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.


This year’s application is closed. Complete the form below to learn more about future opportunities.

Our Partners

The mission of Community Farmers Markets is to develop a local food infrastructure for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. Our purpose is to root, grow, and preserve a diverse local food culture by maintaining an authentic space for all people to share community, fair food, and healthy lifestyles while providing a sustainable living for producers who steward the earth.
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance’s mission is to improve the quality of life within the West Atlanta Watershed by protecting, preserving, and restoring our community’s natural resources.
Usher’s New Look® (UNL) is a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of under-resourced youth through a comprehensive program which develops passion-driven, global leaders.
Fulton County’s mission is to thrive as the premier county in Georgia for sustainability and resilience, protecting residents, visitors and environmental systems.