Social Media Intern | Pesticide Action Network
Reclaiming the future of food and farming

Social Media Intern

We're looking for someone who is committed to making a difference, and is willing to work hard and learn fast to make it happen. Our communications department is a small and nimble team: we work closely together, often juggling multiple projects on tight deadlines, and we need someone who will thrive in this environment. Above all, we're looking for energy and enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, and team spirit. Sense of humor and ability to make nerdy communications jokes is a plus. 

Candidates from frontline communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Learning the issues well enough to write confidently about them will take a bit of time and upfront investment; we therefore ask that you commit to at least 15 hours per week for at least three months in the PAN Oakland office. Below is a general description of the work, but we imagine tailoring to meet your specific strengths and interests.

Essential Job Functions    

  • Online Outreach: Coordinate efforts and curate content for social media outreach (esp. Twitter & Facebook) and Google AdWords.
  • Communications & Campaigns Research: Conduct target- and market-specific online influencer research to support campaign objectives;
  • Other Team Support: Proofing, data entry, cataloging photos, printing and scheduling meetings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities   

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills.
  • Very strong online research skills and/or drive.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms preferred.
  • Experience with Google Applications.
  • Ability to work in diverse teams, manage time and workload effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Good organizational skills, demonstrated initiative, flexibility and creativity.
  • Understanding of environmental health, social justice and/or food system reform is strongly preferred; passion around these issues is even better.

Organizational Relationships   

Reports to the Communications Associate and has working relationships with Communications team & other staff.   

Education and Experience   

  • Bachelor’s degree, or pursuing one and/or 2-3 years related work experience.
  • Some work or volunteer experience.
  • Experience in working in a diverse and fast-paced environment.

PAN is committed to working internationally and addressing structural and systemic inequities. Accordingly, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to our mission and vision.    


There is no stipend associated with intern positions at PAN; however, we do reimburse any local commuting costs.

  • Excellent springboard for those seeking career in environmental journalism or professional communications work.
  • Strengthened research, writing and production skills.
  • Connections to individuals within the field.
  • Increased understanding of pesticide, sustainable agriculture, environmental science, social justice and international development issues.
  • Experience in an established non-profit structure.
  • Increased understanding of effective routes to progressive reform.

Application Process   

Submit the following to

  • A cover letter indicating that you wish to apply for the Communications/Online Outreach Intern position that demonstrates your combination of creativity and marketing instincts. Include why you want to work with PAN and what experience/skills you hope to gain, your available dates, and number of hours per week you wish to work. Please also include where you learned of the position.
  • A current resume highlighting your experience and/or coursework relevant to the position.
  • A brief writing sample, preferably online content.
  • Contact information for two references (name, phone, e-mail, relationship).