Students learn campaign, grassroots organizing, and direct action skills for a full semester in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA. Trainings are conducted by Greenpeace staff and other leaders in the environmental movement (http://tinyurl.com/gottraining).[image-1]During the semester you'll travel and get to stretch those new campaign muscles in the field working on a real Greenpeace campaign. You'll also spend a week on the Greenpeace Expedition (http://tinyurl.com/gpexpedition). The expedition is where students travel to communities to learn how environmental issues are affecting so many parts of the country, and world.[image-2]
The GOT is for current undergraduate students who are 18-24. If you know someone else who is, please pass on our website! http://www.greenpeace.org/got
We are looking for folks who are passionate about the environment, understand grassroots organizing, and who are ready to get their hands dirty.
Fall semester enrollment is rolling but spots are filling up quickly! Semester begins September 21st.
I spoke with one UCF student, Katie Parrish, from the Naples area about her recent experience with the GOT. Here's what Katie had to say:
GOT is three months of intensive organizing trainings and campaign experience you need to organize for the environmental movement, or any other movement you're passionate about. I was in the Spring 2009 GOT in San Francisco, CA with 9 other amazing interns from all over the county.
My first campaign was a recruitment drive for Powershift 2009. I spent weeks in D.C. and helped recruit over 11,000 young people to D.C. for a weekend long conference promoting environmental sustainability and sending a message to a new administration that we mean something about clean energy. We recruited, built materials, and participated in Capitol Climate Action, the largest civil disobedience for climate change in U.S. History.
I returned to San Francisco, continued my trainings and did a final campaign in Albuquerque, NM building a volunteer base and organizing against a coal plant planned to be built in the four-corners region.
Now that I'm back in Florida I have been organizing for the gay rights movement, but I would have never been able to do my job without Greenpeace and the people that taught me everything I needed to be successful in any social movement. For anyone that's committed to environmental issues or campaign organizing- GOT is the internship you take if you want to learn, hands on, and meet a group of amazing people.
For more information and to apply: http://www.greenpeace.org/got
Greenpeace in Tampa Bay is holding its monthly meeting on Wed., July 15, 2009 from 7-9pm at our office, currently located in Temple Terrace. The address is 10320 N. 56th ST , Suite 310, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. Feel free to call or email Matt De Vlieger, Greenpeace's Florida Field Organizer for more information: 954.536.7461 or [email protected]