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Sustainability Advocate- Fall Internship

Clean Water ActionNorthampton, MA
Paid Internship$16 - $18/hr (includes commission)Plus benefits20 - 33 hrs/wk

12 hours ago


Fired up? We are hiring passionate environmentalists and activists to help build grassroots momentum around environmental public advocacy campaigns! This is the perfect part-time position for students who want to get paid to help make a difference after they're done with classes for the day!

For over 50 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public. Candidates who possess a strong commitment to environmental, social, and political justice will be well suited for this role.

Clean Water Action is mobilizing our members to put pressure on the US Congress and Executive Branch to enact strong environmental and public health protections. We're also working on local environmental issues happening right here in our state! Our grassroots political organizers and interns speak to local citizens about these issues, informing and educating the public, building support, and channeling that support into action.

Some of the issues we work on:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Climate Change
  • Renewable Energy
  • Toxics in Everyday Products
  • Lead in Drinking Water
  • Oil and Gas pollution

What's in it for you?

  • Starting rate of $16.25/hr. + bonus.
  • Gain valuable experience in the non-profit sector.
  • Relaxed, fun and casual workplace culture.
  • Get to know your local neighborhoods.
  • Paid Training.

*As an equal opportunity employer, Clean Water Action is dedicated to non-discrimination in every aspect of employment. No person is to be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or any other ground prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. This equal opportunity policy applies to veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. This policy covers all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotions, terminations, pay, and the work environment.

Number of positions available



  • Must be in commutable distance or relationships to the Northampton, MA Area. This is an in-person position.
  • Shifts are from 2pm-9pm. Monday through Friday.
  • Must be available 3 shifts a week minimum. You pick the 3 days M-F.
  • Must show COVID vaccination documentation and wear a KN95 mask in the vehicle.
  • Must be committed to the cause of diversity, equity, justice and inclusion.
  • Desire for non-profit career development is a plus!
  • Experience with canvassing, political organizing and successful negotiations is a big plus!
  • Bilingual, POC, LGBTIQ and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

We're looking for candidates with:

  • Strong verbal communication skills, especially with one-on-one interactions
  • Good attention to detail
  • Team-oriented attitude
  • Interest in environmental or social justice issues, non-profit work, or politics. We provide extensive training on the job responsibilities and the issues we cover. There are opportunities for travel to conferences and other offices in our network, and the potential for long-term growth within the organization.

About Clean Water Action

Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. Our Mission: To protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems. JOIN US! Together we’re making a difference for Clean Water. Take action to protect drinking water and clean up polluted waterways: - Get health-harming toxics out of everyday products; - Protect our water from dirty energy threats - drilling and fracking for oil and gas, and power plant pollution; - Build a future of clean water and clean energy; - Keep our clean water laws strong and effective to protect water and health.
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Skills you'll need for this internship

    non-profit organizations
    social justice
    climate change
    effective communication
    environmental education

Skills you'll learn in this internship


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How will you be compensated for this role?

$16 - $18/hrHourly, Commissioned

Benefits for this internship

  • Insurance, Health, Wellness
  • Vacation & Time Off
  • - Paid training, sick, and vacation time - Health and dental insurance, and 401k - Swift advancement opportunities - Travel opportunities nationwide - Bonus pay


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What happens after you send in your application?

Clean Water Action is actively interviewing now. Due to the volume of applications, Clean Water Action has indicated that they will not follow up unless you are selected for an interview.

Clean Water Action also indicates this role is likely to convert to full-time.

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Career Paths

People who completed this type of internship end up in the following types of jobs

Top majors

That get hired for this type of internship

  • Political Science And Government18%

  • Economics8%

  • Public Policy Analysis6%

  • International Relations And National Security Studies5%

  • Law4%

  • 272 other majors57%

People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • US Congress
  • United States Senate
  • US Department Of State
  • Deloitte
  • US Department Of Justice
Typical benefits offered for paid internships

(National average offered by employers)



Relocation Assistance




Housing Assistance

(avg. $2,892)




Travel Stipend

(avg. $978)




Tuition Reimbursement




Medical Insurance




401(k) Company Match




Paid Holidays


Average internship hourly pay

For New England region

Renewables & Environment

Typical pay range:

$18.91 - $24.31

Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Northampton, MA | $4,018/mo

  • Housing/Rent$1,507

  • Miscellaneous$1,308

  • Food$513

  • Utilities$392

  • Transportation$298


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