Environmental Protection Agency - Boston Office

Duration:  30-35 hours per week, mid May – late August

Position title: Public Affairs/ Regional Administrators Office - Intern

Housing: Housing will not be provided. Students are responsible for finding their own housing.

Intern Role:

  • Respond to requests for information and disseminate accurate and timely information to the public and news media about the EPA and its mission, programs, and policies.
  • Plan and execute information campaigns to the public, including federal/state and local agencies, elected officials, Tribes, special interest groups, private citizens, and academic institutions, and identify target audience needs and communication techniques.
  • Develop written, oral, and electronic materials to transmit information about the EPA and its programs, projects, policies, and mission to the general public and/or specialized target audiences, and use electronic methods to share and gather information.
  • Write press releases, outreach plans, technical documents, articles, web content, social media posts, and other correspondence for the public.
  • Opportunities to work in depth with programmatic staff, depending on student interest.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Must be a team player
  • Able to learn quickly
  • Experience with web and library research. 
  • Demonstrated experience in and passion for environmental issues—and for the importance of accurate information and analysis to guide environmental decision-making. 
  • Coursework reflecting interest and knowledge of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability. Work for environmental or other sustainability-oriented organizations are pluses.  

The work requires attention to detail and an ability to carefully and accurately document authoritative sources for all information gathered.  Successful interns are also comfortable contacting experts to track down data and other information. 

Funding: $3,000
Available through the Center for the Environment Summer Leadership Fellowship Program; see application instructions.

Requirements:
Along with the Universal Application students must submit a cover letter describing their interests, experiences, and how this internship fits their career interest, a resume and three references with contact information.

The Mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.
EPA's purpose is to ensure that:

  • all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;
  • national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;
  • federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
  • environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
  • all parts of society -- communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments -- have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
  • environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and
  • the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.