Fall 2015 Internship Opportunities


Your Mission:  Make a difference by joining the nation’s most effective health visionaries.

Organization:  The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) protects people from one of the most dangerous, least discussed health threats of our generation:  the chemical industry’s virtual carte blanche to invent and expose us all to chemicals linked with cancer, obesity, infertility, developmental problems, and more.

Workplace:  CEH’s engine is the twenty-five smart, committed, fact-driven advocates who come together every day to keep short-sighted business interests from harming people in the name of profit.  We are proud of our work, and our workplace community.  We support each other, we work hard, we win far-reaching victories for people’s health, and we have a pretty decent time doing it all.  The people who join our team understand the effect on the world of:  race, gender, class, homophobia, poverty, wealth, labor, and corporate hegemony.  They are also strong.  And funny.  We have offices in Oakland (our headquarters) and New York.

The Center for Environmental Health needs your help.  CEH’s internship program creates opportunities for the next generation of public health leaders to help protect people from toxic chemicals. CEH’s internships give future leaders a high level of responsibility, close supervision, mentorship, and ample skill-building opportunities. Check out our website at www.ceh.org.

We are looking for interns to learn from and support:

  • Our CHANGE Coalition’s Right-to-Know Campaign:  Harm from toxic chemicals is one of today’s most pervasive threats on human health.  We all carry a toxic burden, though some are more vulnerable to this risk than others.  The Right-to-Know (RTK) Campaign aims to put a stop to this injustice through a multi-pronged approach that includes increased disclosure of presence of toxics in everyday products, civic engagement, and a strong communications campaign.  We hope to educate and engage disproportionately impacted communities, garner support for strong legislative action, and change the discourse on toxics in California.  The intern will work with some of the most important groups in the environmental health and justice field to help implement the communications campaign through RTK policy legislation. A background in communications and/or policy and/or enthusiasm to learn is ideal.  Those who have experience organizing are encouraged to apply. Duties will likely include participating in group calls, updating social media outlets, creating campaign documents, and letter writing to elected officials.
  • Our Pollution Prevention Program:
    • Flame Retardant Campaign:  Flame retardant chemicals are used in numerous consumer products.  These chemicals migrate out of the products into which they are placed and many have been found to be persistent, biocaccumulative and/or toxic.  These chemicals are being found in human breast milk, blood, serum and newborns.  They are also being found in household dust, soil, sediment, air and water.  Many of these chemicals are linked to human health problems.  The intern will: Help research health and environmental risks posed by toxic flame retardant chemicals found in consumer products.  Develop fact sheets, PowerPoints and other written materials.  Conduct market research on furniture and baby product manufacturers who claim to have flame retardant free products.  Duties may also entail product testing for flame retardant chemicals and participation in coalition calls.  Persons who enjoy writing and researching topics desired.

We are a small, diverse group with a big mission.  In the past, interns have sometimes been awarded academic credit for their work at CEH.  We are looking for interns willing to work a minimum of10-15 hours per week.  Other arrangements can be negotiated.  The internship is unpaid, but interns receive a stipend to offset transportation expenses.

Please apply as soon as possible.  To apply send a resume, cover letter, short writing sample (2 pages max), and the names and phone numbers of three references.  Submit to internship@ceh.org  Please put “Fall Internship” in the subject line of your email, and indicate which program you are interested in.

People of color, women, and LGBTI individuals strongly encouraged to apply.