Michigan Climate Organizing Internship

The campaign: 

Mighty Earth is launching a new campaign to transform and decarbonize the auto industry. The transportation sector is responsible for a shocking 24% of world emissions – largely due to cars.

As the birthplace of the auto industry – and the home to some of the world’s largest car companies – Michigan is ground zero for the fight to clean up our cars. 

This campaign is not just about tailpipe emissions. By the end of next decade, most of the carbon from cars will actually come from the material used to make them. For example; aluminum production accounts for 2% of world carbon emissions – steel accounts for 8%. And the auto industry is a leading culprit in driving demand for these dirty products. 

Further, the auto industry is causing major harm throughout Michigan. General Motors’ (GM’s) parts supplier, Tribar has released vast quantities of the hexachrome, a known carcinogen, into the Huron River. Meanwhile, in Detroit, AK Steel is contributing to air pollution in urban neighborhoods. GM rewarded them by naming the company “supplier of the year.” 

GM’s destruction spans almost all continents. In Guinea, mining for bauxite – the key ingredient used to make the aluminum in car bodies – is driving rampant environmental destruction on Indigenous territories. Bauxite mining there is poised to destroy 4,700 square km of natural lands – threatening entire communities, cultures, livelihoods, and water supplies. Meanwhile, in China, the coal-fired smelters producing GM’s aluminum are run by the forced labor of Uyghurs, the ethnic Muslim minority persecuted by the Chinese government. 

Michiganders deserve better. That’s why we are launching a campaign to fundamentally decarbonize and change the auto industry.

Who you are: 

We are looking to hire paid interns throughout Michigan. We are especially looking for applicants at University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State, but are open to hiring students at other universities throughout Michigan. We are looking for candidates who: 

  • Are outgoing
  • Enjoy planning public actions and events (or are excited to learn how)
  • Are passionate about climate change, the environment and human rights
  • Are self-starters who take initiative and get things done

Scope of work: 

  • Represent Mighty Earth on your campus and to students and clubs
  • Plan and execute creative public actions to pressure auto companies to decarbonize
  • Drive turnout of students to events
  • Gather large numbers of petition signatures on campus
  • Apply pressure on auto companies by generating phone calls, letters, and social media posts aimed at them
  • Execute a plan to build a large group of engaged and excited students who are ready to mobilize and act
  • Generate media attention through op-eds, letters to the editor, and talking to reporters

Compensation: 

This internship will pay $20 an hour and will require 15-20 hours/week of your time. The position lasts through December 12, 2022, with the potential for renewal for second semester. 

To apply:

Please submit a resume to [email protected]. We will fill positions on a rolling basis, and aim to hire immediately – so please apply soon. Please include 3-4 sentences in the body of your email about why you want to intern for Mighty Earth.

To learn more: 

We will have an open-to-the-public information session about Mighty Earth and this internship on Thursday, October 6th at 5pm. The link to register for the zoom is HERE. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Who we are: 

Founded in 2015, Mighty Earth is a global advocacy organization working to defend a living planet. Our goal is to protect half of Earth for Nature and secure a climate that allows life to flourish. Mighty Earth achieves transformative change by creating a “perfect storm” of campaigns, communications, and practical engagement with decision-makers to rapidly transform entire industries and government policy. 

We have played a leading role in driving the transformation of whole industries and government policy to stop the destruction of tropical forests, transform agriculture, and drive multi-billion-dollar shifts to clean energy. Through our campaigns, we seek to make significant progress to support impacted people around the world, especially Indigenous communities, communities of color and low-income communities, including by protecting land rights and combatting modern slavery.