Clean The Darn Air

Clean The Darn Air is a grassroots campaign to put a clean-air-and-climate measure on the 2024 ballot in Utah and win by appealing to voters from across the political spectrum. CTDA's clean-air-and-climate proposal is to put $100 million a year into local clean air programs, $50 million a year into rural economic development, eliminate the state sales tax on grocery store food, and pay for it all with a modest carbon tax on the fossil fuels that contribute to local air pollution and global climate change: "Tax pollution instead of potatoes and use the money that’s left over to Clean The Darn Air."

In 2021 and 2022, Clean The Darn Air has been laying the groundwork for the campaign by exploring policy options, expanding networks of supporters, and finalizing campaign plans. In 2023, CTDA will be filing the measure and then gathering 150,000 signatures through Nov 2023 to qualify for the ballot. In 2024, the campaigning begins to win on election day!

Intern Responsibilities

Responsibilities may vary based on the intern's interest and abilities, but main tasks may include: 

  • Assist with filing the ballot measure on Jan 10, 2023
  • Hold public hearings and otherwise go through the preliminaries required before gathering signatures
  • Implement the campaign plan for gathering roughly 150,000 signatures to qualify for the Nov 2024 ballot
  • Coordinating and possibly attending signature-gathering events around the state of Utah 
  • Follow related developments in the 2022 legislative session, including legislation about air quality, climate change, and ballot measures. 
  • Publish regular op-ed pieces in news sources across the state


  • Currently pursuing a degree at the university level
  • Curious, outgoing, and self-motivated
  • Passionate and happy to work with/talk to people across the political spectrum
  • Eager to learn by doing
  • excited about making history by contributing to an all-volunteer ballot measure effort
  • Creative problem solving abilities
  • Ability to complete tasks on time and with high quality
  • Enthusiasm about clean air and climate action is a plus!


  • Internships are for 10+ hours and are unpaid.
  • Dates are flexible but include semester-long as well as summer internships.


Applications & Deadlines

  • Application Process

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. 

    Application Process

    Students may start the application process by completing the IOGP application.