2023 Legislative Internship
HEAL is a grassroots organization focused on safeguarding the health of the people of Utah by advocating for 1) clean air policies and practices, 2) minimizing and mitigating the impacts of climate change through the accelerated transition to clean energy and carbon drawdown strategies, 3) limiting exposure to radioactive waste and other industrial toxins, and 4) preventing and reversing the impacts of these environmental health risks that are borne disproportionately by racially and ethnically marginalized, rural, and low-income communities.
HEAL’s primary tools are grassroots education/activation, evidence-based policy development/advocacy, and assuring the integrity of democratic processes and institutions to facilitate policymaking in the general public’s best interests.
HEAL educates the residents of Utah about environmental problems, solutions, and policies. We also work to build civic participation skills to foster a more engaged and effective environmental constituency base. We believe that we must not just clean up our physical environment but empower community members to influence the decisions that impact their health and environment and advocate for democratic processes that assure their voices will be heard and valued.
The Legislative Intern works closely with the Community Engagement Manager and HEAL Utah staff to promote renewable energy and protect Utah from dirty air and toxic waste.
Most of the Legislative Interns’ responsibilities will include work at the Utah State Capitol during the legislative session and outreach and research. In the spring of 2023, we expect this to mix in-person and virtual.
HEAL UTAH IS SEEKING AN INTERN TO HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS
- Attending legislative meetings and lobbying in support of clean air and clean energy bills.
- Joining HEAL staff at the Capitol during the legislative session and managing citizen lobbyists and other volunteers.
- Helping us reach new supporters around the state via outreach events.
- Researching and writing to support our campaigns, such as: working to transition away from dirty coal power plants as quickly as possible, pushing renewable energy, and fighting for solutions to Utah’s air pollution problem.
- Assisting with HEAL Utah events, including press conferences, regulatory hearings, and quarterly HEAL community educational nights.
- Ongoing organizational tasks include helping engage dozens of HEAL volunteers, managing our list of over 20,000 existing supporters, and helping cultivate hundreds of new supporters.
We are looking for a highly motivated self-starter. Successful applicants will be passionate about Utah’s health and environment, outgoing, disciplined, determined problem-solvers, and have an engaging personalities. Preference will be given to those with a background in environmental issues, public policy, research, public speaking, activism, non-profits, fundraising, and marketing.
LIST OF HELPFUL SKILLS
- Ability to adapt to a changing workflow – you tend to wear many hats in non-profit work, causing frequent workflow disruptions
- Experience speaking with and educating the public
- High work ethic and organizational skills
- A positive attitude and strong communication skills
SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN
- Hands-on experience in non-profit outreach, community engagement, education, fundraising, and more
- Community advocacy and lobby training and leading volunteers
- Working closely with other non-profits, community members, and elected officials
- Deepen your understanding of the legislative process in Utah, bill language, and strategic lobbying
We are looking for a highly motivated self-starter. Successful applicants will be passionate about Utah’s health and environment, outgoing, disciplined, determined problem-solvers, and have an engaging personality. Preference will be given to those with a background in environmental issues, public policy, research, public speaking, activism, non-profits, fundraising, and marketing.
- Passion for HEAL Utah’s work and dedication to helping us grow
- Available some weekends and evenings
- Written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to commit to about 10 hours per week from January to March
- Open availability between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays for the majority of the internship
- There will be two four-hour days a week spent at the State Capitol
Interns will receive a stipend of $1,500
By November 30th, submit: (1) A detailed cover letter explaining your fit, (2) A resume describing a prior relevant experience, and (3) one or two names whom we can call for references. Email the application with the subject “2023 Legislative Intern” to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30th to be considered. We will conduct interviews for selected candidates shortly after the application period closes. Questions can be directed to Kenna Patiño via email: Kenna@healutah.org.
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