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Summer and Fall Internships, Western Regional Office - Oakland, CA

Posted 7/18/14

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. We provide technical assistance and program support for trail projects and bike/ped planning initiatives. We also work at the local, state and federal policy levels to promote policies that fund the development of an active pedestrian transportation network to improve health and the environment.

Internship Position: This is a great opportunity to work at the intersection of active transportation/recreation/sustainability/public health. The Western Region is a small office of 3 staff where your work will have a big impact! You may also interact with our staff in the national office and our other regional offices.

The ideal candidate should be CURRENTLY ENROLLED at a college or university, looking for course credit and able to commit to 10-20 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months. Intern assignments can be tailored to match the volunteer's interests and skills; we are recruiting for 2 interns to assist in the following program areas:

  1. Communications: Assist with researching and writing stories for our national blog, e-newsletter and magazine.

  2. Non-Profit Administration & Development (Fundraising):
    • Non-Profit Administration: Learn how a small non-profit operates (budgeting, information systems, billing)
    • Grant-writing & Fundraising: Assist with grant-writing & fundraising research

  3. Policy, Trail Development and Research Areas:
  • Policy Research & Advocacy Support: RTC supports legislation on a national, state and regional level to promote trails, bicycling and walking for active transportation, recreation, health, economy and the environment. Policy tasks may include outreach to potential partners, research and preparation of issue briefs and fact sheets, legislative bill analysis, outreach/education/organizing on legislative priorities.
  • Trail Planning and Technical Assistance: We advise trail planners and advocates on a variety of trail planning, design and funding issues, and serve on trail planning teams with other consultants. Interns assist with researching and responding to questions, compiling best practices, organizing workshops or events, contacting trail partners for project updates, and contributing to our Trail Building Toolbox by helping produce research reports, fact sheets and white papers on a variety of topics relating to trails, bicycling and walking. Please visit our website for examples:
  • Mapping and Analysis: We use GIS maps and analysis for project proposals and presentations, and our GIS staff in the national office operates the website, which houses the richest trail database in the country. Interns with GIS skills can help create maps or do analysis of the potential impact of a trail or trail system on the surrounding community.


Although our internships are unpaid, volunteers enjoy the benefits of working for a nationally respected non-profit in downtown Oakland, in a casual but professional atmosphere.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Elton Clark, Human Resources:

RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, gender, disability, or national origin. Women and diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037