Environment Maine is now accepting applications for our summer internship program.
Our summer interns work on a close-knit team to affect change on issues ranging from climate change to sustainable agriculture to protecting Maine’s waterways. Organizing training and hands-on experience are at the core of our program.
If that sounds up your ally, apply here for an internship with Environment Maine. We're accepting applications on a rolling basis for summer internships in Portland. If you’re interested in interning with one of our 29 state sister organizations around the country and in Washington, D.C., apply here.
We believe that as environmental problems become increasingly urgent and increasingly complex, solving them is going to take far more people actively engaged and involved in the decisions that affect our energy use, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places we love.
Environment Maine is an organizing and advocacy nonprofit that works with its 22,000 citizen members to solve the climate crisis, transition Maine to renewable energy, expand the local foods movement, and protect Maine’s treasured places. We are strategists and organizers. We’re good at figuring out the best policy to make progress toward solving a particular problem given the political lay of the land and our long-term vision, and we have the experience and know-how to bring people together to make it a reality.
About our internships:
Environment Maine accepts 6-8 full-time interns each summer for our internship program. As an intern, you’ll gain valuable experience in analyzing environmental problems through a political lens, advocating for smart solutions, and organizing to build public support. We provide trainings, issue and strategy briefings, one-on-one mentoring, and plenty of on-the-ground organizing experience.
Internships are unpaid. Students are encouraged to seek funding from their institution or external sources, and we’ll work with you to secure academic credit from your college or university if that is an option.
This summer, we are offering internships that are focused on four issue areas:
- Climate resilience
- Renewable energy
- Sustainable agriculture
- Clean water
Our ideal candidates:
We are seeking candidates who care deeply about organizing for positive social change. We look for strong leadership skills, academic excellence, problem-solving ability, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. Sense of humor is a plus!
What previous interns say about their experience:
“Interning for Environment Maine really was a multi-faceted learning experience. One of my core responsibilities as an intern was reaching out to government officials, farmers, and school food service directors about a local foods bill. It gave me the chance to enhance my relationship-building skills, look first-hand at the legislative process, and testify at a public hearing. I’m grateful for the opportunity to take what I’ve learned in class and apply it to making change in the real world for our environment.”
-Rivvy Eisenberg, Bennington 2016
“Interning at Environment Maine gave me a significant amount of hands-on experience in the environmental field. Environment Maine interns get real responsibility. From writing op-eds to working with local activist groups, I was empowered to make a tangible impact on the community. It was an incredible way to spend the summer!”
-Sarah Curran, Cornell 2016
"My internship with Environment Maine allowed me to get direct experience working with a community of like-minded and concerned individuals to affect political change on their own local terms; with a lot of hard teamwork, were able to keep tar sands out of South Portland. It taught me essential organizing skills, and it gave me a way to realize and actually practice my own ideals and beliefs about democracy and environmentalism."
-Jordan Becker, Bates 2015
"Interning at Environment Maine gave me a behind the scenes look at political field organizing. I am passionate about environmental issues and it was great to see state level policy initiatives. As an intern on the Lakes Campaign I traveled to many lakes throughout the state and talk to people about why they loved Maine's lakes."
-Liz McCormack, Colby 2015
"The free range each intern had was both surprising and appreciated. Guidance was always available and teamwork was encouraged, yet you were really allowed to learn from the choices you made."
-Mike Curran, Macalaster 2018
"Through my time at Environment Maine, I learned how a non-profit can influence environmental politics at all levels of government. My involvement with Environment Maine allowed me to learn the organization and determination necessary to impact environmental issues."
-Emily Lopez, Mt. Holyoke 2016
How to apply:
We are accepting applications now through April 1st and will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early; the program is competitive.
We’re happy to answer questions. For more info, contact Taryn Hallweaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.