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Science and policy internships

Science and policy internships


Posted on January 10, 2012
Clean Wisconsin

 

Clean Wisconsin has a number of science and policy internships available throughout the year for undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, environmental sciences, political/governmental, public health, or other related fields.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong analytic and technical abilities, excellent writing skills, and an interest in and commitment to addressing environmental issues facing Wisconsin.

Positions

Science associate interns will assist the organization's science team in a variety of tasks to provide support for Clean Wisconsin’s clean air, clean energy, and clean water.

Clean Wisconsin generally offers the following positions:
• 1-2 Research Internships (Spring, Summer, Fall)
• 1 Science and Policy Associate Internship (Summer)

General responsibilities for the Research Internships may include analyzing permits, applications, and other technical documents; composing technical briefings and factsheets; gathering data needed to support campaign program positions; and synthesizing information related to campaigns for internal use.

Additional responsibilities for the Science and Policy Associate Internship may include performing independent secondary research and analysis relevant to campaigns; responding to information inquiries by staff, members, and others; and writing scientific whitepapers and reports.

Clean Wisconsin strongly encourages students to seek outside funding and fellowships. A small stipend is generally available to help partially offset costs of participating in the Science and Policy Associate Internship. Subject to organizational constraints, small stipends may or may not also be available to help partially offset costs of participating in Research Internships.

Focus Areas

The specific areas of work for 2012 will be determined based on interest, expertise, and necessity, but may include:
• Agricultural energy, usage, and efficiency
• Biogas and biomass energy
• Climate change mitigation and adaptation
• Environmental and public health impacts of coal power
• Point-source air and water pollution
• Nutrient loading and non-point-source pollution
• Renewable energy potential and policy
• Statewide energy usage and efficiency
• Water usage and efficiency

Requirements

Research Interns are expected to possess the following:
• Some background knowledge in environmental or energy science,
• Strong analytic and technical abilities,
• Excellent writing skills,
• Interest in, and commitment to, addressing environmental issues facing Wisconsin,
• Ability to commit 10 (fall/ spring), 15 (summer), or more hours a week.

Science and Policy Associate interns are additionally expected to possess the following:
• Completed undergraduate degree in engineering, environmental sciences, political/governmental, public health, or other related fields,
• Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research,
• Demonstrated ability to synthesize scientific information and compose whitepapers/ reports,
• Ability to commit 30 or more hours a week.

Additional information

To apply for the Research Internship positions, please submit a brief cover letter, resume and list of references to Tyson Cook at tcook@cleanwisconsin.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as received, until January 20 (spring), March 1 (summer), or August 1 (fall), or until positions are filled. Please be sure to include "RESEARCH INTERN" in the subject line.

To apply for the Science and Policy Associate Internship position, please submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and list of references to Tyson Cook at tcook@cleanwisconsin.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as received, until March 1 or position is filled. Please be sure to include "SCIENCE ASSOCIATE" in the subject line.

About Clean Wisconsin

Clean Wisconsin is the oldest and largest state group dedicated to protecting Wisconsin's environment, with thousands of dedicated members. We aggressively and effectively advocate for clean air, clean water and clean energy in a wide array of venues including the State Capitol, the courts, and the Public Service Commission. We also work to inform the public about pressing environmental issues.
Our office is on W. Main Street, just 2 blocks east of the Kohl Center.