GASP is seeking to fill four internship positions for the 2021 spring semester. There are four internships: (1) Climate Change, (2) Community Science, (3) Direct Service, and (4) Environmental Justice. Each of these internships corresponds with our strategic priorities. Though internships are unpaid, each intern will be awarded a $500 scholarship upon successful completion of the internship program.
Ideal Intern Characteristics
- Friendly, personable
- Intellectually curious and inquisitive
- Passion for our mission and programs
- Excellent written and oral communication
Who Should Apply?
- High school and college students who are at least 16 years old and are seeking opportunities to fulfill service learning or community service requirements (Check with your educational institution to learn about receiving course credit for your internship.)
- Students who are seeking experience with a non-profit, health advocacy organization
- Anyone who is passionate about GASP’s mission and vision and seeks to better understand our work
The ideal candidates must have a strong commitment to GASP’s mission to advance healthy air and environmental justice in the Greater-Birmingham area through education, advocacy and collaboration.
- Application Deadline: February 5, 2021
- Compensation: Unpaid
- Scholarship: $500
- Dates of Internship: February 15 – May 31
- Hours: 10-15 hours per week
- Interns must be willing to sign the following: a non-disclosure agreement, confidentiality policy, conflict of interest policy, and conflict of interest disclosure form.
- Course credit may be available through your school. Please check with your advisor.
- We strive to offer paid internships in the future. Please contact Michael Hansen at 205-701-4270 or [email protected] if you are interested in providing funding.
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Climate Change Intern
Assist staff with meetings and events related to climate change and clean energy:
- Help coordinate community meetings
- Plan Zoom meetings and conference calls
- Make phone calls to constituents
- Prepare mailers
Conduct outreach for key Climate & Energy program initiatives:
- Identify and reach out to partner groups and key individuals regarding climate, energy and sustainability policy
- Develop fact sheets or other informational pieces for various meetings
- Participate in Southern Communities for a Green New Deal meetings and other regional climate events
- Attend Gulf South for a Green New Deal meetings
- Assist with launch of the Birmingham Climate Action Plan campaign
- Assist with various administrative tasks (e.g., data entry) as needed
- Write three brief blog posts (200-600 words) throughout the internship reflecting their experiences as an intern, explaining a topic relevant to GASP’s Climate & Energy program
Community Science Intern
The Community Science Intern will be responsible for the following duties:
Assist with the City Sensor Project:
- Identify opportunities to share information about GASP’s City Sensor Project with key constituents in defined locations
- Help develop and coordinate community City Sensor Project workshops for future AirKeepers
- Develop fact sheets and promotional material about the project
- Reach out to potential Airkeepers
- Assist staff with meeting logistics
- Help install monitors and gateways
- Help develop City Sensor Project Map
- Attend bi-monthly Red Mountain Makers planning meetings
- Maintain a weekly “journal” documenting: results of efforts, contacts made, lessons learned, and other valuable information
- Write bi-monthly blog posts about what you’re learning (e.g., pollution hotspots detected, gaps in the City Sensor network, gateway coverage updates, data trends) and upcoming opportunities related to GASP’s community science work
- Help investigate air quality issues that may arise throughout the semester and deploy monitors when appropriate
- Develop presentation for area high schools and reach out to science teachers
- Create short videos that can be used to educate others on City Sensor Project
- Give presentations on City Sensor Project to Neighborhood Associations, civic organizations, school groups, etc.
Direct Service Intern
The Direct Service Intern will be responsible for the following duties:
- Oversee the preparation and smooth execution of GASP’s North Birmingham Pop-Up Markets on Saturday mornings
- Organize produce and nonperishable food donations during the week
- Prepare face mask bags
- Print and organize materials for the information table
- Help coordinate and schedule market volunteers
- Assist with setting up and breaking down market (e.g., packing and unpacking tables, boxes, bins, etc.)
- Provide excellent customer service for market attendees
- Maintain comprehensive tracking spreadsheet for contact tracing and relationship development
- Serve as a liaison for GASP with those who provide produce and non-perishables
- Write monthly blog posts about lessons learned during the internship
- Assist with various administrative tasks as needed (e.g., data entry)
Environmental Justice Intern
- Assisting GASP staff with logistics involving organizing community meetings/Zoom calls/Conference calls including, but not limited to: reminder phone calls to constituents, preparing mailers and administrative tasks related to meetings/events.
- Assist in managing print newsletter
- Assist in preparing fact sheets or other informational pieces
- Help publicize upcoming meetings/events by door-to-door canvassing (socially distant)
- Write three brief blog posts (200-600 words) throughout the internship reflecting their experiences as an intern, explaining a topic related to GASP’s EJ work
- Assist with various administrative tasks as needed (e.g., data entry)
How to Apply
Send a resume and 1-page cover letter to [email protected]. Your subject line should indicate which internship position you are applying for (e.g., “Climate Change Internship Application”).
If you are not able to commit to an internship this spring, but want to volunteer for GASP informally, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form and a representative will be in contact with you promptly. Thank you!
Founded in 2010, GASP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission is to advance healthy air and environmental justice in the Greater-Birmingham (Ala.) area through education, advocacy, organizing, and collaboration. We envision a healthy, just, and sustainable Alabama for everyone who lives, works, learns, and worships here. GASP strives to reduce air pollution, to educate the public on the health risks associated with poor air quality and to encourage community leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy development. Learn more at gaspgroup.org.
Our Core Values
- Fairness. We treat everyone with respect and dignity.
- Justice & Equity. We put justice first, and work towards just and equitable outcomes.
- Audacity. We are not shy about dreaming big.
- Servant Leadership. We aim to be useful to the communities we serve.
- Transparency. We do not hide our intentions or our objectives, and we insist on the same from others.
- Accountability. We expect all stakeholders to hold us to our word, and we’ll do the same.
- Friendliness. We want to be kind and helpful to those seeking our help.
- Sustainability. We try to always walk the walk and act in ways that are regenerative.
- Data-driven. We value information, including qualitative and quantitative data points.
- Scientific evidence. We also value both the modern scientific method and traditional ecological knowledge.
- Health. We put the health of our staff, board, volunteers, donors, and constituents first.
What We Believe
🌤 Every Alabamian has the right to breathe clean, healthy air.
🌤 Health should be a top priority for lawmakers, regulators, and businesses.
🌤 Clean, renewable energy is essential to a healthy, just, and sustainable Alabama.
🌤 All levels of government must be transparent and accountable to the people.
🌤 Alabamians deserve a healthy life no matter their race, ZIP code, or socioeconomic status.
🌤 Elected officials and regulators have a moral duty to protect public health and act in our long-term best interest.
Kirsten has been with GASP from the very beginning as a founding board member, then as a part-time executive director, and now as outreach director. Kirsten hopes future generations will inherit a healthy Alabama where clean air and water are valued and protected. Email Kirsten