Make a difference for the environment
If you're looking to get started making a meaningful, long-lasting impact on the environmental challenges we're facing today, apply for an Environment New Jersey internship.
Environment New Jersey is a statewide, citizen-based, environmental advocacy group. Our mission is to research and advocate for policies, while building the public support necessary, to win real results for New Jersey’s environment. Right now, we’re working to keep fracking and the waste that it produces from being dumped in New Jersey’s waterways like the Delaware River, to protect and restore the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and repower New Jersey with clean renewable energy like solar and wind.
We teach our staff and interns how to analyze environmental problems, advocate for smart solutions, and build public support. And they work one-on-one with one of our advocates or organizers, providing a unique, mentored experience.
Environment New Jersey is hiring for internships available for spring and summer 2015. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Locations: Trenton, New Brunswick, on campus, or in your community
If you want to spend the semester learning how to make a real impact on the decisions that affect the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love, apply for an internship with Environment New Jersey.
So, what do interns with Environment New Jersey do? Make a real impact on critical environmental issues!
Responsibilities vary, but you'll do some mix of:
• Researching critical environmental problems and preparing reports to release to the public
• Coordinating and attending media events, like news conferences
• Writing and publishing letters to the editor and working on news releases
• Attending lobby meetings with lawmakers and other decision-makers
• Working with coalition partners, like public health groups and other environmental groups
• Tracking legislation or regulations on the federal or state levels
• Generating public support for our campaigns, such as by collecting petitions or using social media
• And you'll attend briefings and trainings to learn more about environmental issues and gain advocacy and organizing skills.
Our internships are unpaid, and we cannot provide housing or travel assistance. We will work with you to secure academic credit from your college or university if that is an option.
We are looking for current college students who care about our environment and are driven to preserve it for the future. We look for strong leadership skills, academic excellence, problem solving ability, top-notch written and verbal skills, eagerness to learn, and a sense of humor. We have a great training program, so no prior organizing experience is necessary, although if you have some that’s great!
Email cover letter and resume to Doug O'Malley, our Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and to our solar campaign organizer, David Beavers at email@example.com.
"Since beginning my internship at Environment New Jersey I have been able to gain so many skills from writing letters to the editor, contacting members, helping plan events. All of these skills I've collected has helped me prepare for my future and protect the environment! What better experience is that?"
Stephanie Quinton, The College of New Jersey
"My internship with ENJ gave me the opportunity to take the environmental policy issues I was learning about in the classroom at my college and actually gain valuable, first hand experiencing working with them. By advocating for important issues such as the cleanup of Barnegat Bay, keeping New Jersey in RGGI, or strengthening the state's Energy Master Plan, and collaborating with likeminded environmentalists and state legislators, I felt part of a great effort that was making a difference."
Rachel Morris, The College of New Jersey