Internships in DC

Now Accepting applications for 2015

Thank you for your interest in a Sierra Club internship. With over 1.4 million members, the Sierra Club is one of our nation's largest grassroots conservation organizations. We seek to accomplish our mission statement, to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth, through active education and promotion of the responsible use of the Earth's ecosystems.

Pivotal in this endeavor, the Washington DC Legislative office concentrates on monitoring legislative activities and public policy decisions of environmental concern, while also educating Congress, the public, and Sierra Club members regarding the quality of the natural environment.

Our year-round issue internships provide a hands-on opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the field of environmental protection and the specific role that the Sierra Club plays in it. An intern may be expected to conduct research, gather and analyze information, help develop background information on a specific issue, write summaries and fact sheets, and prepare briefing materials, among many other tasks. D.C. Office Interns also learn firsthand how Congress works and the role of other non-governmental organizations in Washington as they help prepare Congressional testimony, accompany staff on visits to Congressional offices and monitor Congress. Interns are selected on the basis of their interests, education and experience in related fields. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in conservation work and have good communication and writing skills. Our intern rotations are in the fall, winter/spring, and summer.

The Washington DC Legislative office of the Sierra Club offers issue internships in the following areas only:

 

Advancement/Major Gifts Fundraising: The Sierra Club Advancement team builds the resources necessary to support Sierra Club's groundbreaking campaigns to fight climate disruption, and protect wildlands and wildlife. The Advancement team is looking for two interns interested in non-profit fundraising. Interns will be assisting the East Coast gift officers with donor and foundation research, database management, and event planning.
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Beyond Coal: Coal is one of the most polluting sources of energy available, jeopardizing our health and our environment. To abate the damaging effects of coal on the climate and the environment, the Coal team actively works to stop coal production while encouraging clean energy investing in wind, solar, and other renewable energy.
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Beyond Natural Gas Campaign: Fossil fuels have no part in America's energy future -- coal, oil, and natural gas are literally poisoning us. The emergence of natural gas as a significant part of our energy mix is particularly frightening because it dangerously postpones investment in clean energy at a time when we should be doubling down on wind, solar and energy efficiency. Natural gas drillers exploit government loopholes, ignore decades-old environmental protections, and disregard the health of entire communities. "Fracking," a violent process that dislodges gas deposits from shale rock formations is known to contaminate drinking water and pollute the air. Natural gas production and use also threatens our climate with dangerous carbon dioxide and methane air pollution. The Sierra Club's Beyond Natural Gas campaign aims to stop dirty and destructive drilling and eliminate most natural gas use in our nation. 
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Beyond Oil Campaign: Americans consume 25 percent of the world's produced oil, yet our nation has less than 3 percent of the world's proven oil reserves. If left unchecked our appetite for oil will continue to grow, and the costs of this dangerous addiction are high. Every year we send billions of dollars overseas, much of it to hostile regimes that do not share America's values. Our addiction to oil puts the entire nation at risk and leaves our economy vulnerable to price shocks. Oil is a leading source of smog, particulate matter, and other toxic pollution that contributes to tens of thousands of deaths each year. Our addiction is the cause of oil spills in our rivers and oceans, poisoning our drinking water sources, polluting our communities and destroying fragile ecosystems. It's time to break Big Oil's stranglehold on our nation. The Sierra Club's Beyond Oil campaign aims to cut America's addiction to oil by stopping destructive and dirty fossil fuels and promoting real solutions such as smart transportation systems, clean cars, and clean, renewable energy that won't run out.
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Conservation Operations and Compliance: The Sierra Club team is looking for a student interested in non-profit administration to join their Conservation Operations team for an internship. This internship is focused on the behind-the-scenes work of a large environmental non-profit including budget, logistics, risk management, training, compliance, and administration. Typical responsibilities would include:

  • Supporting the coordination of office financial, business, and administrative services
  • Helping to process and track business related expenses and invoices
  • In coordination with Conservation Operations and Compliance team, ensuring compliance with financial and administrative requirements
  • Helping to plan and coordinate meetings and training's
  • Assisting in the implementation and maintenance of automated reimbursement tools
  • Supporting general services within the office

Applicants should be proficient with Microsoft word and excel. Knowledge of basic non-profit administration and/or finance rules is preferred. The desire to learn about balancing the best business interests of an organization with the complex strategies and goals of campaigns, Chapters, and volunteers is a must! 
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Digital Strategies (Online Organizing): The Sierra Club is a national leader in empowering activists through innovative online tools. As part of the Digital Strategies team, Online Organizing uses digital tools like email, mobile messaging, and social media to mobilize Sierra Club's grassroots supporters and win campaigns.
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Environmental Justice: The Environmental Justice committee aids communities as they tackle many issues caused by industrial pollution such as contaminated drinking water due to coal industry's mountaintop-removal mining.
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Environmental Law: The Sierra Club is the nation's leader in grassroots environmental litigation. The Sierra Club's Environmental Law Program directs legal strategy for the Sierra Club's climate recovery campaigns and chapters. The Environmental Law Program's docket covers the entire range of environmental issues, from local fights over polluting coal plants to cases of national significance on greenhouse gases, toxic pollution, clean air, clean water, and wilderness preservation. 
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Environmental Quality: The Sierra Club wants to foster vibrant, healthy communities with clean water and air that are free from toxic chemical threats. Our goals include protecting drinking water sources, preventing sewage pollution, protecting communities threatened by mountaintop removal mining, promoting clean water in rural communities, and addressing climate change and its impacts on water resources.
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Global Population and Environment Program (GPEP): GPEP's mission is to protect the global environment and preserve natural resources for future generations by advancing global reproductive health and sustainable development initiatives. Working with domestic and international coalition partners, we seek to increase universal access to voluntary family planning services and comprehensive sex education; advance women's and girls' basic rights, including access to health care, education and economic opportunity; promote youth leadership; and raise public awareness of wasteful resource consumption in the context of social and economic equity.
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Global Warming and Energy: Global Warming and Energy team works to improve vehicle fuel economy, while promoting the increased use of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and reducing overall emissions as part of a comprehensive national energy plan.
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Labor Program: The Sierra Club has a long history of solidarity with the labor movement. We work with labor because we can't win alone; we need millions of working families to help us end climate disruption and build a clean energy future that works. And for the clean energy economy to work for the planet and its people, working people and communities must have a strong voice in making work safe, healthy and fair. Join us as we help drive a fair and just transition to a clean energy future that works for all!
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Media Department: The Media team promotes Sierra Club's mission with the production of press releases and statements, social media content, and other press materials for use by national reporters, editors, and producers.
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Nearby Nature Program: From a vacant lot to a community garden to a neighborhood park, everyone has a right to connect with nearby nature. The Sierra Club’s Nearby Nature initiative is inspiring people to explore, enjoy and protect special places close to home in order to make access to the outdoors increasingly equitable. The initiative is part of the Our Wild America campaign which is building an engaged and diverse movement to protect lands and waters, reduce climate disruption, and support recreation economies at the community, state, and federal levels. Our Washington, DC-based intern will provide support to all aspects of the Nearby Nature initiative, including our city level initiatives and national advocacy efforts. Our interns provide support to field organizers, Chapters and Groups in key cities, and our national partners, including the Outdoors Alliance for Kids. Past job activities include research, writing, volunteer outreach, coalition and partnership support, organizing program activities and events, and administrative support.
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Organizing and Federal Policy: The Organizing and Federal Policy teams sit at the center of the Sierra Club’s national push to move beyond coal, coordinating our federal policy work with local grassroots organizers in over 25 states working to mobilize the Sierra Club's 2.1 million activists. This intern will gain experience in both the grassroots organizing and federal policy work of the Sierra Club through our campaign to secure strong federal rules to clean up sources of air/water pollution, spur innovation toward a clean energy economy, and protect public health. Job duties will range from tracking federal legislative and administrative actions to creating field organizing tools and materials to attending congressional hearings. Applicants should possess strong writing skills and attention to detail. Previous organizing experience is a plus.
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Polling & Research: The Communications Department relies on the latest polling and research to guide the Club's communication strategy and messaging.
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Public Lands: Sierra Club's Lands Protection Program works to preserve, protect, and restore America's natural heritage by informing the public about issues related to the Sierra Club's land and wildlife protection agenda; promoting policies that protect our nation's natural heritage; as well as promoting the biological, scenic, recreational, and cultural values of America's special places.
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Political Department: The Political Department manages the Club's participation in elections, including making political endorsements and contributions, organizing local volunteer efforts in elections, conducting research on candidates, and training volunteers.
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Responsible Trade Program
Term: Interns are accepted on a rolling basis
Hours: Minimum 20 hours per week; full time preferred

The Sierra Club believes that trade, done right, can protect workers and the environment in the United States and abroad. Done wrong, it can increase fossil fuel development, weaken environmental policies, and hurt communities around the globe. The Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program has shed light on the environmental threats posed by our current global trading system for close to two decades. We work to ensure that U.S. trade policy supports, rather than undermines, environmental protection and workers' rights.
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The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC): SSC organizes with high school and college students across the country to advance campaigns for environmental progress. As the generation with the most to lose from inaction on environmental and energy policy, the SSC encourages future leaders through its commitment to building and advancing the movement for a more just and sustainable future.
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Strategic Partnership Internship Program: The Sierra Club is the country's oldest and largest environmental non-profit committed to promoting sustainability and protecting our country's lands. The Strategic Partnership Program utilizes key relationships with political champions, union allies, youth activists and environmental justice partners in all aspects of our work. Working closely with these four programs we strive to build unified coalitions across various organizations that work together to achieve our common goals. 
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