Intern with Us

The Fall 2019 intern application period is open!

Want to save the planet? Do you feel that we have a moral responsibility to protect Creation? Help Virginia Interfaith Power & Light to achieve healthy communities and environmental justice in Virginia through an internship. Learn more and submit an application today!

Meet Our Summer 2019 Interns!


Fatema Al Darii
School: University of Richmond
Hometown: Al Buraimi, Oman

Fatema is an international student from Oman. She’s a rising senior at the University of Richmond where she’s majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Development and Change. Last summer, she worked in a community learning center as a volunteer-intern in Bangkok, Thailand. This summer, as a Chaplaincy Fellowship recipient from her university, she’s excited to work at VAIPL and learn first hand about the powers of interfaith work. As an intern, she looks forward to organizing a worship event, supporting her colleagues and exchanging stories. Fatema loves storytelling, taking photos, traveling, fashion and cats. Fun fact: James Potter, Harry Potter’s dad, and Fatema share the same birthdate. 

Sarah Conley
School: Eckerd College
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Sarah is an Environmental Studies and Political Science double major with a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts. She is very excited to help establish a chapter of VAIPL in Hampton Roads Sarah’s passions for the outdoors, politics, and culture are intrinsically linked and she  incredibly grateful to for her multifaceted internship with VAIPL. In her free time, you can find Sarah at the beach, an art gallery, or a local punk show. She works as a paddle boarding instructor and eco-tour guide year round which has furthered my dedication to wildlife and environmental education.

Kidest Gebre
School: University of Richmond
Hometown: Washington D.C.

Kidest grew up in a small city in Ethiopia and moved to D.C. about eight years ago. She’s a rising senior at the University of Richmond majoring in Geography and the Environment with minors in Women Gender and Sexuality Studies and Visual Arts. She introduced to VAIPL as a fellow in the summer of 2018and has an interest in environmental justice and education. Kidest is interested in helping VAIPL further environmental education and awareness in faith communities and hopes to be able to continue that work in her personal life beyond this summer.

Laura Grier
School: University of Michigan
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Laura grew up in North Carolina where she spent a lot of time outside with her parents and younger sister. She earned a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she focused on urban sustainability, specifically studying food access around Chapel Hill. After graduation, Laura lived and worked at a sustainable farm that supports adults with developmental disabilities through permanent housing, then led an urban service-learning program sponsored by a local Presbyterian church, both in North Carolina. Laura recently earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Justice and Policy from the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan where she had the opportunities to conduct research in collaboration with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition and intern for the Environmental Justice program at the Sierra Club. She is thrilled to be working in the intersection of so many things she cares about through VAIPL this summer including environmental education, advocacy and justice, and engagement of people from diverse faiths. In her free time, Laura enjoys running outside, experimenting with new cookie recipes, and re-watching her favorite episodes of “The Office.”

Naomi Isaac
School: Virginia State University
Hometown: Ruther Glen, VA

Naomi is currently studying at Virginia State University. Majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics, Naomi has a strong passion for social justice. She has worked with the Sierra Club as the Equity, Inclusion, and Justice intern, and with Environment Virginia as the Lead Field Manager and Trainer.

She currently holds an organizing fellowship with Virginia Student Power Network and is working as a field organizer with For Our Future Virginia. Naomi is presently planning Virginia’s first ever Black and Brown Students’ Climate March.

E.J. Urban
School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

E.J. is a double major in Religious Studies and Economics, and some of their favorite topics include religious philosophy, Judaism, and Buddhism! Last summer, E.J. interned at the Human Rights Campaign for their Religion & Faith program. This summer, in addition to their internship here at VAIPL, E.J. is writing a research paper about biblical literalism and creation science (and would love to talk to you about it).  E.J. also loves writing, making art, playing card games, and doing puzzles