Internships and Fellowships

While still a student, please consider either volunteering or doing a summer, semester or year-long internship.  Volunteer and internship abroad programs can provide young adults opportunities to serve and learn. Between 2004 and 2012, an average of 950,000 Americans volunteered abroad each year, with participants between 15 and 24 years old making up the largest age group. Whether looking to teach English, fight for women’s rights, or save rainforests, overseas projects are ready and waiting. This website highlights the value of these experiences, provides helpful tips on finding reputable organizations and funding trips, and offers insider knowledge from a former international volunteer.

American Civil Liberties Union ACLU has permanent positions, fellowships and summer positions in its national headquarters in NY, its national offices in DC and in its affiliate offices nationally.

American Red Cross affects the lives of people around the world. We are looking for the best and brightest professionals who want to make a difference. Now is your opportunity to help build the systems that help save lives.

CERES (one of the leading organizations promoting sustainable corporate governance) is continually looking for interns to work on one of the following program areas:

  • Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), which promotes better understanding   of the risks of climate change among institutional investors
  • Industry programs, which seek to create positive change in specific industries such as insurance, oil and gas, and electric power
  • Corporate accountability and coalition programs, which build Ceres’ capacity as a force for change and includes corporate reporting oversight and performance reviews of companies Ceres’ annual conference and other significant programmatic meetings
  • Development, which focuses on working with individual, corporate, and foundation donors
  • Communications, which deals with press relations and print, web, and email communications.
  • Internship positions will last one or two semesters, exact start and end dates are flexible. We request an 8-16 hour commitment per week in our office in downtown Boston

East Asian Foreign Language and Area Studies Graduate Fellowships (FLAS) is again designated as a sponsor for the East Asian Foreign Language and Area Studies Graduate Fellowships (FLAS). FLAS graduate fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to encourage international study, the development of knowledge and trained personnel, and to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency. In the past, FLAS fellows have been chosen with varied course study from several University Schools and Departments including, Letters and Science, Law, Engineering, Business and Social Work. The Fellowships offer generous award benefits, including a stipend plus payment of all tuition and fees.

FLAS specifics and applications can be picked up outside the International Institute Fellowships Office (338 Ingraham). Complete East Asian Area Studies applications are due in the CEAS office (326 Ingraham).

Futureye Consultants (Australia) is a strategy and communications house that develops solutions for organizations to meet the challenges of sustainable development. Futureye works with clients to protect corporate reputations, develop proactive approaches to meeting increasing stakeholder expectations – and then to build sustainable businesses focused on new growth opportunities.

Services include strategy development as well as training and coaching, benchmarking and community consultation. They are a small, dynamic organization, looking for articulate, creative, highly motivated individuals, with exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to challenging established practices.

To work with Futureye you need to:

  • Understand sustainable development, communication theory and practice
  • Be self-motivated, extremely flexible and organized, with good problem solving abilities, and not too serious!greencorpspic

Green Corps: Training the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders is a non-profit Field School for Environmental Organizing, founded by leading environmentalists in 1992 to identify and train the next generation of environmental leaders. Our program includes intensive classroom training, hands-on experience running urgent environmental and public health campaigns, and placement in permanent leadership positions with leading environmental groups.

Training. The Introductory Classroom Training, held in Boston, MA, exposes you to the environmental movement and teaches you to mobilize grassroots support, train community leaders, and work with the media. You will learn about issues you care about including global warming, corporate accountability, toxic threats, and sustainable development.

Locations / Dates: We place Field Organizers in cities across the nation, which may include Washington, D.C., and cities in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.

Responsibilities. As a Green Corps Field Organizer, you’ll plan and implement a series of environmental campaigns conducted on behalf of groups like Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club and World Wildlife Fund. Your responsibilities will include recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers, interns, and staff; working with the media; fundraising; and mobilizing grassroots support.

Job Placement. Our graduates are in high demand and quickly find jobs working on issues they care about. After you complete the training program, Green Corps will connect you to organizations with open positions and other opportunities for full-time social change work.

Qualifications. We will invite 25 people to participate in the Environmental Leadership Training Program. We are looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, have experience working with environment or social change issues, and have demonstrated leadership experience.Cassid_Cntr_vis_cult08_2046.NEF

Geballe Fellowship – Corporate Partnerships Program works with leading U.S. companies to protect human health and the environment by reducing the lifecycle environmental impacts of the products and services they sell, and fully incorporating environmental considerations into their business decision-making methods and culture. Our projects seek to achieve environmentally significant results that also generate business benefits for our corporate partners. Working with our partner companies, we create new environmental Best Practices that other companies can adopt.

The Geballe Fellowship Program seeks recent graduates of advanced degree programs in business or environmental management for a two-year position with Environmental Defense. Working under the guidance of a Corporate Partnerships Project Manager, the fellow will support Environmental Defense’s work in three ways: First, fellows may work on ongoing long-term projects – such as our partnership with DuPont to develop a framework for responsible nanotechnology. Second, fellows could assist on “rapid response” projects to work with leading corporations on short-term projects that may lead to bigger partnerships. Finally, fellows may also support our new project “incubator” to identify and develop new partnership ideas – such as projects we’re currently considering to promote “climate friendly farming” techniques or to reduce the environmental impacts of the airline and shipping industries. At the end of two-year fellowship, the fellow would be expected to “graduate” from Environmental Defense and move on to a position at one of the leading corporations we work with. Environmental Defense would assist the fellow in finding such opportunities.

Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy Established in 1995 by the New Zealand Government the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy give outstanding American professionals opportunities to research, travel and gain practical experience in public policy in New Zealand, including first-hand knowledge of economic, social, and political reforms and management of the government sector.

The program has three goals: to reinforce New Zealand-United States links by enabling Americans of high intellectual ability and leadership potential to come to New Zealand to gain experience and build contacts in the field of public policy development; to help improve the practice of public policy in New Zealand and the United States by the cross-fertilization of ideas and experience in the two countries; and to build a network of public policy experts on both sides of the Pacific, and encourage ongoing policy exchange between New Zealand and the United States.

Three to four Fellowships per year are awarded for six months of research in New Zealand. Fellowships are offered in all areas of public policy and they welcome applications from a wide range of public policy areas. However, they are particularly interested in the following areas of public policy:

  • economic/business development
  • education and training
  • energy/natural resources
  • environmental management/climate change
  • indigenous peoples
  • innovation in science and technology
  • public sector reform/program evaluation in the government sector

Institute of Current World Affairs offers post-graduate fellowships in four areas. The Institute awards fellowships for a minimum of two years to women and men under 36 years of age who demonstrate initiative, integrity, outstanding character, good communications skills, seriousness of purpose and enthusiasm for their chosen fields. ICWA invests in people, not projects. The Institute provides a Fellow with sufficient funding to allow the Fellow and his or her family to live in good health and reasonable comfort and to fulfill the purposes of the Fellowship.

Marshall Scholarship/Fellowship in the United Kingdom provides a superb opportunity for US students to not only advance their career goals with a prestigious degree at a UK university, but also to foster lifelong leadership skills, international understanding and incredible personal growth.

Every year, Marshall Scholarships allow up to 40 young Americans to study in the United Kingdom for two, and occasionally three, years. The scholarships have strengthened the bonds between the two countries since 1953 when they were first established by the British government to celebrate the implementation of the European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan).

“The Marshall Scholarships provide a wonderful opportunity for talented young Americans to live and study in the United Kingdom. The life-long ties that result have played a major part in enhancing the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.” Tony Blair, British Prime Minister

The scholarships are open to American undergraduate and graduate students from all walks of life. In appointing Scholars, Marshall selectors look for candidates who demonstrate maturity, self-reliance and self-discipline.

Oregon Performance Internship “The highly selective Oregon Performance Internship is a unique opportunity for the nation’s best graduate students in public affairs, public policy, and public administration to spend a summer in Oregon working on projects aimed at improving the performance of public and not-for-profit enterprises.”

George K Beard, Director, Oregon Performance Internship, PO Box 820103, Portland, Oregon 97282-1103, (503) 772-0222,


U.S. Department of Labor Internship Program Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and the U.S. Department of Labor have welcomed students across the nation to participate in the Student Internship Program. The Student Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about how federal government agencies operate and to interact with the leaders of various agencies within the U.S. Department of Labor. Students participate in weekly brown bag lunch discussions, attend agency presentations, and work on projects assigned to them by their agency. Previous interns have had opportunities to work in a variety of areas, including public affairs, speechwriting, and outreach programs. Students will also be delegated general administrative duties and should have strong writing and research skills.

White House Internship Program If getting involved in politics sounds fun, then check out the White House Internship Program. The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for interns to observe government officials and gain practical knowledge about the daily operations of the White House. Interns learn how the federal government functions and how they can become a part of it.

Job sites for people looking for jobs, internships, or fellowships in the environmental, development and social justice areas. Job postings on these sites change frequently, so check back often.