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.

Fall internships have been posted, but additional internships may be added. Keep checking this page to see what will be available at WMEAC in fall of 2018.

Page last updated October 2, 2018.

Fund Development (FILLED FALL 2018)

WMEAC Fund Development and Events Intern

Fall 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 Fall 2018)

Eco-Journalism and Blogging Internship

Fall 2018

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.

Environmental Education

Environmental Education Internship Position Summary

Fall (Sept. – Dec.)

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.

Inclusion & Outreach Internship (FILLED)

WMEAC Inclusion & Outreach Internship
Partners for Places
Fall 2018

Position summary:
The WMEAC Inclusion & Outreach Intern will work closely with 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 support 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 communication and outreach including, but not limited to, social media, newsletters, and other communication tools. The intern will also 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 tools
  • Ability to speak to a group of community members and partners
  • Ability to conduct accurate research to support grant initiatives
  • Interest and/or experience conducting outreach on behalf of diversity initiatives
  • 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.

Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow

Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow Opportunity
Fall 2018 – Spring 2019


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 2018 – 2019 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.

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)

Hours & Compensation:
A flexible schedule of 20 – 25 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 $3,000 stipend for the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year (36 weeks)  at the conclusion of the internship contract agreement.

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.

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.

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 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

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.