TERM: Spring 2020
LOCATION: Washington, DC
REPORTS TO: Development Coordinator


Named one of the best groups to support 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 annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. 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.  Each individual brings life experiences, knowledge, innovation and talent to our work, providing perspectives, experiences and competencies that are critical to our effectiveness.


The National River Cleanup® (NRC) Program, American Rivers’ volunteer engagement program, mobilizes thousands of river stewards to organize cleanups and offers crucial resources, capacity-building tools and support to cleanup organizers nationwide. The NRC & Corporate Relations intern will help with day-to-day management of the National River Cleanup program, establish new projects for the program and be involved with corporate prospecting, including research and other activities. The intern will write National River Cleanup-related blogs, collect cleanup organizer stories for the website and other American Rivers publications, manage and analyze data, conduct outreach to unregistered cleanups, assist with event planning, developing and updating corporate and National River Cleanup resources, and other special projects.

The intern will be invited to all relevant team and department meetings, be provided with networking opportunities inside and outside the office and meet frequently with supervisors to discuss work and seek advice. Upon completion of the internship, the intern will have completed several special projects and will have experience in event planning, corporate prospect fundraising, and volunteer engagement.


  • Detail-oriented and creative
  • Interest in writing, marketing, communications, event planning and fundraising
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience in Adobe Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop and/or Canva a plus

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: American Rivers’ spring 2020 internship will begin in January/February and will end in April/May. This internship requires a commitment of between ten and sixteen hours per week with at least two days in the office.  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/. 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