Internships

Interns are a crucial part of our work protecting the Appalachian region.

Our interns are often given a special project to complete and participate in the day-to-day operations of a campaign. There is no stipend provided for internships, however Appalachian Voices will reimburse pre-approved expenses associated with the internship, such as travel.

Often, students can earn academic credit while completing an internship with us. At the completion of the internship, the intern will receive a complimentary year membership to Appalachian Voices. A letter of recommendation is available upon request.

If you are interested in interning with us, please fill out our online internship form.

Below is a list of our current internships. Click on the + sign for details on each internship. We also welcome suggestions for other internships that might fit our current needs and work.

Campaign and Program Internships

Mountaintop Removal Campaign Assistant Email outreach@appvoices.org to inquire about Fall 2015+

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Project Description: The Mountaintop Removal Campaign Assistant will work with our Legislative Associate and National Field Director to further the national grassroots campaign to end mountaintop removal. The internship will involve engaging our grassroots base through legislative and administrative demands. Major projects in 2013 will include netroots communications efforts, mini-lobby weeks, and the Annual End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and contact community organizations in target congressional districts
  • Host monthly volunteer nights
  • Work with Appalachian Voices’ staff to plan and implement a national lobby week in Washington, DC
  • Recruit Appalachian Voices’ members and volunteers across the country and in the coalfield to participate in the lobby week
  • Track bills as they move through Congress
  • Research new members of Congress
  • Lobby members and staff of the US House of Representatives, US Senate
  • Keep database of interactions with Congressional offices

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Committed to environmental justice issues in Appalachian Region
  • Grassroots organizing skills preferred, but not necessary
  • Grassroots organizing skills preferred, but not necessary
  • Ease with talking to members of Congress
  • A good grasp of the basics of mountaintop removal, legislation pertaining to coal, and a solid understanding of the basics of US Government.
  • Good communication skills- ability to make cold calls
  • Ability to work and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Sense of humor
  • Excitement to learn about the inner workings of non-profits

North Carolina Campaign Assistant +

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Located in our Boone, N.C. office, the North Carolina Campaign Assistant will help the North Carolina Campaign Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator with various aspects of our campaign to properly store coal ash across the state and to prevent hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Our campaign focuses on working in relationship with people who live near coal-fired power plants in the Western half of the state as well as engaging with our online base of supporters across the country.

Anyone can apply, but Government Studies, Environmental Science and/or Communications Majors are strongly encouraged.

Intern activities include (depending on strengths and needs), but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating tabling events and speaking events across North Carolina 
  • Updating our Facebook fans and Twitter followers on our work 
  • Inputting new sign-ups into our database
  • Helping develop messaging for online and offline communications (i.e. blogs, emails, brochures, fact sheets, letters to the editor, Opinion Editorials) for our Cleaning Up Coal Ash campaign
  • Phone banking our supporter lists to update them on campaign
  • Running our volunteer nights related to North Carolina campaign work (dependent on schedule)
  • Supporting community outreach, including canvassing and community meetings, with residents impacted by coal ash or threatened by fracking
  • Supporting data collection for air and water monitoring for coal ash contamination

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Committed to environmental issues in the Appalachian region
  • Highly detail orientated
  • Great communication skills- ability to make cold calls a huge plus 
  • Organizational skills
  • Can meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
  • Sense of humor
  • Excitement to learn about the inner workings of non-profits
  • Use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc)
  • Self-starter and can work somewhat independently
  • Use of Facebook and Twitter

Appalachian Water Watch Assistant +

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Located in our Boone, N.C., office, the Appalachian Water Watch Assistant will help with Clean Water Act litigation against coal companies that pollute water, water quality and mine permit data base creation and maintenance, and the citizen water monitoring program during the summer of 2015.

Coal mining, processing, burning, and waste disposal seriously threatens Appalachia’s biodiversity, ecosystems, and people. We address this threat through civil litigation and through citizen water monitoring. State agencies in the Appalachian coal-bearing regions have failed to hold the coal industry accountable for inaccurate and sometimes unlawful record keeping of surface water and ground water impacts. This lack of enforcement highlights the need for independent monitoring, in the form of compiling and reviewing existing records, as well as actual water testing.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Compiling and reviewing coal company water quality records (discharge
    monitoring reports)
  • Compiling and reviewing mine permit data
  • Mapping data in ArcGIS and Google Earth
  • Maintain citizen monitoring database
  • Help keep in contact with Appalachian Water Watch volunteers and coordinators
    to ensure regular water monitoring and uploading of test results to the AWW web
    site
  • Help maintain a training schedule, materials, and equipment for our participants
    in Appalachian Water Watch

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Committed to environmental issues in the Appalachian region
  • Should be highly proficient with Excel spreadsheets, data entry and data queries
  • Use of Google Earth, ArcGIS and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc),
    familiarity with SQL a plus
  • Detail-orientated with a tenacious drive to review discharge monitoring reports
    and identify violations of the Clean Water Act
  • Great communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Can meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
  • Sense of humor
  • Excitement to learn about the inner workings of nonprofits

Energy Efficiency Research Assistant I +

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The Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign is focused on helping residents in these communities access low-cost funding to make substantial improvements to their home’s energy efficiency. To help provide that access, Appalachian Voices is working with rural electric cooperatives across the region to promote and develop a unique type of home energy loan program known as “on-bill financing.”

The research intern will assist our program by gathering information on various products and services offered by North Carolina rural electric cooperatives, including energy efficiency and renewable energy support and incentives.

This position will be located in our Boone NC office. Part-time to full-time; ideally 20+ hours per week, starting as soon as possible and continuing through August. Additional responsibilities can be added to create a full-time role for academic qualifications. This is an unpaid position.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting online research on electric cooperative programs and services
  • Making phone calls to confirm, substantiate and supplement information gathered through the online search
  • Working with another intern on the research

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Committed to environmental and economic issues in the Appalachian region
  • Should be highly proficient with Google Docs and spreadsheets
  • Use of Google Earth, ArcGIS and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc) is beneficial
  • Good writing skills
  • An understanding of energy efficiency, particularly as it relates to home weatherization and energy efficient appliances
  • Can meet deadlines
  • Sense of humor and good listening and communication skills

Energy Efficiency Research Assistant II +

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The Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign is focused on helping residents in these communities access low-cost funding to make substantial improvements to their home’s energy efficiency. To help provide that access, Appalachian Voices is working with rural electric cooperatives across the region to promote and develop a unique type of home energy loan program known as “on-bill financing.” The research intern will assist our program by conducting surveys of model on-bill financing programs that exist across the eastern US, as well as compiling databases of energy services companies in select southeastern states

This position will be located in our Boone NC office. Part-time to full-time; ideally 20+ hours per week. Additional responsibilities can be added to create a full-time role for academic qualifications. This is an unpaid position.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting detailed surveys and compiling key data and information related to electric utility on-bill financing programs
  • Writing a summary report of findings, results, economic impacts and best practices of model on-bill financing programs
  • Compiling a database of Appalachian energy services providers (companies) and developing partnerships with those companies
  • Maintain citizen monitoring database
  • Helping to improve our Energy Savings Action Center and update databases of utility energy efficiency programs and incentives

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Committed to environmental and economic issues in the Appalachian region
  • Should be highly proficient with Excel spreadsheets, data entry and data queries
  • Use of Google Earth, ArcGIS and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc) is beneficial
  • Great writing skills
  • An understanding of energy efficiency, particularly as it relates to home weatherization and energy efficient appliances
  • An understanding of finance is a plus
  • Can meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
  • Sense of humor and good listening and communication skills

Virginia Grassroots Organizing Assistant +

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The Virginia Grassroots Organizing Assistant will work on our New Power for the Old Dominion Campaign which is the centerpiece of our Virginia work. The New Power campaign’s objective is to build a powerful and diverse base of citizens, business leaders and public officials, all united in pressuring Virginia’s utilities and government to do better. Additionally, we will continue the fight to end mountaintop removal mining and investments in coal-fired power plants in our state.

The supervisors for this position are the Campaign Director and the Virginia Campaign Coordinator, who are located in our Charlottesville, VA office. However, the intern is not expected to work in our Charlottesville office and can work remotely and report back to the supervisor, if needed.

Anyone can apply, but Environmental Sciences, Public Policy, Communications and English Undergraduate or Graduate students are strongly encouraged.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the planning of events, rallies, and presentations across the state on clean energy
  • Assist with Public communication and education on our issues, including media outreach, online and social media tools, and tabling
  • Produce blogs and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership
  • Research and contact community organizations to engage in New Power Campaign
  • Coordinating volunteers for in and out-of-office activities
  • Assist in development of grassroots activists around the state through online and offline actions
  • Keep database of state-wide media on clean energy, including earned media

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Committed to environmental justice issues in Appalachian Region
  • Grassroots organizing skills preferred, but not necessary
  • Good communication skills- ability to make cold calls
  • Ability to work and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Sense of humor
  • Excitement to learn about the inner workings of non-profits

 

 

Communications Internships

Editorial Assistant (Boone, N.C.) FILLED FOR FALL 2015+

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Working as lead editorial assistant for our bimonthly publication, The Appalachian Voice, this internship will focus on journalistic writing including conducting interviews, researching stories, writing articles, reformatting press releases and assisting with other aspects of print production including copy-editing, production and layout, photo managing and distribution. The assistant will also write news articles for our Front Porch Blog and monthly e-newsletter, The Advocate, as well as other communication needs of the organization.

This position will require the assistant to keep up to date with environmental news and current events, and write regularly about these topics as they pertain to the Appalachian region and the work of Appalachian Voices. Subjects of focus will include topics that parallel the organization’s primary programmatic work, including mountaintop removal coal mining, air pollution, forestry and land stewardship and water issues, as well as renewable energy and sustainable development, Appalachia history and culture and outdoor recreational opportunities.

This position will be located in our Boone, N.C. main office.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Commitment to environmental issues in Appalachia
  • Excellent research, writing and organizational skills
  • Knowledge in journalistic writing and blog writing
  • Interest in journalism and non-profit work
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
  • Detail oriented
  • Competence with word processing
  • Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, copy-editing and AP style are all a plus
  • Able to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • A well-developed sense of humor

Marketing Outreach Assistant (Boone, N.C.) +

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The Marketing Outreach Assistant will work with the Communications Team in our Boone, N.C., office to develop and grow relationships with businesses and organizations. The marketing assistant will primarily be involved with The Appalachian Voice, Appalachian Voices’ bimonthly publication, and will work with communications staff to establish advertising partnerships with businesses. The intern will also earn a commission of 20% on new ad sales, provided that is in accordance with any academic credit arrangements. In addition to discussing advertising options with potential supporters, the marketing assistant might also be responsible for ad design under supervision of our communications staff, if he or she is skilled in graphic design.

The assistant will also help facilitate distribution of The Appalachian Voice publication, which has a circulation of 61,000, by arranging for businesses, colleges or other organizations to receive regular shipments of the paper and become a distribution points. This position may also work with the publication’s distribution manager to maintain relationships with distribution volunteers.

This position will require substantial phone-based outreach and strong verbal communications skills. We are seeking an outgoing, motivated self-starter who is comfortable speaking on the phone. Applicant should also be eager to learn about Appalachian Voices and represent the organization to the public and potential partners.

The intern may assist with other communications outlets, as determined by the intern’s interest and the organization’s needs. This may include helping to create promotional materials for the newspaper and Business League, the organization’s network of business supporters. Depending on the intern’s interest and availability, he or she might also develop graphics and text for the organization’s website, e-newsletter, email and social media channels, or write short news bulletins for The Appalachian Voice or Front Porch Blog.

    Skills/Qualifications:

    • Experience with nonprofit marketing and communications or willingness to learn
    • Professional, confident attitude conducive to speaking with business owners and others about Appalachian Voices’ work
    • Interest in developing new relationships with individuals and organizations
    • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about environmental issues in Appalachia
    • Excellent research, writing, communication, and organizational skills
    • Proficiency in graphic design a plus
    • Enrollment in marketing or communications degree program with emphasis on marketing a plus
    • Familiarity with HTML a plus
    • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
    • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision
    • A well-developed sense of humor

Graphic Design Assistant (Boone, N.C.)+

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The Graphic Design Assistant will work with the Communications Coordinator in our Boone, N.C., office to help create graphics content for both print and web. Interns typically take with them several portfolio-quality pieces by the end of their internship. Responsibilities may include:

  • Helping to design and produce relevant promotional materials for the organization, including brochures, handouts, tshirts, signs, or other needs;
  • Helping to produce our bi-monthly newspaper, The Appalachian Voice, including page layout, ad design, graphic creation for special spreads, image color correction and CMYK preparation for print;
  • Assisting with creating graphics for the various organizational websites as needed.

MUST HAVE:

  • Proficiency in the Adobe trio (Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator); other Adobe products a plus;
  • Knowledge of basic color printing principles and preparing files for press;
  • Experience with web design a plus;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office;
  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision;
  • A well-developed sense of humor.

Digital Communications Assistant (Charlottesille, Va.)+

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Appalachian Voices’ digital communications intern will work closely with our communications team in our Charlottesville, Va., office and will be responsible for helping to maintain, improve, and promote the organization’s online communications and outreach across multiple channels, including our Front Porch Blog and other areas of our website, and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Start and end dates for the internship are negotiable. Hours are flexible, and will average 5-10 hours a week. The intern may do some of the work remotely, but should plan to work in our office at least some of the time to better understand our work and to gain more in-office experience.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching and advising on social media strategies according to latest industry trends – including best practices for tracking metrics
  • Coordinating with communications staff to carry out targeted social media outreach according to program needs
  • Composing blog posts about our programmatic work and external news events on the Front Porch Blog and other outlets; editing and assisting with content on staff-written blogs
  • Identifying, posting and promoting events, articles, videos and other relevant content related to our work.
  • Responding to posts and emails on our social networking pages in a timely manner
  • Organize an “online event” to encourage online activists to take action on our campaigns
  • Skills/Qualifications:

    • Substantial experience with social media platforms, preferably in an advocacy setting
    • Excellent research, writing, communication, and organizational skills
    • Knowledge of WordPress and/or basic HTML code is a plus but not required
    • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced environment
    • Perform duties with minimal supervision
    • Commitment to environmental and energy issues affecting the Appalachian region

    To apply, please fill out the Intern Application form (link above) and send resume, three writing samples and a graphic or image-oriented sample if you have one to: Brian Sewell, Program Communications Coordinator, brian@appvoices.org.

Media/Communications Assistant (Charlottesille, Va.)+

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Appalachian Voices is seeking an energetic, creative person with previous media and communications experience, either paid or volunteer and ideally with an advocacy-oriented mission, to intern with our communications team in our Charlottesville, Va., office.

The internship will be tailored as much as possible to the person’s interests and skill set. The person will work closely with our Communications Director and our Program Communications Coordinator. Start and end dates for the internship are negotiable. Hours will average 10-15 a week and can be flexible, although a fairly consistent schedule is optimal. The intern may do some of the work remotely, but should plan to work in our office at least some of the time to better understand our work and to gain more in-office experience.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing and editing press outreach materials including press releases, letters-to-the-editor, and op-eds
  • Tracking press coverage of our issues and other press research, maintaining our press contact database
  • Making pitch calls to reporters and editors
  • Writing content for our website, Front Porch blog, bi-monthly publication (The Appalachian Voice), and social media
  • Attending Appalachian Voices-sponsored, or other events, capturing content on camera or video, posting on social media and otherwise assisting program staff at the event

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Must possess solid writing and verbal communications skills
  • Graphic skills, including photography and video, are a plus.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Perform duties with minimal supervision
  • Commitment to environmental and energy issues affecting the Appalachian region

To apply, please fill out the Intern Application form (link above) and send a resume, three writing samples and a graphic or image-oriented sample if you have one to: Cat McCue, Communications Director, cat@appvoices.org.

 

 

IT Internships

Web Design Assistant (Boone, N.C.) +

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The web design assistant will work with the Senior Communications Coordinator in our Boone, N.C. main office and be responsible for helping to update and maintain the AppalachianVoices.org and iLoveMountains.org websites. Intern activities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Maintaining and updating the looks of various web pages throughout AppVoices.org and other organizational websites
  • Helping to publish The Appalachian Voice bi-monthly newspaper to the website
  • Designing new web graphics for our online campaigns and special events, as well as other web-related graphics needs

MUST HAVE:

  • Academic experience in at least 1 web-design class or related personal experience
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop or related imaging program and basic understanding of creating graphics for the web
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS (experience with Adobe Dreamweaver and WordPress or other blogging software a plus)
  • Eagerness to learn web design and work with CSS, HTML and other web-related skills
  • Familiarity with PHP, Javascript/jQuery, etc., a plus (but not necessary)
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • A well-developed sense of humor

Web Developer/IT Assistant
Email jamie@appvoices.org to inquire about Fall 2015+

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The Web Developer/IT Assistant will work closely with Appalachian Voices’ Senior Communications Coordinator and IT Specialist in our Boone, N.C., office to develop new web-based applications for AppalachianVoices.org and iLoveMountains.org, as well as work with Google APIs and geo-mapping to build maps for various projects. Basic understanding of HTML and CSS, programming experience in MySQL required, Javascript and/or Java experience is beneficial. No experience for Google APIs or working with KMLs necessary, but is a plus. We are seeking someone who would like a real-world opportunity to test the skills they have learned in the classroom, and who is motivated, a creative problem-solver and requires minimal supervision.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Basic competence with web programming languages such as HTML, PHP and MySQL
  • Academic experience in at least 1 web development class or related personal experience
  • Excellent research, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
  • Detail oriented
  • Commitment to environmental issues in Appalachian Region
  • Perform duties with minimal supervision
  • A well-developed sense of humor