TERM: Summer 2019

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Government Relations


Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, 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 275,000 members, supporters and volunteers.  For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

American Rivers embraces and celebrates 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, and 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, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


The Government Relations Intern will be responsible for a variety of projects relating to public lands and water-use policy.  The Intern will be involved in researching policy and legislation and in decision-maker outreach.  The Intern will also choose a subject to delve into greater detail and produce a detailed memorandum to senior staff on conservation policy. This project will be determined between the intern and supervisor and will be on a topic related to American Rivers’ policy priorities.

This internship provides an opportunity to develop research and presentation skills in a professional setting while furthering the legislative priorities of American Rivers. The Intern will assist government relations staff in informing decision-makers of conservation policy and may also accompany government relations staff on lobbying visits.

The intern will leave at the end of the internship with a solid grounding in conservation policies, their politics, a familiarity with Capitol Hill, and relevant Executive Branch agencies/offices.


  • Law student preferred but outstanding graduate and undergraduate candidates will be considered
  • Ability to quickly absorb and synthesize information as well as be a self-starter with a thirst for knowledge
  • Comfortable with managing long-term and short-term assignments as well as coordinating with the legal and implementation teams at American Rivers
  • A familiarity with the conservation world and/or an enthusiasm for the outdoors is preferred

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: American Rivers’ summer 2019 internship will begin on/about May 27, 2019 and will end in August 2019. This internship requires a commitment of at least 32 hours (4 days) per week. 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, where available we will work with the intern to gain school credit.

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=32. 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 Employer

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply