International internships in this progressive field include hands on project management of a wide range of environmental initiatives and activities. In your internship, you could have the opportunity to reach out to individuals, media outlets, organizations, and decision-makers to build visibility and gain their support for various environmental causes. Take a look at our sample list of placements to get a good idea of what our environmental internship entail, and what kind of an adventure you could be having.
This is an internship with a world heritage institute that focuses on issues of national park environmental management. This organization is attached to Australia's largest university and hosts a range of research projects specifically identifying, initiating, and coordinating a wide range of environmental research. The research will be specifically on climate change and environmental policy. Their main goal is to drive improved conservation, community, and sponsor engagement. Three major concepts that the firm focuses on include: coping with climate change, healthy ecosystems and communities, and effective buffer zone.
Ideal Candidate: Environmental studies or sciences major with strong research and writing skills. Suitable for someone seeking policy experience and interest in Environmental politics areas. An intern will join their research team and assist in various tasks related to grant writing and organizational management.
Non-Profit NGO Conservation Organization in New South Wales
This non-profit, non-government organisation represents
more than 120 community environment groups across NSW. It has a strong reputation for leading effective action and influencing the direction of environment protection in NSW. The organization strives to achieve an ecologically sustainable society through advocacy, education, research and community empowerment. This organization is dedicated to protecting and conserving NSW’s wildlife, landscapes and natural resources and believes that biodiversity is at the heart of addressing some of our greatest challenges, from climate change and water shortages, to dealing with natural disasters, improving human health and building a sustainable society. The goal of this organization is to conserve the environment of NSW. Specifically, this organization aims to conserve and protect:
-the diversity of living plants and animals in NSW, especially rare and threatened species;
-NSW’s unique ecosystems, from the western arid lands to the eastern coastline; and
-the environmental quality of NSW’s land, air, urban environment, waterways and adjacent sea.
Intern responsibilities could vary from project staff support, campaign assistance to environmental research.
Ideal Candidate: The work would suit environmental science/studies student and graduates with an interest in environmental issues
This placement is with an environmental law firm that works with Aboriginal people in Sydney and along the East Coast to protect their environment. They are looking for an intern to assist in developing new funding models for conservation lands. Tasks may include:
*Undertake financial analysis
*Identify costs and environmental externalities of a sand-mining enterprise, and any net profit and/or loss.
*Develop concepts in a feasibility study that will draw investment from both government and non-government parties.
*Identify and work within cultural, environmental, and financial constraints.
Ideal Candidate: 1. Be self-‐motivated, eager to learn and work independently and with others to resolve particular issues at hand. Interns will not be closely supervised and will be expected to proactively problem solve and undertake their own research to address the issues involved in the projects;
2. Work cooperatively with other staff volunteers
3. Undertake tasks in a manner that enhances the reputation of our firm
4. Multi-‐task effectively and adapt to priorities as they arise.
This Government run advocacy and community resource center is responsible for maintaining an environmental sustainable community development in the Sydney suburb of Manly Beach. Interns with a background in environmental policy and community development will obtain firsthand experience with the interaction between private business and local government in sustainable practices.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a background and passion for environmental sustainability and responsible building.
A national environmental NGO based in Washington is looking for an legislative intern to help in the fight for environmental policy reform! Students with a passion for environmental preservation and politics will find this placement to be an amazing introduction to legislative lobbying and research in the nation's capital. Government/Policy or environmental majors are encouraged to apply for this role, which will see them advocating in the halls of congress!
Ideal Candidate: 3rd year public policy, government, or environmental student with good research skills, writing ability, and a passion for environmental preservation.
This international environmental organization is based in Washington,D.C. with branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuhan. Founded in 1996 by a group of scientists and professionals concerned with China's environmental problems, the company aims to ensure a healthy global environment and continued economic development by helping China solve its environmental problems. Interns conduct research on environmental issues related to China, contribute to research papers and reports, and attend some seminars/meetings, etc. in town and submit summary reports from these events.
Ideal Candidate: Public Policy, International Relations, or Environmental Advocacy majors with research and advanced writing skills should apply.
This organization acts as a strong advocate on a broad range environmental issues, including promoting energy efficiency, protecting our open spaces, cleaning up our air and water, and to advancing global warming solutions. They speak out and take action at the local, state, and national levels to protect our precious natural resources.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate should have commitment to environmental causes. Strong writing and analytical skills are needed for this role as well as the ability to speak persuasively. A great attitude is key for this position as well.
This non-profit organization's campaign aims to cut America's oil consumption by stopping destructive and dirty fossil fuels and promoting real solutions such as smart transportation systems, clean cars, and clean, renewable energy that won't run out. Interns will provide support to all aspects of the campaign, including its three sub-campaigns: dirty fuels, green transportation, and green fleets & electric vehicles. Past job activities have included conducting research and writing, assisting in outreach efforts, organizing program activities and events, preparing educational materials, providing administrative support, and contributing to program blogs and social media.
Ideal Candidate: Prospective interns will need excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrated ability to research complex issues; be able to gather and synthesize complex information and communicate it in a clear and concise manner. Strong attention to detail and experience with grassroots organizing and campaigns is a plus. Above all the candidate must be enthusiastic about ending America’s oil addiction!
This non-profit organization is the nation’s leader in grassroots environmental litigation. This program develops and prosecutes the legal strategies for their nationwide grassroots campaigns. The cases center on promoting smart energy solutions, building safe and healthy communities, and protecting America’s legacy.
Ideal Candidate: A law student interested in public interest, environmental litigation to work on all aspects of litigation, including undertaking legal research, preparing written memorandum, and conducting factual investigation. Depending on the cases to which the interns are assigned, students may also draft notice letters, briefs and other pleadings, attend court appearances, and work on discovery.
Organizing and Policy Intern for Environmental NGO
America's largest and most influential grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the environment is seeking a Policy intern with the following skills:
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Previous organizing experience
- Experience working with diverse groups
- Comfort using online tools, specifically google docs
Ideal Candidate: Excellent writing and editing skills
- Previous organizing experience
- Experience working with diverse groups
- Comfort using online tools, specifically google docs
The Green Building Policy Intern will support this organization's policy database by assisting the technical conversion of policy data to new database, ensuring the accuracy of existing data and researching additional green building policies throughout the world. This policy data is a vital resource to this organization's advocacy efforts and will help green building councils around the world communicate the market uptake of green buildings. The Green Building Policy Internship experience will impart valuable research skills and knowledge of policy making at all levels of government.
Please note that this is an unpaid position and intern must be eligible to receive academic credit.
After completing the program, the intern will be able to:
Demonstrate experience in non-profit workplace and sector
Clearly express concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy
More fully understand the benefits of green building and operations practices
Demonstrate practical experience in structuring research results in a format and style that is accessible to a general audience
Synthesize project data, surveys and qualitative data into a cohesive picture of the green building movement
Internship details include:
Assist in the conversion of policy data to new database
Ensure the accuracy of existing policy data
Develop materials and resources that communicate successful green building policies
Categorize types of green building policies as models for other communities
Project manage the collection of global policy data
Coordinate with other national green building councils around the world
Synthesize and analyze global green building policies
Support this organizations global policy related coalitions and partnerships
Ideal Candidate: Experience in Microsoft Office required, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator strongly preferred
Experience in Adobe Suite preferred, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
Web management and HTML experience highly preferred
Database management experience highly preferred
Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
“My internship was easily the most meaningful in my life. The research I completed goes further than a single line on my resume; the experience has made so many unobtainable professional opportunities available. I can definitively say that I would not be in my current professional status if it were not for the work that I created under the guidance of [my supervisor].
I didn't make copies or coffee; my days were spent almost 100% on research. This internship gave me a project that was mine to put my name on; job interviews as a result are an absolute breeze.
[My supervisors at my internship] are the best people I have ever worked with. Clear with expectations and goals, it was easy to deliver what they needed. When it came down to doing more research and push expectations, I was trusted to take the reins and develop my own project. I was treated like a colleague with much more respect than I was due; I worked side-by-side with colleagues that had a decade of experience on me. It was humbling and valuable to be in this working environment.
I know I will never get another placement like this one. My supervisors treated me as family and repeatedly took me on excursions into the Blue Mountains.. I came very close to staying in Sydney because of how much I enjoyed this placement; I genuinely recommend it to any serious intern that is self driven.”
"Interning in Washington, D.C. through Global Experiences was the best opportunity I had in my life. I worked for a non-profit Environmental Organization working to improve China’s environmental quality and I gained great experience by being able to attend meetings and do research on climate change. Not only did I have a great working experience but I also made friends that I will have for a lifetime and networked with many people. I would recommend anyone to take an internship through Global Experiences because the knowledge gained through working and networking, meeting new people, and being able to go to events was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life and has helped me grow as a person."