Internship Opportunities

Are you passionate about biking as a means of transportation? Do you want to make a difference in peoples’ lives through improving the built environment and increasing safety on our streets? Do you want to learn or teach others how to repair bikes? Apply for an internship with the Boston Cyclists Union!

Interning at the Bike Union is a great way to gain experience in urban planning and active transportation, or non-profit management, while having a direct impact in the neighborhoods we serve. Every intern learns a wide variety of skills, from how to run large-scale campaigns for better biking, to managing data and communications. The Union also offers opportunities to meet new people and connect with the bike culture 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 and how to fix them.

The Bike Union is looking for candidates with skills and interests in the following fields: 

  • Urban Planning/GIS/Research and Data Analysis
  • Non-Profit Development/Graphic Design/Communications
  • Bike Repair and Program Management

All interns at the Bike Union share some responsibilities (for example: data entry) but an intern’s specific area of interest and skills determine the primary focus of their work. Read below for the descriptions of each position.

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Interns may help with petitions, traffic counts and other data collection related to advocacy campaigns. Photo Credit: Jackie Ricciardi, BU

Urban planning/GIS/Research and Data Analysis Intern: Interns with this focus will work primarily on our Bikeways for Everybody campaign, and other advocacy efforts to organize and lobby for safer streets and better infrastructure throughout the Boston area. They’ll attend public meetings about road reconstruction projects and meet with professional planners and transportation engineers. They’ll help with policy research and data collection and analysis, and learn how grassroots organizing can be leveraged to improve our streets.

Experience in GIS, data analysis and knowledge of urban planning strongly desired.

Non-profit Development/Graphic Design/Communications: Interns with this focus will assist staff in developing and implementing communications strategies directed at various demographic groups (our members, non-members, neighborhoods, public officials, etc.) using email, social media, flyers, posters, videos, and creation of additional campaign collateral. Membership analysis and engagement as well as event planning and business partner development are additional areas where these interns can focus their time and energy.

Experience in Adobe CS strongly prefered.

Bike Repair and Program Management: Interns with this focus will work primarily on our Bike to Market program, and our brand new indoor repair programs in our new Community Bike Workshop (to be opened this April!). They’ll assist staff in managing and executing the Bike Union’s repair programs, and work in our workshop learning and teaching bike repair, as well as attend Bike to Market events around Boston during the Summer. These interns will also help with Neighborhood outreach to increase awareness of our free repair programs and bike workshop.

Experience performing basic bike maintenance and repairs strongly prefered.

Volunteers at Bike to Market, Summer 2016

Volunteers and interns at Bike to Market, Summer 2016

Qualifications for all interns:

  • Commitment to the Union’s mission of promoting biking as a means of transportation. 
  • Happy to work in a small tight-knit team in 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 day in the office each week, two or more preferred.

Bonus Points for:

  • Fluency in Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Spanish, or Vietnamese.
  • Sales, customer service, or fundraising experience.
  • Familiarity with common office technology (i.e. PCs, Macs, printers, etc.)
  • Familiarity with biking.
  • Knowledge of the Boston metro area.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to internships@bostoncyclistsunion.org.

The information you send should include your desired focus, which period (spring or summer), 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.