Now Hiring: Public Outreach Internship

Now Hiring: Public Outreach Internship with Energize Corvallis (click here to download a PDF of the 2013 Public Outreach Application).

Applications Due: There are two rounds of applications—a priority round with applications due on April 30, 2013 and a final round with applications due on May 30, 2013, or until all positions are filled. Click here to download an example application so you can review it before you apply online. Click here to apply online. 

Duration of Internship: June 17 to August 9, 2013 (eight weeks)

Living Stipend: $1,000

Position Summary:  Energize Corvallis is hiring nine Public Outreach Interns for our Communities Take Charge team this summer. These internships are ideal for people who have great conversational skills, a passion for 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 events. This internship does not involve selling anything or asking for donations. Interns are responsible for registering people for the Communities Take Charge program, signing people up for free home energy kit installations, 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.
  • Paid training in energy efficiency and conservation, community outreach, and community organizing.
  • All canvassing materials including Communities Take Charge shirts and water bottles.
  • Up to nine 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 $1,000 living stipend.


  • 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.


  • Work 40 hours per week from June 17 to August 9, 2013 (eight weeks) including weekday evenings and Saturdays (see example work schedules, below).
  • 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.

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.”

Example of Weekday Schedule (Monday – Friday)

1:00 – 3:00pm Office work: Team meeting, organize materials for the week, put door-hangers on 100 doors in an assigned neighborhood, collaborate with Program Development Team, address postcard reminders for current participants, and/or enter data from previous canvassing day.

3:00 – 3:30            Prepare for canvassing.

3:30 – 4:00            Bike, take the bus, or drive to your assigned neighborhood with your team. Have a snack in the park.

4:00 – 8:00            Outreach work: Canvass in your assigned neighborhood and invite people to join Communities Take Charge and/or register to have an energy saver kit installed in their home.

8:00 – 8:30            Complete paperwork and data entry.

Example of Special Event Schedule (often on weekends)

8:00 – 9:00             Set up tabling display at Saturday market.

9:00 – 1:00            Outreach work: Table at Saturday Market or talk with people on the street in downtown Corvallis.

1:00 – 2:00             Break for lunch.

2:00 – 4:00            Office Work: Break down tabling materials and bring them back to the office, enter registration data collected from tabling, send postcard reminders, and schedule home energy kit installation appointments.

How to Apply

  • For priority consideration, complete your application by midnight on April 30, 2013. A final round of applications are due by midnight on May 30, 2013 or until all positions are filled. Click here to apply.  
  • Discuss your internship with your academic advisor if you’d like to receive academic credit.

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