INTERNSHIPS

WMEAC hosts interns from a variety of backgrounds including both students and community members. 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 interns are hired for spring (January – April), summer (May-August), and fall (September – December). Some internship positions are longer including the Women and the Environment internship (October-March) and the Water Fellow (fall – spring) and the final determination is decided by the Staff Mentor responsible for intern management.

Environmental Education and Recycling interns are hired for four seasons – early spring, late spring, summer and fall.

We are currently accepting applications for Late Spring Environmental Education Interns (starting March 2018) and Summer 2018 Internships. 

Please note, that if a position title says “FILLED” next to it then we are no longer accepting applications for the semester. Applications submitted for positions that have been indicated as “FILLED” may not be reviewed by staff.

Page last updated April 9, 2018.

Fund Development (Summer 2018 - FILLED)

WMEAC Fund Development and Events Intern

Summer 2018

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 membership management, campaign development and implementation, donor stewardship and donor data management. In addition, the intern may work closely with various committees 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 is 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 & Compensation:
A flexible schedule of 8 – 20 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff. Some work can be done independently if intern has access to necessary tools outside of the office. Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when student’s schedule permits. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship contract agreement.

Organization Background:
WMEAC (West Michigan Environmental Action Council) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1968 that has been active in issues ranging from banning DDT, critical dunes preservation and the Michigan bottle bill, to contemporary issues such as water quality and community sustainability.

To Apply:
Interested persons should submit a resume, cover letter, and application online at wmeac.org/internships.

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. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at West Michigan Environmental Action Council are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Eco-Journalism and Blogging (FILLED for Summer 2018)

Eco-Journalism and Blogging Internship

Summer 2018

Position Summary:
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:
Required: 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.

Preferred:

  • 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 

Hours & Compensation:
A flexible schedule of 15 – 20 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff. Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when student’s schedule permits. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship contract agreement.

Organization Background:
WMEAC (West Michigan Environmental Action Council) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1968 that has been active in issues ranging from banning DDT, critical dunes preservation and the Michigan bottle bill, to contemporary issues such as water quality and community sustainability.

To Apply:
Interested persons should submit a resume, cover letter, writing samples, and application online at wmeac.org/internships.

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. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at West Michigan Environmental Action Council are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Environmental Education (Late Spring 2018, Summer 2018)

Environmental Education Internship Position Summary

Late Spring (March – June)

Summer (May – August)

Please specify which term you are applying for in your application.

Position Summary:
This intern will support WMEAC’s Environmental Education (EE) Program including the Teach for the Watershed (T4W) program. Responsibilities will be spent on program development, research, community outreach, and other program tasks. Intern will have opportunities work festivals, on rain gardens and rain barrels and support other WMEAC programs as needed, but the primary focus is on EE program. Intern will work out of the WMEAC office, but off-site hours should be expected. A flexible schedule of 15-20 hours per week is required with occasional night and weekends for WMEAC event support.

Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate student pursuing a degree in natural sciences, sustainability, sciences or education with an emphasis in environmental science
  • Knowledge of watershed, water quality, and stormwater policy issues a plus
  • Strong communication and writing skills, including public speaking, with a mastery of environmental science vocabulary
  • Willingness to represent WMEAC and its programs in order to creatively discuss environmental issues with a variety of audiences
  • Must be able to successfully clear a background and felony records check
  • Must have own transportation
  • Demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher) and Google Docs

Hours & Compensation:
A flexible schedule of 15 – 20 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff. Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when student’s schedule permits. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship contract agreement.

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

To Apply:
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and application wmeac.org/internships.

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. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at West Michigan Environmental Action Council are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Recycling (Late Spring 2018 & Summer 2018)

WMEAC Recycling and Zero Waste Internship

Late Spring (April – June)

Summer (July – September)

Please specify which position you are available for in your application.

Position Summary:
West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is offering an internship opportunity for an individual to support WMEAC’s recycling and zero waste education efforts. Intern will work 15-20 hours per week including occasional nights and weekends. Times are to be arranged by WMEAC staff and intern. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship.

Intern will support strategies to improve participation and quality of recycling, composting, waste hierarchy in West Michigan. The intern will support educational outreach in K-12 schools, businesses and communities as needed.

Intern will assist with community outreach, volunteer coordination, public speaking, research, lesson research and creation, data management and more. Additional duties include logistical support for WMEAC programming including coordinating stakeholders and other projects as assigned. Intern will work out of Grand Rapids office as well as a variety of settings

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of recycling, composting, upcycling, 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

Hours & Compensation:
A flexible schedule of 15 – 20 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff. Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when student’s schedule permits. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship contract agreement.

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

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. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at West Michigan Environmental Action Council are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Policy Internship (FILLED for Summer 2018)

WMEAC Policy Internship
Summer 2018

Position Summary:
WMEAC is looking for an intern with an interest and background in politics, policy, and environmental issues to build and assist WMEAC’s policy and community activism program.

The Policy intern will:

  • Identify, track and analyze important environmental legislation
  • Assist in the building of a regional political advocacy network and database
  • Research and write articles and opinion pieces for WMEAC blog and social media
  • Assist in the design and preparation of WMEAC outreach and advocacy events
  • Prepare legislative issue, committee and meeting summaries
  • Coordinate advocacy actions, with WMEAC Policy Committee.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have:

  • The ability to commit to 10 – 20 hours per week
  • Knowledge of political systems and/or success in academic coursework in government and political science; a desire to pursue a career in a related field
  • A strong interest in several of the following:
    • Local, state or national politics
    • Environmental issues – especially water, energy and sustainability
    • Community action and grass roots advocacy regarding environmental issues


Hours & Compensation:
A flexible schedule of 10 – 20 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff. Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when student’s schedule permits. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship contract agreement.

Organization Background:
WMEAC (West Michigan Environmental Action Council) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1968 that has been active in issues ranging from banning DDT, critical dunes preservation and the Michigan bottle bill, to contemporary issues such as water quality and community sustainability.

To Apply:
Interested persons should submit a resume, cover letter, and application online at wmeac.org/internships.

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. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at West Michigan Environmental Action Council are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Inclusion & Outreach Internship

WMEAC Inclusion & Outreach Internship
Partners for Places
Summer 2018

Position summary:
The WMEAC Inclusion & Outreach Intern will support the Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator to engage diverse and strategic West Michigan constituencies in WMEAC’s continuum of environmental education, behavior change, and water programs. This internship will focus on supporting the Partners for Places initiative, which is a partnership between WMEAC, the City of Grand Rapids, GreenHome Institute, and the Wege Foundation focused on the development of a strategy for community engagement and implementation of water conservation and stormwater green infrastructure practices in underserved communities within the City. This intern will assist with program planning, events, and outreach activities with the support and assistance of WMEAC’s Inclusion and Development of Environmental Allies and Leaders (IDEAL) initiative that supports WMEAC’s inclusion and diversity policies and goals. This internship is intended for a student or community member interested in engaging a diverse group of community members and organizations in various environmental issues and non-profit administration.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have:

  • 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 community members and partners
  • Ability to conduct accurate research to support grant initiatives
  • Regular outreach on behalf of diversity initiative
  • Basic knowledge of social media writing and development


Hours & Compensation:
A flexible schedule of 10 – 20 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff. Some work can be done independently.  Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when student’s schedule permits. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship contract agreement.

Organization Background:
WMEAC (West Michigan Environmental Action Council) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1968 that has been active in issues ranging from banning DDT, critical dunes preservation and the Michigan bottle bill, to contemporary issues such as water quality and community sustainability.

To Apply:
Interested persons should submit a resume, cover letter, and application online at wmeac.org/internships.

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. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at West Michigan Environmental Action Council are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.