Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) works with partners across the Chesapeake region to promote renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. Our campaigns focus on passing legislation that will dramatically reduce climate change pollution across the region, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

We’re looking for smart, talented students for summer internships to stand up and take climate action. 

We’re the largest and oldest grassroots group fighting for bold and just solutions to climate change in the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. We’ve put a stop to new coal plants in Virginia, brought 100% clean power to Washington DC, and fully banned fracking in Maryland.


In 2023, we’re still fighting: to stop massive fracked-gas pipelines across the farms and forests of Virginia, to bring a Climate Stimulus to Maryland, and to enact strong climate action at the federal level.

We and our supporters surrounding the nation’s capital are going to keep building the powerfully diverse grassroots climate movement our region needs – building local resistance, raising our voices, and taking concrete action.


Interns at CCAN work side-by-side with our experienced communications experts to create compelling content and run impactful media campaigns across our region. They gain valuable experience for careers in the communications and media industries. 


  • Learning the ins-and-outs of managing media lists and reaching out to reporters.
  • Drafting social media posts using brand templates, web graphics, factsheets, and/or analyzing social media content.
  • Working in coordination with the comms manager to use WordPress to make minor content edits to our website ensuring content is relevant and timely.
  • Making edits to our events calendar to keep supporters in the know with all CCAN happenings
  • Conceptualizing, editing, and/or drafting blog posts and language for the website.
  • Assisting our  fundraising team with the creation of digital assets and ad materials for our annual “EV Raffle”
  • And having an amazing opportunity to learn what it’s like to work at an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben has called the “best regional climate organization in the world.”


  • Passion to learn more about climate policy; familiarity with climate issues is a plus.
  • Commitment to environmental justice and amplifying the voices of those being victimized by extreme extraction and the effects of climate change.
  • A keen eye for new communications platforms and tools 
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, and an ability to share important information in creative, attention-grabbing, and humorous messages.
  • A quick learner.
  • A good understanding of social media spheres.
  • Experience with graphic design.
  • Strong dedication to justice, equity, and inclusion. 


This position is based in CCAN’s Takoma Park office. The CCAN team is currently working on a hybrid schedule (Tuesday/Thursday in the office, Monday/Wednesday/Friday remote). There will be occasional opportunities to work throughout the region. Mileage reimbursement is available for all CCAN-required travel except travel to and from the office (commute). The intern reports to the Communications Director. 

Compensation is $16.10 per hour for 20 hours per week during the summer over a period of 12 weeks. Exact schedule will be determined based on the intern’s availability.


To apply, fill out the following Google Form Application, where you will be prompted to upload your resume, cover letter and a writing sample. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Equal Employment Opportunity: CCAN provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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