Science Intern (Summer 2018)

American Rivers

Washington, DC, US


The Science Intern will join an existing project aimed at improving our ability to measure the impact of our conservation work and ensure consistent monitoring of on-the-ground projects. Tasks may include: identifying existing data resources that support tracking of long term goals; assisting with the development of tools for tracking progress; finalizing a guide for monitoring our on-the-ground projects; and/or developing a framework for collecting, managing, and analyzing project-specific monitoring data. Interns are also invited to write blogs and other web content about relevant topics of interest and assist with other minor tasks related to Science & Economics Program goals that align with their interests.

The Science intern will leave American Rivers with a strong understanding of the role of science in conservation and with a network of scientists working in conservation and policy. The final work product is dependent on which tasks are pursued and may include: a compendium of data  and resources related to long term goals, a guide for monitoring on-the-ground projects, and/or a framework for collecting, managing, and analyzing data within the organization.


  • Upper-level science major or recent graduate in environmental science or related discipline. Specific coursework in stream ecology and hydrology a plus.
  • Confident using research databases (Web of Science, Google Scholar) and reading peer-reviewed scientific literature; including the ability to understand and extract findings from published papers. Experience using Excel, Google Spreadsheets and Google Forms.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills.
  • Independent and self-motivated, as they will be supervised remotely.


American Rivers’ Summer 2018 internships will begin in late May or early June and last for 10 weeks, ending in mid-August. The Science Internship requires a commitment of 24 hours (3 days) per week. Internships are unpaid; however, a travel subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the costs of the intern’s commute. In addition to the travel subsidy, where available, we will work with the intern to gain school credit.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Applicants should use the online form to submit their application and resume. No phone calls please.