Are you ready to make an Impact?

Impact is a non-profit program of leading advocacy organizations, including Environment America and USPIRG – We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy and our future. We work on big issues that matter like global warming, clean water and the influence of big money on our democracy. We are hiring interns to work with us on the ground to create the grassroots energy and power that it takes to win! Interns will have the opportunity to participate in national campaign briefings and activist skills trainings, all while getting in-state experience and mentorship from their lead campaign organizer.

The Media Intern will:

  • Write letters to the editor and op-eds
  • Analyze our media outreach at key times throughout the semester to determine which sources generate the most applications; Recommend changes to the media strategy accordingly
  • Manage media outreach
  • Generate applications through our media presence
  • Build our media presence creatively

The Digital Recruitment Intern will:

  • Expand and budget online advertisements based
  • Analyze our digital strategy at key times throughout the semester to determine which sources generate the most applications; Recommend changes to the digital marketing strategy accordingly
  • Manage social media outreach
  • Generate applications through our social media presence
  • Build our social media presence creatively

The Canvassing Intern will:

  • Organize and plan events on campus
  • Analyze our outreach at key times throughout the semester to determine which sources generate the most applications; Recommend changes to the canvassing strategy accordingly
  • Manage canvassing and volunteer outreach
  • Generate applications through our on-campus presence
  • Build our on-campus presence creatively

Experience for Social Change Careers

An internship with Impact gives you the training and the skills you need to land a job in the social change movement after graduation. Candidates with internship experience are highly considered for our full-time positions after graduation.


Internships with Impact are un-paid. Students may receive academic credit from their college or university. Impact will also participate in college work-study programs. Interns work part time (10-15 hrs/week) or full time (25-30 hrs/week). Interns will participate in national campaign briefings and trainings while getting in-state experience and mentorship from their supervisor.


We are looking for people who are organized, responsible, have good written and verbal communication skills, and are able to take initiative on projects.

How to Apply – apply online at weareimpact.org

A completed application includes the following:

  • A one-page personal statement describing your reasons for seeking an internship with Impact and what you hope to gain from the experience
  • A resume outlining your educational, professional, and volunteer experiences

About: This fall, we are working on a Global Warming Solutions campaign on behalf of Environment Michigan.  Here is a quick summary of the campaign: From droughts and wildfires in the west to super-storms and heat waves in the east, 97% of Americans live in a county with at least one weather-related disaster in recent history, 40 million in counties with at least 5 such events. 2016 is already on track to be the hottest year ever on record with the 7 months thus far setting new temperature records (https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/climate-trends-continue-to-break-records). A recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that global temperatures are not only the highest on record, passing the 1 degree Celsius marker, but global sea level is at its highest level, and glaciers retreated for the 36th straight year. Global warming is happening now and it’s hitting at home, from deadly floods in the east to wildfires ravaging the West coast. To lead the world in preventing the worst impacts of global warming—and stop short of climate catastrophe—the U.S. needs to cut global warming pollution to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

That means limiting carbon pollution from largest source the in the USour power plantsand shifting to 100% clean energy.

The good news is that Environment America has been working to cut global warming pollution across sectors for decades and the progress we’ve made in the states has paved the way for major federal and international progress in the last several years.

In 2002 we helped persuade California to adopt the first-in-the nation standards for global warming pollution from tailpipes. Building off that success Environment America and our state affiliates convinced nearly a dozen additional states to adopt the same standards. Using that momentum we helped lead the call for national standards, which President Obama announced in July 2009 to double how far cars go on a gallon of gas.

In August 2015, President Obama issued a final Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants 32 percent by 2030, after receiving 8 million public comments from Environment America and our allies. When implemented, this will be the biggest single step any nation has taken to cut global warming pollution. While by itself it is still far from what we need to prevent the worst impacts of global warming, it is an historic step in the right direction.

At the same time fossil fuel companies and their allies in Congress and state governments are doing everything they can to retain the dirty-energy status quo.  With legislative, judicial and public attacks, the biggest polluters are running a massive campaign to trash the Clean Power Plan and are trying to block President Obama from cleaning up dangerous carbon pollution. In February 2016, the Supreme Court issued a stay of the Clean Power Plan, which allows states to pause implementation until the polluters’ legal fight is over. Despite this, several states have indicated they will move forward with implementation and we need more governors to stand up and commit to taking bold climate action.  Right here in Michigan, that means calling on Governor Snyder to support the Clean Power Plan through targeted grassroots action.

Why work with us?

#1: Training

You learn from some of the best in their field and work right alongside them.

You become part of a well-trained team that knows how to work together to make a bigger impact.

#2: Field

Often, the difference between winning and losing is “field,” or the people power you can build.

Thanks to our years of canvassing and organizing, we have supporters in all 50 states, with over 5 million donors and activists.

#3: Results

If you add it all up – great training, a strong field presence, a wide array of social change strategies — you get a track record of accomplishment that’s second to none.

Internship Opportunities with the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE)

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office promotes the study of foreign languages, and the regions of the world in which those languages are used, at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in the United States. The office administers programs that provide some $72 million in federal support to increase expertise in foreign languages and area or international studies, primarily through grants to institutions of higher education.

We seek motivated students who are anxious to learn and work as part of our team during an unpaid full- or part-time internship during the summer, fall, and/or spring.

Potential duties of the intern:

  • Write brief articles about how international experiences and/or learning a foreign language changed the life of a student, teacher, or other professional, for IFLE newsletter, Web site;
  • Assist in producing short video(s) that capture the experience of grantees and fellows;
  • Provide support for IFLE presence on social media (posts, tweets);
  • Gather statistics from reliable sources pertinent to international and foreign language education and present them in easy-to-understand formats (e.g., infographics);
  • Support staff in preparing for and running grant competitions;
  • Gather data from our databases on grantee programs and projects;
  • Assist in arranging meetings and webinars with grantees and other key stakeholders;
  • Other related duties as required.

Required skill set:

  • Strong academic background (college juniors and seniors or first-year graduate students);
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; experience in managing social media;
  • Good research skills with emphasis on internet-based research;
  • Interest in education;
  • Flexibility, initiative, and teamwork skills;
  • Experience in learning a world language and international experience preferred;
  • Video editing, graphic design and related creative skills desirable.

NOTE: You must be enrolled in an educational institution to participate in this program.

Available internship terms:

Summer, fall, and/or spring

For information:

Contact Michelle Butler at 202-453-6491 or michelle.butler@ed.gov

Apply to the Youth Summit on the Transatlantic Digital Economy in Bruges, Belgium

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Eager to design ideas focused on how Europe can take advantage of the benefits of the digital market? Ready to create new strategies by which Europe can successfully respond to emerging new technologies, Industry 4.0, and challenges surrounding data protection? Interested in traveling to Bruges, Belgium, and engaging with students and experts from across America and Europe?

Apply to participate in European Horizons’ Youth Summit on the Transatlantic Digital Economy (DEYS)! DEYS will take place over the course of three days from the 20th to the 22nd of November 2016 at the Collège d’Europe in Bruges, Belgium. The Summit will be featured as part of a longer trip, beginning Wednesday, 16 November 2016, which European Horizons is organizing.

The Summit will convene with European officials in Brussels and will present European Horizons’ research to the European Parliamentary Research Service. Participants will also travel to Paris to partake in the European Leadership Day at the Jean Monnet House. Applicants selected to attend the Summit will have the option of either attending the entirety of the trip or of only attending the three-day Summit.


The purpose of the Youth Summit on the Transatlantic Digital Economy is to elaborate on a set of policy options that current young leaders deem essential for advancing the transatlantic digital agenda. This vision will be defined by a set of policy options around four main themes:

               1. Protecting Transatlantic Data

               2. Investing in Emerging New Technologies

               3. Shaping a Single Transatlantic Digital Market

               4. Creating Jobs in Times of Industry Disruption

European Horizons is seeking out students who have a significant knowledge base in one or more of the above themes. Therefore, we are looking for applicants with either scientific backgrounds, such as engineering or computer science, or sociopolitical and/or economic interests in Europe. European Horizons is working to secure funding to supplement the travel and lodging expenses of every selected student.

To find out more and to apply to DEYS, please visit the website at http://www.europeanhorizons.org/youth-summit-2/.

The application deadline for participants in the United States is 22 September 2016 at 23:59 EST and 13 October 2016 at 23:59 GMT for those in Europe. If you have any further questions, please contact us at deys@europeanhorizons.org.

Me’Lena Laudig
DEYS Applications Coordinator

Internship Opportunity at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy


The museum offers an internship program for Italian and international students who study art, art history or related disciplines who are interested in gaining first-hand experience of how a museum is run. The program is a learning experience for all who take part, immersing interns in the cultural life of the city of Venice, allowing them to gain practical experience of museum operations and familiarity with an important collection of modern art. Activities include managing the galleries during opening hours to the public, assisting visitors, staffing the ticket office, cloakroom and other visitor facilities, supporting the museum office staff in various departments and participation in the educational activities of the museum, including presentations to the public, guided tours and workshops with children. The program includes educational activities such as seminars, conferences, educational trips and guided tours for interns.

For more information, please see the attached pdf.
See also the page FAQ

Deadlines: Applications must be postmarked by: October 14, 2016 for January-April, 2017 applicants; December 2, 2016 for May-December, 2017 applicants

Application needs to be mailed to: Internship Program 701 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venezia, Italy

Conversational Italian is required.

For more information:
tel: +39.041.2405.444/401
e-mail: internship@guggenheim-venice.it

Volunteer Opportunity for UM Students with Give Merit – FATE


Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that engages youth in Detroit? If so, Give Merit’s mentorship program, FATE, is looking for a new group of University of Michigan students to become mentors.

A quick overview:

The FATE program is a 4-year, cohort-based mentorship and enrichment program for Detroit youth. FATE’s mission is to provide sufficient resources and opportunities for undeserved youth to embrace education and become world-class citizens. Its goal is to motivate each student to graduate high school and attend college through exposure to college campuses and highly interactive and engaging workshops with partners such as Google, Zingerman’s, and Plante Moran.

The first cohort of students graduated this past June, and this September, the program will start its 5th year! FATE will select a new cohort of 25 9th grade students who will participate in weekly, after-school workshop sessions. As a result, FATE is looking for new mentors to volunteer during this upcoming academic year. Learn more by watching the videos below!

Video Links:

  1. FATE Alumni

  2. Reflections from FATE Mentors

  3. About the FATE Program

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or have questions, please contact Rachel Mazzaro at rmazzaro@umich.edu

Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) Now Accepting Applications


Now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)!

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff number for each position; These vacancy announcements will be open from 08/16/2016 to 08/22/2016 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Vacancy Announcement Number Series/Grade Title Appt. Type Cutoff Link
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HRSC/PATH-2016-0013 GS-0199-03/04 Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs) IEP 100 View at USA
HRSC/PATH-2016-0014 GS-0199-09/09 Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs) IEP 100 View at USA

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions.

This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies. So consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

Should you have any questions, please contact HRSC@state.gov.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

Student Job Posting for Digial Modules on Community Engagement Project

Working Title:  Project Coordinator
Classification: Student Coordinator II
Temporary staffing, up to 12 months
Starting in July/August 2016
Ending in April 2017, with possibility of continuing into May/June
Hours: 8 to 12 hours per week
Salary: $12 to $15 per hour, depending on experience

Project Title: Using Digital Modules to Holistically Prepare Students for Sustainable Community Engagement

About the project:

Each year, thousands of University of Michigan graduate and undergraduate students take part in various community-oriented engaged learning experiences locally, nationally, and internationally. Without thoughtful and intentional preparation and debriefing, well-intentioned but poorly-prepared students are potentially harming populations and themselves, and they may be negatively impacting future opportunities for collaborations within and beyond those communities. Through the collaborative synergy of five campus units, we propose the development of a digital toolkit that identifies and personalizes instructional modules for students participating in global and community engagement. These modules will be carefully crafted to meet the rising demands of students engaging with communities independent of University partners. They will support the entire engagement lifecycle (pre, during and post experience) and give students the opportunity to share their work with others.

Role description:

Under the direction of the Project Manager and committee co-leaders, the Project Coordinator will play an important role in managing the logistics, coordination, and organization of the project. The role will begin in July/August 2016 and end in April 2017, with the possibility of continuing until June 2017. Exact start and end dates are negotiable.

Responsibilities include:

  • Schedule meetings for the committee, prepare meeting agendas and minutes, and facilitate communication amongst project stakeholders.

  • Assist in coordinating content development of instructional modules by engaging in research of existing best practices and scholarly knowledge, University standards and policy, and local and global expertise.

  • Participate in writing and editing modules, ensuring consistency of voice, tone, and style.

  • Assist the committee in determining the best platform and instructional design for the instructional modules (within University guidelines), utilizing scholarly research, user group interviews, focus group data, and best practices.

  • Coordinate focus group interviews and user interviews with stakeholders by setting meetings, taking notes, and organizing logistics.

  • Assist in the development of project needs assessments and project evaluation, amongst any other identified needs or tasks for project success.



  • Sound understanding of intercultural theories and practices.

  • Knowledge and/or experience with international and/or domestic community engagement.

  • Very organized, adept and experienced at managing large projects with competing priorities and various stakeholders.

  • Strong communication skills, specifically written (project memos, content development), facilitation (meetings), and oral (public presentation).

  • Ability to work in an ambiguous work environment.

  • Self-starter, able to manage projects and tasks autonomously.

  • Experience with qualitative data collection methods and/or user research methodology (specifically focus groups and interviews).


  • Knowledge of University digital innovation practices and guidelines.

  • Knowledge or familiarity with instructional design practices, with a focus on individualized or tailored messaging.

  • Technical skills and knowledge, specifically an understanding of cloud-based instructional tools (ideally WordPress and Learndash plug-in).


Please send resume and statement of interest (or cover letter) to MGlobalEngageGrant@umich.edu by July 22, 2016.