Fall and Summer Policy Internships

Term: Fall term: September – December; Summer: May-August

Commitment: Full-time or part-time (20 hours minimum), remote

Compensation: Unpaid, but we can assist in arranging credit for students through their schools.

Who we are: Environmental Advocates NY has 50 years of experience in Albany monitoring all levels of state government, evaluating legislation, and fighting for policies that will benefit the climate, land, water and health of all communities in New York. We build political power through activating advocates, participating in coalitions, and drafting and supporting policies that reduce toxics and pollution in our communities and lead to cleaner air and water for New Yorkers.

Description: Our Summer/Fall internships focus on our environmental campaigns and strategy planning on priority policy areas throughout the summer and fall that help EANY prepare for the legislative session that begins in January.  During the internship, the intern will be intimately acquainted with our policy campaigns, which may include regulatory and educational campaigns. During the internship the intern will learn about the legislative process, how advocacy and activism shape state policy, and an introduction to lobbying.

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 NY. Interns will be engaged in advocacy and campaigns work on regulations, agency oversight and issue specific work with our coalition partners in the areas of clean water, climate justice and healthy communities.

Interns will be placed within one of EANY’s policy teams of climate, water, or healthy communities, based on interest.  Our current policy priority areas include:  climate change and climate justice, clean air and energy, water quality, solid waste, and preventing federal environmental rollbacks.

The intern will be involved in a number of specific tasks, including but not limited to:

  • researching, data collection, and writing documents for various audiences, including fact sheets, talking points, letters, bill memos;
  • helping prepare communication and outreach materials for policy campaigns;
  • participating in internal team meetings, brainstorming sessions, and discussions;
  • campaign planning; coalition building; and advocacy efforts; and
  • lastly, the intern will select a topic or project idea to present at the conclusion of the internship. The internship coordinator and policy mentor will work with the intern to develop a project scope and work plan.

Due to the ongoing health crisis and social distancing requirements, internships will be fully remote. However, interns will still have a robust learning process remotely by receiving one on one engagement with various members of the team as well as scheduled learning sessions on advocacy, lobbying, civics, communications, campaign development and our priority policy areas.

We are deeply committed to equity and are motivated by our vision of a just world and strive to incorporate social justice into all of our policy areas. We value diversity and inclusion and we strive to create a workplace that reflects the values we fight for in the world. People of color, people with disabilities, women, non-binary, and LGBTQ people are especially encouraged to apply.

Please submit resumes to Rachel Patterson at [email protected].

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