The Maryland Sierra Club offers many internship and volunteer opportunities. Conveniently located on Route 1, students can take advantage of the diverse openings in office management, administration, web design, environmental advocacy, environmental news reporting, politics, communications, marketing, outdoor education, advertising, publications, and research. There is a wide range of hours available from as few as 6 hours per week to 35 hours per week.
Water Protection Organizing
Learn about water pollution and water quality issues facing the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's rivers and streams. Help organize communities in support of clean water policies, including storm-water runoff and agricultural pollution. Conduct watershed management policy research, develop campaign materials, recruit volunteers, assist with outreach and messaging, and attend water protection meetings. Assist with planning meetings and special events.
Natural Gas Organizing
Learn about the threats posed by natural gas infrastructure development in Maryland, and help make a difference. Help educate our members and the public about the health and environmental impacts of gas, put on public events, support local and state initiatives to restrict the expansion of gas infrastructure in Maryland. Assist with preparing campaign materials, recruit volunteers, and assist with outreach and messaging, and more.
Work inside the state’s Beyond Coal Campaign, helping to move our campaign goals forward through volunteer engagement and recruitment, research, and campaign strategy development and implementation. Assist in policy research and clean energy campaign strategy and implementation. Draft compelling content for email alerts, newsletters, blogs, and more. Compile research on local and state-level clean energy and efficiency programs. Assist in compiling weekly reports on campaign accomplishments for Sierra Club senior staff. Help create campaign collateral such as fact sheets, flyers, or other materials.
Promote integration of conservation campaign goals with the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter outings program. Learn about conservation issues important to Sierra Club groups. Work with campaigns to plan relevant outings, coordinate with leaders to hold outings, and bring in local issue experts to talk about the conservation aspects and nature. Become familiar with online tools for outreach and information tracking and train Sierra Club leaders to use these tools. Support communication within the outings committee. Collect write-ups from outings leaders for website and newsletter. Attend outings, distribute conservation materials. Complete training to become an Outings leader, and co-lead two outings.
To work with and assist the Sierra Club Maryland chapter political committee in efforts to elect candidates to office who will protect the environment. The political intern will support our political effort from start to finish, including: examining candidates records and positions; helping develop candidate questionnaires; schedule and support candidate interviews; produce green voting guides to support people in voting pro-environment; help organize public education events and candidate forums; recruit volunteers for voter registration and Get Out the Vote efforts.
Solar Energy Development
Learn about development of solar energy in the context of energy policy needed to get off fossil fuels and move to 100% clean renewable energy, working with the solar working group of the Chapter’s Energy Committee to identify issues and barriers impeding solar development and producing recommendations that address them. Assist in research into local policies and into technical and political aspects of solar development, drawing on local, state, and national experience and technical resources. Help organize and coordinate a network of local volunteers across the state, communicate with key stakeholders and organizations engaged in solar policy, create online and social media presence for the group’s solar work, and organize and participate in trainings and public forums to disseminate information and recommendations.
For information or to arrange internships:
1. Send the following materials to internships[@]mdsierra.org and cc: maryland.chapter[@]sierraclub.org
- Cover Letter
- Writing Sample
Please include your name in each document title
2. Fill out the internship application survey at http://goo.gl/forms/330RyTrwiLAll internship applications and inquiries must go through internships[@]mdsierra.org.
Please do not call or email the main office contacts.