Apply Now! Sierra Club Beyond Coal Internships

Intern Rachel Langley addresses a crowd at a joint Sierra Club/Occupy Portland rally to hold corporate polluters accountable.

Internship Supervisor
Laura Stevens, Sierra Club Associate Organizing Representative for the Beyond Coal Campaign

Coal-Free Northwest Campaign

The Sierra Club is leading groundbreaking regional efforts to make the Pacific Northwest a coal-free zone, including leading in the recent success of putting Oregon’s largest polluter, the Boardman coal-fired power plant, on the path to transition no later than 2020.  The Coal Free Northwest Campaign involves a variety of grassroots, communications, and legal strategies end the use of coal-fired electricity and prevent the mining and export of U.S. coal offshore through Northwest ports.

The internship will primarily be focused on various aspects involved in stopping proposed coal export terminal proposals in southern Washington and Oregon.  This is an exciting effort – the new frontier of unraveling the coal industry’s grip on our local communities and our politics, aimed toward building a movement that achieves healthy communities, equity, and justice.  It is a critical component to creating a truly Coal-Free Northwest, and is an important linchpinforimpacting the global flow of coal as a fuel source.

Beyond our work regionally to stop coal exports, this is a critical yearforboth defending the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act, as well as urging the support of strong rulemakings from the EPA on air and water quality standards that would protect our health from the pollution from coal’s life cycle, and interns will dedicate a portion of their time towards these federal issues.

Roles and expectations

Interns will play an active and important role in the local, national and global effort to move away from coal to clean energy.  This is a tremendous opportunity to gain experience around environmental campaigning.  Interns will also gain insight into the structure, operations, and methods of one of the country’s most effective conservation non-profits.

We ask that interns commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week for 10 weeks (not necessarily consecutive), with the exception of the Grassroots Outreach Internship position which has more flexibility for shorter hours and shorter time commitments.  You may choose to arrange for college credit for your internship.  Internships typically correspond with a semester or term schedule, or with summer vacation.

Internship Areas of Focus

Interns will typically spend approximately half of their time on campaign priorities and half of their time in a specialized realm of campaign activities chosen together by the intern and supervisor.  We encourage applicants with experience, coursework, or a strong interest in the environment, grassroots organizing, or any of the areas of focus listed below to apply.  Internship areas of focus may include:

  • Community Organizing
  • Communications and Media
  • Environmental Policy and Research
  • Public Health and Safety
  • Sustainable Business/Sustainable Economy
  • Grassroots Outreach

To apply please send cover letter and resume to Laura Stevens at
Ph: 503.238.0442×305 Office: 1821 SE Ankeny St. Portland, OR 97214    Questions are welcome!


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