Sierra Club Internships in DC (ALL MAJORS)

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Off-Campus Opportunities

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 Dirty Fuels 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. 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. The Sierra Club's Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign aims to stop destructive and dirty fossil fuels and promote real solutions to our sustainable energy needs.

Internship descriptions:  The Beyond Dirty Fuels intern assists the federal policy team with all of their fossil-fuels related work - protecting our lands, air and water by ending extraction for oil, gas and tar sands.  The intern is responsible for researching a variety of relevant issues as well as writing reports on their research that are used to inform the Administration and Congress.  Interns attend congressional hearings, lobby meetings within Congressional offices, and educational events.  They also assist with social media outreach, contributing to the program blog and creating other social media content.

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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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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 https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/Spring-Summer-... 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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National Electric Vehicle Campaign - For more information about the EV campaing and internship please click on the link below.

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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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Online Organizing: Are you interested in using technology to create positive change? Do you want to learn how to use email, mobile, and social media to build power and win campaigns? Do you want to #ActOnClimate and #KeepItInTheGround while making a more just and equitable world? The Sierra Club is looking for an intern to assist in our Online Organizing department. Online Organizing is at the forefront of Sierra Club’s communication with our 2.4 million members and supporters and uses digital tools to empower them to protect our climate and public lands, reduce pollution, and create a more inclusive world.
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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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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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Polling & Research Department:  Are you wondering if a career as a pollster, research analyst, or progressive communications expert is for you? This internship program will offer you a chance to learn about analyzing polling and research to help guide communications and political strategy and messaging for the nation’s largest and most effective grassroots environmental organization.>

The Sierra Club's national Polling & Research Analyst is seeking a motivated, organized and personable intern. This is a great opportunity to learn more about polling, research, and communications in the progressive non-profit world, while making an impact on critical environmental issues.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring and compiling polling and research
  • Aiding in data analysis and report writing
  • Assisting in presentations and material organizing
  • Drafting and editing polling briefings and newsletters
  • Providing general support for the Communications team
  • Other individual projects as assigned

The ideal candidate would be a self-motivated, energetic, strategic thinker with very strong analytical and writing abilities, good organizational skills, and a passion for the environment, politics, and policy. Prior research experience is a plus. Responsibilities will be tailored to personal skills and areas of interest.

Other qualifications: Current undergraduate/graduate student or recent college graduate. If you are foreign student, we cannot review your application unless you are part of a program that arranges your paperwork for you--we cannot arrange an H1B visa.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Minimum 10 hours scheduled at your discretion. Class credit may be available. We are willing to provide any documentation necessary to help students get credit.

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