Position Summary: 

NRDC is seeking a Water Infrastructure Intern to work with the Safe Water Initiative in Michigan. We are looking for a student who is committed to: 1) learning about the state programs that distribute water infrastructure funds; and 2) helping shape the programs to ensure an equitable distribution of these funds. 


  • Track federal and state dollars earmarked for water infrastructure investment.
  • Help coordinate meetings with NRDC, its partners, and state agency staff to advocate for an equitable distribution of funds to majority Black and Brown communities and others with the greatest infrastructure and affordability issues.
  • Assist with Freedom of Information Act requests as needed to obtain the necessary data
  • Participate in national, regional, and state partner virtual meetings about policies governing the disbursement of funds and what changes need to be made to ensure an equitable distribution.


  • Enrollment in the Social Science Scholars Program at Michigan State University 
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission. 


NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet’s most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


This is a paid internship with a stipend of $6,000 for 10 weeks.