TERM: Summer
LOCATION: Washington, DC
REPORTS TO: Grants Associate


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.

At American Rivers, “rivers connect us” is more than just our tagline. Rivers connect all people, refreshing our bodies, renewing our spirits, bringing life-giving water, economic opportunity and recreation to our communities. And rivers do so with no regard to race, ethnicity, social and economic status, where we worship, or who we love.  We owe it to the rivers we love and the people we serve to act in this same spirit; to foster diversity, equity and inclusion and justice in all that we do. To that end, we will build a robust, powerful and diverse movement for the conservation of rivers and water resources that is truly representative of the communities across the country. We will honor the values and needs of those communities most impacted by environmental inequities and injustices. And we will strive for an organizational culture in which people of all identities — particularly those who traditionally have not been included — feel valued and have the power to influence change.


American Rivers is seeking an intern to work with our Philanthropy Team. The Foundations Intern will gain direct experience with foundation research, proposal and report writing and budgeting and grants management. The intern will be responsible for a variety of projects and activities in a fast-paced and fun environment, and have the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors who are passionate about conservation. Upon competion of the internship, the intern will have a solid grounding in foundation fundraising, familiarity with river conservation issues and a portfolio of project outputs. This internship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in exploring a career in nonprofit conservation or fundraising.


  • Complete foundation research
  • Draft or edit internal and external documents including acknowledgement letters, fact sheets, proposals and reports
  • Update tip sheets and training materials for staff
  • Maintain accurate fundraising information in the organization’s files and development database
  • Actively participate in team meetings and trainings
  • Manage and complete special projects and other duties as assigned


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to multi-task

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: American Rivers’ summer internship will begin in May 2020 and will end in August 2020. This internship requires a commitment of between 24 and 40 hours per week with at least 3 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