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OEC SUMMER 2020 INTERNSHIPS

*** Please note that hiring for this position will be delayed and potentially suspended due to the constantly changing circumstances surrounding the COVID19 outbreak. We will follow up with applicants as decisions are made.

Energy Intern

Forest Campaign Intern (Athens)

Legal Intern

Outreach & Communications Intern

Water Advocacy Intern

Energy Intern

Supervisor: Miranda Leppla, Vice President of Energy
Time Commitment: 20 hours minimum per week
Schedule: Flexible over 10-12 weeks, summer 2020
Location: Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a summer intern to be part of our energy team. Their portfolio of work will be focused on research, advocacy writing, and event planning. This internship will provide opportunities to build skills around coalition-building, policy analysis, and media outreach in Ohio.

Responsibilities 

Assist the OEC’s energy team to research policy opportunities, develop written communications, attend relevant legislative committee hearings, and plan events. The work will include:

  • Research and analyze energy policies affecting local communities
  • Assist with any energy-related special events 
  • Develop public-facing fact sheets on various energy policies such as community solar, aggregation, electric vehicle charging stations, or other topics
  • Write an opinion editorial or letter-to-the-editor about the importance of regulating and reducing methane pollution 
  • Shadow energy team members in meetings with partners, lawmakers, and agency representatives as well as committee hearings at local city halls, Statehouse, and/or PUCO 
  • Participate in 2020 OEC intern cohort activities

This internship is a volunteer, unpaid position. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from a sponsoring organization such as a university. Staff will work with you during the application process to provide you with any necessary documentation to assist you with acquiring funding.

Qualifications 

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to work independently and on a team
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills are highly desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office or Google Suite
  • Shares the OEC’s commitment to increasing racial diversity in the environmental movement and our organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at www.theOEC.org.

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire and uplift staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to internships@theoec.org with the subject of “Energy Internship Application.” This application will close on March 27, 2020.


Forest Campaign Intern – Athens

Supervisor Carol Davey, Southeast Ohio Regional Director
Time Commitment: Flexible to schedule, 10-40 hours per week
Schedule: Flexible over 10-12 weeks, summer 2020
Location Nelsonville, Athens, or surrounding community 

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a summer intern to join our regional organizing team. They will help implement a new and exciting campaign to protect portions of the Wayne National Forest. The campaign is focused on building and expanding relationships in Southeast Ohio. This internship will provide opportunities for both community-based organizing and completing a research project.

Responsibilities  

  • Schedule and track meetings with decision-makers and community leaders 
  • Provide logistical capacity to campaign such as emailing partners, keeping meeting minutes, etc. 
  • Attend meetings and events with local politicians, business owners, and community members, along with OEC staff
  • Research one of the following as they intersect with public lands in Appalachian Ohio: ecotourism benefits, ecological impacts, and/or historical and cultural significance.   
  • Participate in 2020 OEC intern cohort activities

This internship is a volunteer, unpaid position. Applicants are encouraged to seek outside funding from a sponsoring organization or your college/university. Staff will work with you during the application process to provide you with any necessary documentation to assist you with acquiring funding. 

Qualifications 

  • Strong knowledge of and commitment to Appalachia 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to work independently and on a team
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office or Google Suite
  • Shares the OEC’s commitment to increasing racial diversity in the environmental movement and our organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.

 About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and the natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at www.theOEC.org.

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to internships@theoec.org with the subject of “Forest Campaign Intern Application.” This application will close on March 27, 2020.


Legal Intern

Supervisor Trent Dougherty, General Counsel
Hours per Week: 20 hours minimum per week
Schedule: flexible over 10-12 weeks, Summer 2020
Location Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Environmental Council wants to support the next generation of environmental legal champions. We are seeking up to two summer legal interns: individuals with a passion for environmental justice and the writing/research skills necessary to join the OEC’s Law Center.

Responsibilities  

Summer legal interns at the Ohio Environmental Council will assist the organization’s Law Center with its numerous projects. Potential work product could include the following activities:

  • Research legal questions that assist the Natural Resources and Energy teams in their policy advocacy work
  • Assist the General Counsel and Staff Attorney in drafting comments regarding proposed Ohio EPA Rulemakings
  • Write memos analyzing important issues in 501(c)(3) nonprofit law, elections law, and voter protection
  • Explore complex environmental legal questions that further the OEC’s mission

This internship is a volunteer, unpaid position. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their law school or other outside funding sources. We can work with you during the application process to provide you with any necessary documentation to assist you with acquiring funding. 

Qualifications 

  • Enrolled at an ABA accredited law school
  • Strong passion for public interest law 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to work Independently and on a team
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills are highly desirable
  • Adheres to the highest ethical standards
  • Conducts work through the lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensure all Ohioans have equal access to the environmental movement.

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at www.theOEC.org.

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire and uplift staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter that demonstrates a commitment to the OEC’s mission, equity, and diversity to internships@theOEC.org with the subject of “Summer Legal Internship Application.” This application will close on March 15, 2020.


Outreach & Communications Intern

Time Commitment: 20 hours minimum per week
Schedule: flexible over 10-12 weeks, summer 2020
Location Columbus or Cleveland
Supervisors Emily Bacha, Director of Communications & Anne Morrice, Managing   Director of Regional Program

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a summer intern to join our regional organizing and communications team. Their portfolio of work will be focused on external communications, building social media content, and uplifting our regional organizing. This internship will provide opportunities for building writing skills and a photography portfolio, building contacts across the state of Ohio, and understanding environmental issues from a local lens.

Responsibilities  

  • Create a portfolio of photographs of OEC’s work, including regional work and events (25% of internship)
  • Create and publish a regional newsletter 
  • Develop a tracking system for regional events 
  • Assist the communications team in drafting outward-facing documents, including opinion pieces, blog articles, and social media postings
  • Monitor news publications for press hits to keep staff informed about environmental news
  • Track news media hits 
  • Shadow Director of Communications and Managing Director of Regional program in meetings with partners and colleagues
  • Participate in 2020 OEC intern cohort activities

This internship is a volunteer, unpaid position. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from a sponsoring organization such as a university. Staff will work with you during the application process to provide you with any necessary documentation to assist you with acquiring funding. 

Qualifications 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent photography skills 
  • Able to work independently and on a team
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills are highly desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office or Google Suite
  • Ability to travel to southeast, southwest, northeast and northwest regions of the state. Having your own transportation is beneficial, but not required.
  • Shares the OEC’s commitment to increasing racial diversity in the environmental movement and our organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at www.theOEC.org.

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to internships@TheOEC.org with the subject of “Outreach and Communications Internship Application.” This application will close on March 27, 2020.


Water Advocacy Intern

Supervisor Melanie Houston, Drinking Water Director
Time Commitment: 20 hours minimum per week
Schedule: Flexible over 10-12 weeks, summer 2020
Location Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a summer intern to be part of our water team. Their portfolio of work will be focused on media outreach, building content for lawmaker and coalition partner meetings, and event planning. This internship will provide opportunities to build skills around coalition-building, policy analysis, and advocacy writing.

Responsibilities  

Assist the OEC’s water policy team to research policy opportunities, develop written communications, attend relevant legislative committee hearings, and plan events. The work will include:

  • Planning one public-facing, water-themed event during the summer of 2020 
  • Write an opinion editorial related to one of the OEC’s active water campaigns
  • Develop public-facing fact sheets on lead in drinking water, water affordability, and Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Research and write a memo on water infrastructure funding opportunities for local governments 
  • Shadow water team members in meetings with partners, lawmakers and agency representatives as well as committee hearings at the Statehouse 
  • Participate in 2020 OEC intern cohort activities

This internship is a volunteer, unpaid position. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from a sponsoring organization such as a university. Staff will work with you during the application process to provide you with any necessary documentation to assist you with acquiring funding. 

Qualifications 

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to work independently and on a team
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office or Google Suite
  • Shares the OEC’s commitment to increasing racial diversity in the environmental movement and our organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills are highly desirable

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at www.theOEC.org.

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire and uplift staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to internships@theoec.org with the subject of “Drinking Water Internship Application.” This application will close on March 27, 2020.