Summer Policy Program Intern


The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) was prepared in an industry-led process from 2007 to 2010. The Protocol is a voluntary scorecard by which the hydropower industry can assess the social and environmental performance of its projects. Civil society groups from the Global South and dam-affected people were largely excluded from this process.

International Rivers and other civil society groups are currently calling on governments and other institutions not to support this document that can be used to greenwash destructive projects. The Policy Program Intern will work with the Policy Program Coordinator to make sure that HSAP does not replace or weaken existing social and environmental standards.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Compiling a track record of dam builders' violations of international standards.
  • Build outreach and media databases to increase the exposure of the HSAP campaign.
  • Update the Policy Program web pages.
  • Assist the Policy Program Coordinator with other research, administrative, and campaign related activities when necessary.

Skills and experiences required:

  • Strong research, writing and communications skills.
  • Academic background in water policy (BA or MA level)
  • Ability to multitask, stay organized, work independently and within a team, and keep deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills and attention to detail.

Desired qualifications:
• Ideally fluent in both English and one of the following languages: Portuguese, Mandarin, French
• Experience interacting with environmental NGOs.

This position will be based in our Berkeley, CA, office.
The Policy Program Intern’s work schedule requires an average of 15-20 hours per week and will run from May to July (start/end dates are flexible).

Funding: $3000 (or more depending on circumstances)
Provided through the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, available through the UAF

How to Apply: Students must apply through the LyonNet application system. Applicants should send  a cover letter, 3-page writing sample, and resume to by March 2 , with the subject line: IR Policy Program Internship. 

International Rivers is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, class, disability status, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation.