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Title  NJPIRG Internship Program, Summer 2013
Description  NJPIRG Internship Program, Summer 2013

The New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG), a state-based citizen advocacy and watchdog organization, is seeking student interns to help organize
grassroots support for various issues, communicate the organization’s program through media, and complete research projects.

Program Areas
Toxic-Free Communities: NJ has 10 high-risk chemical plants that if there were a spill or accident, could impact 100,000 people or more in the surrounding areas. The
November 2012 vinyl chloride spill in Paulsboro was an unfortunate reminder of the risks we take by transporting and using these toxics around the state. NJPIRG is
calling on the EPA to require the use of safer alternatives.

Reclaiming Our Democracy: Corporate and secret spending in elections hit record levels in 2012, following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010. Our
democracy was founded on the principle of “one voice, one vote” and NJPIRG is working to uphold that ideal. We’ve already helped NJ go on record against Citizens
United, and we’ll continue to increase the power of small donors in our democracy and protect it against corporate influence.

Consumer Protection: NJPIRG’s consumer program works to alert the public to hidden dangers and scams and to ban anti-consumer practices and unsafe products.
Current priorities are protecting consumers in the financial marketplace and calling for more accountability and transparency in utility rate increases post-Sandy.

Making Health Care Work: Major health reforms are beginning to go into effect in 2013, with more on their way in 2014. NJPIRG is working to ensure that consumers have
the tools they need to access more affordable, quality care. We’re also continuing to advocate for the strongest reforms that best serve consumers, not insurers.

Brief Internship Description
Interns will work on a variety of tactics ranging from organizing small businesses to generating media coverage. While interns may specialize in one program area, all
interns will work on multiple issues and tactics.
The successful candidate should have an interest in public policy, strong verbal and written communication skills and an interest in social change advocacy. Interns may
be based in our Trenton or New Brunswick offices. The internship will last from May 2013 to August 2013 and is unpaid.

To Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to: jkim@njpirg.org
Application 
Deadline 
06/30/2013
Preferred 
Application 
Method 
Email

Hiring Organization

Name  Jen Coleman
Description  NJPIRG is an advocate for the public interest. When consumers are cheated, or public health threatened, or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special
interests lobbyists, NJPIRG speaks up and takes action. We employ the time-tested tools of investigative research, media attention, grassroots organizing, advocacy and
litigation to deliver consistent, results-oriented public interest activism and to achieve concrete and lasting political change on the state level.
Industry  Non-Profit
Web site 
Address 
http://www.njpirg.org

Hiring Contact Information

Email 
Address 
jcoleman@njpirg.org
Phone 
Number 
609-394-8155
Alumni?  No

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