Eric Stern ’11
Woodrow Wilson School
Outreach Intern at the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV)
As the NYLCV outreach intern, I was given tremendous responsibility in developing and implementing the organization’s summer outreach plan. I used my familiarity with NYC politics and demographics to help the organization with their goal of making environmental protection a top priority with elected officials, decision-makers and voters by evaluating incumbent performance and endorsing and electing environmental leaders to office in New York State. When looking to increase our volunteer base in the north Bronx, I traveled to a science high school in the district and spoke to students in an environmental justice class. When trying to increase our membership base, I coordinated tabling events at greenmarkets, parks and the annual Heritage of Pride Festival.
When looking for potential new donors, I ran an outreach table at an event for affluent young professionals on the upper west side of Manhattan. When touting our scorecard that objectively rated the environmental records of NY City Council members, I tabled at the gates of City Hall Park to ensure that politicians could see that they were accountable for their votes. No matter the outreach objective, the responsibility for implementation laid with me. As the point person on outreach, it was my task to ensure we had sufficient volunteers and supplies for each initiative. In addition to coordinating the outreach effort, I also engaged in editorial writing, blogging, phonebanking, preparing talking points for media events, writing candidate environmental profiles and editing publications. In summary, interning with the NYLCV was an excellent experience.
New York League of Conservation Voters, New York, NY