Note: We are not accepting more applications for summer internships at this time; but please reach out if you are interested in interning for the fall semester.
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We work to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life by connecting voters directly with the decisionmakers that affect them. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems. In recent years, our Chesapeake team has won a landmark victory to stop explosive crude oil shipments through the Port of Baltimore, secured protections against the overuse of antibiotics, fought to ban and restrict dangerous pesticides, and more.
Our Baltimore office is seeking to identify 1-3 interns (undergraduate, students, graduate students or others) who are interested in learning about and engaging in policy, organizing, and research to support our work. Potential work in an internship is flexible according to an intern’s interests and experience, but includes:
- Connecting with individuals and groups across the state engaged in zero waste efforts, and telling their stories in ways that will connect with legislators to build change
- Researching legislative actions that Maryland and other states have taken on trash incineration, zero waste policies, septic and sewer system regulation, and more
- Tracking sewage backups into homes in Baltimore City and supporting impacted individuals in getting assistance
- Reviewing assessments and permits relating to proposed hazardous facilities, and connecting nearby residents with the opportunities to speak out on them
- Support the development of offshore wind in Maryland and highlight opportunities for residents to engage in state and federal permitting processes
- Supporting worker demands for protective equipment in the farming, meat packing, and crab picking industries, and connecting the dots between coronavirus safety, pesticide use, and environmental justice
- Innovating new methods to connect with voters and elected officials, respecting our new reality of social distance
Clean Water Action’s offices are currently closed, and staff are working from home. As such, these internships will start remotely, and may or may not continue as remote work throughout the summer. So, while our office is in Baltimore City, we are interested in working with interns located anywhere in the state of Maryland, and would support them in working and receiving educational opportunities remotely. Schedules are flexible, with a goal of 10-20 hours per week.
These internships are unpaid; however, we will work with interested interns to make sure they can receive school credit for their internship if that is available to them.
To apply, please send a resume and description of your interest and availability to Jennifer Kunze, Maryland Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.