Employer: Maine People’s Alliance
Internship Number: 610
Internship Title: MPA Internships and Fellowships Programs
Location: Bangor, Maine; Portland, ME; Lewiston, ME
Period of Engagement: Spring, Summer or Fall
Compensation: Unpaid
Description of the Internship:
MPA is a grassroots community action organization dedicated to social, racial and environmental justice. MPA’s purpose is to bring individuals and organizations together to realize shared goals. We focus on leadership development to increase the number of citizen leaders prepared to work for positive social change.
MPA is committed to an internship and fellowship program that develops our organization and involves new people who are committed to social change and interested in learning a variety of skills in the work. The program is open to seniors in high school, community college students, students enrolled in 4- year colleges or graduate school, recent graduates and people interested in social justice careersAbout the programs:
The internship and fellowship program starts with participants going through a one day orientation. During the training participants learn about and practice building power, doing one on ones and recruiting leaders, the campaigns MPA is currently engaged in, and more. Following training, participants will be assigned an  MPA staff person as their supervisor and work on individual work plans and goals for their time in the program. Participants will receive day-to-day supervision, ongoing training, and mentoring from their assigned staff member. Participants will also journal and meet regularly for reflection.

Maine People’s Alliance has multiple opportunities available:

Organizing program:
The spring organizing program coincides with the Maine legislative session and will involve organizing grassroots activists to engage in state and federal policy work. Fall organizing interns/fellows will get hands on experience during election season. All organizing interns/fellows will work in targeted regions to recruit, train, and develop the leadership of community members and engage them in current campaigns.  Organizing interns/fellows will work closely with a local organizer. Activities will include: door to door canvassing, phone calls, meetings, trainings, writing, planning, lobbying, and more.

Policy program (January- June only)
Policy interns/fellows will work closely with the Political Director during the Maine legislative session in the State House learning the ins and outs of how a law gets passed and how grassroots pressure can influence law making. Interns/fellows will track bills as they make their way through the legislative process; monitor committee work; conduct policy research;  recruit volunteer lobbyist; and help lead actions, trainings, and other events with MPA members at the State House.

Communications program:
Communications interns/fellows will work closely with MPA’s communication staff and staff of The Beacon. Interns/fellows will have an opportunity to learn how communication through both traditional and emerging new media can impact social change. Communications interns/fellows will work with communicatons staff using a variety of skills and tools such as managing a social media presence, graphic design and video production, establishing press relationships, staffing public media events, writing for public communication, investigative journalism and more.

We offer:
Fellowships: The MPA fellowship is a paid program with an expectation of 560 completed hours for the fall (September-December) and Spring (January- May), and 280 completed hours in the summer (June- August). There is only one to three fellowships available each season, and the application process is competitive. Fall fellows will have an opportunity to apply to extend their fellowship through the spring semester (ending in May).

Unpaid For-Credit Internships:  Students can apply to the program and get credit from their college or university. We will work with you to fulfill the requirements for credit.

College-funded Internships:  If your college or university has funding for internships, you may apply to be a Maine People’s Alliance intern, bringing your own funding.  In addition to the internship application form, please let us know what kind of funding you are applying for at your school, how much you might receive, what the decision date is, and when you need a decision about acceptance from us (we will try to accommodate the need for earlier decisions in this program).

Application Deadline

Orientation day

Length of program

Spring Semester

November 30th

January 15th

January- May

Summer Semester

April 30th

June 18th

June- August

Fall Semester

July 30th

September 10th

September- December

Responsibilities
  • Canvassing
  • Lobbying,
  • Meeting with volunteers,
  • Organizing on campus,
  • Writing projects such as letters to the editor,
  • Phone calls
Qualifications:
  • A desire to learn!
  • Must have a have a passion for social justice and be able to demonstrate how you’ve participated in social justice activities & want to learn solid skills in the field of organizing.
  • Knowledge of current events and comfort with social media
  • Highly organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Fearlessness – not afraid to be a bold and outside the box thinker
  • Honesty and integrity in fulfilling your commitments
  • Ready to work hard and take on new challenges and responsibilities
  • Fluency in Spanish, Somali, Arabic, and French or other languages relevant to recent immigrants is a plus.
  • Ability to commit 10-20 hours per week for 10 weeks
Application Process:
Information on how to apply is available on the Maine People’s Alliance website
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