Build your skills while working toward your degree

At the Center for Climate Action and Sustainability, internships can be powerful opportunities to add focus to your time at Evergreen while building marketable career skills.

Internships are 10 or 19 hours per week (4 or 8 Academic Credits) and offer a paid hourly wage in accordance with the Student Employment Office at Evergreen. For the Summer quarter, students enrolled for Fall, but not taking Summer credits, may work up to 40 hours per week if desired.


You can find active Internships offered on Handshake by searching "CCAS Internship," or emailing director Anthony Levenda at, or assistant director Michael Joseph at to apply for an internship, inquires, or express interest for an internship not seen here.

Student-designed internships

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

Internship Examples

Read descriptions for past and current internships below. Contact director Anthony Levenda at for more information and view advertisements on Handshake.

Climate across the curriculum internship

Evergreen and many other colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest have an interest in providing climate-focused curriculum to students who want to tackle the worlds most pressing problems. 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.

Climate education for incarcerated youth and adults internship

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. The student should have a strong interest in climate change science, policy, and action, and interests in creating teaching materials.

Thurston Climate Action Team internship

This internship is partnered with the Thurston Climate Action Team which is 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 TCAT Staff, the student will gain valuable work experience in local community building and policy analysis, and learn more about policy options for climate mitigation and adaptation. The student has the opportunity to gain academic credit with the CCAS director, Dr. Anthony Levenda, 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 TCAT staff and volunteers with an education campaign for tree protections.

City of Olympia internship

Working with the City'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.