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.

Internship Semesters:

  • Winter/Spring Semester: January – April, available positions posted Nov. – Dec.
  • Summer Semester: May – August, available positions posted Feb. – Mar.
  • Fall Semester: September – December, available positions posted July – Aug.

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

WMEAC also has some longer, two-semester internships available for fall through spring semesters. These are the Women and the Environment internship and the Water Fellow. The positions are posted in mid-summer along with the other fall semester internships. Two-semester internships are only available to applicants who can commit to both semesters.

Applications for winter internships (Jan. – Apr. 2019) are now being accepted. 

Page last updated December 6, 2018.

Fund Development

WMEAC Fund Development and Events Intern

Winter/Spring 2019

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

Eco-Journalism and Blogging Internship

Winter/Spring 2019

Position Summary:

This intern will research, write, and/or produce content on identified West Michigan 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 sample
  • Training or professional experience with social media
  • Experience doing interview
  • 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.

Recycling and Zero Waste Internship

WMEAC Recycling and Zero Waste Internship

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. In accepting this position you would dedicate 15-20 hours per week including occasional nights and weekends. Times are subject to agreement between WMEAC staff and intern. In completion of this position you will receive a $500 stipend.

It will be your responsibility to support WMEAC in strategizing ways to improve participation and quality of recycling, composting, waste hierarchy in West Michigan, as well as support educational outreach in K-12 schools, businesses and communities as needed.

Opportunities to assist with community outreach, volunteer coordination, public speaking, research, lesson research and creation, data management and more will be available over the course of the internship. Additional opportunities may include offering logistical support for WMEAC programming including coordinating partners and other projects as assigned. Most work can be done out of the Grand Rapids office but will take place in other settings as well.

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.
  • Successfully clear a background and felony records check.
  • Reliable personal transportation, and flexible availability
  • Demonstrated dedication 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 10 – 20 hours per week agreed upon by you and coordinating staff member, as well as attendance at WMEAC events, schedule permitting. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship contract.

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.

Environmental Education

Environmental Education Internship Position Summary

Winter/Spring 2019

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.

Policy

WMEAC Policy Internship

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 Committee and Program staff. 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.

Specific Duties:

Although specific tasks will depend on environmental policy issues that arise during the course of the internship, intern is expected to:

  • Coordinate advocacy actions and events, as directed by the WMEAC Policy Committee
  • Research and summarize policy issues and environmental questions
  • Track media coverage, public and private remediation and testing, ongoing research; update FAQs; and assist with planning and implementation efforts for a Public Advisory Council regarding PFAS contamination in Michigan
  • Identify, track, and analyze important environmental legislation
  • Research and write articles and opinion pieces for WMEAC blog and social media

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of and a strong interest in federal, state, and local political systems; environmental issues, especially water, energy, and climate resilience
  • Successful academic coursework in government and political science or environmental policy
  • 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 Policy Committee 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
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)

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.

Graphic Design & Marketing

WMEAC Graphic Design & Marketing Internship

 

Position summary

The WMEAC Graphic Design & Marketing Intern will support all aspects of WMEAC’s marketing plans and design needs for special events, membership communications, and regular social media postings.  Working with staff members and an outside Design Studio, the intern will work on various projects to support WMEAC efforts in the community.  Work will include: designing graphics and materials for events, updating website and social media outlets, revising existing materials and graphics, and offering support with IT needs.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong verbal, design, and written communication skills
  • Experience with design software including the Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and all Google products
  • Basic knowledge of common environmental issues
  • Ability to work with Facebook and other social media outlets
  • Website design and maintenance experience
  • Experience with Apple a plus
  • Preferred candidate is majoring in graphic and/or web design, marketing, or related fields.

Hours & Compensation

Intern will be compensated with a $500 stipend at conclusion of contract agreement. A flexible schedule of 10-15 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff.  Some work can be done independently.  Interested persons should apply online at wmeac.org/internships and be prepared to submit a cover letter, resume and design samples.

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 & Communication Internship

WMEAC Inclusion & Communication Internship

Winter/Spring 2019

Position summary:

As the WMEAC Inclusion & Communication Intern you will have the opportunity to engage diverse West Michigan audiences around environmental education, advocacy and environmental justice. You will support regular communications on current environmental issues and challenges such as climate justice, the Line 5 pipeline, water quality and other emerging concerns with the goal of educating, activating and inspiring action. You will also support environmental justice and inclusion goals for WMEAC.

This internship will focus on communication efforts through social media, email newsletters, membership communications and press materials. The intern will also work closely with WMEAC’s Inclusion and Development of Environmental Allies and Leaders (IDEAL) committee, which support inclusion, diversity and equity goals. This internship is intended for a student or community member who is passionate about community engagement, environmental justice, and supporting an inclusive environmental movement.

Responsibilities:

60% – Communications – social media, newsletters, and other written communications

30% – Inclusion – support IDEAL committee (projects, presentations and communications)

10% – Outreach – participate in community events, workshops, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Docs
  • Awareness of  social, economic and/or environmental justice issues
  • Ability to work with Facebook and other social media platforms
  • Experience and/or willingness to learn basic website and email newsletter tools
  • Ability to speak to a group of community members and partners

Hours & Compensation:

A flexible schedule of 10 – 20 hours per week agreed upon by you and coordinating staff member, as well as attendance at WMEAC events, schedule permitting. 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.