TERM: Summer 2022

LOCATION: Washington, DC (Remote Telework possible)

REPORTS TO: National River Cleanup® Manager



American Rivers believes that a future of clean water and healthy rivers for everyone, everywhere is essential. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 300,000 members, supporters and volunteers across the country, we are one of the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future. Because life needs rivers. For more information, please visit www.americanrivers.org.

At American Rivers, we embrace and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities. We seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


American Rivers is seeking a summer intern to work either in-person or remotely with the corporate relations team. The Corporate Relations Intern will gain direct experience with nonprofit corporate fundraising and volunteer program management for the National River Cleanup® (NRC) program. Tasks may include developing new NRC tools and materials, conducting corporate research and drafting briefs, writing blogs, collecting NRC organizer stories for the website and other American Rivers publications, analyzing data, engaging in outreach, assisting with event planning and other special projects.

The intern will be invited to all relevant team and department meetings, be provided with internal and external networking opportunities and meet regularly with supervisors to discuss work and seek advice. Upon completion, the intern will have a solid grounding in corporate fundraising, familiarity with river conservation issues and a portfolio of project outputs. This internship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in obtaining valuable skills while exploring a career in nonprofit conservation or fundraising.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and creative  
  • Interest in writing, marketing, communications, event planning and fundraising  
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel  
  • Commitment to American Rivers’ Core Values
  • Experience in Adobe Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop and/or Canva a plus 

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: American Rivers’ summer internship lasts at least eight weeks between the period of May 2022 through August 2022. This internship requires a minimum commitment of 24 hours per week during regular business hours. This internship is unpaid. A teleworking subsidy of $50 per month is available during the internship period to help offset the costs of personal telecommunications and internet services. A transit subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the intern’s commute if commuting into an American Rivers office. In addition, American Rivers will work with the intern to obtain academic credit where available.

APPLICATIONS: Internship applications will be accepted through April 20, 2022. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Please include in the cover letter why you are interested in the internship and your future career goals.  No phone calls, please. 

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity EmployerCandidates of all backgrounds are e