CPF + ECYC Internship Cohort

Captain Planet Foundation

Captain Planet Foundation is partnering with the Emerson Collective Youth Collective and George Washington University’s Honey Nashman Center, to offer summer internship program focused on sustainability and environmental justice in Atlanta. We are recruiting a team of 25 young professionals to explore and advance sustainability and environmental justice initiatives in the Metro Atlanta region from within NGOs and government offices working across the city. 

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to collaboratively engage and empower young people to be problem solvers for the planet. The mission of ECYC is to create a community that ensures students feel equipped to achieve self-reliance and advance social change. The mission of the Honey Nasham Center is to promote equity and active citizenship in a diverse democracy. By our powers combined… this will be a unique opportunity for 25 college students interested in working in the intersection of environment, social justice, and democracy in Atlanta and beyond!

As part of the ECYC, this will be more than a summer internship—it will be a holistic and interactive professional development experience. Interns will develop lifelong professional connections as an ECYC Alumni, and have access to professional development programming, mentorship, networking events, and more. Selected applicants will be placed in an Atlanta-based environmental or environmental justice focused NGO or governmental office as part of their regular assignment, with enrichment opportunities offered by CPF, ECYC, GWU, and The Smithsonian, interspersed throughout the summer term.


This is an eight week internship, starting June 12 and extending to August 5 (federal holidays – Juneteenth & July 4 are recognized), based in Atlanta, Georgia. Associates are expected to commit to the full eight weeks. This program is an extension of the AmeriCorp VISTA Program and selected individuals will be considered VISTA Summer Associates and compensated based on the VISTA Living Allowance schedule for Fulton County, Georgia. In addition, associates that successfully complete the eight week program will be eligible to receive the Eli Segal Education Award, which comes with additional funding. Limited housing and transportation support is available for qualified candidates living outside of the Atlanta Metro Region.


This opportunity is only available to undergraduate college and university students, 18 years and older, who hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Selected Associates will also be subject and must pass the FBI Criminal History and National Sex Offender Registry background check.


To be considered for this opportunity, please complete the following application by Friday 31 March. [Note: If you elect to Save and Continue Later, you will be emailed a URL to return to your application. BE SURE TO KEEP THIS URL as it’s the only way to access your application.]

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Your Application

Please upload a current resume or CV. Ideally should be no more than 3 pages.
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Please submit a 1-page cover letter that explains your interest in sustainable development and what you'd hope to gain from participating in this internship opportunity with Captain Planet Foundation and Emerson Collective Youth Collaborative.
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In 1000 characters or less, tell us your story. Who are you? What shaped you?
In 1000 characters or less, tell us what path you are on and how you want to contribute to the world.
This internship program has a particular focus on environmental issues and sustainable development in the southeastern US and specifically in Metro Atlanta. In 1000 characters or less, tell us about a particular environmental issue or sustainability challenge and solution that speaks to your passions and personal or professional interests.


Would you require housing in Atlanta for the 8 week internship period?(Required)
We have a limited number of housing allowances as part of this internship program.
Would you require transportation TO Atlanta for the summer?(Required)
We have a limited amount of transportation allowance funding as part of this internship program.
Would you require transportation to get AROUND Atlanta for the summer?(Required)
Selected interns will be assigned to organizations located around the Metro Area, which will require transportation around the city. We have a limited amount of transportation allowance funding as part of this internship program.

US Equal Opportunity Information

Completion of this section is voluntary and will not subject you to adverse or preferential treatment. This partnership values diversity. To ensure we comply with reporting requirement and to learn more about how we can increase diversity in our candidate pool, we invite you to voluntarily provide demographic information below, which will be kept confidential. Providing this information is optional. It will not be accessible or used in the hiring process, and how no effect on your opportunity for employment.

Final Details

Information Sharing(Required)
Consideration for Other Opportunities(Required)
We believe that other internship opportunities with partner organizations may come to our attention throughout the spring of 2023. In the case that you are not selected for the internship that you initially applied for, would you like to be considered for other opportunities as they arise?
Authorized to Study & Work in the US(Required)
Commitment to the Timeframe(Required)