Featured Internships

Coastal Restoration Non-Profit, Key Largo Florida

4-month internship in Key Largo, Florida with the foremost coral restoration non-profit in the state.
Must be a certified scuba diver; undergraduate, graduates or recent graduates are eligible; students must have their own transportation.

For more information, visit

Health Services Research Internship

The Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University have openings for unpaid research interns to work on the Measuring Your Health (MY-Health) study. The project measures the symptoms and function of cancer patients. Responsibilities include: entering Medical Record data, and conducting literature searches.

This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates interested in attending nursing/medical school or health science graduate studies. Applicants enrolled in a psychology, pre-med, or public health-related program are preferred.

The schedule is flexible but interns are expected to stay through the Spring semester. Please email cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (fewer than 3 pages) to Charlene Kuo at

Location: Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

“Dedicated to fostering the next generation of environmental scientists… Fellows, interns and graduate students from around the world are important members of SERC's research team. They make substantial contributions to the Center's research effort while continuing their education. Postdoctoral fellowships often foster long-term collaborations between SERC and research centers around the world. SERC scientists also teach courses in environmental science for college and graduate students, teachers, resource managers and other professionals.”

Location: Washington, D.C.
Available: Varies, see website with indexed links for details.
Commitment: Varies, see website for details.
Deadline: December 1, 2014


NASA DEVELOP National Program

Come join NASA DEVELOP National Program to participate in applied science research at NASA! This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants work in teams to complete rapid research projects in 10 weeks with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors. These projects demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resource management, disaster response, ecological forecasting, and other application areas. Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Responsibilities include: literature review, data processing and analysis, composing of deliverables including a technical paper, presentation, and video. Applicants should be able to commit up to 20 hours for our spring and fall terms, and full-time for the summer term.

Details about the internship and how to apply can be found at The spring online application deadline is November 7, 2014, and the internship dates are January 26 – April 3, 2015. Spring and summer term dates and application windows are also posted on the Apply page of the DEVELOP website. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds.

Contact Colin Doyle with any questions!
DEVELOP Center Lead
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


DC Area Internships

The Sierra Club

“Our year-round issue internships provide a hands-on opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the field of environmental protection and the specific role that the Sierra Club plays in it. An intern may be expected to conduct research, gather and analyze information, help develop background information on a specific issue, write summaries and fact sheets, and prepare briefing materials, among many other tasks. D.C. Office Interns also learn firsthand how Congress works and the role of other non-governmental organizations in Washington as they help prepare Congressional testimony, accompany staff on visits to Congressional offices and monitor Congress. Interns are selected on the basis of their interests, education and experience in related fields. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in conservation work and have good communication and writing skills. Our intern rotations are in the fall, winter/spring, and summer.”

Location: Washington, D.C.
Available: Spring 2015, Summer 2015
Commitment: Varies with specific internships, see website with indexed links for details.
Deadline: Varies, see website for details.


NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office & Other Locations

“The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office wants to connect students who are eager to explore a career in marine biology, oceanography, environmental education, and other related fields with professionals in these studies.”

Bay-related internships include opportunities with NOAA as well as with other agencies and organizations, and are grouped roughly by area of interest. While most internships are offered during the summer months, some internships may be available at other times of the year. In addition to opportunities with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, NOAA offers additional internship and scholarship opportunities at other locations around the country.”

Location: Washington, D.C. and other locations
Available: Summer 2015
Commitment: Varies with specific internships, see website with indexed links for details
Deadline: Varies, see website for details.


Chesapeake Bay Foundation

“The Chesapeake Bay Foundation takes pride in offering hands-on, challenging, and rewarding internships to students with a passion for the environment and our mission. CBF's Internship Program is continually striving to increase its number of internship opportunities, though the availability of internships is often dependent on current projects and initiatives. CBF interns enjoy the opportunity to enhance their skills related to their area of study, as well as learn the inner-workings of a non-profit organization working to save the Bay. Not only do they experience an office environment, but also the chance to experience the Bay first-hand through meaningful watershed experiences and other activities.”

Location: Washington, D.C. and other locations
Available: Spring 2015, Summer 2015
Commitment: Varies with specific internship, seesite with indexed links for details.
Deadline: Varies, see website or contact for details.


Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

“The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is a private, non-profit located on the Eastern Shore in Grasonville, Maryland dedicated to creating the next generation of Bay stewards by providing “hands-on, feet-wet” environmental education.  Our summer camps allow students to explore life around the Bay through science, environmental studies, arts, and recreation. Our summer internship program offers great experience for college students interested in any of these fields of study: education, environmental studies, recreation, or biology.  These are unpaid internship positions; however we work with interns to secure college credit from their schools.”

Location: Grasonville, Maryland
Available: Spring 2015, Summer 2015
Commitment: Full-time
Deadline: Contact Katey Nelson at for application details.


Sea Grant, Maryland

“Each summer, Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports fifteen students to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top scientists to study one of America’s most significant coastal resources. The REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed for students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics. During the 12-week program, each student works with a mentor on an individual research project at one of the two marine labs at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences located on the Chesapeake Bay.”

Location: College Park, Maryland
Available: Summer 2015
Commitment: Full-time.
Deadline: February 20, 2015


United States Environmental Protection Agency

“EPA internships and fellowships provide a great introduction to our work, giving you a sense of whether EPA might be the right place for you. Internships, fellowships and other opportunities are available at our Washington D.C. headquarters, in our ten regional offices, and at our labs and research centers throughout the nation.”

Location: Washington, D.C. and other locations.
Available: Spring 2015, Summer 2015
Commitment: Part-time, full-time.
Deadline: Varies with specific internships, see website with indexed links for details.


Additional Opportunities

Philanthropy Intern
The Wilderness Society
Location: Washington, DC
Available: Spring 2014, Summer 2014
Commitment: part-time in spring, full-time in summer
Deadline: Open

Events and Marketing Intern
Alliance to Save Energy
Location: Washington, DC
Available: spring-summer
Commitment: part-time
Deadline: see website for details

Marketing Intern
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
Location: Arlington, VA
Available: summer-fall
Commitment: part-time, 3 days a week
Deadline: see website for details

Volunteer Internship, Conservation and Science
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Available: June-August
Commitment: full-time, 40 hours/week
Deadline: see website for details

Legal Internship
World Resources Institute
Location: Washington, DC
Available: May-August
Commitment: see website for details
Deadline: see website for details


Know of an internship opportunity for students that should be listed? Contact the program coordinator, Rachel Yancey.