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Water Advocacy Intern

Maggie Heiser, January 19, 2022

INTERNSHIP POSTING: Water Advocacy Intern

Supervisor Melanie Houston, Drinking Water Director

Time Commitment: 20-30 hours per week

Start Date: June 6, 2022 for 10 weeks

Location Columbus, Ohio 

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


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

  • Planning one public-facing, water-themed virtual event 
  • Write an opinion editorial related to one of the OEC’s active water campaigns
  • Research and write a memo or toolkit on water infrastructure funding opportunities for local governments 
  • Shadow water team members in (virtual) meetings with partners, lawmakers and agency representatives as well as committee hearings at the Statehouse 
  • Participate in 2022 OEC intern cohort activities
  • Keep the state legislative tracker up to date for relevant water legislation in the Ohio General Assembly


This internship is a paid seasonal position and will receive an hourly wage of $13 for 20 – 25 hours a week.


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to work independently and on a team
  • Strong proficiency in 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

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 with the subject of “Water Intern.” This application will close on March 1, 2022.