INTERNSHIP: Rainforest Agribusiness Intern, unpaid, San Francisco, CA

Rainforest Action Network is looking for a motivated, hard-working intern with a passion for protecting
rainforests, endangered species and Indigenous rights to support our Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign.

Would you like to put your skills to work with a dynamic team of campaigners to stop major international corporations from destroying the environment and violating human rights? If so, we want you to consider joining us as the next Rainforest Agribusiness Intern at RAN – one of the most effective corporate campaigning organizations around.

Working with the Agribusiness team, the Rainforest Agribusiness Intern’s primary focus will be on research and database management for our corporate engagement strategy and keeping the negotiations team informed as new information is collected. This intern will also support the National Organizing team with outreach to palm oil activists all across the US. In addition, the Rainforest Agribusiness Intern will take on any number of diverse projects, largely focused on research, that support the campaign and its team members.

The Agribusiness Intern will be joining the Rainforest Agribusiness team at a very exciting time – coming early fall we are publicly launching a hard-hitting national campaign targeting the US snack food industry and its ties to palm oil driving rainforest destruction and human rights violations.

For more information on the nature of the campaign, you can visit and

This internship is unpaid. Commuter stipend provided. We request a commitment of at least of 3 months; 6 months preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

Strong research skills and ability to take on big research projects
Campaigning and/or organizing experience
Superior written and verbal communication skills, including writing and networking skills
Familiarity with social media and a variety of online organizing tools such as Facebook and Twitter
Interest and familiarity with issues including but not limited to nonviolent direct action, grassroots organizing, corporate social responsibility, climate change, biodiversity, tropical rainforests, human rights, commodity supply chains, sustainable agriculture, Indigenous rights
Proficiency in English; conversation level language skills in either Indonesian or Malay are a plus
High level of organization and experience with database management
Excellent prioritization and time management skills
Independent worker/self-starter

Conduct research on consumer-facing companies, their brands, and their use of palm oil
Manage and update corporate engagement research database and folders
Coach and support RAN Palm Oil Activists via phone and email communication
Use social media tools to pressure target companies and outreach to our target audiences
Respond to member inquiries about campaign strategy and answer informational questions
Draft campaign documents and complete other campaign research as needed
Other tasks as instructed

Through this internship, interns will develop or further strengthen the following competencies:

Prioritization and time management
Strategic thinking and campaign planning
Grassroots organizing
Database management
Work standards
Research skills

RAN’s internships provide “hands-on-learning” about our brand of corporate campaigning for the forests, climate and human right as well as direct experience working in a non-profit office. Besides learning about the diverse aspects of the Agribusiness campaign, as an intern you will have the opportunity to participate in interdepartmental meetings that will give you insight into RAN as a whole.

In coalition with Indigenous communities and allies from around the world, RAN uses non-violent direct action, grassroots organizing, education, and strategic communications to challenge corporations to phase out destructive operations, respect human rights, and adopt comprehensive policies that mitigate their contributions to global warming. RAN values diversity, educates staff on issues including privilege and oppression, and integrates these values into all of our work. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this process and work with us to create a just, inclusive, and sustainable work environment and world. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities.

Please send a resume and cover letter in which you describe a project you have worked on that will help us understand your interest and qualifications. Applications can be emailed to (please put Agribusiness Intern in the subject line of your email). No phone calls please.

Read more:
Rainforest Agribusiness Intern | Rainforest Action Network

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