Break Free From Plastic

Social Media Intern

This role will support the Break Free From Plastic US Coordination team by developing social media posts and supporting key communication tasks and projects.
Who is Break Free From Plastic?

The #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in 2016, more than 12,000 organizations and individual supporters from around the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. BFFP member organizations and individuals share the common values of environmental protection and social justice and work together through a holistic approach in order to bring about systemic change under the #breakfreefromplastic core pillars. This means tackling plastic pollution across the whole plastics value chain - from extraction to disposal – focusing on prevention rather than cure and providing effective solutions. Read more about us here:

  • Hours: Part-time 5 hours/week (offering a flexible schedule) 
  • Compensation: $20+ per hour (commensurate with experience and location) 
  • Start/End Dates of Internship: 4-5 Months. Approximately late March through August 2024, depending on hiring date, with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding available. 
  • Location: Remote, based in either the U.S. or Canada.

1. Support the BFFP US+Canada Communications Officer in the creation of social media content on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter/X

2. 3-4 hours per week: 

  •  Create the draft image(s) and caption for at least 1 Instagram post per week. 
  • Work with the BFFP US+Canada Communications Officer to identify the highest priority topic and outline the necessary components, including which handles, corresponding URLs, hashtags, etc.,  for featured BFFP Members. 
  •  Conduct necessary outreach with BFFP Members, as determined by the BFFP US+Canada Communications Officer. 
  • Work with BFFP allies to create collaborative posts. 

3. 1-2 hours per week: 

  • Identify posts across platforms for easy resharing, including some with brief captions and/or hashtags.

4. Additional tasks as they come up and are discussed with your supervisor. 

Required Skills
  1. Basic understanding of plastic pollution, including some information about how plastics impact climate change and harm humans, animals, and the environment. 
  2. Experience with social media management and/or content development, ideally emphasizing Instagram. Experience with additional social media platforms would be helpful.
  3. Experience designing graphics and creating reels with Canva, Adobe Suite and/or other image editing software.
  4. Strong writing, editing, and note-taking skills.
Preferred Skills
  1. Background in communications, organizing and/or community outreach 
  2. Experience with Zoom and Google Workspace.
  3. Experience in multicultural environments 
  4. Spanish-language proficiency is a plus
Expected Learning Objectives
  1. Robust knowledge of the plastic pollution cycle, especially focusing on emerging issues and trends, policy measures, corporate campaigns, and key distinctions between “greenwashing” and real solutions
  2. Communications & Digital Strategy development, emphasizing social media
  3. Best practices for social media content creation, metrics and evaluation
  4. Networking skills (our U.S. network has more than 100 organizations, and we are actively supporting the ongoing growth of our membership in Canada)
How to apply

To apply, please send us an email with the subject line “Break Free From Plastic Social Media US Intern Application” to with: 

  1. Your resume 
  2. A cover letter
Equal opportunity

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