Are you interested in working for indigenous rights and rainforest protection? Amazon Watch is a nonprofit advocacy organization with offices in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC supporting communities threatened by shortsighted natural resources exploitation projects in the Amazon Basin. Amazon Watch works with indigenous and environmental movements 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 three-month minimum commitment and a minimum of two days per week. If you are unable to commit to three months, we recommend you explore volunteer opportunities at Amazon Watch.

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter, resume, links to your social media accounts, and a writing sample to amazon@amazonwatch.org.

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

Amazon Oil Research Intern

Location: Oakland, CA or remotely

Duties:

  • Research and help to write key sections of a report about oil in the Amazon rainforest and its impact on the climate, biodiversity, and indigenous peoples
  • Research local oil contracts and oil procurement policies
  • Research, curate, and draft a press list of key contacts and news media sources
  • Research, familiarize and thoroughly understand Amazon Watch's main campaigns and relevant issues by reading previously created content and searching online content
  • Fact check and cross verify information from sources online and identify content that is misrepresentative of the truth
  • Communicate these findings, both in written and verbal form
  • Write and edit factually correct content

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Very strong research and writing skills
  • Excellent citation skills
  • Strong interest in the environment and human rights issues
  • Ability to start immediately

Organizing Intern

Location: San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

Duties:

  • Work closely with local allies and Amazon Watch staff to help organize and build power for a new local campaign
  • Help to research and create a power power map for local governments
  • Attend local meetings and report back
  • Research local oil contracts and oil procurement policies
  • Research, familiarize and thoroughly understand Amazon Watch's main campaigns and relevant issues by reading previously created content and searching online content
  • Help to educate and mentor Amazon Watch supporters and other allies in our campaign

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in the environment and human rights issues
  • Commitment to anti-racism and to supporting local communities both in the Amazon and in California
  • Experience working with frontline communities
  • Familiarity and experience with local California politics
  • Reliable transportation

National Fieldwork Intern (Ecuador)

Location: Quito, Ecuador

Duties:

  • Assist with managing PR strategies with allies.
  • Assist with strategic analysis of allied organizations in Ecuador and top indigenous leaders.
  • Assist with the production of various events (logistical matters).
  • Write, fact-check, and proofread content.
  • Support with translations.
  • Organize photo and media archive.
  • Follow up with program field work activities.
  • General support to the Ecuador Field Coordinator.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong organizational and independent time management skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Strong interest in indigenous, environmental and human rights issues.
  • College graduate with focus on and experience in human rights, environmental studies, and sustainable development, with a specialization on Latin American Studies is preferred.
  • Experience working as a volunteer in a community around the globe.
  • Experience editing film and photography is preferred, but not required.
  • Spanish proficiency is required.

As an intern, you will:

  • Work with dedicated and connected environmental activists from Ecuador and South America.
  • Gain familiarity with and experience field work activities in Ecuador.
  • Gain experience organizing social media contacts and communications within Ecuador and around the globe.
  • Experience working with indigenous communities and assisting their causes.
  • Learn about the history and issues relating to environmental and human rights threats currently affecting communities in the Amazon basin.
  • Strengthen critical thinking and analysis skills.
  • Gain experience organizing information and checking facts.

Database Intern

Location: Oakland, CA

Duties:

  • Assist Development Officer with Salesforce management
  • Keep donor mailing list up to date
  • Preparation of donor mailings and acknowledgement letters
  • Donor Research
  • Data management research
  • Field General inquiries

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Salesforce CRM
  • Interns must be comfortable using basic computer programs: Word, Excel, Google Drive, on Apple computers.
  • The right candidates are enthusiastic, dependable, resourceful, detail-oriented, and exhibit great communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, and independent time management skills
  • Strong interest in the environment and human rights issues
  • Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required

As an intern, you will:

  • Work with dedicated and connected environmental activists
  • Learn about the history and issues relating to environmental and human rights threats currently affecting communities in the Amazon basin
  • Attend various online webinars for development, administration, event support
  • Strengthen critical thinking and analysis skills

Details

  • The work will take place during regular business hours here in our office in downtown Oakland, CA.
  • This is an unpaid internship
  • Interns are expected to commit to 20 to 40 hours per week for 3 to 5 months

Development Intern

Location: Oakland, CA

Duties:

  • Sponsorships for luncheon and gala
  • Tabling and community outreach
  • Manage and keep organized inventory of event materials
  • Database entry from events
  • Support event planning and production

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interns must be comfortable using basic computer programs: Word, Excel, Google Drive, on Apple computers.
  • The right candidates are enthusiastic, dependable, resourceful, detail-oriented, and exhibit great communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, and independent time management skills
  • Strong interest in the environment and human rights issues
  • Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required

As an intern, you will:

  • Work with dedicated and connected environmental activists
  • Learn about the history and issues relating to environmental and human rights threats currently affecting communities in the Amazon basin
  • Attend various online webinars for development, administration, event support
  • Strengthen critical thinking and analysis skills

Details

  • The work will take place during regular business hours here in our office in downtown Oakland, CA.
  • This is an unpaid internship
  • Interns are expected to commit to 20 to 40 hours per week for 3 to 5 months

PR & Communications Assistant

Location: Oakland, CA

Duties:

  • Assist with creating and managing a PR strategy
  • Assist with strategic analysis and organization of social media contacts (specifically Twitter)
  • Research, identify and manage a list of key social media accounts (i.e. journalists, government officials, etc.) to follow and connect via Twitter
  • Research, curate, and draft a press list of key contacts and news media sources
  • Research, familiarize and thoroughly understand Amazon Watch's main campaigns and relevant issues by reading previously created content and searching online content
  • Critically analyze findings, use this understanding to update and fact check existing Wikipedia pages
  • Fact check and cross verify information from sources online and identify content that is misrepresentative of the truth
  • Communicate these findings, both in written and verbal form
  • Write and edit factually correct content
  • Organize photo and media archive
  • Edit B-roll film footage

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest (an active Twitter account is required)
  • Extensive experience and understanding of Twitter
  • Ability to think strategically about messaging and image management
  • Keen analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong organizational, and independent time management skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong interest in the environment and human rights issues
  • College graduate with focus and experience in PR and strategic communications preferred
  • Experience editing film is preferred, but not required
  • Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required

As an intern, you will:

  • Work with dedicated and connected environmental activists
  • Gain familiarity with and experience building a PR and communications strategy for an international NGO
  • Experience organizing social media contacts and communications (particularly related to Twitter)
  • Experience organizing information, researching, and corresponding with key contacts or journalists
  • Learn about the history and issues relating to environmental and human rights threats currently affecting communities in the Amazon basin
  • Strengthen critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Gain experience organizing information and fact checking

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