Environmental Health & Justice Intern at Clean Water Action
about 2 years ago
Be committed to the goals of the organization & passionate about the work that you’re doing. Be able to work on multiple projects at once and be creative in your problem solving skills. You may also be tasked with speaking to legislators or stakeholders, so make sure you’re well informed about the work you are doing and the campaigns that the organization is working on.
Former Sustainability Advocate Intern at Clean Water Action
over 2 years ago
A positive attitude and a passion for what you are fighting for. If you think that getting people to write letters to their congressmen and donating money is going to make a difference, that comes across when you are talking to people. It can be hard to talk to people especially if people are not responsive to you that day, but as long as you can stay polite and happy you should be able to do it.
Persistence and a willingness to learn every step of the way - as well as understanding that not every day is a huge success. You cannot control the people who you meet while canvassing, but you have control how you react to them, and your level of motivation as a canvasser. Clean Water Action canvassers have fundraising goals, and you’re expected to meet these goals fairly consistently. This job is great for folks who are good under pressure, or who are competitive in terms of fundraising or advocacy engagement goals. This job is a great starting point if you’re interested in community organizing, fundraising/marketing, issue advocacy/lobbying, or anything requiring lots of people skills.
Skills needed for working at Clean Water Action: negotiation, public speaking, confidence, ability to work independently, creativity, bravery, handle money and do some mental math, ability to walk for up to 8 or 9 miles a day. -My office requested we each collect a minimum of $160 a day from strangers. If you don't meet the quota for a few days, you are in trouble and might be fired. - Believe in every word you say. -Look up the company THOROUGHLY before applying. Know what they're really up to. - In retrospect, I wish I never worked there. The pay was good - ~$500/week - but that was the problem. The pay was TOO good. VERY LITTLE of the money that is raised gets put to good use. Most of the donations line the pockets of those who ask for it. I never saw any good come out of the office.
In order to succeed at Clean Water Action it's necessary to have good communication skills, healthy self-confidence, and self-esteem, and the ability to recover from failure/negativity. Having a good-natured personality and a willingness to engage with strangers is essential. There is pressure to raise a goal of $190 per night, which is difficult to do. I found this job challenging and stressful at times, But I took away from the experience a sense of hopefulness about the fact that people do care about climate change the environment.