Take Charge 2013 Outreach Internships

Now Accepting Application for Take Charge Public Outreach Internships

Volunteer Positions / OSU Credit Available / Training Provided

Applications Due Friday, November 16 by Midnight: Apply here. 

Volunteer Internship January 7 – June 7, 2013

Do you have excellent conversational skills, a passion for energy conservation and sustainability, and a desire to help Corvallis become one of the most energy efficiency communities in the nation? Join our team and make a difference while you build your resume!

Position Summary:  Public Outreach Interns are dedicated to raising awareness about energy efficiency and conservation. Interns will reach out to Corvallis residents and students by tabling at community events, distributing informational material, and collaborating with other community organizations. Interns are responsible for registering people for Take Charge programs, signing people up for free home energy kit installations, and promoting other Energize Corvallis programs. This internship does not involve selling anything, asking for donations, or door-to-door canvassing. No experience is necessary, and training will be provided.

What We Offer

  • A great resume-building and skill-building internship with a fun, supportive organization.
  • 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.
  • Flexible volunteer hours based around your school and/or work schedule.
  • All program materials including Communities Take Charge shirts and water bottles.


  • Participate in training and weekly meetings.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of Energize Corvallis programs and energy conservation (included in training).
  • Register Corvallis residents for Take Charge programs then promptly and accurately enter data into our online database.
  • Distribute Energize Corvallis promotional materials.
  • Weekly tasks vary and may include tabling for a few hours at a community event (e.g., Farmer’s Market, OSU sports event), identifying and scheduling new outreach activities, collaborating with outreach partners (e.g., Student Sustainability Initiative or Corvallis high schools), setting up information displays (e.g., in the Corvallis Environmental Center window or at the Public Library).


  • Attend the internship training on Friday, January 4 from 12:00 to 5:00.
  • Volunteer 4-8 hours per week during the winter and spring terms (January 7 through July 5) with the week of OSU Spring Break off (March 25-29).
  • Attend weekly team meetings.
  • 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.

Work Environment: This internship requires frequent travel throughout Corvallis. Interns must be able to carry a backpack with up to 15 pounds of materials. 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

  • Complete the online application and submit your resume by midnight on Friday, November 16. 
  • Discuss your internship with your academic advisor if you’d like to receive academic credit.

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