International Internship Program’s Canada Project

International Internship Program’s Canada Project


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.2 million members and online activists. We have offices in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Beijing. Our staff of over 500 includes attorneys, scientists, policy analysts and educators working to protect the environment and public health through advocacy and education.


NRDC is seeking an intern to work with our International Program’s Canada Project.

This internship is part of NRDC’s Canada team and will work alongside our Boreal Corporate Campaign Manager to protect the forests of Canada from industrial activity. NRDC has long been a champion of Canada’s boreal forest. Now, they face significant threat from logging and industrial activity, which threatens not only the species that depend on the forest, like the iconic woodland caribou, but also the Indigenous communities that have relied on the forest for millennia.

NRDC’s goal is to secure further protection for this forest from the Canadian provincial and federal governments this year. To do that, we have launched a major effort to engage U.S. companies and stakeholders that rely on Canadian wood products. Through this work, we will grow the number of voices and breadth of support for action.

This internship will begin in the Fall semester.

The Intern Will

  • Learn how to develop an effective campaign strategy in an international setting;
  • Work directly with companies and U.S. stakeholders to engage them in our campaign; and
  • Research the issue and identify new opportunities and new potential allies with whom we will work.
  • Collaborate with existing and potential coalition partners in Canada and the U.S.

Important/Critical Activities

  • Company outreach: The intern will engage interested companies in our campaign through newsletters and one-on-one communication.
  • Other stakeholder outreach: The intern will use pre-existing lists of universities, municipalities, and other stakeholders to reach out to additional potential allies.
  • Stakeholder and company research: The intern will research individual stakeholders and companies to identify areas of potential collaboration, as well as grow our list of potential allies.
  • Coalition engagement: The intern will attend and participate in meetings with coalition partners from the United States and Canada.
  • Digital visibility: The intern will identify daily opportunities to broadcast relevant articles and NRDC’s materials via social media.

Intern Must Be

  • Strong communicator
  • Fast learner
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Eager to work directly with a wide variety of stakeholders

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-866-803-9663.

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