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Contributing your time and energy is valuable to us!  Do you have a passion for the environment and a valuable skill that you are willing to share?  The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is always looking for dedicated people to devote their time, energy, and talents to our organization.  Some of the volunteer skills we are looking for are:

  • Data entry and office work
  • Events assistance (including working at the MCE booth at environmental events)
  • Website content management (joomla)
  • Social media promotion
  • Graphic Design
  • IT/Network/Hardware
  • Outreach and networking
 

INTERNSHIPS

Internships are located in our St. Louis headquarters at 3115 S. Grand Blvd., Ste. 650, St. Louis, MO 63118 and are unpaid, unless otherwise specified. We can work with students to obtain college credit and are usually an eligible entity for public service stipends. Our office is accessible by metrolink and metrobus and there are bike racks up and down the street. There is free parking across the street on Hartford behind the Commerce Bank Building.

 

SPRING 2019 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Policy & Advocacy Intern - 2019 Missouri Legislative Session

Missouri Coalition for the Environment celebrates its 50th anniversary of effective citizen action this year. Apply today for MCE’s Policy & Advocacy Internship for the 2019 state legislative session where you will help advance our mission to protect Missouri’s people and their environment.

 

The primary subject areas for our work in Jefferson City include: clean water, local food systems, public land and preserving democracy.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Track legislation and committee hearings
  • Prepare educational materials and action updates for MCE members
  • Research legal and policy impacts to legislation of interest
  • Support the organizing efforts of lobby days
  • Track media coverage of priority bills
  • Help implement an earned media outreach strategy
  • The internship comes with opportunities to travel to Jefferson City, meet with lawmakers, and potentially testify at a committee hearing.
  • One or two evenings during the week could be needed as well

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • A general understanding of the legislative process is needed, while an understanding of Missouri politics is a plus
  • Excellent writing and communications skills are required
  • Applicants should have strong interests in social and environmental justice, power building through grassroots engagement and coalition building
  • Ability to fulfill the internship through the end of the legislative session
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences is also expected        

Compensation: The position does not include compensation. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university.

 

To Apply: email a cover letter and resume to Ed Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include in the subject line of the email: your last name & MoLeg Internship. In your cover letter, please include any relevant direct experiences in strategic planning, legislative experience, or policy experience in clean water, local food systems, public land or defending democracy.

 

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

 

 

Food & Farm Marketing Intern

Work with MCE on local food promotion projects, such as developing and executing a farm to school marketing plan with Maplewood Richmond Heights school district for promoting the local food they are sourcing for their cafeterias, and assist with other local food marketing projects of MCE’s Food and Farm Program. 

Internship tasks will include:

  • Working closely with Local Food Coordinator and Maplewood Richmond Heights staff and students to develop and execute a marketing plan for promoting the local food that is being sourced for the cafeteria
  • Creating marketing materials about local farmers in the region to be shared on social media, in organization emails, and on our website
  • Possible marketing techniques would include creating content for social media, emails, newsletters, our website, and various in-cafeteria posters or other visual displays of farmer narratives
  • Use photos of local farmers to create visual displays promoting their farms
  • Communicate with local farmers, school staff, and students

Qualifications:

  • Background in strategic communications, marketing, or related field
  • Strong interest in food service, local food systems, and/or environmental stewardship
  • Prior experience with social media and email communication on behalf of an organization (can be a student group)
  • Ability to create a marketing plan including a budget and timeline for execution
  • Understanding of different marketing techniques and tools, familiarity with Constant Contact, Canva, Hootsuite, and Lucidpress is a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

To Apply: Internship is 10 hours/week for 12 weeks. Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Rae Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. “Marketing Intern” in the subject line. 

 

SUMMER 2019 INTERNSHIPS - Application deadline is March 8, 2019

Farm to Table Intern

This intern will assist the Food and Farm Director and the Local Food Coordinator in carrying out tasks related to our local food institutional purchasing work as well as working with the Green Dining Alliance Program Manager at Earth Day 365. These tasks could include regular email and phone call communication with our network of farmers and, emailing, calling and meeting with chefs or other local food buyers, creating materials about our farmer network and the value of buying locally, scheduling and planning for farm visits and farm meetings, and researching best practices for building up local food supply chains in other regions.

Qualifications:

  • Passion for sustainable food systems and interest in helping connect farmers to consumers and institutional purchasers of local food

  • Background in environmental science, food systems, public health, food science, food service, or related field

  • Ability to work independently as well as a team

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills​

  • Very organized and willing to follow deadlines

Compensation: The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options. 

Hours: 24 hours per week minimum for 12 weeks.

To apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Rae Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Farm to Table Intern" in the subject line.

Urban Planning and Agriculture Intern

At Missouri Coalition for the Environment, we believe that to sustain a healthy environment and healthy communities across Missouri, we must work toward a future in which nutritious, locally produced food is accessible and affordable for everyone, and farmers can make a living wage producing it. Our Food and Farm Program is working toward this vision by convening and coordinating the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition (STLFPC), a group of people and organizations across the region united in their efforts to achieve such a future. Apply today for our Urban Planning/Agriculture Internship to help advance our mission to support and expand the reach of the STLFPC into low-income communities and increase their access to healthy, locally grown food from environmentally-responsible farmers. 

Internship Description:
The goal of this position is to help increase equitable food access and reduce vacancy in the region by exploring potential avenues and strategies to connect local community-based growers to more equitably access land ownership for food production through vacant land. The Urban Planning/ Agriculture Intern will work under the Food and Farm Director to research green infrastructure/ food production strategies, analyze research, prepare educational materials for the public and important stakeholders, attend meetings through the Vacancy Collaborative and Missouri Coalition for the Environment networks. At the conclusion of the position, the Intern will be responsible for preparing a well researched but brief proposal suggesting successful models for green infrastructure food production strategies in urban farming. The internship comes with opportunities to meet with local organizations and leaders in the vacancy and urban agriculture work in the region. One or two evenings during the week could be needed as well.    

Internship tasks include:

  • Assisting with research and analysis of articles around vacancy issues in St. Louis, gentrification through urban agriculture practices, green infrastructure strategies for effective water runoff in permaculture and other food production practices
  • Developing educational materials based on research for a variety of audiences
  • Conducting outreach to important partners and decision makers related to urban agriculture, vacancy, and food production
  • Assisting with running meetings and note taking 

Qualifications:

  • Background or strong interest in urban planning, urban agriculture food systems, and/or environmental stewardship is preferred
  • Prior experience in synthesizing and analyzing detailed reports
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Willingness to conduct outreach to new contacts on a regular basis through phone and email

Compensation:
The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options. 

Hours: 16-24 hours per week for 12 weeks, to be determined at time of intern selection.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Melissa Vatterott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Urban Planning/Agriculture Intern” in the subject line.

 

Food & Farm Marketing Intern

Work with MCE on local food promotion projects, such as developing and executing a farm to school marketing plan with Maplewood Richmond Heights school district for promoting the local food they are sourcing for their cafeterias, and assist with other local food marketing projects of MCE’s Food and Farm Program. 

Internship tasks will include:

  • Working closely with Local Food Coordinator and Maplewood Richmond Heights staff and students to develop and execute a marketing plan for promoting the local food that is being sourced for the cafeteria
  • Creating marketing materials about local farmers in the region to be shared on social media, in organization emails, and on our website
  • Possible marketing techniques would include creating content for social media, emails, newsletters, our website, and various in-cafeteria posters or other visual displays of farmer narratives
  • Use photos of local farmers to create visual displays promoting their farms
  • Communicate with local farmers, school staff, and students

Qualifications:

  • Background in strategic communications, marketing, or related field
  • Strong interest in food service, local food systems, and/or environmental stewardship
  • Prior experience with social media and email communication on behalf of an organization (can be a student group)
  • Ability to create a marketing plan including a budget and timeline for execution
  • Understanding of different marketing techniques and tools, familiarity with Constant Contact, Canva, Hootsuite, and Lucidpress is a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

Compensation:
The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options. 

Hours: Internship is 24 hours/week for 12 weeks.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Rae Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. “Marketing Intern” in the subject line. 

 

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