Human Impacts Institute Internships

The Human Impacts Institute Internship  program provides an active learning environment for college students and mid-career professionals.  Unless otherwise noted, internships are based in NYC and are for a minimum duration of three months.  Interns are expected to work on-site at least ten hours per week, with a preference for those who can commit twenty hours per week.

Interning with the Human Impacts Institute offers:

  • Working with a team of environmentalists and artists who are passionate about inspiring social change and have backgrounds in climate science, public engagement, education, policy development, international consulting, private sector advising, and more;
  • An open and creative learning environment where interns and staff collaborate and co-learn;
  • A high level of responsibility and a key role in program development and leadership;
  • Inclusion in a diverse, international network of environmental, sustainable development, and social change professionals; Diverse experiences in education, coalition-building, creative messaging, reporting and research;
  • A commitment to supporting your personal goals while pushing your leadership skills; and
  • Significant programmatic and organizational responsibilities based upon your internship descriptions, qualifications, and interests.
    • We consider our interns part of the HII family and lifelong members of the HII Crew. Past interns have included international lawyers, media professionals, certified teachers, as well as graduate and undergrad students from Columbia University, UPenn, Brown, La Sorbonne (France), University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa), New York University, Webster University (Netherlands), and have come from as far as France, Brazil, China, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, England, and Sweden.

      After working with HII, we are proud to say that interns have gone on to work at a diversity of places, including: Bloomberg, the Climate Group, International Institute for Sustainable Development, GrowNYC, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Worldwatch Institute, Arcadis, Yerdle, If P&C Insurance and many other diverse organizations.


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    • Environmental Leadership

      Environmental Leadership

      Our Environmental Leadership Intern will work to further develop our programs in coalition building locally and internationally. Focus will be on developing and outreaching for our coalition initiatives: the NYC Climate and MobilizeUS! Coalitions.  Environmental Leadership interns will be instrumental in helping to develop our local and international programs.  Responsibilities will include: developing outreach and web content, teaching, curriculum development, research and partner development, lobbying and advocacy, grant writing, and more. Intern should have a good working knowledge of climate change issues, and climate change & environmental policy and science experience is a plus.

    • Environmental Services

      Environmental Services

      Our Environmental Services Intern will provide businesses, organizations, schools and other Human Impacts Institute partners with resources on how to reduce their overall emissions, negative impacts on community health, and to increase their community support, while saving money and increasing their community involvement. Interns will be trained as environmental consultants and will mentor other students and stakeholders in sustainability options in their community.  Interns will also analyze the economic and social impacts of sustainability measures being implemented by program participants.

    • Environmental Education

      Environmental Education

      Our Environmental Education Intern will help in all aspects of environmental education at the Human Impacts Institute. Interns will focus on curriculum and program development and updating, website content development, teaching classes/outreach, lesson plan research and development, outreach to schools and community centers, grant writing, etc. Intern applicants should be interested in environmental education (experience in environmental sciences and/or teaching are a plus!) and interests in the many components of program development and facilitation in a small not-for-profit.

    • NGO Management, PR, and Marketing

      NGO Management, PR and Marketing

      Our NGO Management/PR and Marketing Intern will be responsible for the further development of the Human Impacts Institute website, updating press packages and brochures, outreach to press and funders, as well as other issues relating to marketing our organization and our programs. Interns will also help with the overall organizational management including responsibilities such as data input, contacts management, newsletter development, as well as events planning, partnership development, and fundraising.  All applicants should be very well versed in web design and marketing.  Experience in fundraising is a plus. Experience with environmental issues is not necessary, but favorable.

    • NGO Management, PR, and Marketing

      Design and Interactive Web Development

      The Design and Interactive Web Development Intern will be responsible for further developing the online and interactive presence of the Human Impacts Institute and our programs. Interns will particularly focus on creating and implementing online tools for increased collaboration, outreach and open-source engagement of the public and partner groups in Human Impacts Institute's programs. Ideal candidates will have proficiency in HTML/XHTML, CSS, Photoshop, and ability to learn other online and design tools. Ideal candidates will also have experience or training in graphic design, illustration, and/or branding. Knowledge or interest in environmental issues or community development is a plus. All applicants for the Design and Interactive Web Development Internship should send three work samples in addition to the overall internship application package.



      Internship Application Process

    • Internships with the Human Impacts Institute begin on February 10th (Term 1), May 10th (Term 2), and September 10th (Term 3). Not all Terms are offered all years. Please, inquire at to see if internships are available for your selected Term.

      Applicants should have an expressed interest in environmental issues, education, policy development, research, coalition building, and/or not-for-profit organizational work. In addition to this, interns are expected to be: self-motivated, extremely organized, independent workers, creative, highly adaptable to different types of projects, atmospheres, interactions, and have good research skills.

      Strong preference is given to applicants who receive college credit (undergraduate or graduate) or occupational training credits. International applicants are welcome, as are mid-career professionals looking to expand their knowledge of environmental work.   There is no stipend or lodging assistance available and intern applicants are encouraged to apply for outside funding assistance.

      If interested, please submit:

      1) A Current resume;
      2) An Introductory letter, including: Why you want to work with HII, the specific internship(s) you are applying to, and
      your specific expertise/interests relating to that internship
      3) One reference letter;
      4) One paragraph with an original idea for a creative project you’d like to do at HII

      Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of interviews shortly after their application. Applicants are encouraged to apply at least one month in advance of their desired start date.  All applications and inquiries should be directed to: