Environmental Justice Internship with Northside Safety N.E.T.

About the Internship

The Environmental Justice Internship with Northside Safety N.E.T. (Neighborhood Empowering Teens) at Environmental Initiative is a paid internship for a team of ten North Minneapolis youth ages 16-24. Over the course of the internship, the youth team will work with Northside Safety N.E.T. partners to learn civic engagement skills and co-create solutions to local, regional, and statewide environmental issues. Some partners include Project Sweetie Pie, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Pillsbury United Communities, Conservation Corps, Tree Trust, and MetroBlooms. The internship runs from October 12, 2021 to August 30, 2022.

The internship will empower youth to address environmental justice issues identified by the Northside Green Zone task force. Interns will learn about environmental careers and develop some basic skills necessary for those careers. Interns will also leave the internship with resume building experiences and greater leadership skills. Over the course of several months, interns will explore several themes through presentations, job shadowing, hands-on activities, and community projects. Themes include:

  • Forestry
  • Renewable energy
  • Water quality
  • Construction and engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Sustainable landscaping
  • Conservation
  • Culinary and food science
  • Policy and planning
  • Sales and marketing

 Duties and responsibilities

  • Attend an orientation retreat to meet project partners and to learn the objectives for the year.
  • Attend and engage in presentations about green jobs and environmental careers.
  • Participate in skill-building activities related to green careers.
  • Implement sustainability related projects with and in the community.
  • Shadow green job professionals in their place of work.
  • Investigate community concerns and co-create solutions in a youth-led capstone project.


Internship activities will involve around 4-8 hours per week of programming during the school year, and 15-20 hours per week during the summer. Interns will receive a stipend of $15/hour as compensation for their time participating in the program.

Internship schedule

The internship is a year-long commitment from October 12, 2021, to August 31, 2022. The schedule is designed to prioritize school and is busiest in summer.

School Year Schedule

  • Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • 2-3 Saturdays per month, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 Summer Schedule 

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Working conditions

Interns will travel to host site locations across the metro area. Transportation will be provided for any activities not accessible by public transit.

  • Setting: Indoor classroom and outdoors.
  • Physical requirements: standing, walking, climbing, and kneeling.
  • Follow current CDC COVID-19 Safety Guidelines, including wearing masks indoors.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with preference given to submissions prior to September 30, 2021. To apply, fill out and submit our online application form.