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Policy Intern

Everything we do is reflected in our name: For Love of Water. The Great Lakes belong to all of us. Our mission is to safeguard the Great Lakes. We help protect 20% of the planet’s surface freshwater by engaging and activating citizens to join with us to advance public trust solutions informed by our cutting-edge policy work. Through our targeted policy initiatives and multi-media communications, FLOW has built key partnerships with state-level and regional environmental groups, leveraged our expertise to influence agencies and impact state and federal legislation, and grown to be a trusted source of current information for citizens and decision-makers on issues affecting our freshwater seas. Our office is located in the heart of the Great Lakes, in Traverse City, Michigan.

Position Summary: This is a paid internship. We are looking for a 3-month summer Policy Intern, but we are flexible.

Responsibilities: The Policy Intern will be responsible for original research and writing on Great Lakes and public trust policy topics under the supervision of staff.  Such topics may include groundwater protection, commercial sale of public water, model policies to make affordable, safe water accessible for all, and others.  This material may be used for FLOW reports and website content. Other duties may include tracking and analyzing water-related pending legislation, assisting with public presentations, and helping coordinate events.

Qualifications: The work of FLOW can be demanding and fast-paced. The applicant for this position will need to be flexible, a critical thinker, an effective researcher, and a skillful writer with an interest in environmental policy, legislation and law. FLOW is looking for an individual with the ability to follow direction and work independently in an office setting in downtown Traverse City who possesses close attention to detail; strong writing, research, people, and telephone skills; and experience with the Internet, Google Docs and Sheets, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

FLOW is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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