Want to find out how you can become a UConnPIRG Intern? Internship opportunities are available for Fall 2015. Apply online and we'll let you know more about our Internship Info Sessions!
Internship Info Sessions:
Monday-Friday 2 PM and 5 PM
Student Union 214
CONNPIRG is a statewide, student-directed, and student-funded advocacy group in CT. We have a 40-year track-record of standing up to powerful special interests and winning concrete victories on campaigns to fight climate change, make college more affordable, and protect public health.
What makes us effective is that students at UConn vote every 3 years to continue funding our advocacy work through the $5 per semester waivable fee. We pool these resources with our CONNPIRG Chapters across the state and hire our own professional staff like advocates, lawyers and organizers. Between our work here on campus and our advocates representing student concerns in Hartford and D.C. we win real results.
Last year, our efforts to reduce the cost of textbooks for students paid off. We got a commitment from the university and passed legislation at the statewide level to promote free online textbooks that will save students hundreds of dollars. On top of that, we helped make Connecticut the first state to adopt a Student Bill of Rights that will protect students with college loans from unfair rip offs. You may also know us from our voter registration efforts – we helped register 1400 students last fall and have big plans for the 2016 elections.
This semester, our priority campaign is to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. We're working to convince Subway, the world's largest restaurant chain, to stop serving meat raised on antibiotics in order to protect public health. We're also working on campaigns to get UConn to go 20% solar by 2025, reduce the costs of textbooks on campus, get big money out of politics, alleviate hunger & poverty in our community, and ban plastic water bottles on campus.
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