West Street Recovery, a grassroots disaster recovery organization based in Northeast
Houston that was formed in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey and whose work is rooted in racial and environmental justice, is seeking up to two Interns for Spring 2022.
WSR is horizontally governed and makes decisions through consensus. This means that any applicant should expect to contribute to day to day and long term tactics and strategy decisions. Horizontal structure is empowering but also requires participants to be self motivated, able to set priorities and work schedules, make decisions, and know when to ask questions.
Responsibilities of 2022 interns:
We are seeking up to two interns to support our community organizing and advocacy efforts to improve drainage, resilience, and disaster preparedness in Northeast Houston. Interns will be an integral part of weekly meetings with the Northeast Action Collective (NAC), the community group WSR works with and helps to facilitate. The exact role of each intern will be shaped collaboratively between WSR working groups and the person we hire based on interest and experience, but will include some of the following:
● Meeting participation and support including note taking, technical assistance, facilitation, and outreach
● Attend weekly staff meetings
● Support Northeast Action Collective (NAC) weekly community meetings
● Community disaster preparedness projects: assemble disaster supplies, develop
● Political actions and advocacy: drainage campaigns with city and county, planning
protests and actions
Government Accountability Research:
● Finding and analyzing government spending data
● Researching environmental justice civil rights violations of municipal governments
● Summarizing key findings and producing infographics
● Presenting findings to community meetings and staff
● Help edit and write newsletter, blog posts
● Design, caption, and post social media content
● Produce and edit short videos
Compensation and terms:
WSR has a budget to support compensation for each intern per month and will determine pay rate, time commitment and hours based on experience and availability of applicants. Interns will work a maximum of 50 hours per month, and the position lasts from February 1, 2022 until May 31, 2022. We will accept strong applicants with slightly less availability.
● NAC community meetings (Wednesday evenings, 1-2 hours long between 4-8 pm)
● Strong reading and writing skills
● Over 18
● Commitment to Social Justice and Racial Equity
● Bilingual in English and Spanish
● College or Graduate student studying social sciences, history, or public health
● Able to drive
● Available Wednesday 9am-11am
Please apply by emailing a resume and a short cover letter to
Connect@weststreetrecovery.org The deadline to apply is February 1, 2022. But we will
review applications as they arrive.