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Policy internships at Michigan Environmental Council

Feb 21, 2017
Every spring, summer and fall we give several talented college students direct experience in environmental policy research and advocacy. They give us the fresh energy and ideas we need to rebuild Michigan’s economy while protecting our natural resources and enhancing our quality of life.

We tailor our internships to match each person’s skills, expertise and goals, and offer a variety of experiences to make an intern’s time here as valuable as possible. Interns typically undertake short- and long-term policy research projects, and have opportunities to meet with state policymakers, take part in special events and field trips, and attend committee meetings and sessions of the Legislature. They work closely with our policy experts in energy, land use, transportation, environmental health, water, agriculture, environmental justice, and natural resources.

Internships at MEC are unpaid, but college credit can be arranged. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Lansing, three blocks from the Capitol. Schedules are flexible; 15 hours per week is preferred.

Ideal applicants will:
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have graduated the previous semester.
  • Have knowledge of research methods to collect and analyze relevant information.
  • Have strong writing and communication skills.
  • Have a basic understanding of current environmental policy issues and the public policy process.
  • Be self-motivated and self-directed, seeking guidance when appropriate.
  • Have a good sense of humor and a strong ability to collaborate with others.
How to apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé and a short writing sample to internships@environmentalcouncil.org by:
April 15 for summer internships
September 15 for fall internships
November 31 for spring internships

About the Michigan Environmental Council

Since 1980, the Michigan Environmental Council has been at the forefront of efforts to protect our Great Lakes, promote sustainable cities, safeguard public health, and establish clean energy policies for a more vibrant economy. Representing over 70 member organizations throughout the state, MEC provides agenda-setting leadership at the State Capitol and with our Congressional delegation in Washington. MEC combines deep environmental policy expertise with close connections to key state and federal decision makers, decades of experience getting things done in the political process, and an ability to rally broad and powerful alliances in support of reforms.
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