Environmental advocacy internship (Des Moines)

Want to learn critical campaign skills and make a difference?

Food & Water Watch is the leading national consumer advocacy organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge campaigns that challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources, empower people to take action, and transform the public consciousness about what we eat and drink. Since 2005, we have won significant victories to protect our food and water. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other major media outlets. For more information, check out our website at www.foodandwaterwatch.org .

We are currently seeking passionate interns interested in fighting for a safe, fair food system for all. This position is part-time, and will run for 10 weeks. Interns will have the benefit of learning critical research, grassroots organizing and advocacy skills from experienced staff.

Here in Des Moines, we are launching a critical campaign to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in Iowa. The long term health and environmental consequences of genetically engineered foods are untested and unknown. We as consumers are in the dark about what we are putting into our bodies. At Food & Water Watch, we believe that we have the right to know what is in our food, so that we can make the decision whether or not to take the risk of being test subjects for huge corporations.

We are working to build public support right now in the Des Moines community to pass a bill this January (2013) that requires GE labeling. Des Moines is a critical location for this campaign. With enough support, Senator Hatch will champion this bill, and we will have a world where we choose freely what to eat and what to feed our friends and families.

Responsibilities may include:

• Building strategic coalitions with religious groups, labor groups, elected officials, citizen activists, businesses and students
• Coordinating campaign events to engage citizens and pressure targets
• Represent Food & Water Watch and recruit new activists at community meetings, festivals, and other events
• Assisting in media outreach to educate millions of people
• Producing printed and online materials such as action alerts, newsletters, and activist guides
• Researching emerging issues to move campaigns forward
• Bottom-lining at least one element of the campaign
• Maintain strong records of work and assist with database development
• Hold regular office hours and participate in weekly meetings with organizing staff


Strong interest in Food & Water Watch issues and commitment to social change. Strong verbal and written communication and time management skills. Desire to develop campaign organizing skills.

How to Apply:

Please email a tailored cover letter and resume to Heather MacKenzie at hmackenzie@fwwlocal.org. Call 978.729.2149 if you have any questions.