Internship – Research Database/Environmental Health – DC Office

Internship – Research Database/Environmental Health – DC Office

Is Internship: 
Paid Internship: 

EWG’s Research Database/Environmental Health Intern will work in a fast-paced environment, assisting the Healthy Living part of EWG’s Research team to work primarily on consumer resources for which EWG is recognized. These include consumer product databases: Skin Deep, Guide to Healthy Cleaning, and Guide to Sunscreens. Past interns have also contributed to the Tap Water Database and Food Scores.

Intern(s) will record and review data on consumer products and ingredient hazards, among other essential research tasks involved in publishing timely information on safer products for consumers.

The Intern will see how a project develops from an idea to completion and get first-hand experience of the inner workings of a successful not-for-profit organization.

  • Conduct research (online, phone) as necessary to find information on chemical ingredients, suspected health hazards, and related information regarding everyday consumer products;
  • Update databases using Excel, EWG’s online data entry tools, or other simple methods.
  • Assist in other related toxic research projects as needed
  • Current undergraduate student with an interest  in chemistry, toxicology, or public health fields (generally less than 3 years of college/work experience).
  • Attention to detail, accurate data entry skills.
  • Ability to independently pursue and complete research tasks.
  • Ability to pace work to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with MS Excel and Internet research tool such as Google and Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).

Learning Objective for Internship and Past Projects:

  • Improved writing skills and analytical skills by translating scientific data to a form understandable to a general audience

  • Project design and development, from following and documenting consumer and product trends in cosmetics, cleaning, and food spaces.
  • Best Practices for conducting research to gather appropriate scientific and trend information for consumer resource and database maintenance.

FAQs about the Environmental Health Research Internship:

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

Start/End Dates of Internships:  This is flexible based on the intern’s school start/end dates.  Preferred start date is in Late-September and Preferred end date is end of April/early May.

Internship Hour Commitments:  Interns should be able to commit to around sixteen (16) per week.

Days/Hours of internships:  The intern can work between 8 AM – 7 PM on Monday-Friday.  There are NO weekend hours available to work. 

Internship Pay:  Paid Position

Location:  Washington, DC 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 our Washington, DC office only.