Fall 2019/Winter 2020 High School Intern

Remote

Are you interested in combating climate change?  Do you want to build professional skills to advocate for social justice?

 The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition 2019-2020 remote internship program is for high school students located outside the Bay Area that are interested in educating the public about the impacts of our food choices. The dates for the fall/winter program are October 27, 2019 through February 2, 2020. Through administrative work, mentorship and hands-on learning, interns gain valuable tools to become compassionate leaders. 

Responsibilities

Students who are selected will be trained to:

  • Give presentations regarding the public health, social justice and environmental impacts of animal agriculture

  • Prepare plant-based foods for community events and intern days

  • Promote Green Mondays

  • Table/Leaflet to raise awareness about factory farming

  • Plan fundraising events

  • Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper for publication

Book Club

In addition to internship responsibilities, interns will be expected to prepare for and attend a 2 hour Sunday book club meeting every other week via Google Hangouts (Google Meet if using phone), at 5 pm PST. Assignments are due by 4 pm PST on Sunday night. The dates for book club are 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/1, 12/15, 1/5, 1/19, 2/2.

Work/Shadow Days

Interns are also expected to work/shadow over Google Hangouts at least 4 times (ideally a minimum of 1 day per month) during open office hours. We will share a Google Calendar with all interns so that they can choose which days to attend virtually. Their choices may also be based on which work projects they are collaborating on. Interns also have to be part of subcommittees:

  1. Green Monday: Working on passing legislation and bringing Green Mondays to their own communities.

  2. Social Media: Facebook and Instagram. Social media will meet over monthly calls.

  3. Admin: Improving presentations and follow-up, overseeing different programs, photography, budget, collecting names for sustainability managers at different companies, transferring slides to Google Slides, creating more interactive tabling. The Admin Subcommittee will meet via Google Hangouts every other week.

  4. Events: Planning Teacher Appreciation, Veggie Grill fundraiser, and other upcoming events. Events will meet via Google Hangouts at least once a month.

Interns can be on as many subcommittees as they would like. All interns are required to table, leaflet, and present at least once.     

YEA Camp

High school interns are also eligible to attend YEA Camp for teens (Aug. 3-10 in CA) or YEA Camp for adults (June 30-July 6 in NY). YEA camp was founded by former Southern California FFAC Director, Nora Kramer, in 2009.  Over the course of a week, YEA Camp trains teens and adults to make a difference in activism and social justice. *Participation in camp is optional for high school interns.  

For more information, visit: https://yeacamp.org/

The Changemaker Project

During the school year, all interns will be participating in the Changemaker Project curriculum through the Teachable platform. There are five sections related specifically to factory farming (Animal Abuse and Exploitation, Intersectionality of Animal Rights and Social Justice, Plant-Based Diets and Human Health, Business and Marketing of the Food Industry, and Environmental Impact of Animal Agriculture). Each section contains about five short lessons. At the end of the curriculum, interns will be working in teams of 4-5 to design a project to address these issues and will be pitching these ideas to receive funding for their projects. Further information will be discussed in the interview. 

Skills Required

  • Excellent communication skills — verbal and written. Interns should reply to all correspondence within 24 hours on weekdays, actively respond to emails, utilize the Slack channel and join the Facebook group.

  • Ability to balance commitments

  • Strong organizational skills. All events are stored in Google Calendar.

  • Attention to detail

  • Positive attitude

  • Creative and critical thinking

  • Perseverance

  • Punctuality

*Successful high school interns will be awarded Certificates of Completion and are eligible for awards, and letters of reference at the end of the school year.