Are you a college student interested in learning to create a more just and sustainable food system this summer? Would you like to be part of a supportive community of like-minded changemakers? If so, consider applying to Factory Farming Awareness Coalition’s Student Advocates program.
All interns in the program will participate in:
- A robust academic component, covering the impacts of industrial animal agriculture on social justice, environmental justice, policy, animals other than humans.
- Advocacy training, including public speaking, lobbying, and various kinds of political and social advocacy. We will discuss how to support ourselves and one another in our advocacy over time.
- Hands-on work experience.
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition educates and empowers individuals and communities to support just and sustainable food systems.
Agility: Our programs are informed by current thought on behavior change, and we are prepared to change course in light of scientific advances and societal changes.
Compassion: We oppose the institution of factory farming, but have compassion for individuals who (willingly or not) participate in the system. We meet people where they are, recognizing that changing attitudes and behaviors is a long-term process. We support our team and others doing this emotionally challenging work.
Collaboration: We can best serve FFAC’s mission by working together. We always strive to complement existing resources rather than duplicate them. We recognize that systems of oppression are interconnected and affect both human and non-human life. We invest in meaningful relationships with each other and with other organizations and groups advocating for social and environmental justice.
Self-Awareness: We acknowledge our unearned privileges and strive to amplify minoritized and oppressed voices.
Knowledge: We only share information from peer-reviewed sources and regularly update our materials. We are sensitive to indigenous and non-Western perspectives.
Program information session (all applicants must attend one):
- Wednesday, 4/21 (3-4p.m. PT) or Tuesday, 4/27 (2-3p.m. PT)
- June 11, 2021, 9-11 a.m. PT / 12-2 p.m. ET
Summer program dates:
- June 14 – August 6, 2021
- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. PT / 12-4 p.m. ET
Interns must attend orientation and all meetings.
The time commitment for this internship program is a minimum of 12 hours per week for 8 weeks.
- Attend meetings every Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. PT with additional optional social events on Monday afternoons. During these meetings, we will discuss the readings, participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, and share progress on project work. Note: You will have time during the meetings to eat your lunch and do your assigned reading.
- Give at least one FFAC presentation about the impacts of animal agriculture to a community group, class, camp, or organization. We will provide you with both the materials and presentation skills to ensure that you feel prepared.
- Each college intern will mentor a high school student in goal-setting and advocacy skills.
OPTIONAL PROJECT WORK
- Promote Green Monday and/or DefaultVeg on your campus or in your community.
- Plan and implement social media campaigns.
- Write blog posts for publication on FFAC’s website.
- Write letters to the editor.
- Assist in planning and executing fundraising events.
- Create digital content based on your own research.
- Propose your own ideas to educate or support just and sustainable food systems.
FFAC will provide each intern $200 toward the cost of internet and phone over the 8-week period via the payment platform Zelle (unless otherwise requested).
College interns who complete all program requirements are eligible for letters of recommendation and end-of-year awards.
Admissions are competitive. Above all, we look for commitment to our mission and values. We look for candidates who will actively engage in our community and later on, our alumni network. There are no specific experience or GPA requirements.
Applications for Summer 2021 due April 18, 2021 or until filled.
- Complete the online application at the link below.
- In addition to submitting an application through this website, please upload your resume and a project sample. Your project sample should be any project you have done that displays your skills and ideas, e.g., an academic essay, personal writing, creative project, art, video, or anything else. We will accept a sample of any size or length — quality over quantity.
- After submitting your application, you will attend a program information session on either Wednesday, 4/21 (3-4p.m. PT) or Tuesday, 4/27 (2-3p.m. PT). You will have an opportunity to ask all your questions there.
- After attending the information session, if you think the program is a good fit for you, we will assess your application further and select the applicants who will be invited to an interview.
- We will let you know if you are accepted into the program by May 24.
Please reach out with additional questions to Kiely Smith at email@example.com.
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition is a proud equal opportunity organization. We embrace diversity and consider all applicants for the FFAC Student Advocates program without attention to race, color, religion, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic. This is core to our mission and values.