As the leading environmental watchdog, Environmental Advocates of New York offers interns a front row seat and 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 that they will 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.
The intern will tackle a variety of substantive assignments, including: research, writing, lobbying, and coalition building. Environmental Advocates’ current issue areas include protecting the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, climate change, clean air and energy, fracking, water quality and natural resources protection, and other environmental and public health issues. Often the issues are before the Legislature, but some of our policy work is direct advocacy before the executive branch and involvement in Congressional education and outreach.
Qualifications: Demonstrated research, writing, and communications skills; interest in environmental protection and learning about state legislative and regulatory processes; enthusiasm, and willingness to tackle new projects.
Work Period: The summer internship runs from May through August. 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: Our summer internships are unpaid, but 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