Chatham University

Environmental Science Internship Opportunities

The following is a list of potential internship sites for Environmental Science students and others. Many of these organizations regularly have Chatham interns. For more information on internships, please visit the Office of Career Development's website:

Pittsburgh Area Internships

+Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is a nonprofit conservation and environmental education organization. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve is the headquarters of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP). ASWP manages and operates the five miles of trails and 134 acres of sanctuary at Beechwood Farms. Beechwood Farms is seeking individuals who can assist in fulfilling their mission to educate and inspire the people of southwestern Pennsylvania to become respectful and responsible stewards of the natural world.
For more information write to:


The mission of CLEARCorps is to engage the power of national service to protect the communities most vulnerable children from lead poisoning. The organization is looking for interns to help promote and carry out this mission.
For more information write to:

+Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI)

CCI is a regional non-profit organization headquartered at the CCI center in the South Side of Pittsburgh. CCI promotes responsible energy use in homes and other buildings. Several Chatham students have had positive internship experiences with CCI and the related organizations in their building.
For more information contact: Indigo Raffel at

+Earth Force

Earth Force's goal is to develop a generation of young environmental stewards through hands-on environmental service projects. With the use of knowledge and skills, young people will create long-lasting solutions to problems that they care about. Chatham students are working with Earth Force's new Pittsburgh office on a variety of environmental education projects, and they are anxious to work with more students.
For more information: phone (412)321-5434 or

+Green Building Alliance

Green Building Alliance (GBA) is a non-profit organization that works to improve the economic, social and environmental performance of the Pittsburgh region through the use of green building practices in regional development projects. It was created in 1993 when four environmental groups wanted to create more sustainable buildings in the Pittsburgh area.
For more information write to: or phone (412)431-0709

+Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)

GASP is an environmental organization, based in Western PA., which focuses on air pollution and ways to improve environmental quality in the area. Interns at GASP work with groups such as the DEP and the Air Quality Bureau in addition to the public. Several Chatham students have had successful internship experiences with GASP.
For more information contact: Sue Seppi at (412) 441-6650 or

+Friends of the Riverfront

Friends of the Riverfront strives to help people appreciate the rivers and surrounding areas, while at the same time creating sustainable economic development and quality of life. They believe that our waterways are precious and work to protect them.
For more information contact: phone (412)488-0212


PennFuture works to create a just future where nature, community and economy thrive. Their goal is to enforce environmental laws and advance in effective solutions for solving environmental problems. PennFuture is very active in energy campaigns in Pittsburgh and throughout the state.
For more contact: Jeanne Clark, Director of Communications

+Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium offer a unique and exciting opportunity for students to experience and explore the inner workings of a modern zoological park. A variety of disciplines are available for any field of study.
For more information write to: Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium Intern Program, One Wild Place Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206-1178

+Rachel Carson Homestead

The Rachel Carson Homestead is the birthplace and childhood home of ecologist Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book Silent Spring launched the modern environmental movement. The Carson family homestead was constructed in approximately 1870. It was one of the earlier buildings in Springdale, approximately 14 miles upstream from Pittsburgh. The Homestead is always looking for volunteer groups and individuals who can help out with projects and activities, including education programs, our bookstore and gift shop, office work, yard and trail work, and special events. Chatham students have often worked at the Homestead.
For more information contact:

+Sustainable Pittsburgh

Sustainable Pittsburgh is a combination of individuals, businesses and organizations who work together to make Pittsburgh a sustainable place to live, work and visit. Their mission is to affect the decision making processes in Pittsburgh so that long term goals about the environment are taken into account.
For more information contact:, phone (412)258-6642

+Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is vigorously creating a conservation strategy that links water, land and life. They buy lands for conservation while working with communities to promote long-term livability. They care about the conservation of threatened, wild resources and are deeply concerned with the proper maintenance of the human-built communities. Western Pennsylvania Conservancy believes in balancing human needs with the protection of the natural world. Their programs are designed to save the places they care about in their towns and cities as well as country-sides.


National Internships


Americorp follows in the footsteps of national service pioneers such as the Depression era Civilian Conservation Corps, the Peace Corps, and VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), nearly 30,000 members are now engaged in addressing our nation's challenges. Working in the areas of education, public safety, the environment and health and human needs, Americorp strives to create the best world possible, for those less fortunate. Americorp is stationed all over the U.S.

Sample Internship: One project that Americorp is seeking service for is a program organized by elders. The program is trying to involve other seniors in using their collective wisdom to help people live more in harmony with nature. The position is available through Imago Earth Center in Cincinnati, OH. but runs through Americorp. The group is looking for someone who can work with our senior citizens to help improve the environment.
For more information contact:

+Defenders of Wildlife

The Defenders of Wildlife, headquartered in Washington D.C., focuses on protecting fragile habitats and enforcing and expanding the Endangered Species Act.

+Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

The DEP is a state agency that primarily is responsible for administering Pennsylvania's environmental laws and regulations. Their responsibilities range from protecting our streams and rivers to making sure waste is handled properly. Internships are available in many fields. Deadline for internships is March 1.

+Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The deadline for a DCNR internship is March 1. Please check out their website for requirements and a description of positions available, and contact information.



+Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)

ECO offers paid internships for any environmental students interested in receiving real world experience in their field. Applications are accepted all year.
For more information contact:


EnvironCitizen is a national environmental organization and is currently looking for students to be interns in a school year-long campaign to transition their schools over to using clean energy.
For more information contact: Amy Fisher


Each year, Green Corps offers one-year paid fellowships to recent college graduates, providing them with the hands-on training and experience they'll need to launch their social change organizing and advocacy careers. Fellows in the program spend a year participating in a rigorous classroom training program and coordinating field campaigns with national environmental groups. Our recent campaigns have included working to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with the Alaska Wilderness League, educating the public about global warming with the World Wildlife Fund, and protecting communities from toxics with the Toxics Action Center.
For more information contact: Jenna Perry

+Institute for Central American Development Studies

The Institute for Central American Development Studies internship and research program includes coursework, intensive Spanish and structured internship opportunities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the following areas: women's studies, environment, and ecology, public health, human rights, education, and wildlife conservation. The program is progressive and aimed at students who wish to work on social justice issues and on behalf of the poor, women, and oppressed in Central America.
For more information contact:

+The National Park Service

The National park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. Internships are available, but are administered at the park level or in various NPS centers and offices.

+The National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

The National Wildlife Federation works to protect the wildlife around us and create programs to educate society. The National Wildlife Federation is accepting applications from undergraduate juniors or seniors, or recent graduates, to intern side by side with knowledgeable professionals. Students will receive experience through many aspects of the NWF's conservation mission.
NWF also has a Campus Ecology program, designed to help students "green" their school. Information on this program can be found on their website or by e-mailing

+Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)

By communicating with other youth- led environmental/social justice groups in the region, the SEAC hopes to help reach out to people and keep them updated about environmental issues in their community. Internship positions are available. An example of a current internship position, through the SEAC, is as follows. "Threshold" is the SEAC's movement magazine. They are currently seeking interns to do everything from write the articles to publish it.

For more information contact:, phone (215)222-4711

+Student Conservation Association

The SCA offers internships anywhere in the United States, anytime of year, and in a variety of fields. For a complete list check out the website or catalogue. Interns receive expense paid positions in addition to money for school! SCA offers the opportunity to help preserve and serve America's outdoors.
For more information contact: SCA Conservation Internships, P.O. Box 550, Charlestown, NH. 03603,