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Clarence M. Ditlow III Memorial Internship, Food and Agriculture Program


Located: Washington DC or Berkeley CA office

Reports to: Food and Agriculture Policy Senior Campaigner

About Clarence Ditlow III

Friends of the Earth awards one internship each year in honor of Clarence Ditlow III, who led the fight to hold auto companies accountable at the Center for Auto Safety where he exposed hundreds of auto defects saving untold thousands of lives. Clarence served on Friends of the Earth’s board since 1973 and was chair of our Legal Committee.

To honor and continue his work protecting consumers from corporate malfeasance, Friends of the Earth offers a paid internship for those with a special interest in environmental policy or legal work. This internship is a full-time, 12-week opportunity for Spring/Summer 2019.


About Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for four decades to produce important victories that help protect our planet and its people. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, the world’s largest federation of grassroots environmental groups, working in more than 70 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.

To accomplish our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world value people and the environment. Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solutions to climate change, ensuring the food we eat and products we use are sustainable and safe for our health and the environment, and protecting marine ecosystems and the people who live and work near them. This work is carried out by our team of staff in our Berkeley, California and Washington, D.C. offices.

Corporate-controlled, chemical intensive industrial food production is increasingly harmful to people and the planet, contributing to hunger, disease, poverty and severe environmental damage. Simultaneously, this “too big to fail” system leaves us vulnerable to climate chaos and other disruptions which threaten food security and our ability to feed growing populations. A healthy future is dependent on developing an alternative, sustainable and resilient food system.

Friends of the Earth’s Food and Agriculture Program is working to rapidly transition our food system to one that is sustainable, healthy and just—the food system of the future. We carry out market and policy campaigns aimed at reducing the harmful environmental and social impacts of industrial agriculture and while advocating for local, just, humane, organic and sustainable food production.

This internship’s work will specifically focus on the wave of genetically engineered organisms entering our food system and environment ahead of federal or international health and environmental assessments and oversight.


  • Assist with outreach to allies, institutions and stakeholders in the U.S. and internationally
  • Help conduct research on new genetic engineering applications and health and environmental impacts
  • Create online and offline public outreach and engagement materials and content
  • Help conduct market research
  • Provide support and help organize campaign events such as petition deliveries, meetings, briefings, press conferences, etc.
  • Engage in general campaign support, to be determined as needs arise


The intern will become an integral member of our dynamic Food and Agriculture team and gain valuable skills and experience in research, strategic campaign development, online and traditional media communications, corporate and non-profit engagement, and public outreach, education and organizing on the cutting edge of environmental advocacy.

This position will introduce them to a wide range of colleagues in environmental, social justice and legislative arenas. The intern will work in government, corporate and non-profit circles and has the opportunity to become familiar with how these different entities work. Friends of the Earth is made up of a group of smart, creative, and enthusiastic individuals with a relaxed and friendly office culture.


Level of skills desired
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Highly motivated, quick learner who is willing to take initiative and work independently
  • Experience and familiarity with collecting, analyzing and summarizing reliable research is a plus.
  • A background in environmental issues including agriculture, biology, ecology, horticulture, plant sciences, entomology, science and technology policy, or related issues is helpful.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and basic Microsoft programs is necessary.


This is a full time 12-week internship, paid at a rate of $15/hour with no other benefits. The intern will be located in either Washington, DC or Berkeley, CA.


To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@foe.org with the subject heading “Clarence Ditlow Internship.” No mail applications or phone calls. Position will remain open until filled.

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.