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?
“The most important thing I did during my internship was to meet people and find out how many factors go into changing the way something is done.… I learned how to find out about things that tend to be hidden, talk to people about things they would rather pretend do not exist, and solve problems that seem overwhelming at first glance.”
(JT, Lafayette College)
“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 combine 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.)
- Environmental Education – Help develop recommendations & tools to help teachers integrate climate & sustainability concepts in all subject areas and grade levels.
- Economics of Non-Sustainability‽ – Many businesses, especially in the extractive & energy industries, create huge economic and health burdens for society, but these costs are externalized; we will explore the problem and work to raise awareness of the destructive results.
- Climate Action! – Work with others to increase public awareness of possibilities for local action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [GHG].
- Communication & Media [writing, oral 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. Likely focus areas for 2015: Campus Sustainability, Community Rights, Food Policy, supporting local EACs [Environmental Advisory Councils], and social-justice concerns.
- 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 using a community rights approach — as the colonists did before the U.S Revolution! 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.
- Editing & Publishing [spring semester] – help create the 2016 edition of the Alliance’s Sustainable Lehigh Valley directory. Update content, edit essays and other written material, and learn to lay out the final publication using InDesign professional publishing software. [No previous InDesign experience needed.]
- Food – Health & Climate impacts – Food from the industrialized food system not only fails to support people’s health but actually undermines health and has a huge global-warming impact. This internship involves research, analysis, and activism to raise both public & professional awareness, including developing presentations, fact sheets, and/or posters.
- Act for Change – self-designed projects to protect or expand equality, freedoms, or human rights
- Public Health – Many sustainability concerns are also public health concerns. This internship involves identifying and raising awareness of one or more public policy issues such as food, transportation, or energy use.
- Campus Sustainability 2.0 – Assess the progress of sustainability efforts on your campus and contribute to the development of the STARS rating system. (Available on selected campuses.)
Other internships may also be available (see examples below) so please contact us if you are interested in an internship that’s not listed.
(See the Internship Structure & Expectations page, and contact internship coordinator Peter Crownfield for more information.
Following is a more complete list of internship possibilities based on successful recent internships and requests – 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
- Health Impacts of Synthetic Turf
- 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]