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Apply for our Spring Organizing Internship!

Left to right: Former interns Alex Hastings (Fall 2014), Sophie Lasoff (Fall 2013), and Ian steaming through mailings at the office (awwww!) 

Are you part of a fossil fuel divestment or prison divestment campaign?  Working on a project for your university to invest more responsibly?

The Responsible Endowments Coalition is looking for a part-time Organizing Intern to join us this spring!  The Intern will work 10-15 hours each week from early February through mid-May from our office in downtown Brooklyn, with flexibility around start and end dates, as well as the option of working a portion of the weekly hours remotely.  Intern duties will include:

  • Outreach to students and allies

  • Contributing to the development of national organizing strategies, especially around fossil fuel reinvestment and prison divestment

  • Assistance with fundraising, including crowdsourcing, mailings, and grant editing/writing

  • Online organizing including website and social media maintenance

  • Endowment research

  • Generating organizing resources like handouts and newsletters

  • Internal record keeping and databasing

  • Coordination and support of conferences and events

We are looking for a current college student or recent college grad. Preference will be given to applicants organizing a divestment or responsible investment campaign, though all are encouraged to apply.

The Responsible Endowments Coalition is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, working-class and low-income persons, LGBTQ persons, differently-abled people, and other people from diverse backgrounds. People from these and other traditionally marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply to all jobs and internships.

The intern must be based in NYC. This position will be paid at $10/hour.

Applications will be accepted until January 23rd, or until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to, with the subject “Spring Internship Application”.  Any questions can also be directed to Lauren or Ian at

REC is a network of students and other members of university communities, working towards responsible investing in higher education.  We focus on divestment and reinvestment campaigns; community investment; and shareholder engagement strategies.  REC is supported by four full-time staff.



Join our Board of Directors

REC is looking for people interested in joining our Board of Directors. The Board supports the work of the Responsible Endowments Coalition and provides mission-aligned leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by REC’s executive director Marcie Smith, the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as she develops and implements REC’s central priorities, theory of change, and strategic plan. 

  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by REC for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings 

  • Approving REC’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities 

  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED

  • Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members 

  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out 

  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments 

  • Representing REC to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization 

  • Ensuring REC’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities REC serves



REC Board Members will consider REC a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that REC can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, REC expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Board terms/participation

REC’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.


This is a valuable opportunity for an individual who is passionate about REC’s mission and ideally has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector 

  • A commitment to and understanding of REC’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience 

  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals 

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of REC’s beneficiaries


Service on REC’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

Click here to apply

The deadline to apply is Monday, December 5th, 2014 by 5pm. 

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