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PCL/PCLF internships are a great way to become familiar with environmental policy in California and network with environmental non-profit organizations, government representatives, and other stakeholders. Possible work assignments include policy research, report writing, event planning, and outreach to community groups. Interns work on a core project and often provide support to PCL/PCLF staff on other assignments. Interns have opportunities to do work in the Capitol, such as attending hearings and meetings on assigned bills. This is a friendly, flexible, and fast-paced office, and our interns provide key support to our environmental mission.


We are looking for law students or graduate students in related fields for these positions; however, outstanding undergraduate interns will also be considered. All candidates should possess excellent research and communication skills, and be well suited to work in a fast-paced environment. These are unpaid internships, but PCL/PCLF will assist in attempting to secure funding for the position.

How to apply/For More Info

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to the respective contact person found in internship description.

PCL/PCLF currently has three internship positions open:

50/50 Project Intern

PCL seeks an intern to assist with the development of our 50/50 Project, in preparation for the 50th anniversary of PCL and PCL Foundation next year. This project will explore the history of California’s environment and natural resources policy 50 years ago, analyze the implementation and effectiveness of statewide environmental legislation over the past five decades, and outline an integrated vision for what California’s environment and resource use should look like 50 years into the future. PCL’s 50/50 Project Intern will work with the Executive Director and program staff to plan, research, and present this information as an advocacy tool. This position requires strong research and analytical skills, an interest in environmental policy, and the ability to communicate complex information to a general audience. This is a volunteer position that requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. For more information, contact Sage Sweetwood at Sage@pcl.org.

Water Policy Intern

Through its Water for Life campaign, PCL and PCL Foundation are leading the fight to strengthen statewide planning efforts, such as the State Water Plan Update and Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), in order to foster regional self-sufficiency and prioritize: (1) water conservation and efficiency (reduce); (2) rainwater harvesting, graywater use, and stormwater capture (reuse); (3) potable reclamation projects (recycle); and (4) ecosystem restoration (restore). PCL's Water Policy Intern will help advocate for sound policy by providing research and writing support to PCL's Water Team. Responsibilities include policy research and analysis, assistance with in-Capitol legislative work, report writing, communications support, and educational outreach. This is a volunteer position that requires a minimum commitment of 8-16 hours per week. Excellent writing skills and an interest in environmental policy are required; water-specific coursework or experience is desirable. For more information, contact Rebecca Crebbin-Coates at Rebecca@pcl.org.

Development Intern
PCL seeks an organized, motivated Development Intern to support our fundraising efforts.  The intern will work with the Executive Director, Communications & Events Director, and program staff to help secure funding for PCL and PCL Foundation, communicate our gratitude to supporters, and plan and execute major events.  The Development Intern will gain experience in fundraising through event planning, community engagement, prospective donor research, database management, gift processing, grant research and proposal development, and will receive training on research tools.  This is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in non-profit management to learn about organizational sustainability, financing, and fundraising.  This position requires strong oral and written communication skills and attention to detail; a background in outreach, event management, or non-profit work is desirable.  This is a volunteer position that requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week.  For more information, contact Beverley Newman at bnewman@pcl.org.



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