Internships with the Network of Spiritual Progressives, Beyt Tikkun, and Rabbi Lerner
Most internships take place at our office in Berkeley, California. However, we are also looking for interns and/or volunteers who can help us in Washington, D.C. or in whatever town you live in, to build interest and support for the Global Marshall Plan and the ESRA (Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution). If you want to work for us in D.C., or in your own town, you have to work from your own apartment, house, or office — we don’t have office space in D.C. and can’t afford to rent it.
To Apply for Internships with the Network of Spiritual Progressives and Tikkun Community:
Write a self-revealing letter to Rabbi Lerner (email@example.com) telling about yourself, your passions, what part of the NSP and Tikkun vision you share and what part seems problematic to you, what are your special talents, what is your time availability (starting when?), and what is your own passion in life, goals for yourself, and why do you want to work with us? When are you available to start and for how long? We need a minimum commitment of twenty hours per week. These internships are supervised directly by either Editor Michael Lerner or NSP Executive Director Cat Zavis.
POLITICAL ORGANIZING for the Global and Domestic Marshall Plan & ESRA
Mobilize support for the Global and Domestic Marshall Plan (seeking the United States to lead the G-8 countries in dedicating 1–2 percent of their GDP each year for the next twenty to once and for all end global and domestic poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, and inadequate health care, as well as repair the global environment) and the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Educate and seek endorsements of public officials, seek signatures of endorsement from the public, and seek potential donors or supporters to increase public awareness and institutional mobilization behind the GMP and ESRA. HR 1078, endorsing our plan, was introduced in the spring of 2010 by Congressmen Keith Ellison. Part of your work will be in building public understanding of that resolution.Before applying please visit www.spiritualprogressives.org/GMP and www.spiritualprogressives.org/ESRA. Help us build coalitions and do outreach to civil, professional, union, religious, and other organizations — and on campuses!
Interns will work on preparing a weeklong study session of spiritual progressive ideas and texts and a national celebration of a politics based on love, generosity, kindness, awe, and wonder at the grandeur of the universe.
NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES (NSP)
An interfaith organization that is also welcoming to “spiritual but NOT religious” atheists or agnostics—interns work on trainings, Web development, and network outreach supporting spiritual activism intended to effect tikkun olam at the local and regional level. Interns will help us build a network community of dedicated spiritual activism practitioners and to construct the electronic home for that community as it grows. Read our Core Vision at www.spiritualprogressives.org or Rabbi Michael Lerner’s book The Left Hand of God.
- Research and development of the Global Marshall Plan to spell out details of how it would work.
- Research and development of the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (ESRA).
NSP WEB CONTENT MANAGEMENT AND OUTREACH INTERN
Are you excited about the vision of the Network of Spiritual Progressives? Come help us generate buzz and support for the Network of Spiritual Progressives on the Internet while managing and building out the NSP website (www.spiritualprogressives.com).
The Network of Spiritual Progressives and Tikkun are looking for an intern to handle these projects:
1) NSP Web Content Management
We need someone with a clear understanding of our spiritual progressive worldview to help manage and update our website. Duties on this front might include editing and posting new content, migrating data from our old site to the new one, or (if you have the requisite skills) building out the current website to create a space where different chapters of the NSP could connect with each other, have discussion forums, and more.
2) Web Outreach for the NSP
Every day, increasing visibility and interconnection on the Internet becomes more of a science. Tweeting and re-tweeting, getting posts to go viral, determining the optimal timing of Facebook status posts, and engaging in search engine optimization are all becoming more methodical as people discover what draws web traffic within the ever-growing ocean of online content. We are looking for someone who is interested in these new online visibility strategies and would like to put them into practice.
- post new relevant material to NSP website
- update Twitter and NSP Facebook page
- post relevant Tikkun/NSP information on Facebook pages of tangentially related groups (e.g. posting a Tikkun article about Environmentalism and Spirituality on the Facebook pages of Mother Jones or 350.org)
- leave comments below new articles on Huffington Post and similar sites with links back to NSP content and brief comments about what is good about or lacking from the article.
Ideal applicants have a working knowledge of (or a strong desire to research) the following:
- SEO strategies
- website content management, html coding
- social networking sites
- the best new ways to be seen online!
SUPPORTING RABBI LERNER’S WORK AS A PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL
Interns work directly with Michael Lerner on projects including Israel-Palestine, events and concerns relevant to the Tikkun Community and outreach to the Jewish community, intellectual research for Lerner’s writing and support for his travel and speaking. Current projects include:
- Tikkun’s forum on How the Spiritual and Religious Wisdom of the World Can Contribute to a Vision of Rebuilding the Global Economy.
- Updating Rabbi Lerner’s book Healing Israel/Palestine, which will be published in the Fall of 2011.
- Helping develop Rabbi Lerner’s Spiritual Commentary on Torah.
- Research assistant with Rabbi Lerner for his book on God. (someone with sophisticated philosophical understanding needed for this one).
- Tikkun’s project to encourage an International Conference to Resolve the Israel/Palestine Struggle.
Interns work both on the substance of these kinds of projects and promoting them in the media and in relevant political, intellectual, cultural, and/or religious communities.
BEYT TIKKUN AND THE SPIRITUAL TORAH COMMENTARY
Interns work with Rabbi Lerner to help create a spiritually based and politically progressive synagogue in San Francisco and in Berkeley, and on researching spiritual commentaries on each week’s Torah portions. Rabbi Lerner is editing a Spiritual Torah Commentary for publication within the next five to six years.
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