as we increase the number of participating states. The Boards and Commissions Fellowship Program  Intern will support the staff who lead the fellowship programs, as well as their collaborative learning space to share knowledge and support one another as they implement their fellowship programs. The Program Managers leading our fellowship programs are state affiliate staff who are responsible for a wide range of tasks including curriculum design, outreach to potential fellows, mentors, and speakers, training, and supporting fellows with their applications and placement onto local boards and commissions. 

The role of the Fellowship Intern is to support these activities. They will also be responsible for a culminating project that they will help to design. Special projects include supporting the Program Manager team with research, outreach, communications and possibly curriculum design, and helping to manage a collaborative learning space. The Boards and Commissions Fellowship Intern will join a Spring 2023 internship cohort that will have access to development opportunities including a Capstone project, informational interviews with staff, and organization-wide training and discussions. 

Intern Will Gain Experience in:

  • Supporting community outreach, including recruiting mentors for fellows and speakers for trainings.
  • Communications with potential fellows, elected officials (and their staff) and the public about the program.
  • Evaluation of our current fellowship work.
  • Training and curriculum design for the monthly training sessions for fellows.
  • Research on board and commission vacancies and the application process.
  • Leading with an equity lens.

Qualifications

  • Skills: Highly organized; strong attention to detail; excellent written and oral communications skills; strong research skills; exhibits solid judgment; critical thinking skills; able to work independently and as a team; able to handle multiple tasks with minimal supervision; self-starter; proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite.
  • Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating racial justice and equity into the work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Commitment to environmental protection and mission of LCVEF. 
  • Working Conditions: Applicants need to be located in and legally authorized to work in the United States. LCVEF requires all employees working from our offices or participating in in-person meetings or events to be fully up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

LCVEF offers sick leave, paid holidays, and voting leave to interns.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcvef.org with “Boards and Commissions Fellowship Intern” in the subject line by December 1, 2022. No phone calls please. 

LCVEF is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a racially just, equitable and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information, or any other protected status. LCVEF is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please contact hr@lcvef.org.