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LifeSmarts Program Coordinator

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Full time positions

LifeSmarts Program Coordinator

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated program coordinator who has a strong commitment to public interest work and consumer education for students. The League is a national nonprofit, membership group that advocates on behalf of consumers and workers on a range of issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. 

The program assistant will work with the program director and the outreach coordinator to carry out NCL’s LifeSmarts program, which educates middle and high school students regarding a broad range of consumer knowledge. Students participate in LifeSmarts by taking online quizzes and competing at state and national championships.

Responsibilities:

  • Creating content for the LifeSmarts Web site and other forms of outreach.
  • Serving as the “help desk” for LifeSmarts.org.
  • Writing questions for online quizzes and in-person competitions.
  • Updating question database to reflect key words, omit dated content, and add appropriate question answers to the file.
  • Planning and staffing the annual championship with the program director, event planner, and others. Some travel required.
  • Representing the League and the LifeSmarts program at events, conferences, and in meetings with partners and potential partners, including federal agencies.
  • Assisting with growth of the LifeSmarts program by conducting outreach efforts. 
  • Recruiting and tracking volunteer officials for national championship.
  • Tracking and maintaining database of all permission and release forms returned by coaches. Staying in touch with state coordinators to let them know what paperwork has been received.
  • Obtaining prize and goodie bag donations for national championship placing teams and other participants.
  • Coordinating question writing and review requests and responses.
  • Maintaining contact with stakeholders, including state coordinators, program volunteers, students, adult coaches, and supporters.
  • Assisting coaches.
  • Working with development and communications staff to assist with fundraising and promotion of LifeSmarts.
  • Providing support to LifeSmarts Advisory Board.
  • Providing support to the Student Advisory Board.
  • Coordinating online competitions and providing related administrative duties.
  • Mailing materials upon request.
  • Managing projects or project components as assigned.
  • Completing other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Commitment to working in the public interest.
  • Exceptionally strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • History of working with students. (NOTE: A background check will be conducted)
  • Background in education and developing curriculum a plus.
  • Knowledge of consumer issues, rights, and protections helpful.
  • Solid research skills.
  • Ability to plan events.
  • Detail-oriented and able to work well with multiple deadlines.
  • Super organized.
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and a sense of humor. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite. Proficiency in Excel a plus.
  • Ability to update Web site using content management system helpful. Background in WordPress a plus.

Salary based on experience and education, competitive with other nonprofit public interest organizations. Excellent benefits, including 401(k), flex time, annual and sick leave, and all federal holidays. NCL is an equal opportunity employer.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to LifeSmarts Program Assistant, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747/email: jobs@nclnet.org

 

Internships

Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern

Child Labor Policy Intern

Communications Intern

LifeSmarts Intern

Health Policy Intern

The National Consumers League, a progressive consumer advocacy organization, seeks staff members who have a strong commitment to public interest work. NCL is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. 

To apply for any of our available positions, please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to jobs@nclnet.org.

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Internships

Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with a nonprofit advocacy group. The League is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research related to its public policy, telecommunications and anti-fraud campaigns.  Such projects include researching and drafting content for NCL’s campaign websites, drafting fraud and telecommunications-related content for NCL’s LifeSmarts competition, assisting in organizing a national anti-fraud conference, and helping to coordinate meetings of the Alliance Against Fraud (AAF), a national coalition of non-profit, government, and private sector organizations dedicated to fighting Internet and telemarketing fraud.This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about a variety of public policies affecting consumers, particularly regarding consumer fraud;
  • Become familiar with the agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders active in combating consumer fraud;
  • Understand coordination and management of a national coalition; and
  • Be involved in initiatives that advance the public interest and help keep millions of consumers safe from scams and con artists.


In addition, a National Consumers League public policy, telecommunications and fraud internship provides the following areas of experience:

  • Because the League's staff is small, interns are an integral part, and are given responsibilities outside of their research duties, including:  keeping project files up-to-date and providing limited office support (occasional data input, mailing, and filing).
  • The League requires from its staff and its interns a high level of oral and written communication skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues.


Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email: intern@nclnet.org.

 

Child Labor Policy Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League (NCL) seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with the Child Labor Coalition (CLC), a 31-member group that serves as a national network for the exchange of information about child labor; provides a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation; and develops informational and educational outreach to the public and private sectors to combat child labor abuses and promote progressive initiatives and legislation. The CLC has both a U.S. and international focus. 

The intern will assist with ongoing CLC projects and research related to our work. The CLC’s domestic agenda includes several related initiatives to strengthening protections for working youth, with specific focus on children working as migrant and seasonal farmworkers, child trafficking for sex work and forced labor, and children in other worst forms of child labor.

This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about child labor issues, both international and domestic;
  • Become familiar with various non-governmental groups and relevant government agencies, and their role in addressing child labor issues;
  • Attend congressional hearings and briefings and work with congressional offices;
  • Practice social media skills;
  • Write for the public;
  • Understand coordination and management of a national coalition; and
  • Be involved in international campaigns on child labor and basic education for all children.

In order to succeed in this internship, interns should possess superior skills in the following areas:

  • Communication skills. Interns must possess high level oral and written communication skills. Interns will be asked to write blogs and articles.
  • Research skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues. We are also in constant need of web site updates and basic statistical “facts about” lists.

A typical day might include attending a meeting with other NGO groups, writing a blog, conducting internet research, working to expand our social media outreach, and providing web site updates.

Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

NCL is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards.

Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Child Labor Policy Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006 or via email:reidm@nclnet.org.

 

Communications Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with a nonprofit advocacy group. The League is a national membership organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards. 

The communications department of the NCL is looking for an intern with good communications and marketing skills. The intern’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Marketing NCL publications and promoting NCL's consumer education materials. This will include calling former buyers, finding prospective buyers, and publicizing publications in the media.
  • Press Releases Drafting press releases to help promote publications, and possibly, for other NCL events.
  • Communications Materials Writing and gathering information for an NCL press packet.
  • Press Files Maintaining clips and releases.
  • Press Outreach Checking existing lists for accuracy by calling reporters.
  • General Outreach Conducting outreach with members and answering general consumer questions.

Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Communications Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email: intern@nclnet.org

 

LifeSmarts Intern Full or Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated summer intern to support the LifeSmarts program. The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research in support of LifeSmarts. This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Develop LifeSmarts materials such as study aids to be posted at www.lifesmarts.org.
  • Write questions for the LifeSmarts online quiz and live competitions.
  • Work on special projects such as LifeSmarts program outreach, recruitment of state coordinators, and assessment of the program.
  • Work with NCL’s other summer interns to prepare for the upcoming LifeSmarts program year.
Internships are unpaid and interns will work out of NCL’s headquarters in downtown Washington, DC.  We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

This internship is only available to members of the LifeSmarts Alumni Association. If you are interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to intern@nclnet.org and include “LifeSmarts summer intern” in the subject line.

Health Policy Intern Part Time

The National Consumers League seeks a motivated intern interested in consumer safety and advocacy. The nation’s oldest consumer organization, the League is a national organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad on issues including telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, and fair labor standards.

The intern will assist NCL staff with ongoing projects and research, related to consumer education and outreach around a variety of health issues, including general health education, health reform, health information technology, and medication safety. 

The intern will assist NCL staff with research, outreach, legislative and regulatory tracking, and in the development of materials ranging from blog posts to consumer education pieces. 

This internship will provide an opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about current health policy issues;
  • Become familiar with various health care organizations, including government agencies; and
  • Understand coordination and management of collaborative efforts such as meetings, joint letters, and coalitions.


In addition, a National Consumers League health policy internship provides the following areas of experience:

  • Because the League's staff is small, interns are an integral part, and are given responsibilities outside of their research duties, including: keeping project files up-to-date and providing limited office support (occasional data input, mailing, and filing).
  • The League requires from its staff and its interns a high level of oral and written communication skills. Interns are frequently called upon to write brief reports for NCL staff to provide background information on various issues.


Internships are unpaid. We ask that interns make a minimum time commitment of eight weeks, spending at least 20 hours per week working at the League. Of course, we welcome longer time commitments. Work hours per week are flexible for longer-term assignments. Our goal is to tailor your internship to suit your specific needs. The League is happy to consider the particular interests of applicants and will develop specific projects, complete paperwork, etc., as needed for class credit.

Please submit cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Health Policy Intern, NCL, 1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20006, fax: 202-835-0747, email:intern@nclnet.org