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Internships with the Alliance

Rethink the System, Work for Change

Internships with the Alliance are about working towards a more sustainable future—rethinking the current systems, developing goals and action plans for sustainability, building public awareness of the need to change, and creating presentations and resources—both online and in print—to educate community groups and policymakers. The Alliance’s work revolves around our vision of a sustainable, regenerative world and six broad goals.

The Alliance and partner organizations work to promote food that supports the health of individuals and communities, to reduce vehicle pollution that contributes to the high incidence of asthma here in the Lehigh Valley, to increase awareness of the dangers of fracking, to end systemic causes of poverty & inequality, to preserve and protect freedom of speech and other civil liberties essential for democracy,  and to encourage formation of Transition movements here in the Lehigh Valley.

Alliance internships include a combination of research, analyzing existing policy & developing new or revised policy, and developing informative materials and presentations to engage the public and raise awareness of the need for action. Each internship is structured to reflect the type of work to be done and the individual intern’s strengths and interests. (See Current Internship Opportunities,  Internship Structure & Expectations.)

It’s important to plan on an average of 10–12 hours per week [independent work + team work + meetings with partners & community leaders]. Because some of the work is done independently, students sometimes assume they will need only a few hours per week.  That usually does not work — and can result in an internship being terminated before the semester is over.

Note: Summer Internships are sometimes available for highly-motivated students.

[Revised July 2013]