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We are always eager to have volunteers on our team who are interested in sustainability, community, systems approaches, and promoting Donella Meadows’s thinking. Our volunteers help us with community projects, amplifying Dana’s work, and more. Interested? Please get in touch to discuss how you can work with us on our sustainability mission!



The Donella Meadows Project offers one paid internship each summer. 

The internship is an opportunity for Dartmouth undergraduate students to be part of our team over the summer, working closely with our staff on a range of projects. Potential activities include:

  • Help design and offer curriculm materials for high school/college students and young leaders
  • Coordinate with partners on the planning and organizing of community events and activities
  • Provide feedback and ideas for publishing projects that target students and young leaders
  • Design and run pilot projects that apply a systems approach to designing the life of sustainable living such as rethinking the use of plastics or energy in the Upper Valley
  • Curate and share existing resources on systems thinking in ways that are engaging and accessible

We encourage our intern to take ownership over one or more projects of particular interest to him/her.

The summer part-time position will run ten weeks, between June and August. The intern will work up to 25 hours/week from our office in downtown Norwich, just across the river from Dartmouth. Compensation is $12/hour (approximately $3000 for the summer). All applicants must be current Dartmouth students. (Seniors graduating in the Spring are okay!)


We are searching for an intern who is looking to immerse him/herself at the forefront of community sustainability issues. Some exposure to systems thinking or systems dynamics modeling is a plus. You might be perfect for the job if you are:

  • Excited about working on today’s environmental and social problems
  • Eager to learn more about systems thinking and apply it in your community
  • A good writer with strong research skills
  • A critical thinker able to work independently
  • A good team player who can speak up and ask questions and enjoys co-creating with others
  • Passionate, articulate, energetic, and creative!

Application Instructions

To apply for this internship, please send a resume and a cover letter that discusses why you are interested in interning as part of the Donella Meadows Project; how you currently pursue your interests in sustainable, resilient communities; and how working with us fits into and strengthens your goals.

Applications are due by March 20. For consideration, please send your materials to marta [at] donellameadows [dot] org with the subject line “Summer Internship.”

Our internship is a way for Dartmouth students to immerse themselves in a more systemic approach to tackling some of today’s community sustainability challenges. By giving students ownership over a chunk of work, the position allows them to gain practical experience addressing problems with our current extractive system through alternative economies, institutions, and mindsets. We encourage interns to tailor their internship projects to their own areas of interest, whether that be writing, research, program design, or direct community engagement.

While our main internship period is over the summer, we also welcome Dartmouth students interested in working with us during fall, winter, or spring term if they have a light course load. Work-study eligibility is a required in the fall, winter and spring terms. To talk about the possibility of interning, please contact us by emailing info [at] donellameadows [dot] org.



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About DMI

Since its founding in 1996 by environmental leader Donella Meadows, our Institute has been at the forefront of sustainability thinking and training. Our initiatives have addressed economic, environmental, and social challenges from a range of angles and at many levels. In everything we do, the disciplines of systems thinking and organizational learning inform and shape our work. It is this focus on whole-system analysis, combined with careful listening, truth telling, and visioning, that make the Donella Meadows Institute unique among sustainability organizations.  Read More

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