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Clean Water Action is a national, grassroots environmental organization that works to protect the environment and safeguard public health, promote passage of strong environmental laws, elect pro-environment candidates to public office, and help communities address local environmental problems. Top issue priorities include preventing harm to our health from toxic chemicals, promoting clean energy and climate justice, getting lead and other contaminants out of drinking water, advocating for Zero Waste policies, and electing pro-environment candidates to public office. Ensuring that those most affected by environmental degradation have a voice at the table, and that solutions to environmental problems contribute to broader goals of justice for all, are central principles of all our campaigns.

Clean Water Action is offering an internship opportunity at our Hartford office. This internship is unpaid, providing individuals with the chance to acquire knowledge and experience in our field. The role is remote but may require onsite meetings. The ReThink Disposable Intern will primarily assist our Zero Waste Outreach Specialist on our ReThink Disposable campaign. All Clean Water interns get the opportunity to interview all staff members on campaign teams which include Climate Justice, Water Quality, Toxics, and Zero Waste. This internship will emphasize community outreach and research. 


  • Writing content for website articles, blog posts, email communications, etc.
  • Assisting with the outreach to restaurants and schools in EJ communities regarding ReThink Disposable 
  • Attending meetings on behalf of organizers, taking notes, and reporting on next steps 
  • Attending events as able (Virtual with the possibility of some in person) 
  • Assisting in putting together campaign materials and research
  • Social media outreach 
  • Conducting outreach and managing ongoing engagement of restaurants, schools, and other interested stakeholders
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Passion for protecting human health and the environment.
  • Strong interest in communications work.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Basic computer skills (competent in working with Word, Excel, Google docs, etc.);
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Good writing skills a plus.
  • Good understanding of environmental justice a plus.
  • Interest and engagement with other social justice issues a plus. 
  • Familiarity with campaign organizing in a variety of racial and socio-economic communities, and/or communications is highly desired. 
  • Applicants must reside in the Hartford, CT area.
  • Ability to travel to the office in a hybrid schedule for in-person collaboration.
  • Candidates must have reliable and high-speed internet connectivity at their home.

Length and Schedule: Length of program will be 5-6weeks from the starting date and will consist of interning for 16 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship. 

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Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund have implemented a policy mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all individuals working within our offices, as well as for those working remotely. As a condition of employment, all employees, regardless of their work location, are required to be vaccinated, or they must provide proof of a valid exemption. Applicants applying for positions at our organization will also be required to present proof of vaccination status during the application process, whether they will be working in the office or remotely. This policy is in place to ensure the health and safety of our entire workforce and the communities we serve.

 Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund value a diverse workplace. People of color and those from economically disadvantaged communities are particularly encouraged to apply. Clean Water Action is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Encouraging applications from diverse backgrounds: We welcome candidates from multicultural and BIPOC communities to apply and contribute to our inclusive work environment.


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