Internships that make a difference
Intern with Environment America!
If you want to spend the semester learning how to make a real impact on the decisions that affect the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love, apply for an internship with Environment America. We're taking applications now for summer 2013 internships in Washington D.C. and 29 state across the country.
So, what do interns with Environment America and the State Environment Groups do? Make a real impact on critical environmental issues!
You’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, advocate for smart solutions, and build public support. And you’ll work one-on-one with one of our advocates and organizers, providing a unique, mentored experience.
Responsibilities vary, but you'll do some mix of:
- Researching critical environmental problems and preparing reports to release to the public
- Coordinating and attending media events, like news conferences
- Writing and publishing letters to the editor and working on news releases
- Attending lobby meetings with lawmakers and other decision-makers
- Working with coalition partners, like public health groups and other environmental groups
- Tracking legislation or regulations on the federal or state levels
- Generating public support for our campaigns, such as by collecting petitions or using social media
And you'll attend briefings and trainings to learn more about environmental issues and gain advocacy and organizing skills.
Our internships are unpaid, and we cannot provide housing or travel assistance. We will work with you to secure academic credit from your college or university if that is an option.
What happens after my internship?
Through an internship with Environment America or one of the State Environment Groups you'll get the training and the experience you need to be better prepared for a career in the environmental movement. And each year, we hire passionate, talented and committed college graduates to join our two-year Fellowship Program. Some of our former interns have gone on to become some of our most successful Fellows.
We are looking for current college students who care about our environment and are driven to preserve it for the future. We look for strong leadership skills, academic excellence, problem solving ability, top-notch written and verbal skills, eagerness to learn, and a sense of humor.
We're taking applications now for summer 2013 internships in Washington D.C. and in 29 states across the country. We will start accepting Fall 2013 applications on June 1st.
"From writing letters to the editor to making media calls, I learned something new everyday. What has perhaps been most important for me is the real, tangible impact I have been able to make on the environment."
-Bailey Holtz, Georgetown University student and Environment America intern
"My internship gave me the wonderful opportunity to take part in - and learn about - a variety of aspects of Environment Rhode Island's campaigns, from collecting signatures to planning events to searching for bill co-sponsors. I loved being involved in the process, and feeling that I was making a positive difference in reducing our oil use."
-Natalie Bodington, Brown University student and Environment Rhode Island intern
"I actually got to participate in every aspect of the campaign and see what it is like to be an advocate on a daily basis… It was awesome to actually meet with congressmen and it really made me feel like I was directly involved in the process."
-Angela Kilbert, College of William & Mary Student and Environment America Intern
"The experience I gained through my internship with PennEnvironment has been invaluable. I published letters to the editor and hit the streets to inform the public about a cause I truly believe in. I was lucky to learn from, and work with, a motivated and tireless staff."
-Madelyn Neff, Temple University Student and PennEnvironment intern
"This internship was so much more than I expected. I liked the opportunity to work on substantive things…and found the staff to be so enthusiastic and helpful. The mentor program is a great way for us to…focus on an issue that particularly interested us. All my friends were jealous of my internship."
-Jill Bunting, Harvard University Student and Environment America Intern
- After your fellowship:
- Clean Energy Advocate and Former Fellow, Courtney Abrams
- Clean Water Advocate and Former Fellow, Shelley Vinyard
- Environment Ohio Advocate and Former Fellow, Julian Boggs
- Executive Director, Margie Alt
- Washington D.C. Office Director, Anna Aurilio
- What's it like to be a fellow?