DC Conservation Department Intern

Duration: 20 hours per week, mid May – late August (dates flexible)

Location: American Rivers Headquarters, Washington, DC 

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

CONSERVATION PROGRAMS: The Conservation Department is divided into five programs. Each of these programs interact with members of Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, other conservation groups as well as our own Government Relations department to monitor policy related to rivers.

Rivers and Global Warming - The impacts of global warming will hit rivers first and worst, in the form of increased droughts, floods, and waterborne diseases. Fortunately, healthy rivers boost community safety and security, building resilience against these impacts and helping communities thrive in the face of a changing climate.

Restoring Rivers - Restore rivers and floodplains to protect and enhance local communities and support fish and wildlife.

Clean Water - By focusing our efforts on stopping pollution from sewage spills and stormwater runoff, we are working to ensure that our urban and suburban environments are safe for drinking, fishing and boating.

Protecting Rivers - America’s highest quality rivers provide drinking water, flood protection, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.

Water Supply - Ensuring that our rivers and communities have enough water is critical to supporting a healthy environment and thriving economy.

Position Description:  The Conservation and Government Relations Department seeks an intern to work with our conservation and government relations staff on projects that include legislative research, grassroots organizing through contact with national environmental and river groups, working on our various conservation programs, responding to requests from river activists, researching American Rivers’issues in preparation of written materials, and various long-term projects.


  • Update and modify the existing grassroots database;
  • Research specific river conservation issues and legislation;
  • Create briefing materials including fact sheets;
  • Coordinate and execute hill drops;
  • Maintain contact database on state and local river partners;
  • Administrative support for all Conservation staff.

Anticipated completion of a degree in public policy or natural resources;

  • Ability to work collaboratively in promoting the goals and objectives of the organization;
  • Superior written and oral communication skills;
  • Creative and strategic thinking;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

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

Along with the Universal Application students must submit resume, references, a writing sample, and a letter addressed to: Fay Augustyn, Conservation Associate