Learn great skills, meet great people, save great places – Join the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters team!
Multiple for-credit internships are usually offered each semester, including winter and summer break, at several of our offices (Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Eau Claire). Interns learn about non-profit operations and policy while working closely with experienced, professional staff. Email resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Here’s what some of our past interns had to say about their experience:
Lydia Boerboom, Interned Summer-Fall 2017
I interned with WLCV while perusing a Bachelor’s in social work at UW – Eau Claire. From my internship I learned what it means to combine the social and environmental sides of policy to pass legislation that affects the world we live in and the people we live with. More specifically, though, being an intern at WLCV taught me particular skills needed to interact with decision makers and voters! We had many opportunities to engage with members of state and local government, and our intern coordinator taught us how to navigate broader conversations between voters and policy makers. Interacting with voters by knocking door-to-door and phone calling was one of the most beneficial parts of my time spent with WLCV because I was able to meet the people that environmental policies affect, and being able to listen to the stories folks in Wisconsin have to tell about their relationship with water, land, neighbors, and elected representatives was so valuable. I was inspired from my time at WLCV to do more after my internship, so alongside other community involvement, I decided to run for a local office in Eau Claire to continue building our sustainable future.
MaryGrace Pankratz, Interned Fall 2016
During my internship with WLCV, I worked mostly with the development team. My internship gave me an inside look at the development operations of a non-profit organization and gave me valuable experience in donor prospecting and research, event planning, and membership development. I assisted in the execution of the Green Tie Gala, WLCV’s largest annual fundraising event, and a storytelling event, both of which I had so much fun helping to organize. I also enjoyed playing an active role in donor research and evaluation and learned a great deal about donor prospecting from the development team. WLCV taught me so much about conservation issues in my home state of Wisconsin and the complicated balance between citizens, communities, and state and local governments. Overall, my internship with WLCV was a great opportunity and I will continue to use the skills I learned at WLCV for many years to come.
Where is MaryGrace now? MaryGrace graduated from UW-Madison in December of 2016 with degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Business. She is currently working for the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth in Madison, WI as a Program Assistant.
Bridget Callaghan, Interned Spring 2013
I interned for WLCV while pursuing my undergraduate degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership at UW-Madison. During my internship, I conducted research on multiple county voting districts, and interacted with constituents by attending community and fundraising events, making calls, and organizing mailings. Not only did this work provide me with valuable insights into the world of nonprofit operations and funding, it taught me about the power of grassroots organizing as well. Highlights from my time at WLCV include meeting leaders within the Wisconsin conservation community and learning about the varying environmental, health, and economic issues that affect different communities throughout the state. I’m so grateful for the policy experience and mentors and friends I gained from my internship at WLCV. They’ve all played an important role in helping me get to where I am today!
Where is Bridget now? Bridget is working in Washington, D.C. as the Grants Manager for the Wyss Foundation – a philanthropic organization dedicated to conserving natural environments and protecting public lands. There, she enjoys working with grantees such as the national League of Conservation Voters, Trout Unlimited, and the Trust for Public Land. Bridget looks forward to continuing her education and plans to pursue a degree in public policy (M.P.P.) in the near future.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 worked for government environmental agencies as well as nonprofit organizations like Earthjustice. After practicing law out east, Tressie returned to Wisconsin and worked as a policy analyst for the state, focusing on alternative transportation and air quality programming. Tressie is now a Staff Attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates, working on agricultural law and policy issues throughout the state. She also coordinates the law clerk program.