Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

August 25, 2015

Become a policy intern for an environmental organization

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition – a nonprofit conservation advocacy group – seeks an enthusiastic and motivated intern to assist with policy research, data management and outreach.

This position offers an opportunity to strengthen your research, data management, outreach and communication skills, learn about the finer points of federal and state conservation policy, build your professional resume, and help protect the environment in a fast-paced office.

We are committed to providing excellent skills development, networking assistance, informational interview referrals and professional references for successful candidates. Course credit may be available for university students.

Internship projects include:

  • Work with high-powered board: The Coalition’s 60-member board includes former Governors and Congressmen, sitting state legislators and businessmen and women. An ability to respectfully represent the Coalition is strongly desired.
  • Policy research: Interns will gain extensive knowledge of federal and state conservation policy and the history of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP).
  • Office skills: This internship is the perfect fit for someone determined to gain experience using a variety of professional tools, including Salesforce, Microsoft and Adobe suites, and other data collection and management software. Intern will be responsible for updating our database of contacts and collating public input on proposed legislative changes to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program – Washington state’s premier recreation and conservation grant program.

About the Coalition:

Representing more than 280 environmental, business, and recreation groups, the Coalition works to protect parks, wildlife habitat and working farms throughout Washington. Since 1990, the Coalition has advocated for more than $1.3 billion in funding from the Washington State Legislature for over 1,200 neighborhood parks and ball fields, biking and walking trails, nature preserves, local beaches and boat launches, wildlife habitat, working farms and state parks.


Compensation details:

  • This internship may be used for college credit


  • 10+ hours/week. Flexible schedule
  • Internship is a 3 month commitment with potential for extension
  • The Washington Wildlife and Recreation

Coalition is an equal opportunity employer

Time commitment:

10+ hours/week. Flexible schedule

Skill requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong editing and internet research skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite
  • High level of organization
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to respond well to guidance but work independently
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities


1402 Third Ave, Suite 507 Seattle, WA 98101

How to apply:

Qualified applicants may submit resume, cover letter to Please use “Policy and Outreach Internship” as your subject line. No phone calls please.

Supervisor contact info:

Adam Goch