Skip to Main Content
About American Rivers

Founded in 1973, American Rivers is a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring natural U.S. rivers and wildlife.  Leading the national river movement, AR is a membership-driven organization providing creative and practical solutions to problems plaguing America’s river system, as well as promoting clean and healthy rivers.  AR has worked with over 367 local, state and regional conservation groups to establish a list of the most endangered rivers in the United States.

Interns work as part of the conservation staff when placed in conservation/policy positions.  Duties include legislative research, grassroots organization (working with other national environmental groups), responding to requests from “river activists,” researching American river issues, preparing written materials and other long-term projects.  Some interns work with the communications department on media affairs, publications (online and printed) and an annual report of the nation’s rivers.  Interns are separated into general communications and online community development groups.


Open to current college students, recent graduates and grad students who are passionate about river conservation.

American Rivers

Fanette M. Jones, Director of Administration
American Rivers
American Rivers
1101 14th Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 347-7550


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC