• Application Deadline: 09/13/2019
  • Company: West Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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. In accepting this position, your primary responsibility would be to support WMEAC’s various water quality, policy, and clean energy programs and projects. You will work primarily out of the WMEAC office, but establish a flexible schedule of 15-20 hours per week with your coordinating staff member, as much of the work can be done independently. A $500 stipend is issued upon completion of this internship.


Specific Duties

Although specific tasks will depend on environmental policy issues that arise during the course of the internship, we expect the person fulfilling this position to assist with 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



  • 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 deep understanding 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
  • Dedication 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.

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