TERM: Summer 2019

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

REPORTS TO: Development Coordinator


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 355,000 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 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 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, develop and update 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 career advice. Upon completion of the internship, the intern will walk away having completed several special projects and with 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’ summer 2019 internship will begin in May 2019 and will end in August 2019. This internship requires a commitment of between 24 and 32 hours per week with 3 – 4 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/view.php?id=34. 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