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Clean Water Action

Canvasser

May - July 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the community aspect of the internship. Getting to talk to myriad people from different cities and environments was eye-opening to say the least.

What I wish was different

I wish the hours weren't so late in the day- I started around 2 pm and ended around 10 pm.

Advice

My advice would be to relax and get comfortable communicating with people of various beliefs and backgrounds; you never kno who you're going to run into!
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Waste Prevention Program Assistant

September 2017 • Oakland, CA

What I liked

The ability to create relationships with other entities, helping create a strong network in the field. You have to wear a lot of different hats which can help further develop many different skills.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Grassroots Canvasser

April - August 2018 • Austin, TX

What I liked

Passion for change

What I wish was different

Advice

This is by no means an easy task. But if you can talk to people easily and love walking, this job is great
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Field manager and canvasser

May 2018 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I liked the connections with other canvassers I made, the passionate people I met at the doors, and knowing that I was making a difference for the environment and Michiganders

What I wish was different

The hours and driving are pretty long but that’s part of the job.

Advice

Be ready to have doors slammed in your face and rude people - they don’t matter - it’s the people who get involved in any way that help us make change
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Summer Canvasser

June - August 2018 • Nanuet, NY

What I liked

Working almost entirely outside & advocating for pro-environmental legislation.

What I wish was different

Hours were not always ideal

Advice

charisma and consistency is required to do excel.
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Environmental Advocate

May - June 2018 • Montclair, NJ

What I liked

I liked the training regiment. It taught a lot about communication skills.

What I wish was different

I wish the office was bigger and for the program to be more organized.

Advice

The work was fulfilling. Every couple weeks, we have a chance to attend meetings with policy makers and senators. Do take this chance to go on this trip and learn more about the political system.
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Field Canvassing Trainee

June 2018 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Meeting people

What I wish was different

Management and the description on handshake, it was misleading

Advice

Find out if it is a legit internship
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Community Organizer

May - August 2017 • Montclair, NJ

What I liked

This internship provides ample opportunities to learn about activism and different environmental issues within New Jersey through daily guest speakers (which double as great networking opportunities!)

What I wish was different

The internship involves canvassing everyday which is can be highly variable with respect to public engagement.

Advice

My advice would be to take advantage of all the networking opportunities.
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Canvasser

May - August 2017 • Montclair, NJ

What I liked

I enjoyed working on my people skills and learning how to talk to people and knowing how to respond to their concerns.

What I wish was different

The training could be a bit more helpful

Advice

If you like walking, this would be a good fit. I would say don't be nervous because everyone at CWA was in your shoes!
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Community organizer

June - August 2018 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

Meeting people in the community passionate about the environment

What I wish was different

The requirements for minimum money raising every night.

Advice

You have to be comfortable asking for money and being pushover than you may be comfortable with.
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Canvasser

July - August 2017 • Montclair, NJ

What I liked

I worked with a lot of really nice people. Good work culture.

What I wish was different

If field managers managed time better. Would get back from canvassing late.

Advice

Maintain a positive attitude and work hard.
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