Looking For a Few Good Interns: Summer 2015

Are you interested in helping Trans4M change the way we think about transportation in Michigan? Are you excited by the political process of passing legislation to fund our complete transportation system? Do you want to educate people on the value of transportation options that include biking, walking, bus and train ridership?  Are you fascinated by issues of urban planning and land use and how they impact the way Michigan residents get around? Would you like an internship opportunity with the potential to work with up to 50 different organizations on topics that interest you and never requires making coffee?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we’re looking for you!

The Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) Coalition is seeking talented part-time interns to support various activities from June to August 2015. This position is part of the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) Internship Program.

Transportation for Michigan Intern

The Trans4M intern will be tasked with a variety of projects and will have the opportunity to work with over 50 member groups of the coalition. The work will focus on legislation and policy research, social media and blog communications, and event planning. Additionally, this intern may have the opportunity to undertake short- and long-term policy research projects, meet with state policymakers, take part in special events and field trips, and attend committee meetings and sessions of the Michigan Legislature.

This is an unpaid position, but can be used for college credit. Work schedule is flexible, although individual must commit to working at least two days at the MEC office (602 W. Ionia St., Lansing, MI).

An ideal applicant will:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have recently graduated;
  • Have a basic understanding of current transportation policy issues and public policy.
  • Basic familiarity with research, outreach and engagement activities;
  • Strong skills in verbal and written communication with diverse audiences, including social media platforms;
  • Be self-motivated and self-directed, seeking guidance when appropriate.
  • Have a good sense of humor and a strong ability to collaborate with others.

Michigan Environmental Council Internship Program

MEC’s internship program is designed to identify the next generation of leaders working for Michigan’s environment, cultivate their talents and shape their future.  We seek highly motivated interns who are looking to expand their knowledge of public policy and environmental issues while building a base of contacts in the environmental community and beyond.

Every spring, summer and fall we give several talented university students direct experience in environmental policy research and advocacy.  They give us the fresh perspectives and ideas we need to rebuild Michigan’s economy while protecting our natural resources and enhancing our quality of life.

We tailor our internships to match each person’s skills, expertise and goals, and offer a variety of experiences to make their time here as valuable as possible. Interns work closely with our policy experts in energy, land use, transportation, environmental health, urban policy, agriculture and natural resources.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and a short (1-5 pages) writing sample to Laurel Burchfield, Transportation for Michigan Coordinator at LaurelB@trans4m.org by Monday, June 1st 2015.


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