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 FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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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

Policy Research Fellow FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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This position will be located in our Washington DC office. Part time to Full time; ideally 20-25 hours per week, additional responsibilities can be added to create full time role for academic qualifications. This is an unpaid position. Metro costs will be reimbursed.

Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with Appalachian Voices’ mountaintop removal team to develop and implement strategy for passing anti-mountaintop removal legislation
  • Research legislation to help develop new policy strategies to accomplish our goals
  • 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:

  • Commitment to human rights and environmental issues in the Appalachian Region
  • Excellent research, communication, and organizational skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Performs duties with minimal supervision
  • A well-developed sense of humor
  • Lobbying experience 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.
  • Strong speaking and advocacy skills
  • Ability to deal respectfully with those you may vehemently disagree with.

North Carolina Campaign Assistant FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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Located in our Boone, N.C office, the North Carolina Campaign Assistant will help the North Carolina Campaign Coordinator with various aspects of our campaign to keep North Carolina waterways free from coal pollution. 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 
  • Helping create videos on YouTube that highlight individuals impacted by coal pollution 
  • 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 Red, White and Water campaign
  • Phone banking our supporter lists to update them on campaign
  • Running our volunteer nights related to North Carolina campaign work (dependent on schedule)

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 FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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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 2013.

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 FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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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

Summer Energy Efficiency Research Assistant +

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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

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 Communications Assistant FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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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

Online Communications Assistant FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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The online communications assistant will work with the Communications Team in our Boone, N.C. main office and be responsible for maintaining and promoting the Appalachian Voices’ Front Porch Blog, developing, maintaining and activating our online social networks on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching and posting events, articles, videos and other relevant items to the Front Porch Blog
  • Accepting and inviting friends, posting blog items, posting bulletins
  • Responding to post and emails on our social networking pages in a timely manner
  • Blogging about our work on the Front Porch Blog and other blogs
  • Organizing our Flickr and YouTube accounts
  • Updating our Wikipedia entries
  • Organize an “online event” to encourage online activists to take action on our campaigns

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Savvy internet skills
  • Experience with blogs and social networks
  • Commitment to environmental issues in Appalachia
  • Excellent research, writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of HTML code highly preferred
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
  • Perform duties with minimal supervision
  • A well-developed sense of humor

Graphic Design Assistant FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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The Graphic Design Assistant will work with the Communications Coordinator in our Boone, N.C. office and be responsible for:

  • 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 the Web Design intern with creating graphics for the various organizational websites including appvoices.org, iLoveMountains.org, appalachiawaterwatch.org 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 necessary;
  • Knowledge of 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.

Multimedia Assistant +

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The multimedia assistant will work with the Communications Team in our Boone, N.C. main office and be responsible for maintaining and promoting the Appalachian Voices’ Youtube channel, developing new video content for our website and vblogs for our Front Porch Blog, assisting with multimedia presentations using tools such as Prezi or other multimedia software, and assisting the Communications Coordinator in analyzing the organization’s multimedia channels and drafting a plan for future multimedia projects. Intern activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as the organization’s main videographer
  • Monitoring viewing stats and making recommendations for promotion of the organization’s YouTube videos
  • Helping expand and maintain our presence on image and video-based social networking sites including Pinterest and Google+
  • Creating bi-weekly or weekly video blogs for the organization’s Front Porch Blog
  • Organizing our Flickr and YouTube accounts
  • Assisting in updating our Wikipedia entries
  • Assisting with assessing the organization’s multimedia needs

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Savvy internet and social media skills
  • Excellent video creation and editing skills
  • Commitment to environmental issues in Appalachia
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Basic knowledge of HTML code highly preferred
  • Knowledge of Photoshop and image editing a plus
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well in a fast-paced office
  • Perform duties with minimal supervision
  • A well-developed sense of humor

Web Design Assistant FILLED FOR SUMMER 2014+

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

  • Transferring content from our previous website into our current WordPress site and applying a pleasing design to each page
  • Maintaining and updating the looks of various web pages throughout AppVoices.org
  • Helping to post the bi-monthly Appalachian Voice newspaper on 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 basic HTML, CSS (knowledge 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
  • 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

 

IT Internships

Mapping Assistant+

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Environmental non-profit organization Appalachian Voices is seeking a mapping assistant to help us with a summer project creating an interactive map of hiking trails in the central and southern Appalachian region using a combination of Google mapping technology and basic HTML. This project could be for internship credit, or for a student who is just seeking extra experience and an opportunity to utilize their skills / build a portfolio piece in a real-world setting. The project / internship would be based in our Boone office. Opportunities for creative problem-solving or suggesting their own ideas to enhance the project abound.

MUST HAVE:

  • Academic experience in at least 1 mapping class or related personal experience
  • Knowledge of Google mapping or similar technology preferred
  • Knowledge of basic HTML, CSS (knowledge of WordPress or other blogging software a plus)
  • Eagerness to learn web design and work with CSS, HTML and other web-related skills
  • 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

Website Development Assistant+

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The Website Development Assistant will work closely with Appalachian Voices’ Communications Coordinator and IT Specialist to develop new web-based applications for our vote-tracker and energy savings databases, 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:

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