ABOUT CIVIC NATION
Civic Nation is a non-profit organization that uses organizing, engagement and public awareness to address some of our nation’s most pressing challenges. We work with public and private partners to build tools and campaigns that turn great ideas into action. Civic Nation houses a growing number of large-scale public awareness and organizing initiatives, including: It’s On Us, The United State of Women, College Promise Campaign, Reach Higher, Better Make Room, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Undivided and #VoteTogether.
ERASE THE HATE INITIATIVE
Civic Nation has developed a new initiative that aims to create a just and inclusive society. A just and inclusive society is defined as a place where members of all communities feel safe and are not the target of policies, words or actions that discriminate based on identity.
In support of this goal, Civic Nation will serve as the exclusive non-profit partner to Erase the Hate, a campaign founded by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment to fight hate and discrimination in America. Powered by one of the country’s most prolific and effective storytellers, Erase the Hate offers a platform and megaphone to those fighting for acceptance, tolerance and inclusion. Erase the Hate-related promos and programming will air on the linear networks and digital extensions of channels in the cable entertainment group, including USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, Universal Kids and E!
Through this partnership, Civic Nation is leveraging the campaign's reach to achieve the following goals:
- Recruit and train volunteers to promote tolerance in their local communities effectively.
- Support cultural influencers (writers, actors, media executives) in their efforts to promote tolerance effectively.
- Increase public denouncements of hate / engagement in promoting inclusivity.
- Prevent justification of violence against at-risk communities; reduce content that increases risk.
- Increase Erase the Hate’s reach for promoting tolerance.
This is an exciting position for someone who is interested in learning about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the ways in which non-profits and CSR teams work together to make the largest impact possible.
- Support the program team in creating a comprehensive plan to build a coalition of national, state and local organizations engaged in work that explicitly or implicitly is geared at ending hate, fostering tolerance, or protecting people against discrimination;
- Research and help maintain a database of national, state and local organizations for Erase the Hate’s website that includes what these organizations do to combat hate, where they are located, how people can volunteer, how people can donate, and upcoming events;
- Help identify people and organizations around the country working to end hate and build tolerance so that their stories can be elevated as part of the Changemaker program;
- Review applicants for the Discretionary Fund;
- Help coordinate Erase the Hate events around the country, which will include identifying the location, partner organizations, timing;
- Assist the campaign program manager as needed.
We are seeking an intern who believes that people deserve equal rights and protections regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability -- and that an important part of advocating for and protecting these rights is culture change through media and grassroots efforts.
- Belief that supporting grassroots organizations is an important way to make change;
- Willingness to do extensive research on organizations engaged in work that explicitly or implicitly is geared at ending hate, fostering tolerance, or protecting people against discrimination;
- Enthusiasm about the potential for a corporate initiative to bolster grassroots efforts;
- Highly organized, efficient, deadline-oriented; and
- Strong writing skills.
For information about the Erase the Hate campaign: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/nbcuniversal-cable-erase-the-hate-civic-nation-campaign-1202585245/
2018 Intern Reflection:
This summer, I am working at Civic Nation and NBCUniversal's relaunched campaign, Erase the Hate. The campaign's goal is to eliminate hate and discrimination in America through both widespread digital, social, and TV platforms and grassroots, community-based efforts.
As an intern, I work closely on many initiatives with the Director and VP of Strategic Partnerships. Currently, the campaign is in the soft-launch period with an upcoming TV launch scheduled for next month (August 2018). During these past weeks, I have helped out with planning for current and upcoming programs including the Change Maker program—a program that highlights the work of organizations and individuals around the country, the Community Partnerships Alliance—a rising coalition of anti-hate groups from America collaborating with us, Community Convenings—local meetings with the public to discuss pressing and community-relevant issues, and content for our TV and digital launch (stay tuned!); generally, during my day-to-day I help with coordinating communications with potential partners, creating materials for presentation, doing research, brainstorming and executing strategy for new initiatives, etc.
While NBCU Cable Entertainment is a part of a large corporation, this campaign is carried by a small group of passionate and driven people who are very experienced in both the public service and entertainment realms. I am most thankful for the people on the team that I have met and gotten to know and the opportunity to work closely with my supervisor especially. In addition, I am constantly moved by the drive and passion that I witness both from the people within the direct campaign team and the many companies and organizations that are helping with Erase the Hate to uplift this campaign.
I believe that this experience is excellent for people who are interested in examining the intersection of politics, public service, nonprofit, etc. with entertainment/media. I would also recommend this internship to people who are excited by learning how a leading media and entertainment company demonstrates corporate social responsibility and uses its megaphone to drive social change. Finally, while I am incredibly grateful that I have gotten to be a part of the pre-launch stages of this promising campaign and hopeful that our plans will come to fruition, I cannot wait to witness how the campaign (and in turn, the future internship position) evolves in the coming months to Erase the Hate.
Eric Cheng '20