Students: We are all about making connections and passing on professional development and career info when it comes to us. Read below for an opportunity with MassPIRG and the insider info from one of our alums-turned-campus-organizers!
My name is Michael Basmajian, and I am a UMass alumn working with the Student PIRGs. I’m writing to tell you a little about my experience and our job opportunities.
When I graduated from UMass with a degree in Political Science, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to go directly to law or grad school, but I wasn’t sure what else was out there that related to the content I was studying in the classroom. When I found out that I could work full time organizing students to work on some of the most important issues of our time – things like climate change, money in politics, and student debt – I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. In my first semester as a campus organizer, I worked with over 60 students to register almost 800 of their peers to vote in the midterm elections and worked with a massive statewide coalition for common sense recycling policy. Now, I’m organizing in the Berkshires, working to get more solar energy in MA, stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, and get cheaper textbooks for the students.
We are currently hiring graduating seniors to work full time as campus organizers at 40 campuses across the country – from here in Massachusetts, all the way to California and Washington! This is a great opportunity to make a huge impact on many of the issues that you’ve been learning about in the classroom. With this job, you will learn new skills, challenge yourself, and make a real difference on the issues you care about. Below is the full job description. Our early application deadline is March 1st, so I encourage you to submit your application soon!
Student PIRGs Organizer
Early Application Deadline: March 1st
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Students founded PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) over 40 years ago, based upon the simple idea that America has more problems than we should tolerate, and more solutions than we use.
We’re hiring organizers who recognize we are inheriting a country that is facing some real challenges – we’re losing time to combat climate change, big money and corporate contributions are corroding our democracy, and the cost of higher education continues to increase and bury graduates in debt.
Students have been at the forefront of social change for decades. And the Student PIRGs have organized students across the country to get real results. For example, we mobilized students to ban plastic grocery bags in dozens of cities across America. We passed strong state legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by putting more clean cars on our roads.
When you become an Organizer with the Student PIRGs, you’ll recruit, train and organize students to tackle these problems head-on. You’ll teach them to run campaigns that make a difference in their community and our country, and help develop them into leaders who can continue to make an impact years after they graduate.
For more information, visit http://www.jobs.studentpirgs.org/
Responsibilities may include:
- Recruiting hundreds of students to volunteer
- Teaching students to plan and run effective campaigns through internship classes and on-the-ground training
- Building relationships with faculty and administrators
- Organizing news events and rallies, and generating the grassroots support it takes to win campaigns
- During the summer, each Campus Organizer runs a citizen outreach office. This entails fundraising and building the organization, by canvassing and training others to canvass.
- Strong work ethic
- Outstanding verbal and written communication
- Proven leadership skills
- Strong commitment to getting results
- Passion for making positive social change
As a PIRG Campus Organizer, you will participate in regional and national trainings run by experienced Student PIRGs staff, consisting of both classroom-style learning and hands-on experience. This training will supplement the valuable skills and hands-on experience you gain on your campus.
Find out more
Find out more information at jobs.studentPIRGs.org. If you have any questions you can contact Micaela Preskill, Student PIRGs Recruitment Director at (312)544-4436 ext. 304 or email@example.com.
How To Apply
Apply online at jobs.studentPIRGs.org by March 1st
The Student PIRGs and all PIRG-affiliated organizations are equal opportunity employers and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.