Science & Economics Intern

  • American Rivers
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • Mar 18, 2017
Internship- Unpaid Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Advocacy Natural Resources Research Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater Wetlands/Coastlines/Floodplains

Job Description


The S&E program works both to ensure that American Rivers’ work is informed by current science and to measure the impact of our conservation efforts. The S&E intern will provide a critical role in a recently initiated effort to better quantify the benefits of our on-the-ground projects (e.g., green stormwater infrastructure, dam removal, floodplain restoration). The intern will conduct literature research to identify suitable metrics and have the chance to work with organizational leadership to develop a framework for collecting, managing, and analyzing project-specific monitoring data. The S&E intern will also assist with minor tasks related to program goals and will be invited to write blogs and other web/social media content about relevant topics of interest.

The S&E intern will leave American Rivers with a strong understanding of the role of science in conservation and with a network of scientists working in conservation and policy. The final work product of this internship will be a summary of research that describes potential metrics for monitoring on-the-ground projects and a draft framework for collecting, managing, and analyzing data within the organization.


  • Upper-level science major or recent graduate in environmental science or related discipline
  • Confident using research databases (Web of Science, Google Scholar), reading peer-reviewed scientific literature, and extracting methods and results from published papers
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills
  • Independent and self-motivated, as they will be supervised remotely

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Job Level

Entry-level, Intern (Not Paid)


Nonprofit- NGO


Unpaid; however, a travel subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the costs of the intern’s commute.