Internships with MORE

Interested in interning with MORE?

 

Our internships allow for the development of organizing skills through our three-pronged Power Behind the Police model of research, organizing, and action. Check out overviews of MORE’s work at the intersection of economic, climate, and racial justice HERE.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • Spend 2-4 months organizing to fight for local economic, climate and racial justice in St. Louis

  • Partner with a member of our staff to build fundamental organizing skills

  • Connect with other organizers and residents from across the city and within national networks

  • Develop and lead personal projects

  • Participate in MORE’s Training Academy should timing overlap

  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate classes and/or outside work
  • Enjoy MORE member perks including access to the Cowry Collective Timebank

 

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Art Build for #UnveilTheProfit Power Behind the Police Messaging Meeting  Decarcerate Action at Enterprise Holdings

 

 

WE AIM FOR INTERNS TO:

  1. Plan and implement an action/project

  2. Create content for new and traditional sources of media

  3. Have opportunities for grassroots organizing experience

  4. Work with a team

  5. Build relationship with a strong mentor

  6. Organize with a justice-based framework

WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

  • Commitment to working at the intersection of climate, economic and racial justice issues

  • Commitment to building strategic power with other movements and issues

  • Show deep interest/humbleness in working with communities

  • Accountability for your work and project & excitement to take a project and run with it while also respecting leadership from those who you work with

  • Excitement to build skills, understanding and capacity to become a stronger organizer

  • Passion for connecting and supporting the development of a long-term strategic movement through mentorship and relationship building

  • People of Color, women and queer folks highly encouraged to apply

 

FOCUSES

Let us know a bit about what you’d like to focus on; below are a few examples that we may be able to accommodate depending on current work. We’re open to collaboration!

 

GARDEN & LAND

  • Research land ownership and development within St. Louis alongside members

  • Identify alternative development models like community land trusts and approaches to LRA reform
  • Participate in political education workshops

  • Work on the garden and with local food justice co-ops and organizations

ART & DESIGN

  • Lead direct-action prop design

  • Coordinate group art builds with members

  • Develop video and social media communication design for campaigns

SOLIDARITY ECONOMY - solidaritystl.org

  • Grow a network of small businesses, social justice organizations, and individuals that are interested and engaged in cooperative economic structures

  • Build capacity for groups to expand and scale their existing work to create a just and sustainable economy

  • Develop campaigns to build political and economic power around issues relating to the solidarity economy, such as the implementation and/or institutionalization of restorative justice, food justice, and land reclamation projects

CLIMATE JUSTICE

  • Develop a Just Transition campaign to move resources into green jobs and other sustainable economy projects

  • Research and map Ameren’s engagement with the Clean Power Plan, Police Foundation, and transitional energy models and policies

  • Organize around Peabody Energy and Arch Coal bankruptcies

  • Coalition build for a Just Transition including door knocking to identify activists interested in just transition work

DECARCERATION

  • Monitor municipal court procedures

  • Research regional justice system players

  • Take action against key players such as Enterprise Holdings and the St. Louis Police Foundation

  • Build coalition through regular outreach

FREEDOM BUDGETS

  • Work with local coalitions to research and campaign for more just municipal budgets for the city

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

  • Work locally with a national coalition of community organizations to influence the Federal  Reserve’s policies to stimulate higher employment, opportunity for wage growth, and greater transparency

  • Organize members, labor, clergy, students and community partners to strategize

  • Execute press conferences, social media and escalating direct actions on the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank

 

 

SUPPORT

While MORE does not have funding to support intern work, we are happy to help you search for outside grant funding, train you in door-to-door fundraising, or support your application for education credit. Please let us know of additional funding opportunities you know of; we will add them to our list below. Possible funding sources include:

 

Contact Tia Byrd at tia@organizemo.org for more information.

WHAT PREVIOUS INTERNS ARE SAYING:

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“In a time of heightened social inequity and moral weakness, MORE continues to retain its optimism in struggles alongside marginalized communities. My work with MORE gave me an on the ground experience of grassroots organizing, while exposing me to all of the challenges and possibilities that lie in organizing work. MORE taught me not only a wide variety of skills but also provided a fun, enjoyable atmosphere in doing so.” -- Awais Spall (Summer 2015), Berkley

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