Job Title: Political Research Intern

Supervisor: Legislative Coordinator

Start Date: June 6th 

Job summary:

Better Future Action is seeking a detail-oriented and highly organized individual looking to build professional-level skills in political research and electoral messaging, while making a difference at a small but mighty grassroots climate organization. During the previous election cycle Better Future Action launched our first Clean Money for Climate Pledge for local and statewide candidates for elected office in Massachusetts. This pledge required signers to reject donations of $200 or more from employees of select fossil fuel and utility companies operating in both Massachusetts and nationally. As we prepare for the 2018 cycle, 350 Massachusetts will seek to publish a report detailing the correlation between fossil fuel donations and government activity concerning energy decisions. The research intern, under the guidance of 350 Mass’s Legislative Coordinator, will be responsible for collecting campaign finance data on relevant Massachusetts decision makers, determining how year-to-year donations correlated with fossil fuel and utility decision points, and writing sections of the report. This position will be for approximately 15 hours per week in our Cambridge office from June to August.

Qualifications:

●       Excellent attention to detail

●       Strong writing skills (social science research experience preferred)

●       Expressed interest in addressing money in politics

●       Ability to take initiative, work independently and thrive in a fast-paced environment

●       Access to transportation to our office in Cambridge, MA

Skills you’ll gain (some or all):

●       Acquiring campaign finance data in the state of Massachusetts

●       Understanding of Massachusetts legislative scorecards

●       Developing compelling narrative for electoral finance data

To apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and how you learned of the position to andrew@betterfutureaction.org with the subject line ‘Political Research Intern’. 


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