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Internship Positions:

The Sierra Club—John Muir Chapter is the statewide voice for the nation's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Our members include 15,000 of your friends and neighbors located throughout Wisconsin following in the footsteps of legendary Wisconsin conservationists including Sierra Club founder John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson and Gaylord Nelson.  Inspired by Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes, forests, rivers, and other natural features, the Chapter works together to protect our communities and the planet. 

In order to continue to work on State and local conservation issues, the Chapter is seeking dedicated students to assist in these efforts.  There are internship opportunities (see below) to learn and work with all aspects of the Sierra Club.   Positions include office work, campaign work, and community outreach efforts on campus.

The internships are unpaid and available for most semesters and average 5-8 hours per week.  Interested students should send their resumes and application to Elizabeth Ward at or (608) 256-0565. 


The available positions include:

Office Intern:Works closely with the Chapter Coordinator to provide administrative and fundraising support for the John Muir Chapter staff and Executive Committee.  This internship offers an opportunity to learn the administrative, behind the scenes operations that support the conservation work done by environmental non-profits.   Responsibilities include: processing incoming donations, photocopying and filing all checks, depositing donations to the appropriate chapter or foundation account, data entry, organizing and forwarding financial documents (receipts, invoices, deposit slips) to Chapter Treasurer, hand-writing and mailing thank you letters to donors, extracting and analyzing data from spreadsheets and database, preparing accurate financial reports, conducting online research as needed, creating and editing office documents and brochures, sorting and archiving past office documents, preparing bulk mail, designing & creating a Chapter Directory & Handbook for Executive Committee Members (print and online version).  Candidate should exhibit excellent attention to detail and accuracy in data entry, have excellent computer/internet skills (especially Microsoft Excel and Word), provide professional customer service and maintain confidentiality of donor information. Experience with Microsoft Publisher or Adobe InDesign a plus.

Campaign Intern: The John Muir Chapter has five priority issues: Beyond Coal to Clean Energy, Beyond Oil, Water Sentinels, Electing Conservating Champions, and Mining Protection.  Campaign interns would be responsible for researching and creating literature pieces and websites, coordinating volunteers, community and Sierra Club outreach through phone banks, e-mails, etc. and other efforts to further the campaigns. 


Applicants should e-mail resumes and the application to Elizabeth Ward. For questions, call (608) 256-0565.