American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.


American Rivers’ Internship Program provides an exciting opportunity for individuals to gain professional experience in the environmental non-profit field. Our goal is to inspire and educate, providing hands-on experience to help develop participants in to the next generation of conservation leaders. We view a successful internship program as a key way to ensure that the important work of protecting and restoring our natural resources continues to be at the forefront of the public consciousness. As part of our goal to engage an ever wider audience with conservation issues, we at American Rivers pride ourselves on promoting diversity throughout our organization and Internship Program.

American Rivers offers internships in the following three departments, which work closely together to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water:

  • Advancement: Secures funding for the organization by developing and strengthening relationships with individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Works to increase the visibility and public awareness of our river conservation campaigns, and implements our communications strategy to advance the organization’s conservation objectives.
  • Conservation: Works to conserve priority rivers basins, from headwaters to estuary, through programs such as River Restoration, Hydropower Reform, Clean Water Supply, Blue Trails, and Science and Economics. Provides leadership in national and regional river conservation policy and practice through programs such as Government Relations, Western Water & Public Lands, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and Americas Most Endangered Rivers®.
  • Legal: Provides the legal support needed for a national nonprofit environmental organization, including contracts, government grants and agreements, ethics, employment law, conflict of interest, non-profit corporate governance and tax compliance, corporate sponsorship, and charitable solicitation regulation.

In addition to working closely with a dedicated supervisor, interns will be supported by and interact with a number of American Rivers’ staff, who will strive to make sure that interns gain the most from their experience. Interns will have a range of opportunities to learn and develop professionally, build upon their skill base, and increase their knowledge and awareness of the environmental non-profit sector.

Interns, while not replacing any current or potential employee, will have the opportunity to do substantive work addressing real issues, and to contribute to and share in the successes brought about by our dynamic and conscientious leaders in the environmental arena. Interns usually work on a variety of projects; frequently working on a unique assignment seen through to completion, and at other times providing crucial support to the ongoing projects of the organization. Our hope is for interns to finish the program with a valuable educational experience and a strong appreciation for American Rivers’ mission.


American Rivers is now accepting applications for our Summer 2016 Intern Program. Please click the links below to see the internships currently available with each department. These pages may be updated as more internship opportunities become available.

Advancement Internships

Conservation Internships

Legal Internships


Summer Internships begin in late May or early June and will last for 10 weeks, usually ending in early August. A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required for most internships, but this can vary depending on the project, so please see the individual internship listing for details. Internships are unpaid; however, a travel subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the costs of the intern’s commute. In addition to the travel subsidy, we will work with the intern to gain school credit, if available.


The American Rivers Internship Application Form can be found here. Applicants should submit a completed application form, resume, and three references using the online form provided. No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.