INTERNSHIPS

WMEAC hosts interns from many colleges and universities. All WMEAC internships include a one-time stipend, with all the benefits of hands-on experience in an environmental nonprofit. We have welcomed writers, those with social media marketing interests, biology and resource management majors, engineering and sustainability majors and others. WMEAC interns leave with new skills, a portfolio of work, a letter of reference, and WMEAC’s appreciation. Typically our internships follow Spring (January – April), Summer (May-August), Fall (September – December) and Women and Environment (October-March) and the final determination is decided by the Staff Mentor responsible for intern management.

We are currently hiring the internships listed below for the Fall 2017 semester.

Page last updated September 11, 2017.

Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellowship Opportunity - 2 semesters (Position filled for 2017-2018 academic year)

Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow Opportunity

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

 Title: Matilda M. and Harold D. Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow

Reports to: Director of Water Programs

Hours: A flexible schedule of 20-25 hours per week, to be arranged by fellow and staff

Stipend: $3,000 for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year (36 weeks)

Fellowship Summary

The Matilda M. and Harold D. Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow will serve as program support for WMEAC’s water research, education, behavior change, and action programs and initiatives. The primary role of the Water Fellow will be to participate in research and program development, and administrative activities to support WMEAC’s water programs, with the intended goal of providing learning and leadership opportunities that contribute to the professional development of the Water Fellow. Additional duties include serving the community by delivering presentations and interactive activities to interested student, faith based, and/or civic groups about water quality issues, with the goal of funneling new volunteers into opportunities for action for WMEAC’s water protection programs.

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s enviornment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for nearly 50 years.

Overview of Fellowship Opportunity

Endowed by a charitable contribution from the Harold and Matilda Crane Foundation, the fellowship opportunity was established to ensure WMEAC develops leadership to engage students and citizens in watershed education and opportunities to act on behalf of our region’s water resources. This fellowship is intended to help develop a relationship between WMEAC and the fellow; commitment to the full academic year is key to the success of fellowship.

The Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow will be a member of WMEAC’s Water Team, reporting to the Program Director and providing support as needed to other staff members.

Specific Duties

Duties will include analytical research and data collection, anaylsis and writing, attendance at community meetings and events, educational presentation development and delivery, and assistance with partner relationships and program development. Additional tasks and activities may be assigned as program needs develop and change over the course of the academic year.

Qualifications

  • Current graduate or upper-level undergraduate student pursuing a degree in environmental science with a focus on aquatic sciences or water resources policy
  • Knowledge and passion for regional watershed, water quality, and/or stormwater policy issues
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including public speaking, with a mastery of environmental science vocabulary
  • Strong research skills, experience in collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Willingness to represent WMEAC and its Water Programs and to intelligently discuss environmental issues with a variety of community and professional audiences
  • Good organizational skills, self-starter; leadership experience a plus
  • Commitment to protecting the environment
  • Ability and willingness to commit to this position for the full academic year
  • Knowledge and experiences with geographic information systems (GIS) software
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)

Directions to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and application to wmeac.org/internships. The position will remain open until filled. Please refrain from contacting WMEAC staff members for more information or updates about this position.

WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Fund Development

WMEAC Fund Development and Events Intern

Fall 2017

Position Summary:

This position is designed to offer an intern a substantive learning experience in the field of fund development with a focus on writing, database management, annual fund, membership development and events.

The WMEAC Fund Development and Events Intern will work closely with the Director of Development to implement fund development projects and tasks including campaign development and implementation, donor stewardship and donor data management. In addition, the intern will work closely with the Events Committee participating in the development, planning and implementation of WMEAC fundraising and program events. Tasks will include committee support, event planning and day of show event management.

This internship is intended for a student or recent graduate interested in acquiring experience within a professional setting and developing relationships within the West Michigan business and non-profit community. Intern stipend may be available.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have

  • Integrity
  • Respect and appreciation for volunteers and colleagues
  • Experience coordinating events, either on campus of in the community
  • A basic understanding of fund development principles and processes
  • A basic understanding of community partnerships and sponsorship models
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Potential leadership capacities
  • Ability to keep meeting notes
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Ability to obtain pricing quotes on event items i.e. centerpieces, linens, high-tops, chairs
  • Willingness to distribute fliers and posters to local hotspots
  • Ability to work occasional nights or weekends
  • Basic knowledge of common environmental issues

Hours:

A flexible schedule of 8-20 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff. Some of the work can be done independently if intern has access to necessary tools outside of the office.

Eco-Journalism and Blogging

Eco-Journalism and Blogging Internship

Fall 2017

Position Summaries

This intern will research, write, and/or produce content on identified West Michgian environmental issues for print and online publication, as well as for radio and cable TV broadcast. Intern will support WMEAC’s various water quality, policy, and clean energy programs and projects. Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when the intern’s schedule permits. Intern will work out of the WMEAC office, but a flexible schedule of 15-20 hours per week will be arranged by intern and staff as much of the work can be done independently. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship.

Qualifications

Must: The best candidate will be an upper-level university student, graduate, or emerging professional with education, experience, or training in the field of journalism or professional writing.

Ideal:

  • Documented journalism experience including published writing samples
  • Training or professional experience with social media
  • Experience doing interviews
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn digital content management systems
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn basic photography and video skills
  • Basic knowledge of common environmental issues

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s enviornment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for nearly 50 years.

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Environmental Education (positions filled for Fall Semester)

Environmental Education Internship Position Summary

This internship is geared toward undergraduate students pursuing a degree in natural sciences and/or science education.  This intern will support WMEAC’s educational programs including teach for the watershed, zero-waste, recycling, and renewable energy.

Responsibilities will be supporting program research and development, working with kids at multiple summer camps, developing lessons and teacher/parent/community resources, working with community partners and other tasks as needed.

Intern will have opportunities work within all of the Environmental Education and Outreach programs. Intern will work out of the WMEAC office, but several off-site hours and possible travel to WMEAC’s 8 counties should be expected. A flexible schedule of 15-20 hours per week is required with occasional night and weekends for WMEAC event support. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship.

Qualifications

-Current undergraduate student pursuing a degree in natural sciences or science education.
-Enthusiasm and energy for working with students, teachers, and environmental professionals both in the classroom and outdoors.

-Knowledge of stream sampling techniques, water quality issues a plus
-Knowledge of recycling, composting, and waste materials issues a plus
-Strong communication and writing skills to knowledgeably and professionally represent WMEAC and its programs in a variety of audiences and ages.
-Must be able to successfully clear a background and felony records check.
-Must have own reliable transportation, and flexible availability
-Demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment and a willingness to try new tasks and outreach opportunities.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher) and Google Docs

Recycling (Position filled for fall semester)

Recycling Internship

Position Summary

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and the Kent County Department of Public Works (KCDPW) are offering a joint internship opportunity for an individual to support WMEAC’s recycling efforts in coordination with KCDPW. Intern will work 15-20 hours per week, at times to be arranged by intern and staff at WMEAC and Kent County. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship.

WMEAC is seeking an intern to support strategies to improve participation and product quality for recycling in Grand Rapids and Kent County. The intern will support event outreach, volunteer coordination, stakeholder process to maximize materials management for weekly Reimagine Craft Days at the Kent County Recycling Center, several summer outreach events, residential recycling, and other stakeholder identified objectives.

Intern will be assisting with community outreach, volunteer coordination, public speaking, research, data management and analysis. Additional duties include logistical support for WMEAC programming including coordinating stakeholders and other projects as assigned. Intern will work out of Grand Rapids and Kent County offices to work with project partners, as well as the WMEAC office. Occasional evenings and weekends should be expected.

Qualifications:

-Knowledge of recycling, composting, and waste materials issues.
-Strong communication and writing skills to knowledgeably and professionally represent WMEAC and its programs in a variety of audiences and ages.
-Must be able to successfully clear a background and felony records check.
-Must have own reliable transportation, and flexible availability.
-Demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment and a willingness to try new tasks and outreach opportunities.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher) and Google Docs.

When applying for this position, please select Environmental Education in the drop-down menu below, and indicate in your cover letter that you are interested in the Recycling Internship.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Women and Environment Event Intern (Position filled for 2017-2018 academic year)

Women and the Environment Internship

Fall 2017-Winter 2018

Position summary:

The WMEAC Women & Environment Intern will support the Director of Development and Women & Environment Planning Committee to assist in organizing and implementing the Women and Environment Symposium in February/March of 2018. WMEAC W&E intern includes the role to act as the liaison with Grand Valley State University’s Women’s Center and WMEAC. This internship is intended for a student or recent graduate interested in acquiring experience within a professional setting and developing relationships within the West Michigan business and non-profit community.

Intern will receive a stipend at the conclusion of the internship.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have

  • Strong organizational skills
  • A basic understanding of community partnerships and sponsorship models
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Docs
  • Basic knowledge of common environmental issues
  • Ability to work with database management
  • Ability to speak to a group of members
  • Ability to conduct accurate research to support grant initiatives
  • Basic knowledge of Social media writing and development
  • Respect and appreciation for volunteers and colleagues

Hours:

A flexible schedule of 10-15 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff.  Some work can be done independently.  Intern needs to be employed from October through March due to the date of the event.