Helen M. Chapman Legislative and Policy Internship

As the leading environmental advocate in Albany, Environmental Advocates of New York offers interns a front row seat and highly active role in the policy making process. While learning about a host of environmental issues, we assure our interns that they will see how a bill really becomes a law in New York and will get to work behind the scenes to make it happen. Interns will learn how to draft position memos, lobby, and monitor committee meetings and session of the State Senate and Assembly. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with advocates from other organizations and to engage with the communications and campaign teams here at Environmental Advocates.

Interns will tackle a variety of substantive assignments, including research, writing, lobbying, and coalition building. Environmental Advocates’ current issue areas include acting on climate change; building clean transportation systems; improving water quality and growing healthy communities.

For the most part our work is before the State Legislature, but also touches on local, state and federal administration policy and Congressional affairs.

Qualifications: A passion to get engaged in the political process and to improve our environment. We seek candidates that can demonstrate excellent research, writing, and communications skills, a desire to learn about state legislative and regulatory processes, enthusiasm, and a willingness to tackle new projects.

Work Period: The spring internship runs from January through May. Start and end dates are flexible. Position is full-time or part-time (20 hours minimum), depending on intern’s availability. Interns are asked to maintain a regular schedule.

Compensation: A modest weekly stipend is available, or we can assist in arranging credit for students through their schools.

Application Procedure: Send resume and cover letter to the address below, with the internship title in the subject line. Please include in your letter the hours for which you would commit and the start/end date that works for you, along with specific environmental issues that interest you.

Anti-Discrimination Employer: Environmental Advocates is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy that an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other protected characteristic as established by federal, state or local law is not and will not be considered in any decision regarding filling this position. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Contact Information:

Intern Coordinator
Address: 353 Hamilton Street Albany, NY 12210
Phone:(518) 462-5526
E-mail: kgreen@eany.org