Put some real experience on your resume. Portland’s premier bicycle advocacy non-profit, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, seeks interns (current students or recent graduates) interested in gaining hands-on experience working for a non-profit. Class credit may be available to qualified interns who can commit 15 to 40 hours per week.
We offer a wide variety of engaging work that can help prepare you for further academic or professional pursuits in the fields of community organizing, legislative advocacy, health and transportation policy and research, fundraising and development, marketing and communications, and middle school education. We will cater your internship experience to your educational or career goals matched with key elements of our strategic vision.
My internship at the BTA gave me real experience in projects from interviewing stakeholders about bike projects to designing marketing materials to researching the economic impact of bicycling. Interning at the BTA was an amazing experience on a number of different levels. I was treated like one of the staff, given the opportunity to contribute to major projects, and provided with invaluable insight into the inner workings of an important non-profit. For anyone pursuing non-profit or transportation-related careers, this is a great way to hone your skills.
– Natalie Baker, Communication Intern 2011
Sample projects from previous interns include:
- Development of easy-to-use toolkits for neighborhood leaders on redesigning their streets to make them safer.
- Legal research to support the agency’s legislative agenda.
- Grant writing and foundation research for programs.
- Event planning and marketing.
- Communication, branding, and design.
- Assisting advocacy staff in outreach to targeted communities (Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese preferred).
Candidates should possess excellent time-management and organizational skills. Interest in non-profit work and helping people choose to bike, walk and take transit more frequently is a plus. Knowledge of Macintosh OS, Google Apps, and Microsoft Office suite is helpful.
We can create semester-long internships that fit within your schedule at our office in downtown Portland during any semester or during the summer.
Submit short Letter of Interest describing your skills, interests, and goals for educational or career pursuits to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Seeking Internship” in the subject line.
No faxes or phone calls please.