Intern with Environment America in D.C.

Apply today for an internship protecting the environment.

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We delivered more than 40,000 comments to the EPA to cut mercury pollution.

Environment America tackles the most profound problem of our time: a way of living that is destroying the natural world.

We’re advocates for energy conservation and renewable power, so we can keep oil in the ground and stop burning fossil fuels. We’re champions of plastic reduction, so nothing we use for a few minutes is allowed to pollute our oceans for centuries. And we’re defenders of wildlife and wild places, both for their own sake as well as the awe and wonder they bring to our lives.

Environment America’s national network of 30 state environmental groups work to improve our quality of life by reducing the pollution and other harms of how we produce, consume and dispose of more and more stuff. And we do it one step at a time, by winning results for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife, open spaces, and a livable climate that make a tangible difference in people’s lives and our environment.

We’re hiring interns for our federal team. All positions are unpaid and can be in person, hybrid or remote. Apply here today.

As an intern with Environment America:

  • You’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win.
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our advocates, learning the ropes.
  • You’ll learn how to track legislation, lobby members of Congress, and write persuasive letters to the editor, social media posts and web updates on our campaigns.
  • And you’ll attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skills.

Our current federal campaigns and projects include:

Save America’s Wildlife: From the littlest bee to the largest whales, America’s wildlife is at risk. As a federal intern, you’ll learn how to track wildlife bills in Congress, create appealing social media content and web updates that drive people to take action in support of wildlife, attend congressional hearings and assist our advocates in lobby meetings and other projects.

Let Trees Grow: The trees that make up our forests are some of the oldest living things on Earth. These forests provide crucial habitat for thousands of species and limitless opportunities for recreation, exploration and wonder. What’s more, our forests absorb and store carbon dioxide, which makes them crucial allies in our race against climate change. Amidst our current biodiversity and climate crisis, the destruction of older forests and trees is the embodiment of a wasteful, short-sighted mentality. We’re urging President Biden to protect the most valuable trees on our federal land from logging.

Clean Energy Champions: The United States is poised for a decade of supercharged clean energy growth, following new state and local commitments to renewable energy and the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. The Clean Energy Champions intern will assist in Environment America’s effort to cultivate 20 new clean energy champions in Congress, including researching and surveying members of Congress, tracking clean energy news, and learning how to write compelling updates for the media, lawmakers and the public about renewable energy. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend congressional briefings and related events.

Turn off the tap on toxic pollution: From Alabama to Alaska, more than 200 million Americans’ drinking water may be contaminated with PFAS, a class of more than 12,000 toxic man-made substances. The intern will learn how to monitor and evaluate legislation addressing PFAS pollution, draft bill summaries, updates and opinion media, attend congressional briefings and conduct outreach to local and community organizations dealing with PFAS contamination.


Lisa Frank

Executive Director, Washington Legislative Office, Environment America; Vice President and D.C. Director, The Public Interest Network

Lisa directs strategy and staff for Environment America's federal campaigns. She also oversees The Public Interest Network's Washington, D.C., office and operations. She has won millions of dollars in investments in walking, biking and transit, and has helped develop strategic campaigns to protect America's oceans, forests and public lands from drilling, logging and road-building. Lisa is an Oregonian transplant in Washington, D.C., where she loves hiking, running, biking, and cooking for friends and family.

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