OSPIRG is an advocate for the public interest. We speak out for a healthier, safer world in which we’re freer to pursue our own individual well-being and the common good.
The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative — they’re just problems that no one should tolerate in an age of great abundance and technological progress. That’s why, with your help, we’re working to find common ground around commonsense ideas.
Currently our team of staff is working to take on some of the state’s most pressing issues like right to repair, health care costs, and consumer protection. Learn more about our organization at https://ospirg.org/about/
Right to Repair: Companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair. Some companies design products to be impossible to repair — such as gluing the battery in a smartphone so it cannot be replaced — or making repair proprietary so that only the manufacturing company can do the repairs. Most companies won’t make the tools, schematics or replacement parts available for sale, so even if repairs can be done by the user or an independent repair business, it’s more challenging and done with suboptimal products. Right to Repair laws require manufacturing companies to make the diagnostic tools, schematics, replacement parts and tools available to the user or a third party available at a fair price.
Make Health Care Work for Oregon: Health care costs too much in this country, not because too many people have access to it, but because the system is simply too expensive. From $1,000 toothbrushes to giant price hikes for simple procedures, unjustifiably high costs are everywhere in the U.S. health care system. And these excessive costs can largely be attributed to widespread waste that doesn’t actually improve quality of care — waste that is estimated to represent a third or more of every dollar we spend on health care. Fortunately, many of the best ways to improve the quality of our health care would also help contain costs.
Consumer Protection: Toys should not be toxic or dangerous, food should not make us sick, and the terms for banking and credit cards should be easy to understand. OSPIRG’s consumer protection campaign works to alert the public to the hidden dangers and scams to ban anti-consumer practice and unsafe products. Working on the development of new rules, institutions, and policies to defend consumers through the economic and political power of special interest groups.
The internship is designed to help train the next generation of public interest leaders by instilling the skills, ethics, and drive it takes to win campaigns. We are looking for people who work hard, communicate effectively, and are dedicated to positive social change; responsibilities include grassroots organizing, media outreach and organizational building. Interns will have the opportunity to develop and execute campaign strategies for winning critical parts of our state-wide efforts. Specific responsibilities include:
- Identifying and organizing businesses, local leaders, and citizens to promote consumer and public interest issues.
- Media outreach: Assist in organizing a press event and writing letters to local papers.
- Running activist phone-banks, and using our network to put pressure on local leaders directly.
- News Watch: Track media for stories and opinion pieces relevant to our campaign and organization.
- Donor Research: Identifying strong supporters and building the organization through grassroots outreach.
- Maintaining reports on local political climate, researching opportunities for OSPIRG to engage.
- Administrative: Help ensure the office and organization continue to run efficiently
- Public hearings: Interns may have the opportunity to write public testimony, attend hearings, and testify.
- Lobby Meetings: During legislative session, most interns have the opportunity to attend lobby meetings.
- Lobby Strategy: Vote tracking, scheduling lobby meetings, petition deliveries.
Interns must work a minimum of 10 hours per week for at least 10 weeks on a regular schedule, as determined at the beginning of the term. Interns must be on time and prepared. They must be able to work independently as well as in groups. This is an unpaid internship; it may be completed for college credit. Internship will be conducted in a hybrid format.
OSPIRG is an equal opportunity employer