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Social Responsibility

Activist Internships



Animal Rights

*Eco-Animal Allies
We are looking for flexible, motivated people who are passionate about animal rights, vegetarianism, and sustainability. As a small nonprofit, an intern would be allowed to experience the whole range of activities involved in advocacy, or they may just choose to do those roles which best fit their skills and interest. Our organization staffs information booths, organizes conferences, publishes a newsletter, holds demonstrations and vegan food give-aways, does web-advocacy, produces literature and letters, mobilizes supportive people, and a host of other effective, rewarding activities. We look forward to working with you.


*Organic Consumers Association
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) promotes food safety, organic farming and sustainable agriculture practices in the U.S. and internationally. We provide consumers with factual information they can use to make informed food choices. Genetic engineering, irradiation, toxic sludge fertilizer, mad cow disease, and rBGH are some of the issues we address. The OCA gives interviews and supplies background material for journalists, news organizations, and public interest activists worldwide. Our campaign strategies include public education, activist networking, boycotts and protests, grassroots lobbying, media and public relations, and litigation. We publish one print newsletter (Organic View) and two electronic newsletters (BioDemocracy News and Organic Bytes). The OCA's National Director is Ronnie Cummins.

*1,000 Friends of Minnesota
We are a nonprofit growth management organization that focuses on smart growth, sprawl, development, planning, and policy issues across the region.

*Sierra Club-Northstar Chapter
The Sierra Club is over 700,000 members strong. Our mission statement:

  • Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.
  • Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources.
  • Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
  • Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

The Sierra Club North Star Chapter is Sierrans in and around Minnesota who enjoy outdoor activities.

LGBT Rights

*OutFront MN
OutFront Minnesota (OFM) works to eliminate homophobia and heterosexism in Minnesota. OFM’s Public Policy Department seeks to ensure strong civil rights through work at with the State Legislature and other methods of systems change. A student intern must be willing to work diligently in a creative, team-focused environment. A flexible schedule to possibly include some evening and/or weekend work is preferred. Own transportation is advisable, however OFM is very near bus lines (# 9, 18 and 23). It may be possible to work in the greater MN area (including St. Cloud) as an intern.

Other preferred abilities include:

  • good knowledge of State legislative process and/or willingness to learn quickly this process-interest in researching GLBT-related public policy
  • interest in writing about GLBT-related public policy
  • good public speaking/presentation skills
  • good people skills
  • independent worker

More information about OFM’s Public Policy work can be found at:

Peace and Justice

*Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
WAMM is hundreds of women and men empowered to make social change through volunteer activism! WAMM has around 1400 member households, most of which are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. We are consciously a local justice and peace organization, living our feminist principals by using a non-hierarchical organizational structure. WAMM is governed by a Steering Committee of volunteer activists who use consensus decision making. We program from the grassroots -- allowing activists to form committees and act on issues based on their own passions.

Social Services

*Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota (Eastside Unit)
The Boys & Girls Clubs offer a safe place for youth to learn and grown all while having fun. Our mission: "To inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens." Club programs promote the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and power of influence. We offer five core programs in which to do this: Sports, Fitness & Recreation, Health & Life Skills, Education & Career Development, The Arts and Character & Leadership Development. When our youth development strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created in which boys and girls achieve their full potential. Although any youth is able to access our programs, typically, Clubs target "at risk" or "disadvantaged" youth. Eastside's hours are Tuesday - Friday 2:15 - 9:00pm, Saturdays 10:00 - 4:00pm. Contact: Jodi at 320-253-5159

*Volunteer Link
Note: Contact coordinator to inquire about possible internships with the volunteer link. The Volunteer link is creating a Student Coordinator position for 2003-2004. This is a new volunteer leadership opportunity that will enable SCSU students to share their passion about service with their peers. Student Coordinators will work with the Volunteer Link Coordinator and Graduate Assistant to develop Volunteer Link. Each Student Coordinator will have a specific responsibility: Campus Outreach, Service-Learning, or Special Events. While there is no monetary compensation, this position will give students the opportunity to gain invaluable personal growth and lifelong skills!

We hope to select up to three energetic, responsible, and committed Student Coordinators who are flexible and innovative. We are seeking students with the following qualifications: a strong commitment to service, past leadership and service or service-learning experience, organizational skills, and ability to work as part of a team. Applicants must be current SCSU students with a minimum 2.5 GPA and agree to serve both fall 2003 and spring 2004 semesters. If you know of students who may be qualified and interested in this position, please nominate them by responding to this email. Return nominations by April 7, 2003. I will contact nominated students and invite them to complete the application process. Applications can be picked up outside Volunteer Link/CSOLD in Atwood 117E, or on line at Department of Campus Involvement. I’ve also attached a job description and application to this email I case you’d like additional information. The application deadline is April 21.

Contact: Lissa M. Staples Volunteer Link Coordinator St. Cloud State University Atwood Memorial Center 117B (320) 229-5693.

Women’s Rights

*Anna Marie’s Shelter
The St. Cloud Woman House is a shelter that provides safety and advocacy services for battered women and their children. Woman House offers support groups, a 24-hour crisis line and assistance with legal aid. Responsibilities may include answering crisis calls, interacting with the women and children, accompanying women to court or planning activities with children.

Associated with Woman House is the St. Cloud Intervention Project (SCIP). Their main goal is to shift legal and protective responsibility away from the victims of domestic violence to the criminal justice system. In an attempt to achieve this goal, SCIP provides legal advocacy, referrals and support groups for women as well as educational groups for batterers. This group is looking for both men and women volunteers whose responsibilities will vary. Contact: Judi at (320) 253-6900.


  • volunteer four hours a week
  • commit for at least four to six months
  • attend one all-day training session and monthly mini-sessions


  • sensitivity
  • an ability to listen
  • a willingness to learn
  • a sense of responsibility and commitment

*Central MN Sexual Assault Center
The CMSAC serves Stearns, Benton, Sherburnem and Wright Counties. We are available 24 hours a day to provide free and confidential services to victims/survivors of all ages and all types of sexual abuse/assault, and to their partners, friends, and family. Services provided include a 24-hour crisis line, Advocacy and emotional support, One to one counseling, and referrals. For more information regarding services or internship and volunteer opportunities, please call the Central MN Sexual Center.

WATCH is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that monitors cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and neglect in Hennepin County. WATCH seeks to improve the justice system's handling of cases of violence. The presence of volunteers, interns, and staff in the courtroom, combined with careful research, specific recommendations, and thoughtful reporting, have allowed WATCH to be a catalyst for improvement and change by the judiciary and other professionals working within the criminal justice system.

Attention: Current and prospective graduate students in education and social science (or related field): Saint John's University seeks current or incoming SCSU Graduate Students interested in a dynamic and impactful assistantship or internship on our campus. SJU is a residential, male, liberal arts, Catholic, Benedictine university that believes in social justice, critical reflection, and a deep sense of community among students.

Graduate students of any gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or faith are encouraged to contact Jason Laker, Dean of Campus Life, to discuss the exciting possibilities. We are especially (but not exclusively) interested in those students who would desire to live on our campus, working with our residential students. However, all interests are open for discussion, as is the compensation.

Jason A. Lakes (SCSU Adjunct Faculty)
Dean of Campus Life
Saint John's University
122 Sexton Commons
Collegeville, MN 56321
(320) 363-3512

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