The Clarence Petty Internship Program

Clarence Petty Interns

Supporting Internships for the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

The Adirondack Council hosts college interns in our main office in Elizabethtown in the Adirondack Park and in our government and communications office in the State Capitol of Albany.  The Council's Clarence Petty Internship Program offers a challenging internship experience to qualified candidates.

A native of the Adirondacks, Clarence Petty spent his lifetime working to ensure good stewardship of the state's public lands and sound decision-making about private land use in the Adirondack Park.  He served on the Adirondack Council's board of directors and was also on the advisory board.  The program is named in his honor.

The Adirondack Council is committed to offering interns an experience that will prepare them for employment in an environmental non-profit, government agency,or related field by working alongside 14 professionals at a nationally recognized conservation organization.  Clarence Petty Internship Program alumni have found jobs with state and federal government agencies and other environmental organizations.  Former interns have become full time members of the Council's program team.  Others have continued with graduate study in public policy and pursued environmental law degrees.  In return, the Adirondack Council has benefited from their enthusiasm and fresh perspective to challenges facing the Park.  At the same time, we are pleased to be training a new generation of environmental leaders.

The Clarence Petty Internship Program was launched in 2002, with the program being named in Clarence's honor and a fund established at the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) to provide support for years ahead to young professionals interested in the environmental field. The Council's goal is to raise $100,000 for the Clarence Petty Internship Fund at ACT.

For more information about becoming a Clarence Petty Intern, please contact Susan Hughes, toll-free at 877-873-2240 or email her at:, or visit the Adirondack Council website: