Environmental Internships
(including Volunteer Work)

Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit marine science facility dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education. It offers internships for American and international postsecondary students and recent graduates. Interns gain experience in the areas of research, rehabilitation, public education and conservation as they relate to the North Pacific marine ecosystem. The majority of internships have a duration of 12 weeks, while others require a longer commitment. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Alaska SeaLife Center
301 Railway Avenue
P.O. Box 1329
Seward, Alaska 99664

Phone: 1-800-224-2525 ext. 6307
Email: volunteer_intern@alaskasealife.org
Website: www.alaskasealife.org

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Youth Internship Program

CIDA is Canada's lead agency for development assistance. CIDA's International Youth Internship Program gives young Canadian postsecondary graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge, gain international work experience and develop skills in various sectors. Interns are placed for at least six months with Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and host organizations in developing countries.

Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0G4

Phone: (819) 997-5006
Toll free: 1-800-230-6349
Fax: (819) 953-6088
E-mail: info@acdi-cida.gc.ca
Website: www.acdi-cida.gc.ca

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

CIEL is a non-profit organization working to use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. CIEL's internship program offers law students and other motivated students and graduates opportunities to gain experience in the field of international environmental law. CIEL provides internships in Washington and Geneva. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

CIEL (United States)
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite #1100
Washington, DC 20036

CIEL (Switzerland)
15 rue des Savoises
1205 Geneva
Switzerland

Website: www.ciel.org

Climate Institute

The Climate Institute is a non-profit organization focusing on climate change issues. It works to move nations, regions, and people to address climate change in a collaborative manner and protect the balance between climate and life on earth. The Climate Institute offers internships for university students and graduates from around the world. The internships generally involve service with the Climate Institute at its Washington offices but alternative opportunities may be available with its partner organizations. Students may also participate from their home campuses in research projects. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Climate Institute
1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20036

Email: internship.applications@gmail.com
Website: www.climate.org

Environment Canada, Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

Environment Canada is a department of the Government of Canada with the mandate to preserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, forecast weather and environmental change, and coordinate environmental policies and programs. Its Science Horizons Youth Internship Program offers promising young scientists and postsecondary graduates hands-on experience working on environmental projects under the mentorship and coaching of experienced scientists and program managers. Internships lasting 6 to 10 months are awarded across Canada.

Government of Canada Youth Info Line: 1-800-935-5555
Environment Canada Inquiry Centre: 1-800-668-6767
Email: science.horiz@ec.gc.ca
Website: www.ec.gc.ca

Global Green USA

Global Green USA is a national environmental organization focusing on stemming global climate change, eliminating weapons of mass destruction and providing clean drinking water. It is the US affiliate of Green Cross International. Global Green USA offers summers internships for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Global Green USA Headquarters
2218 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Phone: (310) 581-2700
Fax: (310) 581-2702
Email: ggusa@globalgreen.org

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Circumpolar Young Leaders Program

IISD is a Canadian-based policy research institute that promotes sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications. The Circumpolar Young Leaders Program is one of IISD's three internship programs. The six-month internship provides Northern youth with training and work experience at leading organizations in Arctic countries. Participants must be originally from, or living in, the northern regions of the Arctic Council Member Countries.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3B 0Y4

Phone: (204) 958-7700
Fax: (204) 958-7710
Email: intern-info@iisd.ca
Website: www.iisd.org

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Emerging Leaders for Governance and Communication Program

IISD is a Canadian-based policy research institute that promotes sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications. Its Emerging Leaders for Governance and Communication Program focuses on the use of information and communications technology to strengthen civil society organizations. The program includes an international work placement of six to eight months. The internship is offered to young Canadian postsecondary graduates who are unemployed or underemployed.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3B 0Y4

Phone: (204) 958-7700
Fax: (204) 958-7710
Email: intern-info@iisd.ca
Website: www.iisd.org

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Young Canadian Leaders for a Sustainable Future Program

IISD is a Canadian-based policy research institute that promotes sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications. The Young Canadian Leaders for a Sustainable Future Program is IISD's most established internship program. The internship includes a training session followed by an international work placement of six to eight months with a partner organization. The internship is offered to young Canadian university and college graduates who are unemployed or underemployed.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3B 0Y4

Phone: (204) 958-7700
Fax: (204) 958-7710
Email: intern-info@iisd.ca
Website: www.iisd.org

Marine Conservation Biology Institute

Marine Conservation Biology Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science of marine conservation biology and promoting cooperation essential to protecting and recovering the earth's biological integrity. The organization provides internships to university students and graduates with an interest in marine conservation issues.

MCBI Headquarters
2122 112th Ave NE
Suite B-300
Bellevue WA 98004

Phone: (425) 274-1180
Fax: (425) 274-1183
Website: www.mcbi.org

National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. It works to engage people in positive conservation experiences through its national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations. The National Audubon Society offers internships at several locations in the U.S.

National Audubon Society
700 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 979-3000
Email: HumanResources@audubon.org
Website: www.audubon.org

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Shell Conservation Internship Program

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization that takes a business-like approach to preserving Canada's natural heritage. NCC provides summer internships across Canada through the Shell Conservation Internship Program, which is funded by Shell Canada. Internships are offered to university and college students and recent graduates in the environmental sciences.

Website: www.conservationinterns.ca

Ocean Alliance

The Ocean Alliance is dedicated to the conservation of whales and their ocean environment through research and education. It offers several internship and volunteer opportunities in different areas of the organization. Ocean Alliance's internship program is designed to provide experience in working with a non-profit organization and encountering whales in their natural environment. The internships are on a volunteer basis.

Ocean Alliance
191 Weston Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Phone: (781) 259-0423
Fax: (781) 259-0288
Email: question@oceanalliance.org
Website: www.oceanalliance.org

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

The Ministry of Natural Resources of the Government of Ontario has the mission to protect and manage the province's natural resources. Among other activities it works to conserve biodiversity, protect green space and source water, ensure sustainable forestry and support renewable energy. The ministry provides internships to postsecondary students and recent graduates. The internships are up to 10 months in length.

Phone: (705) 755-2014
Toll-free: 1-800-667-1940
Website: www.mnr.gov.on.ca

Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment (QLF)

QLF is a private, non-profit conservation and education organization. Its mission is to support the rural communities and environment of eastern Canada and New England, and to create models for stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage, which can be applied worldwide. QLF's Leadership Program offers internships designed for undergraduate, recent graduate, and graduate-level university students from Canada and the U.S. as well as other interested individuals.

Quebec-Labrador Foundation
Atlantic Center for the Environment
55 South Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938

Phone: (978) 356-0038
Fax: (978) 356-7322
Email: intern@qlf.org
Web: www.qlf.org

Rainforest Foundation US

The Rainforest Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission to support indigenous and traditional people of the world's rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights. Rainforest Foundation US offers internships to university and college students at different times during the spring, summer and fall. The internships are generally on a volunteer basis.

Rainforest Foundation US
32 Broadway, Suite 1614
New York, NY 10004

Phone: (212) 431-9098
Fax: (212) 431-9197
Email: rffny@rffny.org
Website: www.rainforestfoundation.org

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is an environmental conservation organization with the mission to develop a diverse, well-trained grassroots network working to protect the integrity of the global ecosystems. The organization offers several internships at its national headquarters in San Francisco and its legislative office in Washington. The Sierra Club especially seeks interns who have been directly involved in conservation work and have good communication and writing skills. The internships are generally on a volunteer basis (a stipend may be available).

Sierra Club National Headquarters
85 Second Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
USA

Phone: (415) 977-5500
Fax: (415) 977-5799
Website: www.sierraclub.org

Student Conservation Association (SCA)

SCA is an American non-profit organization. Its mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. SCA offers 3-to-12 month, expense-paid internship opportunities in all 50 states with governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Most SCA interns work one-on-one alongside conservation professionals, while some work in small groups under SCA supervision. The internship program is open to American and international applicants aged 18 and above.

SCA Headquarters
PO Box 550
689 River Road
Charlestown, New Hampshire 03603

Phone: (603) 543-1700
Website: www.thesca.org

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

UNCCD aims to fight the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, particularly in Africa. UNCCD occasionally provides ad-hoc internships for graduate students specializing in a field related to its work. Internships are on a volunteer basis.

UNCCD Personnel
PO Box 260129
D-53175 Bonn
Germany

Website: www.unccd.int

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP offers internships in Nairobi, Kenya for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 7621234
Fax: (254-20) 7624489/90
Website: www.unep.org

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

UNFCCC sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. UNFCCC's internship program allows graduate students to gain insight into the work of the United Nations and provides assistance and training in various professional fields. The normal duration of an internship is two months, which can be extended for an additional two months. Internships are on a volunteer basis.

Ms. Catherina Denoo
Intern Focal Point
UNFCCC
P.O. Box 260124, D-53153
Bonn, Germany

Email address: cdenoo@unfccc.int
Website: http://unfccc.int

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

UN-HABITAT is the United Nations agency for human settlements, mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT offers internships in Nairobi, Kenya for undergraduate and graduate university students. The internships have a duration of three to six months and are on a volunteer basis.

UN-HABITAT Headquarters
P.O. Box 30030, GPO
Nairobi, 00100, Kenya

Phone: (254-20) 7621234 (Operator) / 7 623120 (Information Services)
Fax: (254-20) 7624266
Website: www.unhabitat.org