Current Internship Opportunities
Help Create a Just & Sustainable world!
Rethink the System, Work for Change
Do you want to use your talents, insight, and academic knowledge to help create a better world? Is an Alliance internship right for you?
“Working with the Alliance allowed me to collaborate with individuals who shared my passion for sustainability, as well as voice my own ideas…. a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience…” (LB, Muhlenberg College, 2013)
Alliance internships generally involve a combination of research, analysis, and activism to raise both public & professional awareness. If you are interested in one of the possibilities listed below, contact Peter Crownfield as soon as possible. (Before considering a specific internships we suggest you read this brief description.)
- Climate Action! – Work with others to increase public awareness of possibilities for local action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [GHG].
- Communication & Media [writing, presentations, and/or graphic design] – Help research & communicate the concepts and challenges of sustainability, using a combination of reports, posters, web pages, and/or news releases. This can be quite challenging, because these projects often focus on public policy and ethical issues but need to include scientific concepts & technical data while finding ways to make them engaging to the public. May include work on current concerns, events, and controversial issues.
Special focus areas for 2015: Synthetic Turf concerns, Community Rights, Food Policy, Crude Oil & Shale Gas via Rail, LocalWiki.
- Community Rights – We’ve seen that agencies established to ensure ‘environmental protection’ have devolved into systems of regulations that actually permit ecosystem destruction and pollution levels that not only degrade the environment but create a direct threat to people’s health. We need to raise awareness of the public and elected officials about the importance of a community rights approach. This internship is at the intersection of environmental policy, government, and public awareness and will focus on raising awareness and working with interested local officials.
- Communication & Media [writing and/or graphic design] – Help research & communicate the concepts and challenges of sustainability, using a combination of reports, posters, web pages, and/or news releases. This can be quite challenging, because these projects often focus on public policy and ethical issues but need to include scientific concepts & technical data while finding ways to make them engaging to the public. May include work on current concerns, events, and controversial issues.
- Food, Health, and Sustainability – Food from the industrialized food system not only fails to support people’s health but actually undermines health. The internship involves research, analysis, and activism to raise both public & professional awareness, including presentations, a written report, and/or a poster on the importance of sustainable growing. [several options]
- Act for Change – self-designed projects to protect or expand equality, freedoms, or human rights
- Editing & Publishing [spring semester] – help create the 2015 edition of the Alliance’s Sustainable Lehigh Valley directory.
- LocalWiki – The Alliance is working with interested people in the Lehigh Valley area to create a LocalWiki for the Lehigh Valley. Research & write LocalWiki pages on people, history, attractions, and more. Also develop presentations for community groups to encourage wide participation. [The site is just beginning; for an example of a more-developed site see LocalWiki – Santa Cruz.]
Other internships may also be available (see examples below) so please contact us if you are interested in an internship that’s not listed.
Internships are for academic credit (replacing a regular course); these internships require an average of 10–12 hrs/wk, including independent work. These internships require excellent people skills, analytical ability, and both written and oral communications skills.
(See the Internship Structure & Expectations page, and contact internship coordinator Peter Crownfield for more information.
In progress this spring – researching the health impacts of synthetic turf, with a goal of developing recommendations to guide schools & other institutions.
Following is a more complete list of internship possibilities based on successful recent internships – for more information, send an email to internship coordinator Peter Crownfield. Note that preference may be given at times to special projects and urgent calls for action.
Before you choose, please read the Internships with the Alliance and the Internship Structure & Expectations pages for important information that applies to all internships!
- Campus Sustainability 2.0
- Clean Air [Public Health]
- Climate Action!
- Communications & Media
- Community & Restorative Justice
- Community Engagement
- Cooperative Businesses
- Democracy in Action | Social Entrepreneurship
- Editing & Publishing [spring semester]
- Education for Democracy
- Fair Trade
- Food for Health & Sustainability [Public Health]
- Graphic Design
- Public Health
- Sustainability in Business
For more information on any of these internships, send an email to internship coordinator Peter Crownfield. It is our intent to offer listed internships in the coming term, but availability may change or a given internship may be filled. Some internships may not be offered at all colleges. Most schools allow you to change courses without penalty during the first week or two of the semester, but we urge you to apply well in advance if possible.
? Send an email to internship coordinator Peter Crownfield
[Updated December 2013]