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Internship Overview
The Clean Air Coalition is a grassroots environmental health and justice organization based in Buffalo, New York. It works to build power by developing grassroots leaders who run and win campaigns that advance environmental justice and public health in the region. The Clean Air Coalition envisions a world where our environment promotes health and equity and where communities are actively engaged in decisions that impact their lives.

We seek interns to help with our organizing, community-based research, and development. All internships include some operations and administrative work. The Clean Air Coalition’s internships are ideal for highly motivated individuals looking to deepen and practice their skills engaging community leaders in solving environmental health and justice organizations.

Our interns work out of our Buffalo office. The Winter/Spring placements start in January and ends in May. Summer interns begin in June and end in August and the fall interns begin in September and end in December (exact dates are flexible). Internship hours may require attendance of evenings and/or weekend community events and neighborhood meetings.

The Coalition accepts two interns per semester. Internship goals are set between the intern and their supervisor based on the needs of the organization and the interests of the intern. Past intern projects include producing a report on toxic releases and worker exposures in Tonawanda, developing educational materials on how Erie County government passes laws, publishing a report on Tier 2 compliance in Erie County, making recommendations to improve the Coalition’s brand and identifying national foundations interested in supporting the Coalition’s work.

Current Internship Needs:
The Coalition is currently seeking interns to work on projects in the following areas:
PB Research Analyst: This project will focus on the first Participatory Budgeting (PB) process in the City of Buffalo. Intern will become familiar with best practices PB nationally and worldwide, support implication of PB in Buffalo and synthesize data collected and create visual reporting documents.
Political Education and Research Projects: Will include creating popular education documents on local municipalities that govern our organizing areas, tracking decision makers through and researching and developing popular education materials.
Development: Interns will work closely with Executive Director and Development Coordinator. Projects will include providing assistance on special event planning and execution; conducting research on major donor prospects and foundations; produce support for the board retreat, annual dinner and several targeted direct mail appeals.

The ideal candidates will have:
• Ability to work independently
• Strong interest in social justice, participatory democracy, environmental justice or non-profit management
• Strong communication, writing, and organizational skills
• Experience or interest working with non-profit organizations
• Strong skills working with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Constant Contact, SalesForce
• Research experience, in or out of the classroom, on issues related to public policy, participatory democracy, public health, urban planning, environmental justice, spanish language, or development
• Bilingual in Spanish candidates highly encouraged to apply

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals. The internship is unpaid, though it may lead to paid work depending on the intern’s performance and available resources. For more information, visit our website at

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and work sample (e.g. a brochure, flyer, powerpoint presentation, report, info sheet) to