If you're looking for some real-world experience advocating for the environment, think about interning with us. Read on to see what recent interns had to say about their experience with CTLCV. Learn more about our Internship Positions here!
JULIA, Winter 2020 I am Julia, a sophomore at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. I am a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice and I have always been an advocate for the environment. I grew up spending a lot of time outside, surrounded by beautiful scenery, and grew a great love for nature and animals. I feel that right now, my generation has a duty to act on climate change.
It is both intriguing and rewarding to be an active member of The League at this particular moment. During my time at the CTLCV, I had the unique experience of interning throughout the month of January. So, I was involved in the process of organizing and setting up the Annual Environmental Summit. I was on numerous conference calls with leading members of various environmental groups and attended a coalition meeting focused on passing a Green New Deal for Connecticut. In addition to that, I coordinated, organized, and delegated tasks to volunteers for the Environmental Summit, and networked with numerous state senators, representatives, and legislators.
I gained a deeper understanding of the process of creating legislation, environmental policies, and how to present issues to lawmakers. While here, I was also tasked with calling and sending emails to a plethora of potential donors which helped to improve my communication skills. I enjoyed that I was given a good amount of independent work, while not being isolated or micromanaged and still was able to work with others. The staff was extremely welcoming, understanding, and always open to questions; which was reassuring and made my time here amazing. This experience was worthwhile and instrumental in fueling my passion to pursue a career involving politics and the environment. I only wish that I could have interned longer.
SANDRA, Fall 2016 I am a senior at Fairfield University with a double major in American Studies and Sociology and a double minor in Environmental Studies and Business Management. I interned with the CTLCV during the last fall semester of my college career. Although I am passionate about environmental justice and other social justice issues, I am unsure as to what I want to do next in my career. As a general intern at the CTLCV, I was asked to help the League with a variety of projects—allowing me to try the responsibilities of multiple positions that are in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. I learned how to input and edit fundraising contacts and data in a database. I designed marketing and promotional materials such as banners, flyers, and pledge cards. I participated in registration drives at community centers. I created and managed weekly social media posts and captured action photos for wide media publication. I assisted with and attended the CTLCV’s 2016 Scorecard Launch and the CTLCV’s 16th Annual Environmental Summit. I made a life-long memory after participating as a featured speaker in the “CT Sierra Club and 350 CT’s March for Jobs, Justice, and a Livable Earth.” These are just a handful of the things I have accomplished under the guidance of Wildaliz Bermudez, John Spinner, and Lori Brown.
My CTLCV internship sent me to educational and political environmental events, provided me with networking opportunities, and left me with unforgettable memories. I am tremendously grateful to the CTLCV for not only my self-growth, but also for the fact that I was able to be a part of an organization that works extremely hard toward local and national environmental justice.
DORIS, Fall 2016 I am a sophomore studying Environmental Science at Trinity College. Interning with CTLCV this fall, I assisted the CHISPA Program with drafting a new environmental science curriculum to supplement the existing Environmental Promoters Curriculum from the National League of Conservation Voters. During the internship, I learned to transform current urgent environmental issues, such as water crisis and waste management, into interesting presentations and activities for high school students in Connecticut. Through curriculum design, I also gained a deeper insight into Hartford and was amazed by the diversity of non-profit organizations it has. While fulfilling my passion in environmental education, I am so glad CTLCV opened my eyes to an environmental activist community in Hartford and inspired me to be more active in environmental issues.
BEATRICE, Summer 2016 I am a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut, School of Social Work where I earned my Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organization. During my time at CTLCV I had the opportunity to launch a Latino Outreach Program titled CHISPA, meaning spark, to activate the Latino and millennial populations in Hartford. Working on this project has allowed me to work on something I am passionate about, while gaining a new interest in environmental justice.
I love organizing around the Latino population. As a Latina, I have a lot of pride in my culture and want to be a voice for Latino communities. I never realized how much environmental issues affect the Latino population. It was during my time at CTLCV that I learned how much the environment plays a role into our health. As members of the Caribbean, we love the water! We love the beach! Unfortunately thousands of residents on the island suffer from extreme health conditions such as cancer and asthma due to pollutants in the air and water. This problem is also occurring here in Hartford. It is important to take a stand towards environmental justice, especially with many natives migrating from Puerto Rico to Hartford.
Interning at CTLCV provides great opportunities for new relationships and personal growth. I have been able to meet with elected officials and stakeholders, and assist with training youth of our community around environmental justice and civic engagement. No matter what your passion is, CTLCV has a project for you.