This is a listing of internships that have been available in the past. Not all of the internships are currently available, but you can check their web sites for updated information.  There are paid summer canvassing internships available from various organizations, including the PIRGs, Green Corps, and Environment America. Green Corps also offers placement for paid and unpaid summer positions with local environmental groups. Just apply on their web site.

Autry Fellowship

The Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The Autry Fellowship supports the mission of MDC–to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity–by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region. The Autry Fellowship celebrates the life and perpetuates the work of the late George B. Autry, founding president of MDC. For 32 years, he led MDC with a passion for improving opportunities for people and places struggling to keep pace with economic and social change. The ideal Autry Fellow is open-minded and compassionate, curious and reflective, and deeply committed to advancing social equity and opportunity. To learn more about the Autry Fellowship and to stay up-to-date on MDC’s work, visit our website ( Applicants must submit a complete application (available for download here,

Clean Energy Advisors

In the past they have sought an undergraduate to assist in a number of areas from research, social media, lead development, presentation development to CRM. The individual will have a great opportunity to learn about renewable energy, impact investing, business development and entrepreneurship.  They are located in Nashville. The web site is

Coca Cola

Internships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Interns will report to leaders within the Office of the Chief Sustainability Officer and will engage as team members on Coca-Cola Sustainability projects, spanning the categories of Women, Water, Well-being, and Environment. Atlanta. Contact:
Sustainability Program Manager
One Coca-Cola Plaza
USA 404A-1
Atlanta, GA 30313

Community Sustainability

Community Sustainability USA is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a culture that is committed to sustainability – an appreciation of our earth and a desire to protect it, our communities, and future generations. Through our research-based It’s the Little Things: My Actions Count SM programs, we’re educating the public and policy makers about sustainability and inspiring behavior choices and planning at home and at work that advance sustainability. Together these have a big positive impact on the health of our planet and are a big voice for policy change and technology innovation. Chris Ann Lunghino, founder and president of CSUSA, is an attorney and urban and regional planner who has worked to protect the planet and its people for more than 30 years. Contact: Chris Lunghino 714.369.9280

Doris Duke Conservation Fellows

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a paid, two-summer experiential learning experience that explores conservation across themes of climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. By exploring intersections of biodiversity conservation and environmental justice across both urban and rural contexts, emerging scholars develop skills and perspectives that deepen their understanding of their relationship to healthy lands and waters.

Environment America

We take pride in being strategic and disciplined—and in hiring a team with the grit it takes to get things done. BE AN ENVIRONMENT AMERICA FELLOW<>
Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or imagine releasing a hard-hitting research report on power plant pollution. Or picture yourself building a community coalition around clean water or fracking. Imagine building the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on—that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul. Positions available in Washington, D.C.; Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Raleigh, NC. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY:<>

Good to Grow Farm

The farm was piloted by a couple from North Carolina in 2013. They both have extensive farming experience and hoped to meet the demand for a local, organic CSA in the West Nashville area.
Green Corps

Green Corps offers one-year positions that are paid with training in Denver at their headquarters. You are then placed in different cities (usually 4 months at a time) during the following year. It also offers placement for paid and unpaid summer positions with local environmental groups. Just apply on their web site.

For seniors: Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups. For more information,  visit Be trained by the best: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Adam Ruben, former political director and current board president of, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of

Internships:  Protect the Earth while learning valuable skills as a Greenpeace Intern. Positions range from organizing to photography to administration and everything in between. Visit for more information.

Greenpeace Semester:  The Greenpeace Semester is an incredible opportunity for you to learn what it takes to save the planet and gain experience to become environmental leaders on your campus and in your community.  So much more than an internship, the program combines a series of intensive workshops in a classroom setting with hands-on project and field experience, working side-by-side with Greenpeace staff.  Visit for more information.

The Green Program

This is a series of summer programs that appear to involve study abroad with hands-on internship-like experiences. They write: Since 2010, We’ve sent 1,537 college students (from 437 universities) on sustainability programs where they develop leadership skills  from the world’s top clean energy and sustainability initiatives in Iceland, Peru, and the United States.The GREEN Program | United Nations SDSN-Youth. You can learn more by visiting our website:

Green U helps students contribute to the environmental sustainability of college/university campuses and communities, while also increasing environmental awareness, literacy, and activism. They sometimes seek volunteers to work in their New York office or remotely. Focus on research and editorial, marketing, or community management. We are also recruiting campus reps to grow this movement at campuses nationwide. Green-U is a project of, which The New York Times called an “ of the nonprofit world” for our work in helping nonprofits capture money normally spent on traditional presents (BTW, we are recruiting interns and volunteers for a wide range of causes and roles on it; please see for more info on it). 

Harpeth River Watershed Association

There are voluntary internships available with this organization. Please contact board member David Bridgers at  For pre-law students, Mr. Bridgers practices environmental law and could have use voluntary interns on occasion.

Kalu Yala Internships

These are 11-week summer internships in Panama focused on sustainability and business entrepreneurship.  Details are at

Humanitarian Fund

The Nichols Humanitarian Fund was established in 2006 by the E.C. and Lucile Hamby Nichols Trust. The purpose of the fund is to enable Vanderbilt students to volunteer for local, domestic, or international humanitarian service opportunities. Support is primarily focused on summer projects or projects that take place during defined academic breaks. Funds are available for educational and other expenses.  Applications for the next round of support are due January 31, to Shelley Jewell in the Global Education Office (GEO). For more information, visit:

Meridian Fellowship

Since 2011, the Meridian Fellowship Program has provided opportunities for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. As part of the two-year position, Fellows work in an active, exciting, and dynamic professional environment that enhances their ability to think critically about complex issues and analyze participant interests and process dynamics,  identify and learn to respond appropriately to concerns and problems that can arise in complex and challenging collaborative processes, actively manage numerous tasks toward the final completion of a project, and improve their writing, research, and communication skills.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships

These are available from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for minority and women students in the science, technology, and engineering fields. They are paid internships.More information is available at


Nashville/Davidson County

Students regularly find internships and volunteer opportunities in the city government. For example, Hands On Nashville provides home energy audits and retrofits to low-income homes.  Using a comprehensive and practical energy efficiency analysis for selected households, a suite of cost savings improvements will be identified.  Volunteers make simple energy efficiency improvements to reduce the water, electricity and heating costs for each home. Hands on Nashville also offers internships in its Urban Agriculture Program. There are internships in teaching, curriculum development, agricultural production, and exercise science. These are unpaid internships generally with 40 hours of service during a semester.

Squam Conservation Internship

The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission.  This unpaid volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities.  Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction.

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago 
is an intense interdisciplinary program for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students.  In August, participants from diverse academic backgrounds will be immersed in a

broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics: policy, economics, health, science,

engineering, environment, urban planning, business, and entrepreneurship. Admission to the Summer Institute is highly competitive with only eighty open seats. Students from across Chicago and the country are invited to apply.  Themes vary from year to year.  Prospective students are asked to submit an application and resume for consideration.  For more information, visit:


Vanderbilt’s sustainability office occasionally has openings for interns.

Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation

The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation has accepted volunteer interns for summer and academic-year positions. You would set your own hours, but they recommend full-time or half-time for 10 weeks, so that you are there on a consistent basis.

Possible projects include:

1. Developing a public policy study that reviews the existing literature on the economic value of parks.

2. Working as assistant to the director by assisting in grant writing, public relations and communication, and events planning.

3. Developing programs to increase supporters.

4. Working with a staff member to develop GIS-based studies of conservation easements that report on the condition and value of property.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

College students can gain valuable experience while working for TDEC!  The Bureau of Environment primarily employs college students majoring in the sciences and engineering in the intern positions. Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a plus for many of the assignments. There are some limited opportunities for students majoring in marketing, accounting or business.  Internships are available to students from freshman classification through graduate school. Interns must be full-time students. Interns in TDEC’s Bureau of Environment are typically employed during the summer (May through August). However, interns may be retained on a part-time basis through the year depending upon the needs and budget of the hiring division.

Interns are typically paid at the hourly rate of $8.85 per hour (equivalent to a Clerk 2, salary grade 010 in the state compensation system.) Due to the State budget constraints and hiring freeze, there are currently only unpaid internships available.

Bureau of Environment interns can be employed at the TDEC’s central office in downtown Nashville, as well as at the eight Environmental Field Offices across the state (Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Cookeville, Columbia, Knoxville, Johnson City and Chattanooga.) The availability of positions is determined annually by the need and budgets of the environmental programs.

The following is a sampling of past intern assignments:

Water sampling, measuring flow, entering data into computer, collecting parameters from streams, cleaning the lab. 

Technical assistance in making sure that spreadsheets and databases were working right and created correctly for the data that needed to be analyzed, outreach at baseball parks and racetracks, created a manual for county officials so that they could design and potentially run their own permanent household hazardous waste facility. 

Collecting Global Positioning System coordinates on Underground Storage Tank facilities. 

Conducting investigations on Open Burning Complaints and issuing violations as well as advisements when necessary, collating and reorganizing air pollution files, participating in emission source complaints and inspections, aiding in the routine audit of regional air monitoring stations as well as analysis of data retrieved from ozone monitors.  

Determining latitude /longitude coordinates on High Quality waters using ArcGIS software and putting those coordinates into a file so that they can be uploaded into a web page. Information will eventually be accessible by the public and by state and federal agencies interested in permitting and other applications.

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Tennessee Riverkeeper

The mission of Tennessee Riverkeeper is to protect the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and their tributaries by enforcing environmental laws and educating the public. Tennessee Riverkeeper monitors polluters and their pollution permits, responds to citizen complaints, and utilizes other methods to further protect the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and their tributaries. When the organization discovers illegal pollution, we seek remediation through enforcement of environmental laws. Visit our website, to learn more. If you are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference by helping us fight pollution please send us your resume and tell us a bit about yourself by emailing us at



Summer research experience for undergraduates at TN-SCORE, the Tennessee Solar Conversion and Storage Using Outreach, Research, and Education. This internship focuses on interdisciplinary energy science research at the interface of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and engineering. You will work with faculty members at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and at Vanderbilt. $4,000 stipend and on-campus housing, with meals depending on the campus. March 1 deadline.

Urban Green Lab

The Urban Green lab sometimes seeks interns. It is located in Nashville.


The VIEW (Vanderbilt Internship Experience in Washington) program provides 8-week, full-time internship opportunities to undergraduate students from all majors. In the past, we have partnered with organizations like the Democratic and Republic National Committees, Offices of Senators and Representatives, foreign embassies, The Rhoades Group, CNN, The Newseum, NPR, The Pew Center on Global Climate, The American Red Cross, and many more. VIEW interns live with 20-24 other Vanderbilt students in fully furnished apartments, receive an unlimited Metro pass for travel each week, participate in a weekly seminars with speakers from leaders in various fields across DC, and are paired with a Vanderbilt alumni-mentor living in DC. More information is available at or on AnchorLink at:

Washington Internship Institute

The Washington Internship Institute offers internships with an Environmental and Sustainability Policy Studies track. Information is available at .

Wheelhouse Project

Have you dreamed of working at a start-up with brilliant entrepreneurs by your side, who don’t just care about making money, but who also care about solving social epidemics? A place where everyone shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work hard in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere? We have too! That’s why we launched The Wheelhouse Project, a Nashville-based organization dedicated to the advancement of social innovation. Our mission is to create a bridge that helps promising scientific research innovations reach their full social and economic potential. Our vision is to make The Wheelhouse Project and Nashville the country’s preferred hub for socially innovative science and entrepreneurship. Contact them or visit their web site for updated information about possible internships. In the past these were unpaid, part-time internships.