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Aug 15 / BARD CEP

Environmental Policy Intern – Washington DC

Organization: Center for Effective Government

Position Title: Environmental Policy Intern

Location: Washington DC

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. A monthly stipend of up to $500 may be provided to offset housing and travel costs.

Application Deadline: none specified

Organization Overview:

For thirty years the Center for Effective Government has been working to build an open, accountable government that invests in the common good, protects people and the environment, and advances the national priorities defined by an active, informed citizenry. Our vision is one of a just and democratic society in which every individual can thrive.

To ensure government is effective and responsive to the priorities of the American people, we conduct policy research and develop policy proposals; create tools to encourage citizen participation and government accountability; and build broad-based coalitions to advance these values. To ensure the American people understand the vital role of government, we produce and disseminate educational tools and communications materials.

We are a resource for policymakers, the media, advocacy groups, community organizations, and the public.


The Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch) seeks an environmental policy intern to work on environmental right-to-know and other issues involving government openness. The intern will work with staff to make sure that citizens have a right to know what their government does, how decisions are made, and how to make their voices heard.


  • Research & Analysis – Monitor and evaluate new developments on environmental right-to-know and open government issues, such as hydraulic fracturing, toxics release inventory, e-government, and benefits of transparency.
  • Communications & Outreach – Assist with writing and editing, including blog posts, newsletters, and social media.
  • Program Assistance – Assist with program responsibilities as needed, including administrative and clerical tasks.


  • Valuable professional experience with policy analysis, advocacy, and the nonprofit sector.
  • Collegial work environment, with the opportunity for self-directed projects.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate your academic responsibilities and work-life balance.
  • Academic credit may be available through your school.


  • Knowledge of, and interest in, public policy, environmental policy and governmental process.
  • Enrolled in or recently completed an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Computer knowledge, including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to quickly, clearly, and succinctly convey information in writing
  • Other preferred, but not required, qualifications:
    – Some prior knowledge of environmental policy and government transparency issues, such as academic coursework.
    – Familiarity with HTML– a plus
    – Available to work at least 20 hours per week.

How to Apply: 

Email the following to Sofia Plagakis, Policy Analyst, Environmental Right-to-Know, at (please be sure to mention where you saw the internship advertised):

  • A compelling cover letter explaining why you’re interested in the internship and the work that it entails.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (no longer than three pages)

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