Each summer, we offer internships, usually focusing on a specific issue or project, with a team of students from different colleges. (Some of our regular internships, such as Communication or Act for Change, may also be possible in the summer ).
While some details are still pending review, we anticipate a major shift for the Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet — with more attention to creative writing and art, and a reduced emphasis on directory listings. [See Editing & Publishing 2.0] In addition, we will be exploring new possibilities for Community & Restorative Justice and climate action, while continuing work on the web development project to develop a new collaboration platform to replace the Sustainability Commons.
Summer interns may focus on one of these projects, but are expected to assist in all three.
Team members meet with selected community members, research what’s been done elsewhere, and work as a team to review progress, plan next steps, and coordinate independent work and team projects. In addition, each intern is expected to do reading and research independently, with the internship coordinator or other staff available to answer questions or provide assistance.
The Alliance is not able to pay summer interns, but many colleges support students completing unpaid internships with stipends and/or other benefits. Most of our summer interns work 25–30 hr/wk, but it is possible to structure an internship to require as little as 15 hr/wk for students who need to hold down a part-time job.
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 literature reviews, discussion of implications, and recommendations for action OR work published on the Alliance website and other venues
- presentations to community groups and other groups
- one or more posters that clarify recommendations
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 February 2020