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The Wilderness Society-Winter Internships

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Job Title: The Wilderness Society Intern

Location: Chicago, IL (and surrounding suburbs)

Term: January- April, 8-10 hours a week

 Background and Campaign Description:

The Wilderness Society (TWS) was formed in 1935 to defend the nation’s wild public lands against rapid development, urbanization and natural resource exploitation. Our mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for wild places. Over the years, we have helped grow the national wilderness preservation system to over 110 million acres across the country. This Spring, we will be working in Chicago, IL to further protect our parks and natural spaces.

Across the country, the Antiquities Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) have been used for decades to declare national monuments and fund the maintenance of local, state and national parks. These government programs have played a critical role in protecting some of our most beloved spaces like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Unfortunately, these tools for protecting our parks are under attack in Congress. We will be working in Chicago this Spring to show Senator Mark Kirk that his constituents care about protecting and preserving our outdoor spaces for generations to come.


Job Activities/Scope: Interns will provide support for all aspects of the campaign including coalition building, media outreach, visibility, leadership development, event planning and grassroots tactics. Interns will learn how to build and manage an effective team while learning how to successfully influence a target and contribute to positive change.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently or in a team setting
  • Ability to converse comfortably over the phone or in person
  • Good time management and organization skills
  • Enthusiasm about protecting our wild spaces


Compensation: This is an unpaid internship but interns may be able to receive school credit


How to Apply: Please send your contact information and a copy of your resume to Feel free to call Joanie at (843) 861-9177 with any questions.


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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