Environmental Health Research Intern – DC or SF Office

Environmental Health Research Intern – DC or SF Office

Is Internship: 
Paid Internship: 

EWG’s Environmental Health Research Intern will work in a fast-paced environment, assisting the Investigations part of EWG’s Research team to work on chemical contamination issues, especially related to drinking water. (Tab Water Database, PFAS contamination, TCE Pollution).   Past interns have also contributed to the consumer product databases for which EWG is recognized and which millions of American uses. Intern(s) will review data on contaminants and help with investigation team reports. 

The Research Intern will both learn how a project develops from an idea to completion and get first-hand experience of the research conducted in a not-for-profit organization.

  • Conduct research (online, phone) as necessary to find information on contaminants, suspected health hazards, and related information regarding everyday consumer products;
  • Construct databases using Excel, EWG’s online data entry tools, or other methods;
  • Assist in other related environmental projects as needed.
  • Current students with an interest in public health, environmental science, toxicology and chemistry fields.
  • Attention to detail and accurate data entry skills.
  • Ability to independently pursue and complete research tasks.
  • Ability to pace work to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with MS Excel and/or other data analysis programs.
  • Basic knowledge of statistics a plus.


Learning Objective for Internship and Work Sample created:

  • Project design and development, as applicable to environmental science and public health research studies
  • Improved writing skills for translating scientific data in a form understandable to general audience
  • Conducting research projects in a non-profit setting


FAQs about the Environmental Health Research Internship:

Length of Internship:  10 to 30 weeks, depending on the timing (summer or during the academic year)

Start/End Dates of Internships:  Flexible based on the intern’s school start/end dates. For summer internship, preferred start date is in early-June and Preferred end date is end of August.

Internship Hour Commitments:  Interns should be able to commit to sixteen (16) to twenty-four (24) hours per week.

Days/Hours of internships:  The intern can work between 7 AM – 7 PM on Monday-Friday.  There are NO weekend hours available to work

Internship:   Paid Position

Location:  Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA office.  Tele-Work/Remote working is NOT possible for the internship.

How to Apply: 

Send cover letter and resume to Brett Dorow at [email protected].


Position is available in either Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA office.