Intern with Us
*The Summer 2019 intern application period is open!
Applications are open for Summer and Fall 2019.*
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!
Testimonies from Previous Interns
“Being an intern at VAIPL was incredibly rewarding. Not only did I learn new skills from a variety of experienced mentors, I also discovered a lot about myself, such as my passion for meeting new people. As an intern, I had some really fabulous opportunities travel, socialize, and make connections on behalf of the organization. I was also given the chance to master public speaking and work on projects that mean a lot to me, like social media outreach. Everything I learned at VAIPL I have been able to apply at school, at work, and in my personal life!”
About our Summer 2018 Interns & Fellow
Drew Buckley attends the University of Virginia where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. He currently is a member of Bon Air Baptist Church. His journey into environmental science and climate advocacy began as a passion for the outdoors as well as weather.
Drew is a firm believer in the ideas of loving your neighbor and stewardship, which both go hand-in-hand with Creation care. He is excited to be interning with VAIPL and hopes to learn more about how faith groups can be better stewards of Creation.
Kidest Gebre grew up in small city in Ethiopia and moved to D.C. about seven years ago. She has been awarded the Abby Brown Ayers Civic Fellowship from the University of Richmond for the summer of 2018. The Ayers fellowship supports one student a year working at the intersections of environmental justice and education.
Growing up in Ethiopia, faith and religion were a part of every aspect of social life. However, faith communities oftentimes failed to address important issues such as climate change. Since VAIPL stresses environmental education and awareness in faith communities, Kidest was interested in being part of that movement so that she’d be able to do the same work in Ethiopia.
Mariam Inam is a graduate student of environmental communication at James Madison University and defines herself, as a Pakistani, Muslim, woman of color.
Mariam was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, a city that frequently experiences electricity shortages, monsoon flooding and rising temperatures. Mariam was fortunate enough to live in a house where she had air conditioning to keep herself cool during the heat of Karachi’s summer and in a neighborhood that faced minimal power shortages where the municipal authorities would ensure a swift water clean-up in case of flooding from a monsoon. Growing up with these privileges, she wasn’t as aware of environmentalism.
Today, Mariam describes herself as a passionate advocate for the environment. As an intern at VAIPL, she aims to work as a community organizer and work with faith communities to support them in their environmental work. She is interested in looking at how messages about the environment are framed and communicated. Most of all, she aims to work towards supporting communities of color towards sustainable environmental solutions.
Hampton Roads Intern
Monica Noell is a rising senior at Norfolk State University where she is majoring in Sociology. Growing up she was raised Baptist and her faith was inspired by her grandmother. She cares about Creation because she seeks environmental justice and is passionate about helping people in need in any way that she can.
Being from California, she has seen firsthand the devastation that climate impacts such as wildfires are having on communities right now as they work to prepare and recover from disaster. Monica is excited to work with Virginia Interfaith & Light because she wants to become a voice that sheds light on important environmental issues. She believes God gifted us with this beautiful Earth, and we should take care it.
Paul Reynolds is studying economics at the University of Virginia (UVA). He is also a leader in the undergrad chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at UVA, where his passion for social justice has been greatly encouraged and developed by participating in a faith community that always strives to pursue God’s heart for justice. To Paul, Creation care means always striving to love others at every opportunity through conscious consumption and activism.
Paul is grateful to have the opportunity to join VAIPL in serving all faith communities in their pursuit of social justice through Creation care.