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January 12, 2012 / Mark Largent

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Internship

This is a great opportunity for a STEPPS student.  Mike Berkowitz is a graduate of the STEPPS program, and he’d be a wonderful mentor for a current STEPPS student.

What is the Sierra Club?
The Sierra Club’s members and supporters are more than 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors.  Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. Founded in 1892, the Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Our mission is to: (1) Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; (2) Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; (3) Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and (4) Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Internship Responsibilities
In this internship, you will be directly assisting Sierra Club Michigan Chapter staff members in protecting the environment, with a focus on legislative and political campaigns. Potential responsibilities include helping plan the Sierra Club’s lobby day, writing articles about environmental topics, helping draft press releases, tracking legislation, helping create educational presentations, helping organize events, assisting with public outreach, assisting with the Sierra Club’s political work, educating lawmakers about environmental topics, working with Sierra Club volunteers to carry out environmental campaign priorities, assisting with research, performing data entry and office work as needed.

The ideal applicant will have good writing and research skills, a knowledge or interest in environmental issues, and be proficient in Microsoft Office applications.  They will be able to take direction on projects and work independently.

Internship positions are available for spring (January-May), summer (May-August), and fall (September-December) semesters, and are able to be shortened or extended as needed. This internship is unpaid, but can earn you class credit (you will need to work this out with your academic advisor). The internship is housed in our Lansing office, located at 109 E. Grand River Ave. Lansing, MI 48906. Internships can be arranged for between 10 to 30 hours per week, with flexible scheduling, primarily during business hours (9am-5pm).

To apply, send resume to Mike Berkowitz at, with a brief (one-two paragraphs) statement describing your interest in this internship.



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