This experiential learning program has been designed by Paragon One in collaboration with Greenpeace USA to offer talented students an opportunity to develop and showcase their creative problem solving and critical thinking skills by working on real work projects. The Distributed Organizing Team (DOT) helps engage with supporters and volunteers across the country creating opportunities that allow volunteers to engage with Greenpeace campaigns, organize in their own communities, learn core skills, and build relationships that keep them involved in this work for the long haul. The DOT team uses a distributed model to build and support people's power and scale up to rise to the challenges we face. During the program, students will conduct a benchmarking exercise with national nonprofit organizations and campaigns as well as research the opinions of disability advocates activists in the space to provide the DOT team with suggestions to improve accessibility to website visitors and potential volunteers, and suggest next steps for larger fixes to become the gold standard.
Through this externship, you will have the opportunity to work on real organizational challenges nonprofit organizations face by providing actionable insights and proposing thoughtful strategic solutions. This program will focus on Greenpeace, an independent global environmental campaigning network. You will conduct a detailed comparative analysis of national organizations and campaigns that have successfully catered to differently-abled people and developed unique accessibility solutions. During this externship, you will:
- Familiarize yourself with terminology, concepts, and background involved in accessibility campaigns
- Identify national and global organizations and campaigns from across the world that developed accessibility strategies to include and engage people with physical and cognitive disabilities.
- Analyze volunteer-facing collateral such as websites, promotional materials, and their overall volunteer journey and experience to derive some best practices for accessibility in this space.
- Create an understanding of strategies that can be implemented to improve accessibility throughout Greenpeace
- Create and deliver a compelling presentation highlighting insights and best practices from your research and suggest improvements and next steps for improving accessibility concerning the website and the overall volunteer experience
- Ambitious undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in non-profits, campaign strategy, and inclusivity and accessibility. This program is perfect for students who are interested in learning about promoting accessibility and how to use data to identify viable campaign strategies for a global organization.