NC Air Awareness Summer Internship

Internship Opportunity

Come join our team as a Communication and Outreach Specialist to learn about environmental education, how to teach K-12 students, social media messaging, digital communications, outreach and more!

This posting is for an internship / assistant position with the Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality for 10-weeks during the summer of 2017 .  The primary objectives for the assistant / intern will be to support K-12 air quality education and outreach activities, deliver lessons and activities to NC students throughout the summer, support the roll out of the It’s Our Air ( project, and to communicate NC Air Awareness messages to the public.  Additional communications, education, or marketing work may be assigned to support the NC Air Awareness program’s goals.  The intern may also examine and utilize available environmental justice and underserved population information to enhance NC Air Awareness ability to reach sensitive populations.  The intern’s overall objective is to support the successful communication of air quality topics to K-12 students and the public to better their understanding of air quality, how it effects health, and how it impacts the natural environment. 


The NC Air Awareness program is a public outreach and education program of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality.  The goal of the program is to reduce air pollution though voluntary actions by individuals and organizations.  The program seeks to educate individuals about the sources of air pollution and explain how the health effects of air pollution can be minimized by modification of outdoor activities on air quality action days.  In addition, the program promotes behavior changes that can improve air quality and the environment. The NC Air Awareness program utilizes a wide range of web and media outlets to broadcast messages to the public. These include statewide radio messages and social media posts about open burning, idle reduction, clean air tips, and much more. The program is often promoted at health and environmental fairs and festivals by both local coordinators and centrally based DAQ staff.Public information is distributed through the program website, and on Facebook at Information may also be obtained by emailing


The intern’s primary tasks will revolve around supporting air quality educational activities and assisting with summer camp outreach efforts to students.  Projects are designed to both inform and encourage voluntary action on air quality and air pollution related topics.  The intern will work within the NC Air Awareness education and outreach team to help coordinate, develop, and deliver educational activities and information to students in North Carolina.  The intern may work on various projects related to air quality education and outreach.  Tasks may include:

  • support delivery of IOA (high school air quality) workshops across the state
  • deliver up to eight educational activities to K-8 students at summer camps
  • develop and host a virtual meeting and a webinar to share information with a variety of stakeholders across the state utilizing audio / visual technology tools
  • prepare posts for social media
  • prepare emailing of education materials and updated education databases
  • present and “table” at community fairs and festivals
  • optimize educational materials for S.T.E.M. classrooms or tailor materials for underserved populations
  • help maintain NC Air Awareness website and optimize website pages for K-8 teachers and students
  • create short (30 Second) educational video (as time allows)
  • prepare and deliver end of internship summary document

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The Division of Air Quality is looking for an independent worker who also enjoys working with a team. Applicants should have strong written and verbal communication skills.  Applicants should be able to grasp science concepts and learn quickly, and distill sometimes complex technical information from a variety of sources into concise information that can be conveyed to non-technical audiences.  Candidates should be well organized and able to multi-task when necessary. Academic majors preferred: Education, Environmental Technology and Management, Environmental Education, Communications, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Sciences.  The Division will also consider students who have related course work and/or experience. 

How to Apply and Start Date 

The anticipated start date for the position is May 29,2017. The internship will last 10 weeks ending August 4, 2017.  To apply for the position please email a cover letter, resume, completed application (attached), brief writing sample (e.g. paragraph, blog post or story) and an unofficial copy of your current transcript.  Application packets must be complete and received by March 31, 2017 (EXTENDED from March 24).  Position may require occasional evening or weekend work but will not exceed 40 hours per week.



Learn about projects former interns assisted with during the summer of 2016 as an Outreach and Communications Specialist with the NC Air Awareness program! Click here to learn more.

Department: Environmental Quality (     Division:  Air Quality  

Section: Planning/Allied Programs Branch

Intern Supervisor: Jonathan Navarro             

Title: Outreach & Communications Specialist

Email:     Phone: 919-707-8494