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Date: March 19, 2012 (page 1 of 2)

Policy Internship, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (Washington, D.C.)

Assist EESI Staff with research and writing projects focusing on energy and environmentally-related policy issues including, but not limited to: climate change, sustainable transportation and green communities, smart growth, high performance green buildings, energy efficiency initiatives, renewable energy and other various topics as needed.

Intern Responsibilities

  • Research, write, and edit articles and web content on a broad range of energy, environment, and policy issues.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, other legislative activities and scientific and policy briefings and share observations with staff verbally or in writing.
  • Policy research and analysis, including budget, appropriations and current and upcoming legislation at the federal and state level.
  • Research and draft program and legislative reports (fact sheets, white papers.)
  • Assist with outreach, logistical preparation and execution of EESI sponsored Congressional briefings.
  • Identify, monitor and report on relevant science, technology and policy issues.
  • Update and maintain social media presence.
  • Project-related administrative tasks as necessary.

Intern Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (or degree in progress) in a field directly related to environmental policy or public policy. (This requirement may be waived for candidates with demonstrated skill, experience, and interest in these fields.)
  • Interest in environmental and energy issues, with particular enthusiasm for the communication of pertinent information to policymakers and other interested parties.
  • Strong writing and research skills; clear and concise writing is required for newsletters, hearing/briefing write-ups and facts sheets.
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks
  • Open to feedback, with strong desire to develop professional skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Ability to represent EESI professionally at events on Capitol Hill
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Internship Application Requirements

This internship requires a commitment of 25-40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks, with a possible extension. You will work with EESI Staff on one or more program areas: Energy & Climate, Sustainable Transportation & Communities, High Performance Green Buildings, or as the Intern to the Executive Director. Please specify in your cover letter if you have an interest in a specific program area of focus, or if you have specific qualifications for a particular program area. Please also specify the time period during which you seek to intern. Citizens of any nation may apply. We offer a friendly, informal and progressive work environment.

To apply please submit the following to Alison Alford at aalford [at] eesi.org:

  • Cover letter explaining your interests, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute during an internship with EESI. Please include any specific areas of interest in the energy and environmental field.
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample, two-to-five pages in length; can be an excerpt of longer paper.
  • Unofficial transcript

The application deadline is Monday, April 2. The position is unpaid, however, a transportation benefit is available. Thank you for your interest.

Full details are available here.

Apr 4: “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Modern World”

Daniel Yergin, Author; Executive Vice President & Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research Associates presents “The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Modern World”

Wednesday, 4/ 4 @ 5PM

Harvard University, Science Center B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Daniel Yergin is the author of the new bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. He received the Pulitzer Prize for The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power, which became a number one New York Times best seller, was translated into 17 languages, and was made into an award-winning documentary. Dr. Yergin is Chairman and Founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and serves as CNBC’s Global Energy Expert. He serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and chaired the US Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development. He is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, on the Board of the New America Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative.

April Madness: Upcoming Conferences and Film Showings

Greetings!  

Spring Break has finally arrived! Hooray! While most of the country’s college basketball fans are fully immersed in March Madness, we at the Office of Sustainability are for preparing for “April Madness.” Make sure to check out some of these amazing events and important deadlines coming up at the end of March and throughout April. On your mark, get set, mark those calendars!

Upcoming Conferences/Symposiums:

March 31: Future of Food and Nutrition Student Research Conference, Friedman School, Tufts University
April 20-21: Tufts Energy Conference 2012 (*Early bird registration until March 21st)
April 20-21: Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference (*Poster deadline March 30th)
April 27: WSSS Interdisciplinary Water Symposium

Spring is here! (Photo by: Alonso Nichols/TuftsPhoto

Upcoming Environmental Film Series:

April 4: Defending Eden
April 12: Vanishing of the Bees
April 19: YERT

Reminders:

RecycleMania ends March 31st, check out how your dorm is doing at the midpoint and see if it improved or got worse over the past few weeks.

Apply to be an Eco-Rep for next year! Applications are due March 30th, so act quickly!

Tufts Sustainability Collective, the Office of Sustainability, and the Eco-Reps are hard at work planning Earth Fest and Earth Week 2012. Earth Week runs from April 16-22. Earth Fest will take place on Friday, April 20th and will include a clothing swap! Stay tuned for more details and start collecting those unwanted clothes! If you have an event that you would like to be included in the Earth Week calendar, please register it here.

On behalf on the Office of Sustainability team, have a wonderful spring break and get outside!

-Nick Lusardo
Communications Intern, Office of Sustainability

From Mission to Market: A Conference on FundNortheastern Students 4 Givinging Social Impact in the New Economy (Boston, MA)

This full-day conference will engage social change agents from diverse sectors and disciplines in thoughtful conversations about funding social impact in the new economy. Panelists will examine a variety of models from innovative grant making and social justice philanthropy to market-oriented solutions including domestic microfinance, social enterprise, and social impact bonds.

Nonprofit leaders, funders, social entrepreneurs, researchers, faculty, students, and others who share an interest in investing or securing resources for social impact are encouraged to attend.

Where: Curry Student Center, Northeastern University 
When: Monday, April 2nd, 2012, 9am – 4pm 
Cost:Registration for this event is free of charge and includes a continental breakfast

For more information and to register, please visit:

http://nuweb6.neu.edu/ns4g/philanthropy-conference/

Cambridge “Local Thirst” Trivia Night (Cambridge, MA)

Join Cambridge Local First for the March “Local Thirst” event at the hip new Area Four Restaurant in Kendall Square. Cambridge Local First is partnering with the Green Streets Initiative and the Cambridge Energy Alliance for a night of networking and trivia.

Come prepared on your trivia knowledge for all things energy, health, and community! Area Four will be donating pizzas for this exciting event.

Where: Area Four, 500 Technology Square, Cambridge
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: Free

For more information email Cambridge Local First.

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