Learn great skills, meet great people, save great places – Join the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters team!
Communications Director or Communications Manager – Deadline to apply is May 20
Multiple for-credit internships are offered each semester including winter and summer break at each of our three offices. Interns learn about non-profit operations and policy while working closely with experienced, professional staff. Email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what some of our past interns had to say about their experience:
Glenda Gonzalez, Interned Spring 2005
When I began my fall 2005 internship, the guidance and support from the staff helped me quickly feel welcome and useful. I created a resource guide for four state Assembly districts. Through this in-depth research, I became familiar with the ins and outs of the districts, learning who the movers and the shakers were, and meeting candidates and constituents. In my conversations with staff, as well as meeting candidates, I gained an understanding what it takes to work with communities, individual constituents, and decision makers to fight for environmentally sound legislation. I learned how to approach complex concepts to foster a connection between real people and natural resources. Ultimately, this connection must be built if any change is to be realized.
Where is Glenda now? After WLCV, Glenda went on to serve as an Environmental Educator for AmeriCorps and as an Ecotourism and English Advising volunteer for the Peace Corps. After the Peace Corps, Glenda worked for the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago and now works for Rotary International. All her employers have asked about her time at WLCV and have all been impressed with the skills she developed!
Abigail Jackson, Interned Spring 2010
My internship gave me an inside look at the workings of state government and environmental policy. It also served as an introductory course in lobbying. I enjoyed rallying support for bills by contacting fellow conservationists around the state. I knew my work was making a difference when I was able to create connections with people who stood up for Wisconsin’s environment.
Where is Abby now? Abby graduated from UW-Madison with a B.A. in International Studies and Certificates in Environmental Studies and European Studies. Abby now works for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services assisting the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program. She is also self-employed as a graphic designer. Abby looks forward to pursuing her interests in urban planning and public education with further education.
Annie Johnson, Interned Fall 2010
I began my internship with WLCV the summer before an election year, which is an exciting time to get involved with politics! One of the most significant lessons that I took away from my time with WLCV was how important state government is to conservation issues. The people who are crafting the majority of policies that impact our lakes, our air quality, our clean energy initiatives – they are local people like us! It was empowering to get out the word about great conservation candidates and advocating for clean energy policy. I knew that making my voice heard has made a direct impact on conservation in Wisconsin. Another very rewarding element of my time with WLCV was the sense of a conservation community throughout Wisconsin that came from working directly with the great staff and other volunteers from all over the state.
Where is Annie now? Annie is working at The Nature Conservancy on their Federal Campaigns Team where she helps coordinate the organization’s approach to influence conservation policy at the federal level. After spending a stretch of time at The Nature Conservancy’s Worldwide Office in Washington, D.C., she has returned to the Midwest and is currently working at TNC’s Minnesota Field Office in Minneapolis.
Tressie Kamp, Interned Spring 2005
My internship at WLCV was a major catalyst for me in terms of my commitment to incorporating legislative and policy work into my career. Although my interest in pursuing some sort of environmental career pre-dates my semester at WLCV, it was my time at the organization that gave me an understanding of just how interested I was in legislative and policy advocacy. I would recommend a WLCV internship to anyone interested in a real, hands-on lesson about how non-profit advocacy groups interact with the government to encourage positive change.
Where is Tressie now? Tressie attended law school in New York City, where she was fortunate enough to work for government environmental agencies as well as nonprofit organizations such as Earthjustice and Midwest Environmental Advocates. She recently returned to Madison after practicing law in the new York City area for about two years. Tressie currently works for the state of Wisconsin, providing legislative, policy, and technical guidance to various parties involved int he federal funding of air quality and transportation alternative programs.
Eric Koch, Interned Summer 2010-May 2011
I began my internship during the summer of 2010 during the height of the campaign season and continued my internship through May 2011. During my time with WLCV I did everything from tracking media hits, assembling display boards, researching our natural resources impact on Wisconsin’s economy and working to help elect pro-conservation officials. WLCV was a great opportunity for me and a great way to continue expand my experiences working in politics and government from the standpoint of a nonprofit organization.
Where is Eric now? After graduating from UW-Madison, Eric was able to continue an internship in the State Capitol and in September 2011 began working full-time for his hometown Representative and Conservation Champion Penny Bernard Schaber. In the office, Eric does everything from drafting bills, working with administrative departments to solving constituent casework, staffing legislative committees, scheduling, hiring and managing interns, meeting with groups like WLCV when they have lobby days and everything in between. Among the many policy issues he pursues, he continues to work on issues important to Wisconsin’s natural resources.
Johanna Lathrop, Interned Summer 2008
I interned for WLCV while pursuing my J.D. at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where I focused on Environmental Law. The experience I gained at WLCV has proved invaluable as I’ve progressed in my career of environmental advocacy. During law school, I also interned with a non-profit environmental law firm, an environmental champion in the state legislature, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. However, none of those experiences could have provided me with the well-rounded exposure to legislative and electoral advocacy I received at WLCV.
Where is Josie now? After graduating from law school, Josie pursued a LL.M. in Environment and Natural Resources Law at Lewis and Clark Law School. She has since moved back to the midwest, where she is working on a federal grant to make communities throughout Wisconsin healthier.