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Science & Policy Internship — Chicago, IL (and other locations)

Organization: Environmental Law & Policy Center

Job Title: Science & Policy Internship

Location: Chicago, IL (also: Madison, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Jamestown, North Dakota)

Hours and Compensation: unpaid & minimum of 15 hours/week

Position Dates: Spring, Fall, and Summer positions

Application Deadline: Spring (Nov 1 – Nov 30);  Fall (July 1 – July 31);  Summer (Feb 15 – Mar 15)

Posted On: August 17, 2012

Organization Overview

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our Midwestern communities.


Policy and Science Interns assist ELPC’s Senior Policy Advocates, Policy Associates, Communications Staff and Economists/Financial Analysts with a variety of tasks, including: work on clean energy projects across the Midwest and Great Plains, clean energy business development, promoting environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects, preserving our natural resources and protecting our national forests, advancing global warming solutions, grass roots advocacy work, and special projects. Interns may also attend meetings with state and federal agencies, legislators, and concerned citizens.


Researching energy and environmental topics; preparing memos, summaries, and annotated bibliographies; researching organizations, companies, and individuals in key regions; researching and tracking events; reviewing reports and preparing summary memos; updating and managing Access databases; performing analysis of grant data for use by Congressional offices and others; and assisting with web site content and writing.


Environmental Policy and Science Internships are available throughout the year and are open to undergraduate and graduate students studying politics/government, environmental sciences, business/economics or related fields.  Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy.

How to Apply

To apply for Chicago office internships, please submit a cover letter, resume and list of references via email to Sarah Wochos at  Applications are accepted on the below timeline.  Only applications received during these times will be considered.

To apply for Des Moines, Madison, Sioux Falls or Jamestown office internships, please contact the appropriate staff member for each office, as listed below. Applications are accepted on a rolling schedule.

Des Moines: Steve Falck
Madison: Andy Olsen
Sioux Falls: Matt McLarty
Jamestown: Mindi Grieve

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