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Internships in Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning

Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Ever dream of working in Alaska? These are volunteer/intern positions. Although some cover housing and provide some renumeration, most are for ranger assistants or interpreters etc. Sometimes you can find an opportunity such as program coordinator for environmental education programs. Check on residency requirements.

This site posts job opportunities in the environmental sector from all around the United States.

Environmental Careers Organization
For more than 30 years, The Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) has developed professionals for the environmental field through paid environmental internships at government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and companies across the United States and its territories.

Environmental Jobs and Careers
This site serves as a search engine for jobs in the environmental field. Searches can be conducted by geographically or by organization.

Environmental League of Massachusetts
The Environmental League of Massachusetts is dedicated to protecting the air, water, and land for the people of the commonwealth. They do this by voicing citizens' concerns, educating the public, advocating for strong environmental laws, and ensuring that our laws are implemented and enforced.

Environmental Non-Profit and Academic Jobs in Washington, DC
This site includes a comprehensive listing of Non-Profit organizations offering internships and job opportunities in the Washington, DC area.

Environmental Protection Agency
EPA offers a wide range of opportunities to talented, energetic people willing to make a commitment to the Agency's vital mission — protecting human health and the environment.

National Council for Science and the Environment
The National Council for Science and the Environment is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making. They envision a society where environmental decisions by everyone are based on an accurate understanding of the underlying science, its meanings and limitations, and the potential consequences of their action or inaction.

Orion Society
The Orion Society's mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.

The American Planning Association
APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.

Children's Defense Fund
CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.

Fund for Public Interest
The Fund for Public Interest is a national nonprofit organization working to increase the visibility, membership and political power of the nation's leading environmental and progressive groups.

Grassroots International
Grassroots International promotes global justice through partnerships with social change organizations. We work to advance political, economic and social rights and support development alternatives through grantmaking, education, and advocacy.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship was established in 1987 to provide college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a monthly stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.

Institute of Government and Public Affairs Guide to Careers in Child and Family Policy
For more than 10 years, Guide to Careers in Child and Family Policy has provided validation, insight, and ideas for child and family policy careers. They cover the diversity of child and family policy careers, which can be pursued across private, non-profit, academic, and government settings and can begin with formal training or through experiential learning in internships, fellowships, volunteer positions, or jobs at all life stages.

National Human Services Assembly
A coalition of leading national non-profit agencies committed to helping individuals, families, and communities thrive.

People for the American Way
People for the American Way is an energetic advocate for the values that sustain a diverse democratic society. They work in close collaboration with other leading state and national progressive organizations to mobilize Americans at this defining moment in our history.

The Urban Institute
A Non-partisan economic and social policy research organization that promotes sound social policy and public debate on national priorities. The Urban Institute gathers and analyzes data, conducts policy research, evaluates programs and services, and educates Americans on critical issues and trends.

The Washington Center
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest such program, with more than 60 full-time staff, The Washington Center has over 35,000 alumni, leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world.

World Watch Institute
The World watch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Their work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society and how to achieve it.

General Internship Sites

Cool Job
Search for internships under a large variety of categories (e.g., social, research).

Sign up to receive internship listings in health, education, nonprofits and social services.

Internship Programs
A database allows you to search hundreds of internship opportunities. For instance you can search for opportunities in Boston under community service/non-profits. You need to register (no charge) to access the database.

Rising Star Internships
Another general listings site. The cool thing about this site is the variety of "search by interest" listings such as community service, consulting, ecology, environment, nonprofit, land use planning, watershed management youth development and even public policy and urban planning! The negative is that the listings are limited.

U.S. Department of State Careers
This is the Department of State's internship index. Some are domestic, others abroad, but most are unpaid. Regardless, you can land an internship in bureaus that cover human rights, the family liaison office, emerging infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS Program or oceans and international environmental scientific affairs.

How to Write an Internship Resume
An internship resume writing guide that goes in depth on how to write objectives and formats, even has some samples and templates.

Tufts Internship Guide
A complete guide for college students searching for an internship.