Internship – Spring/Summer 2013

Position Description

Interning at the Center for a New American Dream offers a unique opportunity to work with a small organization that helps Americans reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice. The intern will work closely with New Dream staff to help implement the organization's fundraising, communications, and outreach strategies.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Collecting, organizing, and managing website content and compiling web analytics reports
  • Organizing general contacts and resources, including adding to an in-house image library
  • Assisting in writing and outreach that will contribute to and help promote New Dream's three main program areas. Interns will have the chance to contribute occasional blogs and develop other content for publication on
  • Researching and writing about sustainability "best practices" for a new online Community Action Kit
  • Conducting research on foundations and major donors
  • Drafting development materials, including PowerPoint presentations
  • Assisting with our Spring/Summer fundraising campaigns, including but not limited to mailings, recognition, and other correspondence
  • Helping with general administrative work and other tasks as assigned.


The ideal candidate for Intern will possess:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills, preferably experience writing on a variety of issues for blogs, newsletters, and other web-based media.
  • Experience with databases, web research, and social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
  • Interest in marketing and fundraising in the nonprofit world.
  • Ability to work independently and capable of taking initiative on specific projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in and passion for sustainability issues, particularly at the community level.
  • Coursework reflecting interest and knowledge of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability.
  • Experience working for environmental or other sustainability-oriented organizations is a plus.

The work requires attention to detail and an ability to keep up with the organization's rapidly growing web presence. Successful interns are comfortable contacting experts to track down data and other information. A curiosity about how the environment relates to social, political, and economic realities and a capacity to see connections across fields and specialties are critical.

This position can be based offsite within the continental United States. Candidates must have access to a computer and the Internet during the hours of the internship.


Interns will be unpaid and will be expected to work 15–20 hours per week.

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume, and 2–4 page writing sample to with “New Dream Internship” in the subject line. In addition to explaining why you’d like to work for New Dream, please include the following in your cover letter:

  • How much time you would like to commit each week
  • What days and for how long you are available

Applications may be submitted immediately.


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