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 membership 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; reducing air pollution; addressing the waste from fracking; improving water quality; protecting open spaces; and, reducing our children’s exposure to toxic chemicals. For the most part our work is before the State Legislature, but also touches on administration policy and Congressional affairs.
Qualifications: A passion to get engaged in the political process and to improve our environment. Additionally we seek candidates that can demonstrate excellent research, writing, and communications skills, a desire to learn about state legislative and regulatory processes; enthusiasm, and willingness to tackle new projects.
Work Period: The spring internship runs from January through May. Start and end dates flexible. Position is full-time or part-time (20 hours minimum), depending on intern’s availability. Interns must 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 job title in the subject line. Please include in your letter the hours to which you would commit and the start/end date that works for you, along with specific environmental issues that interest you.
Address: 353 Hamilton Street Albany, NY 12210