Meet new people, get involved in your community, learn important skill, and make a difference on the issues that matter. Interns take on a leadership role within a campaign, and in many cases are able to receive course credit for their work.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Call on Subway to Save Antibiotics.
Tell Subway to stop buying meat from producers who overuse antibiotics in their factory farms, a main factor in the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. -Put on educational events to inform people about the public health consequences and collect petitions to send to the restaurant itself.
Advocate for Open Source Textbooks.
Meet with faculty members about using open-source textbooks to save students thousands of dollars. As textbook prices continue to skyrocket, play your part in promoting less costly education.
Fight Poverty in Your Community Through Music.
Help to run this year’s “Play for Change” campaign to put on music and performance events to raise funds for local poverty relief agencies as well as organize service trips to lend a helping hand.
Build a Sustainable Campus and World.
Run petition and letter writing drives to elected officials to get New Brunswick on the way to 20% solar power by 2025. -Host events like smoothie stations that run on solar power to educate people about the benefits of clean energy.
Improve your public speaking and writing skills, and learn how to work with the media to get media coverage. Get experience speaking in front of groups and advocating a position one-on-one.
Learn the basics of running a campaign - recruiting a training volunteers, generating grassroots support (petitions, letters, calls), building coalitions, organizing large events, campaign strategy, and basic lobbying.
Learn how to run meetings, work with teams, plan large events, develop other leaders, manage volunteers, and manage your time.
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Work on important issues, learn valuable skills, get hands-on experience, and make a difference.
"NJPIRG was one of the first organizations to reach out to me when I became Cook Campus Dean. I have been impressed by their initiative and enthusiasm ever since and feel strongly that NJPIRG both enhances and expands Rutgers academic mission by connecting students to timely issues and providing important and relevant leadership opportunities."
Dr. Rick Ludescher, Cook Campus Dean for Undergraduate Education
"From voter registration to energy conservation to anti-hunger campaigns, frew organizations engage so many students in important challenges, as well as in local communities and the university, as the PIRG student chapter. They get results."
Dr. Matt Matsuda, College Avenue Campus Dean
"I have greatly enjoyed working with NJPIRG as an academic advisor to public service internships. This is an excellent learning experience for students. In their reports, many comment on the advantages of peer learning and being able to make a contribution to society as they enrich their own education. The skills of group work, the importance of reliability, and the advantage of taking initiatives are all displayed more readily in internships than in class learning."
Professor Briavel Holcolmb, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy