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 >> Summer 2016 Development/Marketing Internship

(1 position available)

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation seeks a motivated Development/Marketing Intern to work closely with our Executive Director and Associate Director. Interns will have a unique opportunity to assist in fundraising and marketing projects while working in a community based non-profit organization.

Development/Marketing Intern responsibilities will include: Content curation (i.e. social media, digital & print newsletters, brochures, etc.), conduct prospect grant research, assist in grant writing & reporting processes, support staff with awareness/fundraising events. Other duties may include assisting with community outreach events and programs and/ or some administrative tasks.


  • Interest or experience in development, marketing and/or non-profits
  • Ability to work independently and capable of taking initiative on projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A positive attitude
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Ability to pass Background Check
  • Currently studying or background in business and/or marketing a plus.


Flexible schedule (during normal business hours)

10-15 hours/week


This is an unpaid internship. We can work with your institution to provide academic credit.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted, on a rolling basis.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information of 2 references to Hillary Zorman at with “Summer 2016 Marketing/Development Internship” in the subject line.

>> Summer 2016 CREEK Internship 

(FULL; no positions available)

The Catawba Riverkeeper Environmental Education and Kayaking (CREEK) Program educates participants on the importance of water and the Catawba River. This youth education program aims to foster an early appreciation of our natural environment through hands-on, outdoor learning and the exciting opportunity to experience the Catawba River first-hand, on a kayak.  The CREEK Program has traditionally serves underprivileged youth in North and South Carolina through the summer months out of Tailrace Marina and Landsford Canal State Park.

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation seeks motivated interns to work closely with and under the supervision of our CREEK Education Director. Interns will assist in lessons and activities as well as coordinating materials, volunteers, and school groups.


  •           Strong interest or experience in environmental education, conservation, and/or non-profits.
  •           Experience with youth.
  •           Must be able to swim.
  •           Kayak experience highly preferred.
  •           Ability to work well in a team.
  •           Attention to detail. Ability to multitask.
  •           Valid driver’s license.  - Must be willing and able to travel to Tailrace Marina (June/July) and Landsford Canal State Park (July/August).
  •           Ability to pass Background Check.
  •           CPR Certification preferred.



10-week commitment; June 20 – August 19, 2016

Average of 20 hours/week, Monday – Friday


This is an unpaid internship. We can work with your institution to provide academic credit.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted, on a rolling basis.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information of 2 references to Hillary Zorman at with “Summer 2016 CREEK Internship” in the subject line.

 >> Other Opportunities

Have a specific project or interest you want to pursue?

In the past, we've had student interns assist in our research, investigate pollution reports, work on GIS/Mapping software, attend community events, organize grassroot campaigns, and provide general assistance in the office. In addition, interns with special training, such as law students, have helped with ongoing and potential litigation and other legal issues.

For more information, contact Hillary Zorman at or call at 704-679-9494.


CRF Intern in Kayak

CRF Intern in the office


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From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.
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Dec 12, 2016 A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.
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Click here to fill out a pollution report or to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

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