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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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (CEQA and legislative intern positions) or Rebecca@pcl.org (water policy intern position).
PCL/PCLF currently has three internship positions open for the summer:
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) intern
Perhaps Californiaĺ─˘s most foundational environmental law, CEQA requires state and local agencies to assess and disclose environmental and environmental health impacts of proposed projects, and to minimize or mitigate those impacts to the greatest extent possible. PCL/PCLF has long been at the forefront of fighting to protect CEQA from an ever-increasing array of attacks. Our CEQA intern will work with the Executive Director and the Legislative Director on our Save CEQA campaign, a multi-faceted program designed to educate and mobilize Californians around this landmark environmental law. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, research, writing, and administrative support for CEQA community workshops; outreach to other environmental organizations and allies; support for legislative work about CEQA. Coursework or experience with CEQA is desired; a background in legislative process, public education, urban planning, or general California environmental issues is also helpful. This is a volunteer position that requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours/week. For more information, contact Abigail Okrent at email@example.com.
- 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), known as the 4R approach. PCL/PCLFĺ─˘s Water Policy Intern will work with the Water Campaign Manager and Water Policy Advisor to help implement our water program. The Water Policy Intern will help advocate for sound water policy in the state by providing research and writing support to PCLĺ─˘s Water Team. Additional opportunities include tracking water legislation, working with state agencies, report writing, educational outreach, website updates, and assistance with meeting coordination. This is a volunteer position that requires a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. For more information, contact Rebecca Crebbin-Coates at Rebecca@pcl.org.
- Legislative Intern
PCL helps serves as the lobbying arm of environmental community, working to pass, protect and enforce laws that safeguard our environment and communities. Our Legislative Intern will work with the Legislative Director, Executive Director and program staff on our top priorities in the Capitol. Interns in the legislative program must be able to rapidly understand and analyze policy issues presented in the hundreds of bills PCL will review and comment on each year. Interns will also be asked to research and prepare background information and "talking points" on sponsored bills as the need arises, and prepare comment letters on non-PCL sponsored bills. This position requires good organizational skills, the ability to assimilate new information very rapidly, and an excellent writing ability. This is a volunteer position that requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours a week, increasing to at least 20 towards the end of the summer and the legislative session. For more information, contact Abigail Okrent at firstname.lastname@example.org.