The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 with the mission to “educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.” The Sierra Club has since grown to more than 700,000 members and is one of the foremost conservation organizations today. It helped pass the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, as well as the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which designated more than 100 million acres of parks, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas.
Sierra Club internships vary by location and departments. Notable areas include law, politics, marketing, magazine publishing and media. Interns may attend meetings related to other fields, monitor hearings, prepare briefing materials and research a specific issue. Political interns assist the director of a particular area of interest to the Sierra Club. They may monitor elections, attend meetings and/or research candidates, organizations and related issues. Editorial interns for Sierra magazine fact-check and research articles for the publication and its website, and may have opportunities to write for Sierra. Media interns help prepare press releases, fact sheets and other materials geared for use by Washington-based reporters, editors and producers. They also write editorials and are often given special projects. Many other internships are available.
Internships are open to all current college students and grad students. Depending on the internship, useful majors are journalism, environmental studies, communications, political science, law and environmental law and science-related fields.
San Francisco Office
85 Second Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 977-5500
Number of Interns: 21 to 50
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students
Los Angeles, CA