Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. We are the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
VA Sierra Club summer interns will work directly with experienced advocates and organizers to develop and implement campaigns to protect the environment. Interns will assist the staff in building for events, recruiting community volunteers, and generating public support for our important campaigns.
Our summer campaigns include:
- Supporting the President’s Climate Action Plan, including strong standards on carbon pollution from power plants, and defending the Clean Air Act
- Moving Virginia’s largest utility, Dominion Virginia Power, away from dirty fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy
Interns must be willing to commit (at least) 10 – 15 hours per week at either our Richmond or Norfolk offices. Schedules are flexible and some weekend opportunities are available. The internship is unpaid, however class credit may be negotiated with your educational institution. Sierra Club will work with students to build your resume and network with professionals.
For more information or to apply:
Internships are available in Richmond and Norfolk. To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to one of the following individuals.
Richmond: Contact Kate Addleson, email@example.com
Richmond (Legislative or Political Interest): Contact Corrina Beall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk: Contact Eileen Levandoski, email@example.com
Internship positions are limited and spots fill up quickly. Preferred application deadline: May 25, 2014.
Meet Some of Our Past Interns
Graham Givens, University of Mary Washington, Class of 2013, Environmental Science
Working with the Rappahannock group of the Sierra Club, Graham built a community group in Fredericksburg to support the current ban on uranium mining in Virginia. Uranium deposits have been identified along the Rappahannock River, a public drinking water source for the city of Fredericksburg, which includes UMW. To protect his university’s access to clean, safe drinking water, Graham collected petition signatures, held community meetings, and met with community leaders to keep the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.
Chelsea worked with the NOVA hub of the Sierra Club to stop Old Dominion Electric Cooperative from carrying out the construction of a new coal plant, which if built would be the largest in Virginia. Coal plants are responsible for a number of health and environmental ailments including asthma, strokes and even death, as well as being a major contributor of carbon dioxide emissions. To prevent the construction of the Surry coal plant Chelsea helped build local opposition in the Northern Neck by attending farmers markets and building community alliances.
Despite a nearly 50-year track record protecting our air from big polluters and keeping American’s healthy, some in Congress have decided to attack the Clean Air Act’s authority to regulate pollution. This summer Ross worked to expose those in Congress that stand up for big polluters and thank those that support public health. In this photo, Ross (center) is joined by volunteers before a phonebank to Sierra Club members asking them to call and thank Senator Warner themselves for his continued support of the EPA and the Clean Air Act.
Rose Olsovsky, Virginia Commonwealth University, Class of 2014, English
Rose worked closely for the Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter on the Political Action Campaign for the 2013 Gubernatorial Race for Governor of Virginia. Through the use of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, Rose helped promote our TooExtremKen campaign. Rose also helped compile and organize information for a feature in the VA Chapter’s Old Dominion Sierran quarterly newsletter on endorsed candidates running for seats in the House of Delegates. On several occasions, Rose made phone calls to Sierra Club members in the Richmond area, providing information on volunteer opportunities coinciding with the election as well as other ways for folks to reach out in the effort to act on climate change.