Thank you for your interest in working with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition!
CEC relies on volunteers, interns, and workstudy students to accomplish our mission. We are happy to work with students to accommodate requirements for academic credit. We currently host paid workstudy students from the University of Houston, University of Houston/Downtown, and University of St. Thomas, and are pursuing opportunities with other colleges. In addition to the possibilities listed below, we offer opportunities to participate as committee and board members. To apply and learn more, please fill out our Volunteer Application online, and we will follow up with you soon.
Job Descriptions: Communications and Marketing, Government Relations, Publications/Journalism , Digital Media, Development, Event Coordination
Communications & Marketing Intern
Work on a variety of communications projects and publications depending on skills and interests of student. Projects might include constituent relationship management, website development, web content development, graphic design, newsletter article writing, enewsletter production, letter writing, administration of verbal surveys and focus groups, etc.
Local, state, and national governments have a great deal of influence on the environment and environmental policy. Unfortunately, it is often difficult for nonprofits—especially small nonprofits—to keep tabs on all relevant activity. The Government Relations Intern’s job will be to track the environmental activities of one or more governing or administrative agencies and provide reports of both actions and opportunities to provide input. Analysis is needed at all levels: national, state, region, county, city, and special districts, among others. The intern will communicate the activities of the government agency with reports such as fact sheets, results of votes, progress of bills through legislature, etc.
The Publications and Journalism intern will have the opportunity to help with CEC publications, including its weekly newsletter, the Environmental Resource Guide, a State of the Environment Report, and an annual report. Tasks might include drafting content for any of these publications, researching topics for articles in the newsletter and Sate of the Environment Report, identifying and managing guest contributors for the publications, working with digital and print publishers, working with a professional editor, writing and sending press releases, and tracking environmental stories in local media sources.
The internship will provide exposure to various aspects of marketing and digital media including but not limited to communications strategy development, social media, email marketing, digital graphics, video and photography, websites, and marketing material design and production.
The development intern will help develop and implement a fundraising plan, with a focus on support from individuals, corporate sponsorships, and foundation grants.
In general, the student will coordinate events on behalf of the CEC, including the following events:
- Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour in January 2017
- CEC’s Earth Day Houston event series in April 2017
- Preparation for the Greater Houston Environmental Summit in August 2017
While the CEC works with professional bookkeepers and accountants, the CEC can provide volunteers with opportunities to learn about nonprofit accounting, including bookkeeping, reporting, budgeting, and preparing taxes and periodic reports.
If you are an established volunteer and wish to track your hours, please visit trackitforward.com.
Our Volunteer Handbooks and Policy Manual (PDF) is available for reference by volunteers and potential volunteers.
If you are with a nonprofit organization and are interested in adapting the Manual for your use, that’s great! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send an editable version to you.