Texas Environmental Policy and Advocacy Internships

Public Citizen’s Texas office – located in Austin – works mostly on environmental issues. Preserving a livable climate is one of our primary focuses. We advocate for a rapid transition from polluting fossil fuels to clean, affordable renewable energy, as well as programs that will clean our air. Texas is ground zero for many environmental challenges and our staff is working to achieve a more just and sustainable future. We engage in state level and local policy making, media outreach and organizing. Interns will work with staff on one or several projects, depending on the individual’s skills, background and interests. This will be a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working on public policy.

Interns will do some or all of the following:

  • Research
  • Writing reports, factsheets, fliers
  • Writing blog posts
  • Assisting with social media
  • Assisting with press conferences, briefings, and other events
  • Attending community meetings to share information about our campaigns


  • Desire to work in the public’s interest and
  • Commitment learning about and working on environmental issues
  • Self-motivation and a desire to learn
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Organized
  • Ability to work with a team

Desired, but not required:

  • Background in energy, politics, economics, or public policy
  • Any experience with graphics, video or social media is a plus, but definitely not required


  • At least 10 weeks
  • Minimum of 15 hours per week


309 E 11th St, Suite 2, Austin, TX 78701



Public Citizen’s Texas office offers unpaid internships year round (course credit can be arranged). The organization as a whole offers a small number of paid internships ($15 an hour), which applicants wishing to work in Texas can apply for.

To be considered for a paid internship for Fall 2020, candidates must apply by July 24, 2020, and submit materials listed below (in addition to those required for all applicants).  Chosen applicants will be notified by Monday, August 17, 2020. If you are applying for a paid internship, please include an essay outlining why you want to intern at Public Citizen and any other information about you that you wish to have considered, including your need for financial support (500 words or less). If you have completed the FAFSA, please also submit a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Applications for both paid and unpaid internships should be emailed to Adrian Shelley (ashelley@citizen.org) with “Texas Internship” as the email subject. Please include a cover letter, a resume and a writing sample. You may share graphics, videos, social media, or other content you have created if you like.