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About CCAS Internships

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Internships can be powerful opportunities to add focus to your time at Evergreen while building marketable career skills and community connections.

Internships are 10 or 19 hours per week (4 or 8 credits) and offer a paid hourly wage in accordance with the student employment at Evergreen. Summer hours can often be more if students are enrolled for Fall Quarter.

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How to Apply

You can find active Internships by searching "CCAS" on Handshake, submitting this Internship General Interest Form (if you're a current student), or emailing the director or assistant director to apply/inquire for internships or express interest in other opportunities.

Student-designed Internships

The Center is interested in working with students who have other research and internship ideas. These can be paid, and/or for credit as an Independent Learning Contract. Please reach out via email to the director if you have project ideas that the Center can support.

Partnered Internships

CCAS also hosts internships with external partners off-campus to provide additional opportunities for professional development and hands-on career exploration. 

Spring Quarter

Spring internships have all been filled. Please reach out if you are interested in exploring Summer or Fall internships (or hosting a joint-internship as a Community Partner). 

Summer Quarter

Internship Examples

Read descriptions for past and current internships below. Contact us for more information and view advertisements on Handshake

Climate Across the Curriculum

Integrate Climate Change Lessons Into Evergreen

This project helps collate past and future course offerings on climate change topics at Evergreen and thinks through opportunities to integrate climate change lessons into the curriculum at Evergreen and beyond. This builds from past and ongoing programs such as curriculum for the Bioregion.

Internship: Summer 2023, 2023-2024 Academic Year

Climate Education for Incarcerated Youth and Adults

Develop Education Modules for Sustainability in Prisons Project

Working with the Sustainability in Prisons Project at Evergreen, this project aims to develop climate change education modules for use in a pilot project. The internship will provide experience in curriculum design and popular/public education. Interested students should have a strong interest in climate change science, policy and action, and interests in creating teaching materials.

Internship: Summer 2023, 2023-2024 Academic Year

Thurston Climate Action Team

Nonprofit Activism in Thurston County

This internship is partnered with the Thurston Climate Action Team, a nonprofit organization that has supported and grown climate action in Thurston County related to art and activism, energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation planning efforts for climate mitigation.  Working with staff, you will gain valuable work experience in local community building and policy analysis, and learn more about policy options for climate mitigation and adaptation. Students have the opportunity to gain academic credit with the Center for Climate Action and Sustainability through an Internship Learning Contract.

Specific tasks include: researching and reporting back on tree protection policies across the country; creating education materials related to tree protection; and helping staff and volunteers with an education campaign for tree protection.

Internship: Summer 2023, 2023-2024 Academic Year

City of Olympia

Planning and Policy with Olympia's Climate Program

Working with the City of Olympia's Climate Program, this internship will help students gain direct experience in city planning and policy. Interns will work with city staff from various departments on projects that support climate action. Interns will gain hands-on experience in tying departmental work with climate change issues facing the local community. Typical tasks include: reviewing policy documents, creating research reports and case studies, developing best practices based on policy research, data entry, attending meetings and maintaining open communication.