MPA Internships and Fellowship Program

MPA is committed to an internship and fellowship program that develops our organization and brings in new people who are committed to social change and are 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 careers.

 

About the programs: 

The internship and fellowship programs begin with participants attending a mandatory orientation. During the training, participants learn about building power, the campaigns MPA is currently engaged in, the skill of holding one-on-one meetings, recruiting leaders, and more. Following the training, participants are assigned an MPA staff person as their supervisor who will help them develop individual work plans and goals for their time in the program. Participants will receive day-to-day supervision, ongoing training, and mentoring from an assigned staff member. They will also be expected to fill out weekly reports and meet regularly for reflection.

 

Maine People’s Alliance has multiple opportunities available in the following programs:

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 lobbyists; 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 and Beacon staff. Interns/fellows will have an opportunity to learn how communication through both traditional and digital media can impact social change. Communications interns/fellows will work with communications 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.

Small business program:

Small business interns/fellow will work closely with the director of the Maine Small Business Coalition, who coordinates a network of 4,000+ progressive small business owners. They advocate for policies like a living wage, earned paid sick days, and access to healthcare that support workers, small business owners, and communities alike. COVID-19 is an existential crisis for Main Street businesses, and interns/fellows will help to amplify policies that will help Maine small businesses to survive. They will learn to track media stories, identify small business leaders, write press releases, research and synthesize policy, and write press releases and op-eds.

 

We offer:

Internships: Interning with MPA is an unpaid volunteer position. Students are expected to spend anywhere from 5-20 hours a week in this position. People can intern for school credit or for the experience depending on what their school requires or allows. Some applicants may be able to get funding for an internship through their school but students are responsible for coordinating such an arrangement with their respective schools. Internships are available in our organizing, policy, and communications programs.

MPA Student Action Organizing Fellow: The Student Action Organizing Fellow is a paid position open to anyone who is attending a Maine college or university. This program is competitive, as there will be at most one fellow on each college campus. Students are expected to work an average of ten hours a week in this role over the course of a semester. Some of the responsibilities and projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting weekly with MPA organizer
  • Participating in a video chat with fellows representing other Maine campuses every other week
  • Organizing, maintaining, and growing a Student Action Club on campus
  • Base-building activities on campus, such as tabling, clipboarding, classroom presentations, dorm storming, etc.
  • Utilizing the organizing tactic of 1:1s to expand the group’s reach on campus

Ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Must have a passion for social justice and be able to demonstrate how you’ve participated in social justice activities and 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 5-20 hours per week, depending on position

 

To apply, download our application form, paste it into the body of an email according to the instructions in the form, and send your completed application to esther@mainepeoplesalliance.org

 

MPA strongly encourages women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

 

Important Dates:

 

Application Deadline

Length of program (can vary with school programs)

Fall 2019 Semester

July 30th

September - December

Spring 2020 Semester

November 30th

January - May

Summer 2020 Semester

April 30th

May - August