Marijuana Policy / Community Organizing Intern – Los Angeles, CA

The Drug Policy Alliance has an immediate opening for a Marijuana Policy & Community Organizing Intern.

Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization devoted to minimizing the harms associated with both drug misuse and the laws and policies that derive from the war on drugs. DPA’s eight offices across the country pursue these goals nationwide through impact litigation, legislative drafting, and advocacy on behalf of public health interventions that address the problems associated with substance abuse at the individual, family and community levels. For more information, visit

The Position

The DPA office in Los Angeles, CA is looking for students who are interested in contributing to creating real alternatives to the war on drugs as part of a small office team. Projects will focus on, but not limited to, state-wide coalition and base-building in support of marijuana legalization and will include logistics research, planning, and outreach for a series of large-scale community conversations, which DPA will host in July and August 2016. Ideal candidates will have a strong ability to function as a team player, be outgoing, enjoy engaging in conversation with people they don’t know, and willing to travel around the state to assist staff with hosting the events. They will also be needed to enthusiastically tackle a variety of projects, employ a variety of critical thinking, analytical and strategic thinking skills, and possess the ability to produce quality work with a minimum of staff supervision.

As a national organization, DPA works on a variety of issues, including (but not limited to) access to substance abuse treatment, including narcotic replacement therapies; provision of harm reduction services, including access to sterile syringes and overdose prevention programs; reduction of drug testing and other pervasive surveillance technologies; eligibility for public benefits for individuals with drug problems or prior drug convictions; lawful use and supply of medical marijuana; adequate treatment of severe and chronic pain; combating the criminalization of pregnant substance abusers; reforming sentencing laws, including advocating for treatment instead of incarceration; and addressing racial disparities in drug laws and sentencing.

The Los Angeles office is seeking an intern who is passionate about Los Angeles and issues related to legalizing marijuana. Applicants should also have a passion and understanding of the foundation of the drug war as a system of social and racial control, and be grounded in the understanding legalizing marijuana is only one aspect of a complicated web of laws and policies that must be changed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work directly with Policy Manager to support the execution of 6 marijuana policy town-hall meetings, and represent the organization at these community events.
  • Research & recommend venues in each municipality
  • Lead event outreach and promotion to recruit audience
  • Assist with media outreach as needed (pitching reporters, writing press releases)
  • Assist in production of communications materials for the campaign
  • Build & compile campaign mailing lists from each event

This position requires you to work directly with our policy manager, providing administrative support and to accompany them on advocacy and civic engagement work.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • An outgoing personality and ease communicating with people
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be able to multitask and prioritize
  • Have strong writing and research skills
  • Have some knowledge of the legislative process and system
  • Have some knowledge of immigration issues
  • Bilingual (English / Spanish) applicants strongly encouraged to apply

Law, public policy, social work and ethnic studies students are encouraged to apply. The ideal intern will be highly organized, have a good sense of humor, be able to work with minimum supervision, and be able to commit to at least 10 hours a week.  This internship requires some travel (potentially a couple overnight trips) and some flexibility to attend events out of town on nights or weekends. In return, the intern will have the chance to work with a highly skilled and fun team of committed people in a unique and professional work environment.


This is an unpaid internship. Interns will have travel to events, including room and board covered by DPA.

Deadline: Ongoing until the position is filled

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter, resume to Morgan Humphrey, Policy Associate at


The Drug Policy Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring those who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.