Internship Opportunities

Are you interested in working for indigenous rights and rainforest protection? Amazon Watch is a nonprofit advocacy organization with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC, supporting communities threatened by shortsighted natural resources exploitation projects in the Amazon Basin. Amazon Watch works with indigenous and environmental movements in the Amazon Basin to defend the forest and advance indigenous peoples' rights in the face of large-scale industrial development-oil & gas pipelines, power lines, roads, and other mega-projects. As an Amazon Watch intern, you can earn credits while gaining real-life experience and working to protect the Earth's largest tropical rainforest.

Interns work directly with an Amazon Watch staff person but are expected to be self-motivated, creative, and willing to make a set time commitment based on project needs. Internships require a 3-month minimum commitment at a minimum of 12 hours per week. Interns are expected to assist with basic office work. After completing a three-month internship, a limited number of stipends are available for campaign interns wishing to extend their internship for another 3 months.

Internship Periods and Application Deadlines

Amazon Watch internships tend to follow the academic calendar. Application deadlines are as follows:

December 1st for Spring period (January – May)
May 1st for Summer period (June – August)
August 1st for Fall period (September – December)

We are flexible, however, and willing to explore other start dates and duration arrangements with outstanding intern candidates.

Sending in Your Application

To be considered for an internship, please review the current internship opportunities and then send in:

  • A cover letter stating why you are interested in interning at Amazon Watch and what strengths you could bring to the organization.
  • Completed internship application
  • Your résumé; and
  • Two letters of recommendation and/or two references

Please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: "Ana_Martinez_Cover_Letter.doc" and "Ana_Martinez_Resume.doc."

If you are unable to commit 3 months, we recommend you explore volunteer opportunities at Amazon Watch. If you need more information about Amazon Watch internship program, please feel free to contact amazon@amazonwatch.org.

Thank you for expressing interest in our internship program.

– The Amazon Watch Staff

 

Amazon Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. People of color and indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

 

Current Available Internships:

DC Advocacy Intern

Location: Washington, DC (Dupont Circle office)
Contact: Andrew Miller, Advocacy Director

As DC Advocacy Intern, your efforts will strengthen Amazon Watch's ongoing country specific campaigns (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) and thematic program activities. The internship will include some combination of the following activities:

  • Networking and strategizing with NGO allies;
  • Assisting advocacy efforts toward international financial institutions;
  • Organizing logistics for indigenous delegations coming to DC;
  • Drafting policy briefs and website update text;
  • Maintaining our database of contacts; and
  • Other tasks, as required.

Required/Preferred skills and experience:

  • 25-40 hours per week for at least 3 months;
  • Highly organized; with strong attention to detail, excellent project management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills;
  • Highly self-motivated;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently;
  • Proficiency in Spanish; and
  • Heart, humility and humor

Corporate Accountability Intern

Location: San Francisco, CA
Contact: Adam Zuckerman, Environmental and Human Rights Campaigner

The Corporate Accountability Research Intern will work with the Corporate Accountability Campaigner to carry out in-depth corporate and industry specific research that will help to inform our US based campaign strategies. The thematic areas of research are:

  • Social responsibility record of companies
  • Information on brands, advertising, and sponsorships
  • Environmental compliance
  • Market share, asset base
  • Specific industrial development projects (the status, the impacts, the companies involved)
  • Institutional Stakeholders

Required/Preferred skills and experience:

  • 12-18 hours per week for 3 months
  • Highly organized; a planner with strong attention to detail, excellent project management skills
  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently
  • Heart, humility and humor

Peru Advocacy Intern

Location: Washington, DC
Contact: Andrew Miller, Advocacy Director

As Peru Advocacy Intern, you will assist in Amazon Watch’s on-going campaigns and will provide administrative support. Your efforts will strengthen our Peru Amazon program activities and will include some combination of the following activities:

  • Assisting advocacy efforts toward oil companies international financial institutions;
  • Organizing logistics for indigenous delegations coming to CA;
  • Drafting policy briefs and website update text;
  • Networking and strategizing with NGO allies;
  • Maintaining our database of contacts; and
  • Other tasks, as required.

Required/Preferred skills and experience:

  • 25-40 hours per week for at least 3 months
  • Highly organized; with strong attention to detail, excellent project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Heart, humility and humor

Digital Media Intern

Location: San Francisco, CA
Contact: Caroline Bennett, Communications Director

Two positions are currently available:

A) Web Manager Assistant; photo scanning and digital preparation as well as basic web marketing and promotion (search engine listings)

B) Web Development Assistant; more focused on web content development, requires strong writing and editing skills. This position will work closely with the campaign team to produce articles and fact sheets for the web.Depending on the skill levels of the applicants, projects could also involve work on multi-media and interactive web features such as short video presentations, flash animation and other graphic intensive elements.

Requirements: 10 hours per week for 3 months for each position. Previous web experience is required for both positions although the candidate applying for the B. position will need excellent writing and editing skills (ideal for journalism majors). Also knowledge of Flash and web-based media is a plus.

Fundraising / Development Intern

Location: San Francisco, CA
Contact: Sarah Weaver, Development Associate

This position will aid in the daily donor database management, acknowledgment letter preparation as well as informational packets and prospective donor mailings. Extensive research on foundation guidelines and grant cycles will be a major area of focus for this position as well as assisting in the planning and coordination of fundraising events.

Requirements: 12 hours per week for 3 months / good writing, organizational, and web research skills

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