Internships

Winning an internship at the Boston Cyclists Union is a great way to see first hand how a small non-profit can grow and prosper. Small means every intern learns a wide variety of things, from how to track donors and manage tasks to how to run large-scale campaign for better biking. The Union also offers opportunities to meet new people at events that happen every week, or as much as six times a week in the summer time, and of course, you can also learn everything you ever wanted to know about bikes.

The following specialized roles indicate the focus you’d like to have while helping the Union grow into the most amazing bike advocacy group in New England. It helps us designate tasks that suit your interest.

Internships available:

Experience fixing up bikes is not required for any of our internship positions but if you possess those skills, we can certainly put them to good use.

Urban Planning/Organizer intern — The velorution is taking Boston by storm. Every Urban Planning intern is assigned a particular Union campaign they can help out on, whether it be a long-term policy effort, a particular street we’d like to see reconstructed in a more bike-friendly way, or outreach to a particular neighborhood. The complexity of the project and level of leadership is dependent on the intern’s abilities and time availability. Skills learned include building coalitions, volunteer raising, using databases to increase volunteer engagement, engaging with planners, city officials, and electeds, and analyzing plans for possible improvements. Research is also a big part of the job. As with all internships at the Union—the responsibility for other office and event work is shared.

GIS Intern — The Union is looking for an individual with GIS mapping experience.  The GIS intern will be responsible for creating and publishing maps and images for our website and newsletter. Duties include:

  • Collecting and geocoding mode use, demographic and incident data

  • Conducting spatial and statistical analyses

  • Administrating web map applications

Experience in GIS software required (current GIS students may apply). Coursework and/or experience in statistics, spatial analysis and design software (Adobe CS) strongly preferred but not required. Research is also a big part of the job. As with all internships at the Union—the responsibility for other office and event work is shared.

Membership and Development Intern — Membership is what drives the Union forward, and the Membership/Development intern helps build this most sustainable of resources for change. Responsibilities include planning events (from free breakfasts and networking events to helping out with large fundraising galas), overseeing member intake, and answering emails from our members. You’ll also hunt new opportunities for member discounts, help establish partnerships with local businesses, and research grants. If you love to meet people and be social, this may be the role for you. Research is also a big part of the job. As with all internships at the Union—the responsibility for other office work is shared.

Hypemaster Intern — Do you love social media, like to write, handy with still and video cameras? Can you make awesome flyers for events? The Union is the second most liked Boston bike organization of any kind on Facebook (even we like Hubway!) and maintains a Twitter account, a blog, and puts out the well read Union Rider newsletter once a month or more. In the spring of 2013, the Union plans to begin publishing a print version of the Union Rider. Skills learned will include how to write as a reporter, the use of social media and Hootsuite, WordPress, Adobe InDesign, and more. Of course, skills in all these areas as well as a good eye for photos/videos and Photoshop are preferred. As with all internships at the Union—the responsibility for other office and event work is shared.

Design Intern — The Union has a brand and a look and raises significant funds for better biking with the sale of merchandise, by looking good and by selling out major fundraising galas. The design intern helps drive the merchandise, fundraising, and party strategies by creating things like T-shirts, stickers, pint glasses, beautiful flyers and mail appeals, and informational brochures that are key aides in better biking campaigns. If you are proficient with the Adobe CS suite and have a very good eye for design, you have the power to greatly benefit the Union’s mission of promoting the bicycle in the Boston area. As with all internships at the Union—the responsibility for other office and event work is shared.

Bike to Market intern — Bike to Market is the Boston Cyclists Union’s premier public health and service program. It is designed to be a social connector and affordable bike repair services for low-income communities in Boston and Somerville and also helps tie new cyclists in to the wider bike movement. The Bike to Market internship does not require bike mechanic skills—but does require an enthusiasm for learning those skills and interacting with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. In Spring and Winter this intern is involved in planning, promoting and coalition-building. In Summertime they are out in the sun working on bikes, organizing new volunteers, talking to people about bike safety or otherwise having an amazing time. As with all internships at the Union—the responsibility for other office and event work is shared.

Qualifications for all interns:

  • Commitment to the Union’s mission of promoting the bicycle.

  • Happy to work in a small tight-knit team for a rapidly growing organization.

  • Organized and self motivated.

  • Ability to solve problems and work without direct supervision when necessary

  • Residence within the greater Boston area.

  • Must be able to spend at least one full day (10am-6pm) in the office each week.

Bonus Points for:

  • Fluency in Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Cape Verdean Crioulo, Haitian Kreyól, Mandarin, Spanish, or Vietnamese.

  • Sales, customer service, or fundraising experience.

  • Bike mechanic skills.

  • Tech savvy of all kinds.

  • City planning or bike advocacy background.

  • Experience or expertise in GIS

  • Familiarity with biking.

  • Knowledge of Boston.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to angela@bostoncyclistsunion.org. The information you send should include the internship for which you are applying, which period (spring, summer, or winter), your availability (hours per week and days, evenings or weekends available), your academic and career goals, the skills and experience you possess and their relevancy to the internship you are applying for.

Internships are unpaid but we are happy to help students earn academic credit for their work. Interns who leave the organization in good standing may request a letter of recommendation from our staff.