Chesapeake Bay Trust

Job Title: Programmatic Intern

Internship Available at the Chesapeake Bay Trust – Summer (full-time)

Position Background: The Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust), a non-profit grantmaking organization, seeks a Programmatic Intern interested in gaining experience in the non-profit environmental sector.

Established in 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Trust uses grantmaking as a method to promote community-based participation in the restoration and protection of the natural resources of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region.  In the past fifteen years, the Trust has doubled its grant-making five times through new revenue from a wide range of partners, with current annual grant-making of approximately $25 million.  The Trust currently allocates these grant funds through 350-400 awards per year to entities who apply through open, competitive calls for proposals as well as programs such as the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. For more information, our grant-making opportunities and programs are located here:

Specific Responsibilities and Learning Opportunities:

  • Duties at the Trust during the summer include a variety of administrative grant-related tasks supporting our portfolio of community engagement projects, K-12 environmental education, and on-the-ground watershed and habitat restoration that support climate resiliency and public health.
  • Duties at the Trust added during the summer months include some field work to assess proposed and completed restoration projects and an independent project of the student’s choosing related to watershed, restoration, or forestry issues and aligned with the Trust’s mission.
  • Independent projects completed by interns in the past have been adapted for independent study credit through the student’s university with university and professor permission.
  • Students gain a wide range of skills for their resumes beyond traditional environmental organization experience, including grant management and general experience with grant-making and grant-writing.  Students also gain knowledge of and experience with a subset of the 350 to 400 non-profits that we engage every year.
  • Applicants can expect to travel throughout Maryland, must have reliable transportation, and should be willing to work nights and weekends as needed.


Qualifications and Skills: We prefer applicants that are undergraduate or graduate students attending a two- or four-year college or university in Maryland with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. In addition, all undergraduate applicants must be entering or continuing their sophomore, junior, or senior year during the spring 2024 semester. Students of all majors are welcome to apply. We will also consider applicants with one or two years of comparable experience in a relevant field.

Compensation: The participating intern will work at the Trust full time during the summer (June through August) at a rate of $15 per hour.

Application Instructions and Deadline: The position will remain open until filled.  Please submit your resume and cover letter.  In your cover letter, please address your ability, based on your skills and experience, to accomplish the specific duties of the position as outlined above. Your cover letter is the most important piece of your application: In your cover letter, please address your ability to accomplish the duties of the position as listed above. Please do not simply list your previous experience. Your cover letter should describe what makes you a strong match specifically for this position, and why this position is a match for you.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.   We encourage applications from people of color. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. The Trust does not participate in programs that require sponsorship for work visas