Our summer internships often focus on a single issue or project, with students (often from different colleges and majors) working together. (Other individual internships may be possible upon request.)
We are considering a comprehensive project on the food system for the summer of 2023. Possible components include exploring ways to develop food sovereignty; expand use of regenerative organic growing to reduce in GHG emissions; increasing awareness of health impacts of food; relocalizing / re-indigenizing food; and improving institutional food at schools, colleges & universities, and hospitals.
Our ability to do this depends in part on whether we can find a team of 4 or 5 highly-motivated students, so let us know as soon as possible if you might be interested. (Expressing interest is not a commitment.) [Email email@example.com]
If necessary, all internships will be offered ‘remotely’, including meetings with people in the community.
General Information for Summer Internships
Deliverables generally will include some or all of the following
- a report, plan, or other document presenting information from exploration & research and/or discussion of implications and recommendations for action and/or work published on the Alliance website and other venues
- presentations to community groups and other groups
- one or more posters that clarify recommendations
Previous summer projects included
- Implementing Bethlehem’s Climate Action Plan, including Climate Change Education & Build Sustainably — for Business Success and a Livable Future 
- Community & Restorative Justice systems ,
- Editing & Publishing (Summer 2020) – preparing for the new Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet
- Climate Action Planning for the Lehigh Valley ,
- Sustainability Practices for Cafés & Restaurants 
- Sustainability Impact Assessment ,
- Climate & sustainability for schools [2014 & 2016],
- Sustainable Campus Dining Resources .
Skills and Abilities Interns Are Expected to Have / Develop / Improve
- General understanding of project subject matter, including strengths & weaknesses of current systems, and how the subject relates to and contributes to sustainability
- Effective oral communication in professional & community settings
- Effective written communication (reports, website pages, and perhaps some blog posts)
- Ability to identify key points for effective action
- Project planning & management skills
Qualifications: Strong written and oral communication skills; desire to improve policy & education with regard to climate, public health, social justice, and other facets of sustainability; strong attention to detail; ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
updated March 2022