Meet Our Summer 2022 Interns
Jane Hirschman is an environmental studies and government major at Bowdoin College. Jane is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and previously interned for the Indiana Wildlife Federation last summer, which piqued her interest in nonprofit work in the environmental policy field. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors hiking, running, and biking.
"I am looking forward to helping advocate for the best policy solutions to environmental problems that affect people across Maine!"
Tori Markiewicz is a graduate student at the University of Maine in Orono studying Climate Policy and also has Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Tori grew up in New Hampshire and loves to hike, swim, kayak, garden, and ski in the beautiful New England outdoors.
"I have long been passionate about preserving the environment, and I am so lucky to be a part of NRCM’s advocacy work this summer. I am grateful to learn from the knowledgeable people at NRCM about ways to create positive change for our communities and protect human rights, animal habitats, and natural resources."
Ryan Weitzel is originally from Massachusetts and is a rising senior at Bates College, where he is a politics major with experience and interest in social media, communications, and marketing. Ryan is working with NRCM this summer as a Communications & Public Affairs Intern.
"It has been an absolute pleasure to live in Maine and explore its breathtaking environment during my time at Bates. I’ve been a nature lover my whole life, and I’ve always been taught that everyone should do their part to protect the world we live in. I have also taken several college courses focused on environmental policy and ethics that have sparked within me a desire to help preserve the great outdoors. Thus, I am really looking forward to aiding NRCM this summer as they continue their important work to conserve Maine’s natural resources and beauty."
Susie Goodell is from New York and is a rising senior at Dartmouth College majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Anthropology. She spends summers in Maine and "absolutely loves it!" Susie is a former sailing instructor who loves spending time on the water.
"I'm so excited to work with NRCM this summer because I'll be able to help protect this beautiful place and learn more about environmental advocacy. I'm also appreciative of the opportunity to get an inside look at how NRCM operates and all the areas in which they work. I interned at Ocean Conservancy last year, so it's cool for me to work on projects protecting different natural resources."
Environmental Policy Internships
The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is seeking applicants to work as interns to assist the organization on a broad range of environmental policy issues currently facing Maine and the nation. NRCM attempts to place interns year-round, and the internships may be less than full-time to accommodate academic schedules. Internships generally are unpaid positions. However, NRCM does have funding for 1-2 paid internships annually (see details below under “Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship”).
NRCM provides interns with meaningful work and an excellent training experience. Interns will contribute to and learn from activities such as:
- Policy Research for legislation dealing with water quality, renewable energy, climate mitigation, land conservation, and waste management;
- Legislative Action (when the Legislature is in session) including attending legislative hearings, meeting lawmakers, watching policy debates, and mobilizing activists; and
- Advocacy Strategy including attending internal NRCM policy meetings, coalition strategy sessions, and advocacy events.
Environmental policy interns work under the supervision of NRCM’s Advocacy Director, who works to ensure that interns receive extensive opportunities to witness internal operations of NRCM and the environmental policy process.
Applicants should have strong writing and communication skills, a strong interest in environmental policy, and ability to work on multiple projects with varying deadlines. Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint preferred; GIS skills not required, but may be of use.
Candidates may apply at any time. Resume and cover letter should be submitted to email@example.com.
Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship
NRCM provides a $1,000 stipend for 1-2 interns annually. Generally, this intern serves from early June to early August.
Applying: Candidates interested in being considered for an internship should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates not selected for a paid internship may still be considered for an unpaid internship.
Check back often to see other internships as they become available.
Banner photos: NRCM interns at Maine State House, by P.Didisheim/NRCM