Quebec-Labrador Foundation

The Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment (QLF) is a Registered Charity in Canada and Not-for-profit Organization in the U.S. with offices in Montréal, Québec, and Ipswich, Massachusetts. QLF’s program mission is defined in two parts: a regional component (New England and eastern Canada), and an international component, which ties our regional model to a global network. QLF exists to promote global leadership development, to support the rural communities and environment of eastern Canada and New England, and to create models for stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage that can be shared worldwide.

For six decades, QLF has been distinguished through its unique approach of working across borders: politically, between two countries; geographically, within a bioregion; and locally, among the mixture of religious denominations and ethnic identities, which make up the rural population of eastern Canada and New England.

QLF began as an organization providing community service and leadership programs for young people living in isolated fishing communities along the Quebec-Labrador coast. In the mid-1970s, programs were expanded both geographically and programmatically when QLF offered its first environmental education workshops and field assignments across Eastern Canada. In 1977, the Atlantic Center for the Environment was created to develop Community-based Conservation Programs across Eastern Canada and New England – now, our regional flagship programs.

In 1981, QLF recognized its regional programs could be an effective model as countries looked for ways to address environmental issues across international borders and established Conservation Exchange Programs to foster an exchange of experience and conservation innovation among organizations in other regions that share conservation challenges and opportunities. Today, our program model of cross-border, bioregional conservation is shared beyond our home region of Eastern Canada and New England – with practitioners in Europe; Central and Southeast Europe; Central and South America, and the Caribbean; the Middle East, North Africa, the Gulf States; and East and Southeast Asia.

Binding all programs together is QLF’s commitment to leadership development through community-based conservation and the stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage.

Over decades the PICS students assigned to QLF have been outstanding young professionals. Princeton Alumnus and QLF President Emeritus, Larry Morris, has served as Mentor for each PICS Intern. Larry Morris and the QLF staff fully appreciate and value the opportunity to work with Princeton students. We would greatly benefit from having an Intern from Princeton again this year especially as PICS Interns always add value to QLF’s program mission.


Montreal, Canada

Internship Description

The student QLF will hire will work on a number QLF communications projects, including the Global Leadership Network (GLN) and The Sounds Conservancy (TSC) Marine Conservation Program. When possible, the internship content may be adapted to match the chosen intern’s interests and skills, should these align with the organizations needs.

The GLN is QLF’s Network of 5,000 Alumni (former Volunteers, Interns, and International Fellows), and Partner Organizations representing 75 countries. By engaging QLF’s Network via online meetings and workshops, and through a virtual platform, the GLN Online is an interactive website designed to enhance collaboration between Alumni on a global level. The objective of the GLN is to mobilize the efforts of an extraordinary group of community and conservation leaders (Alumni) allowing them to share knowledge and conservation innovation; launch programs, program partnerships and teams of consultants with Alumni; share resources, knowledge and best practices; convene conservation and stewardship practitioners online; establish teams of GLN Consultants to catalyze action and address common challenges and opportunities in rural communities worldwide; and link to multiple conservation networks worldwide. A GLN Intern will conduct interviews with and write biographies and stories about QLF Alumni (in English). These articles will be posted on QLF’s website and the GLN Online. The GLN Intern will also assist in managing data entry as Alumni sign onto the site; interviewing Alumni and featuring their work and accomplishments each week; assist in directing webinars and online meetings; and assist in facilitating new partnerships and consulting teams among conservation leaders in communities worldwide.

The Sounds Conservancy Marine Conservation Program is a marine research program along the Sound estuaries and coastal waters of southern New England and New York. The program is designed to secure the conservation and preservation of its marine resources through a small grants program in support of marine education, research, advocacy, and conservation. Each year, The Sounds Conservancy provides up to thirty small grants in support of marine research, conservation and stewardship, and environmental education. Grantees are affiliated with some of the leading universities and organizations along the Sounds to include: University of Connecticut, Avery Point; Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; University of Rhode Island; the American Museum of Natural History; Audubon (Massachusetts and Rhode Island); and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Each summer, The Sounds Conservancy Intern writes narratives on the research of each grantee, which is added to an electronic publication that documents the program’s work over the last two decades. As well, this Intern (working with a Webmaster) will provide the narratives of each 2018 grantee to the program’s interactive website and facilitate online meetings and new partnerships among grantees.

QLF is committed to supporting next-generation environmental and community leaders. By interning with this organization, Princeton students are not only given the opportunity to learn and perfect valuable skills in writing and communications, they will also be able to broaden their knowledge on new topics in environment and conservation. All students who intern at QLF become a part of our vast network of alumni, a community which engages people worldwide and allows for cross-border communication and cooperation.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
8 6/13 - 8/5/2022 9:00am  5:00pm N/A No Remote

Housing Information

Not applicable, as this internship will be conducted remotely.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent writer, editor, and researcher
  • Comfortable conducting interviews
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Team member and team builder
  • Interested in people
  • Takes initiative
  • Sensitive to other cultures
  • Good judgement
  • Good work ethic
  • Good time-management skills
  • Works well in office environment
  • Sense of humor
  • Positive attitude
  • Interest in environmental topics, or is willing to learn.

The following skills and experience are not required, but will be considered an asset:

  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator (or equivalent software)
  • Experience with video editing software (e.g. Movavi)
  • Experience with Zoom meeting/webinar hosting
  • Experience with Web design
  • Experience with social media outreach

Writing Sample Required

  • A one-page biography on a well-known figure and any report, article or essay written in the last 2 years, which showcases your personal writing style.

Special Requirements

  • None