Editorial Intern at Sierra Club

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Editorial Internship – Communications Department
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Editorial Internship – Communications Department
Are you interested in writing about the Sierra Club’s on-the-ground grassroots campaigns and profiling Sierra Club activists and outings leaders for the national Sierra Club website?
The Communications Department at Sierra Club headquarters in San Francisco is looking for an editorial intern to write 1-2 blog posts a week. The position requires strong editorial skills, a familiarity with current blogging tools (we currently use the Drupal content management system), and an interest in environmental issues and the Sierra Club’s work.
The internship lasts for four months from the starting date (flexible) and requires 20 hours per week in the Sierra Club’s office. The position is unpaid, although we do offer a modest local travel reimbursement ($600 over 16 weeks). We also offer a tuition grant to current students. Our office is centrally located in downtown San Francisco, about a block away from a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station, as well as many bus lines. We are also about a 15-minute walk from CalTrain, the rail line to the Peninsula and the South Bay. For more information about local transit options, consult transitinfo.org.
We are not able to provide housing, but we can provide information about Bay Area rental resources and post a “housing wanted” notice on our internal bulletin board. Many interns have other jobs while interning here. Since we can’t pay more than a small stipend, we only ask interns to work 20 hours per week. This could be done in five half-days, two or three full days, or whatever combination works for you. We do, however, ask that most of these hours be during the regular work week.
Applicants should send a cover letter describing their qualifications, along with a resume and a brief writing sample, to communications.internships@sierraclub.org (please put “Attn: Communications Internship” in the subject line). Note that this is a different internship from those with Sierra magazine.
In general, the most helpful writing samples show your ability to research facts, organize information, and conduct interviews. Journalistic samples (written either for publication or a class) are much preferred to research papers and personal essays. Previously published blog posts are fine. If you include links in your cover letter, please also submit a copy of your work in PDF format.
Apply by November 10, 2015 for the Winter/Spring session (January-April 2016).

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