Science & Policy Internship

The Environmental Law & Policy Center offers several policy and science internships for undergraduate and graduate students.  Environmental Policy and Science Internships are available throughout the year and are open to undergraduate and graduate students studying politics/government, environmental sciences, business/economics or related fields.  Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy.

Policy and Science Interns assist ELPC’s Senior Policy Advocates, Policy Associates, Communications Staff and Economists/Financial Analysts with a variety of tasks, including: work on clean energy projects across the Midwest and Great Plains, clean energy business development, promoting environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects, preserving our natural resources and protecting our national forests, advancing global warming solutions, grass roots advocacy work, and special projects. Interns may also attend meetings with state and federal agencies, legislators, and concerned citizens.

Job tasks include: researching energy and environmental topics; preparing memos, summaries, and annotated bibliographies; researching organizations, companies, and individuals in key regions; researching and tracking events; reviewing reports and preparing summary memos; updating and managing Access databases; performing analysis of grant data for use by Congressional offices and others; and assisting with web site content and writing.

ELPC generally offers one fall, one spring, and three summer policy/science internships in the Chicago office with additional opportunities in our Madison, Wisconsin and Des Moines, Iowa.  This is an unpaid, volunteer position requiring a minimum of 15 hours per week.  ELPC encourages students to seek outside funding and fellowships.

To apply for Chicago office internships, please submit a cover letter, resume and list of references via email to Libby Prakel at  Applications are accepted up until the deadlines below.  Only applications received during these times will be considered.

Fall: July 15, 2018

Spring: November 30, 2018

Summer: March 15, 2019

To apply for Des Moines and Madison internships, please contact the appropriate staff member for each office, as listed below. Applications are accepted on a rolling schedule.

Des Moines: Steve Falck
Madison: Andy Olsen

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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The Environmental Law and Policy Center is headquartered in downtown Chicago, with staff across many Midwestern states. Our staff consists of attorneys, policy analysts, MBAs, communications specialists, grassroots organizers, and support staff. To hear about jobs as soon as they become available, subscribe to our electronic newsletter and follow us on Twitter. To add a job listing to our site, email the formal description to Tiffany Davis at

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