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Intern at the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance,

Department of the Interior

Job Description:

Interns work on a range of topics from climate change to sustainable practices, NEPA and environmental compliance to activities associated with cleanups of hazardous materials, and emergency response and recovery actions. Potential day-to-day projects could involve attending meetings with senior departmental officials, meetings with other agencies including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Within the Department, interns will have the opportunity to interact with bureau personnel from the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other offices within Office of the Secretary such as Office of Budget, Office of Acquisition and Property Management, and Office of Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Management. Projects that interns have worked on include updating the Department’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, requirements for land acquisition and land disposal, helping to complete reporting on sustainability programs including greenhouse gas emissions reporting, participating in greening the new DOI cafeteria contract, participating in development and implementation of the Department’s green roof project, participating in various elements of emergency preparedness and response planning, preparing documents and briefings for senior Department leadership, developing public outreach materials (fact sheets, brochures and website, as well as helping with the planning of the Department’s Earth Day celebration and the Department’s Environmental Conference.

Application Instructions: Any and all interns are welcomed, but especially those with an interest in environmental policy, economics, public policy or applied science. Interested applicants should send their resumes to Mary Josie Blanchard, Deputy Director, OEPC at, 202-208-3891. For more information about the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, check out this and this links. As with all federal agencies, accepted interns will need to have a standard background check completed before they can begin work at the agency.

Degree Status: Current Student

Experience Required: No

Contact Information: Mary Josie Blanchard, Deputy Director, OEPC:, 202-208-3891

Type of Internship: Federal Executive Branch

Job Location: 1849 C St. NW, Washington, DC

Salary: Unpaid

Comments: The Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC), part of the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, located in Washington, D.C., is currently accepting applications for a variety of intern positions for the upcoming spring and fall semesters and during the summer.

Mission: Provide leadership on a national and regional level for environmental policies and compliance for the nation’s premier resource management and conservation agency which oversees activities on approximately one fifth of the land in the United States.

Vision: Be the Department’s unifying and lead voice for a wide range of environmental issues. Ensure environmental stewardship and sustainability through compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), executive orders, regulations, and reporting requirements. Manage the Department’s funding program for long-term cleanups of hazardous materials on Interior’s lands. Oversee the Department’s activities to protect and recover natural and cultural resources and historic properties during emergency response actions.

OEPC accomplishes its objectives through the work of four headquarter teams in Washington, DC, and eight regional offices throughout the nation. OEPC provides guidance and technical advice to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretary-Policy, Management and Budget, Deputy Assistant Secretary – Policy and International Affairs, and other senior Departmental officials. OEPC works with bureau counterparts, other Departmental offices, and other federal agencies to ensure consistency in the Department’s environmental policies and guidance.

For more details about Department of the Interior, please follow the link.