Communities Take Charge Volunteers

Jumpstart Your Career with an Energize Corvallis Internship. Applications Due September 15. Internship credits available.

Energize Corvallis is committed to helping Corvallis become one of the most energy efficient communities in the nation, and we need your help to make it happen. These volunteer internships are a great way to gain valuable work experience, strengthen your resume, and earn 3-12 internship credits at OSU.

Internship Start Date: September 26, 2013. Click here to apply.

Duration of Internship: The duration of the internship is flexible and depends on the applicant’s availability and/or the number of internship credits the student would like to receive.

Position Summary:  Energize Corvallis is hiring Public Outreach Interns for our Communities Take Charge and Campus Take Charge teams. These internships are ideal for people who have great conversational skills, an interest in energy conservation and sustainability, and a desire to make real change. Public Outreach Interns are dedicated to raising awareness about energy efficiency and conservation. Interns will reach out to Corvallis residents by going door-to-door and tabling at community and OSU campus events. This internship does not involve selling anything or asking for donations. Interns are responsible for registering people for the Communities/Campuses Take Charge program and promoting other Energize Corvallis programs. No experience is necessary. Training is provided.   

 

 

What We Offer

  • A resume-building and skill-building internship with a fun, supportive organization.
  • Training in energy efficiency and conservation, community outreach, and community organizing.
  • Up to 12 internship credits at OSU with the approval of your academic advisor. Internships can be customized to meet the requirements of many OSU departments and have qualified for undergraduate and graduate credit.
  • A great volunteer experience. 

 Responsibilities

  • Participate in trainings and weekly meetings.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of Energize Corvallis programs and energy conservation (included in training).
  • Talk with community members about energy efficiency and conservation.
  • Promptly and accurately enter data into our online database.
  • Distribute Energize Corvallis promotional materials.

 Requirements

  • Attend a half-day training on Monday, September 23rd from 12:00 to 5:00.
  • Have a strong desire to excel and a positive attitude.
  • Be punctual, professional, dependable, and energetic.
  • All interns must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, and be a US citizen.
  • All interns must have a clean criminal background check.

Internship Hours

Our internships are flexible and can be customized to work with your schedule. We recommend interns work 30-40 hours per week before the term begins and work fewer hours during the term. All internship hours should be completed before the end of the Fall Term. The below table provides examples of internship schedules based on the required number of OSU internship credit hours.

3 credits 6 credits 9 credits 12 credits
Date Week 90 hours 180 hours 270 hours 360 hours
Sep 23-29

1

35

35

35

30

Sep 30-Oct 6

2

20

15

35

30

Oct 7-13

3

10

15

20

30

Oct 14-20

4

10

15

20

30

Oct 21-27

5

10

15

20

30

Oct 28-Nov 3

6

5

15

20

30

Nov 4-10

7

15

20

30

Nov 11-17

8

15

20

30

Nov 18-24

9

10

20

30

Nov 25-Dec 1

10

10

20

30

Dec 2-8

11

10

20

30

Dec 9-15

12

10

20

30

90

180

270

360

Work Environment: This internship requires frequent travel to Corvallis neighborhoods and will include varying outdoor weather conditions. Interns must be able to carry a backpack with up to 15 pounds of materials and climb stairs. We encourage interns to ride bikes or take the bus instead of driving.

What previous interns say about Energize Corvallis internships:

“I would recommend this program because its fun and you feel like you are actually contributing to a goal rather than getting someone coffee and begging for a chance to get involved.”

 “I would recommend the internship for sure because it feels good to be working towards a good cause that will benefit our community, and the work environment is really welcoming and comfortable.  I really like working on a team where you are always allowed and even encouraged to ask others for help if you need it, and I like being on a team where we are all passionate about energy conservation so we are all motivated by that passion to work hard.”

“The internship is about connecting with those who have common goals, and connecting with those who may be more challenging, but that is what makes this whole internship a learning experience and worth your time.”

“I have been able to balance my other job and schoolwork with this work and have met new people and gained experience in the field of my future career.”

“I would recommend the program because you get to work for a nonprofit doing important work in the community while learning how the organization works. You also gain leadership skills, as well as work on planning techniques.”

How to Apply

Contact Us

  • For more information, contact Carly Lettero, Energize Corvallis Program Director at carlylettero@gmail.com.