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MAPS recruits interns in the following general areas; start times and durations are variable, depending on our current needs and the qualifications and schedules of our strongest applicants:
For more details on each position, please see the full descriptions below.
We are now accepting applications for 2014. If you would like to be considered, please read the information below completely to ensure that you understand the requirements, and fill out our online application form.
All positions are unpaid, and unless otherwise noted, interns must be willing and able to travel to Santa Cruz, CA, where our administrative office is based. Interns are expected to work an average of two days a week, unless other arrangements are made for a particular position, and as members of our office staff, interns are given a discount on MAPS merchandise, and access to our staff library.
We are unfortunately unable to offer housing assistance at this time, and our most successful past interns have taken quite a bit of initiative in this regard. Our office is small, tight-knit, and passionate about the work we are doing, and our interns are a vital infusion of outside energy and new ideas. We are always excited to meet you; we will do our best to give you work that excites you in turn; and we will happily provide a reference when the time comes for you to leave. We will also work with any interns who are currently enrolled as university students to receive credit for their time with us -- as long as they assume the initial responsibility for figuring out the requirements for their institution -- but it is not a requirement that applicants be current students. A diversity of ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Our needs are constantly changing, so if you do not see any listings that suit you, please check back.
Interns are the lifeblood of our volunteer program, providing vital support that enables our organization to do more than would ever be possible otherwise. Our internship program also provides legal educational opportunities for students who are interested in careers in psychedelic research. Thank you for dropping by, and we look forward to hearing from you!
As our clinical research program grows, so does the associated paperwork, and MAPS needs an enthusiastic, detail-oriented assistant for our Lead Clinical Research Associate in order to keep us ahead of the game. Administrative and clerical tasks must not be beneath you, but at the same time, research projects and the ability to quickly learn clinical jargon must be well within your grasp. This position is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the clinical trial process, and as your knowledge of our projects grows, you may be asked to update clinical tracking documents, create tracking spreadsheets, and edit protocol-related documents.
As the principal worldwide resource for up-to-date information on psychedelic research, our website, Bulletin, and Email Newsletter are vital to our success, and a lot of work goes into making sure they meet our standards. This position can involve writing, research, coding, editing, archiving, and other projects assigned by the Director of Communications. Training on internal systems will be provided, but demonstrated communication skills of the highest caliber are required, as is a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and all major web browsers. Experience with science journalism and/or media relations is preferred, as is experience with HTML, CSS, and graphic design. Experience editing and compressing digital video is also a plus. A writing sample is required, in addition to a current resume.
Events and Sales interns assist with the management of our event presence (including our growing Visionary Art Gallery), as well as inventory tracking, eBay and webstore management, social media outreach and promotions, scheduling and booking, and event preparations. The ideal applicant is at home in both the office and the field, and capable of moving between them with ease. Strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, a desire for networking, and a passion for MAPS’ work are required for this position; personal transportation, sales experience, graphic design experience, and detailed knowledge of MAPS’ research are preferred.
Our office serves as the hub for our communications with the rest of the world, and working at the front desk is an excellent way to learn about the latest news in psychedelic research and drug development, provide support to curious callers, get to know our office staff and the wider MAPS community, and gain non-profit administrative skills that will enhance your resume. The ideal candidate for this position is not only passionate about the work we are doing, but also highly organized, accountable, and capable of maintaining a friendly and helpful attitude while working with a variety of people.
Thank you for your commitment, and good luck!