My summer with the Sierra Club


My summer with the Sierra Club

Experience Information

Employer: Sierra Club
Job Title: Political Intern
Major: Political Science
Received Credit: Yes
Paid: No
Abroad: No

Description of the Organization

The Sierra Club is a national grassroots lobbying organization. Their main focus is on environmental issues. They are one of the largest and most influential national grassroots lobbying organizations with over three million members and supporters. To organize such a large number of members, there are chapters for each state. The one for Michigan is located in Lansing.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

I worked on projects such as planning town halls and canvassing events, including connecting various venues. I assisted in creating GOTV campaigns for multiple precincts.

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

I gained knowledge on how to work VAN including creating turf, phone banks, entering data and creating events. I gained knowledge on GOTV and how to mobilize with the number of volunteers in our precinct. I became trained by the National Democratic Training committee and used my knowledge to better assist in forming and executing campaign goals.

Favorite Part of the Experience

My favorite part of this internship was being able to gain the first-hand experience in regards to campaigns and grassroots lobbying. I was able to see how the knowledge I learned in the classroom would assist me when it came to gaining the first-hand experience in the field.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

The experience influenced my future career goals my opening my eyes to the grassroots side of lobbying. I plan on becoming a lobbyist but now I am more open to look into the grassroots end of lobbying. I also gained connections and knowledge that will continue to allow me to grow within my field of study in the future.

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