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Outreach & Events Internship

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Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development
1402 Third Avenue, Ste 901
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 206/328-2441

Northwest SEED is looking for a motivated, energetic person to organize and coordinate workshops and outreach events related to our solar programs. Primary support will be for our Solarize Washington program that combines community organizing and a group purchase model to encourage widespread solar adoption. As an integral member of the project team, the intern will work with staff to engage local residents through marketing, grassroots organizing, outreach event planning, creation of public education materials, and direct collaboration with program partners. The intern will develop skills in volunteer management, community organizing, and public speaking while gaining hands on experience in the clean energy sector.

To learn more about Northwest SEED and the project visit nwseed.org and solarizewa.org.

- Engage community volunteers in regular meetings to design and implement a grassroots outreach and marketing plan. Keep volunteers updated on events and volunteer opportunities.
- Assist with delivery of solar energy workshops and numerous outreach events.
- Research key media outlets and neighborhood news sources to promote Solarize campaigns.
- Assist with development of public messaging, outreach materials, press releases, and other documentation to support Solarize campaigns.
- Update the Solarize Washington website (www.solarizewa.org) to better meet the needs of web users. Create and maintain a Facebook page for the campaign as well as other social media.
- Respond to email and phone inquiries from program participants in a timely manner.
- Interview current and previous participants and create testimonials to include on the Solarize Washington website. These may take the form of news articles, photo journals, or short videos depending on the interest/abilities of the candidate.
- Track program participation levels, media response, and evaluate overall project process.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
- Experience in event planning, tabling and community outreach
- Organized with strong attention to detail
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences
- Resourceful worker with a can-do attitude who is able to take initiative, follow-up and manage time efficiently
- Proficiency in MS Office and social media; familiarity with Salesforce and proficiency in InDesign and Plone (or other web design software) a plus.
- Interest in clean energy issues and solar energy in particular
- Friendly and professional demeanor
- Experience in volunteer coordination a plus

This internship is based in Northwest SEED’s downtown office with a desired start date of early March, 2014. The intern must be available to work some nights and weekends. Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, for a 6 month period is required. A monthly stipend will be provided along with opportunities to network and gain hands on experience working in the
nonprofit sector with a team of clean energy experts.

Please email cover letter, resume, 2 page writing sample, and 2 references to [email protected] by February 14th with “Outreach & Events Internship” as the subject line. No phone calls please. Position remains open until filled.


Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development
1402 Third Avenue, Ste 901
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Phone: 206/328-2441