Internship Program – Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia

CCL Australia Intern Program – Position Description


Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Australia) Inc. Intern (Unpaid internship/volunteer opportunity)


CCL’s Intern Position is a hands-on experience and aims to: Create the political will and the community will for solutions to address climate change and maintain liveable planet for humans and all other species; Empower citizens and communities to work together to advocate for policies that reduce emissions that are changing our climate and for policies that protect the natural environment from emissions; Provide education, training and support for citizens to understand the problems of climate change and engage in advocacy for effective solutions; Provide and disseminate accurate information on reliable and well-established science of climate change  and mechanisms to reduce emissions; Identify policies, practices technologies and arrangements that contribute to climate change and work for solutions; Adopt and promote a nonpartisan cooperative approach to advocate for policies and practices for climate solutions.

CCL Australia is a national nonpartisan non-profit undertaking civics and citizenship education through ‘citizen lobbying’ activities.  This intern position’s purpose is to support the expansion of CCL across Australia and to support CCL volunteers in their work with CCL.

INTERN POSITION REPORTS TO:  CCL Australia Inc. Management Group; National Coordinator Canberra, ACT; Policy Working Group Coordinator, Sydney NSW; and the Regional Coordinator in your State or Territory.

SCHEDULE/TIME COMMITMENT:  Interns will complete 2 days or 10 hours per week for 2-3 months  – up to a further 3 months can at times be offered –  generally weekdays 9 – 2pm  (can vary).

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES (varies by location):

  • Learn and participate in CCL advocacy methodologies and monthly video conferences
  • Learn how to make appointments with members of parliament and participate in those meetings: and then coach volunteers in this process
  • Annual conference planning and promotion (event planning)
  • Research on energy policy, economics, parliamentary records, health effects of climate change, etc.
  • Data entry using Salesforce – CRM (Confidentiality agreement required)
  • Parliamentary research for biographies and meetings
  • Cross checking field reports, uploading data to website, etc
  • Assist with outreach follow up for prospective volunteers, monitor progress and provide training support
  • Edit and improve existing training and outreach multimedia materials


  • Passion for environmental advocacy; Interest in government and political science; Work collaboratively and meet deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs, Internet, email and webinar functions
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be registered as CCL Australia members (free) while volunteering


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with attention to details and timeliness
  • Phone skills to include upbeat tone and active listening abilities
  • Writing, proof reading and research skills

As a grassroots organisation, CCL interns are unpaid.  Interns at city locations are supervised and trained by CCL core volunteers who are members of the CCL Australia management team.  CCL does not provide Workers Compensation Insurance for interns or volunteers. Internship may have both remote/virtual responsibilities as well as outreach activities at various locations. We do not suggest relocating for this unpaid internship and we do not provide any housing or relocation assistance. We do provide assistance up to $500 for conference related travel and shared accommodation expenses, free conference entry, and a small ‘thank you’ stipend.