Website 1000 Friends of Florida
About 1000 Friends
1000 Friends of Florida is a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to help build better communities and save special places. This is how we envision our future in Florida:
• Vibrant cities and towns, thriving and livable neighborhoods, and an outstanding quality of life;
• Abundant natural lands, a verdant network of wildlife corridors and greenways, productive farms, and pristine springs and rivers;
• Communities where Floridians have safe and useful transportation options to meet daily needs including driving, walking, bicycling and transit; and
• Affordable housing choices for all. 1000 Friends is a small organization with five full-time employees. Our office is located in Tallahassee; however staff live and work across the state. The intern is most likely to work closely with Jane West, Policy & Planning Director, but may also interact with President Paul Owens, Communications Director Vivian Young, and Outreach Director Haley Busch. The intern should expect to work primarily remotely and should be available for telephone calls and scheduled Zoom meetings to discuss work. The intern will provide a weekly update to 1000 Friends staff, summarizing tasks completed and hours spent on projects. There is potential for additional work for 1000 Friends depending on ability and performance. This is an unpaid internship opportunity.
Internship duties and tasks
Internships with 1000 Friends will familiarize students with Florida’s current challenges in growth management from the perspective of an environmental and smart-growth advocacy organization. Internship projects may involve research work and/or drafting white papers on planning and conservation policy issues (e.g., golf course conversions), attending public meetings and taking notes on agenda items of interest to 1000 Friends of Florida, compiling data from county comprehensive plans, and assisting staff in ongoing projects.
We are flexible and can work with the student’s schedule and course requirements to provide a part-time internship. Our calendar closely tracks the Florida legislative schedule, and we only offer legislative internships during this time. During the summer and fall we accept student interns from policy and planning fields. We offer internships with flexible project scopes and will help tailor the internship to the student’s interests and course requirements. Interns are expected to be able to commit eight to ten hours per week over a four-month period (three months for summer internship).
• Applicants should provide 1000 Friends with a resume and brief cover letter that address the following:
o Student’s interest in land use, transportation or environmental issues evidenced through course selection, undergraduate study, work experience or volunteer experience;
o Knowledge of state and local policy in Florida;
o Writing ability;
o Hours desired to work, including total number of hours proposed, date by which student would complete hours, and any available information on schedule (such as specific weeks available or hours of work per week).
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