Apply Now: INHF's grant writing summer internship

By Katie on February 10, 2016 in Blog

Are you a strong writer? Apply to be INHF’s program support and grant writing intern and use your skills to help protect Iowa’s land, water and wildlife!

This summer position focuses on writing grants that will provide funding for on-the-ground land conservation. As an INHF intern you won’t be fetching any coffee — the work you do here will make a real difference for Iowa’s natural landscape. Applications for the 2016 summer position are due Thursday, March 17. 

Job description
The program support and grant wiritng intern's main focus is researching and writing grant proposals to fund land protection. He or she may also write posts for the INHF blog, visit properties, and provide general program support. There is a certain degree of flexibility outside the internship's grant writing core, and we encourage candidates to make the position their own. The program introduces interns to many leading members of Iowa’s conservation community. The program support intern is supervised by Lisa Hein, INHF Program and Planning Director.

Project examples
Program support and grant writing interns have helped write grants for additions to the Waterman Prairie Complex and the protection of the Loess Hills, Upper Iowa River and Wabash Trace Nature Trail. Interns have also assisted with planning INHF events and have written for the INHF blog.


The program support and grant writing intern helps write grants and assists with INHF events.

What we’re looking for
The program support and grant writing intern must have very strong writing skills and be comfortable working independently. In the past, we’ve hired English majors (especially those with grant-writing experience) with environmental interest and students from environmental and planning fields who have strong communication skills. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply. GIS/ArcView experience is a big plus, but not required. Applicants must submit writing samples, published or unpublished.

The position is full time in the summer, beginning in mid-May and ending in August. This is a paid position at a rate of $9.50/hour.

Application information
To apply, please send Andrea Piekarczyk, Grants Coordinator, the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you want this position
  • Resume
  • 1-3 writing samples (both published samples and classroom work are accepted)
  • Your college transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one being written by a professor in your major. The letters may be included in your application or sent separately by the writer. Include reference contact information.

Mail or email your application to the address below.  Feel free to call or email in advance if you have questions.

Our internships are sponsored by the Richard “Sandy” Rhodes Internship Program, the Svare Family Internship fund, the Robert R. Buckmaster Internship, funded by the R.J. McElroy Trust and many other individual donors.

Andrea Piekarczyk
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
505 Fifth Ave., Suite 444
Des Moines, IA 50309-2321

Phone: (515) 288-1846, ext. 28