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Date: August 1, 2012

Project Intern – Project Stewardship Initiative (Boston, MA)

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) seeks an enterprising individual for fall and winter who thrives in a fast-paced, small organization. PSI is conducting cutting-edge work on product stewardship and sustainability, and seeks interns who have energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. PSI interns work on a variety of tasks, which allow them to become informed about current stewardship programs in a variety of product industries. PSI staff assists interns in developing one or two specific projects for which the intern can take primary responsibility. Interns also perform some administrative assignments, as do all staff.  There are significant learning opportunities pertaining to substantive initiatives.

 

Application Due Date: August 31, 2012 (however, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP)

Time Commitment: Approximately15- 20 hours/week with a possibility of additional hours or a full-time opportunity during breaks and summer.

Compensation: Unpaid.

Potential tasks might include:

  • Conduct research to support ongoing product stewardship projects that have the potential to change the current paradigm of waste management.
  • Develop and assist in writing and editing technical documents, and summarizing legislation.
  • Update PSI’s website and assist on press and communications.
  • Work with PSI members across the country to build coalitions on legislative priorities.
  • Assist in developing funding proposals.
  • Organize national contact lists and databases to enhance the organization’s ability to communicate with its constituents, and conduct other administrative tasks.

 

Qualifications

Interns should have excellent organization, analytic, and communication skills, both written and oral, and be passionate about moving toward a more sustainable future. Ideal candidates will have academic or professional experience or knowledge related to environmental advocacy and/or a sufficient background in environmental and public health issues. Ideal candidates may have an undergraduate or graduate degree in policy, political science, natural science, environmental science, law, business administration, economics, or a related field.  Alternatively, interns may be a degree candidate in one of these areas. The intern’s thoughts and ideas will be considered seriously as a contribution to improving the organization as a whole, as well as forwarding its mission.

 

Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI) is a national non-profit environmental institute with

membership from 47 states, over 200 local governments, and more than 75 businesses, organizations, universities, and non-U.S. governments. PSI establishes cooperative agreements to reduce the health and environmental impacts from consumer products. For more information, please visit www.productstewardship.us.

 

Please send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (preferably one short and one long) electronically to: erin@productstewardship.us.

 

Please address all of the following within your cover letter:

  • Are you able to reliably meet the minimum time requirement?
  • Why are you interested in working on product stewardship Issues?
  • Why are you interested in working for the Product Stewardship Institute?
  • What in your academic or professional experience makes you uniquely qualified for this position?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Communications Internship (Boston, MA)

Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is conducting cutting-edge work on product stewardship and sustainability, and seeks an upbeat, energetic, and dedicated individual who thinks creatively, works well independently and collaboratively, and thrives in a fast-paced entrepreneurial organization. PSI’s communications intern will primarily assist in the implementation of various initiatives to expand the depth and breadth of our communications, marketing, and outreach to new and current audiences. All PSI interns work on a variety of tasks, which will allow them to become informed about current stewardship programs across various product categories and industries. PSI staff members assist interns in developing one or two specific projects for which the intern can take primary responsibility. Interns also perform some administrative assignments, as do all staff.  There are significant learning opportunities pertaining to substantive initiatives.

 

Application Due Date: August 31, 2012 (however, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP)

Time Commitment: Approximately15- 20 hours/week with a possibility of additional hours or a full-time opportunity during breaks and summer.

Compensation: Unpaid.

 

Potential tasks might include:

  • Assist in the development and distribution of press releases, articles, newsletters, promotional materials, email blasts, etc.
  • Assist in the maintenance and further development of the recently redesigned website.
  • Help with the ongoing development and implementation of new social media communication strategies.
  • Assist in the development of short videos highlighting health and environmental impacts of products such as electronics, pharmaceuticals, fluorescent lamps, batteries, etc.
  • Organize and help maintain national contact lists and databases to enhance the organization’s ability to communicate with its constituents,
  • Assist in ongoing outreach to members and partners to ensure a continued high level of member and partner service.

 

 

 

Qualifications

Interns should have excellent organization and communication skills, both written and oral, and be passionate about moving toward a more sustainable future. Ideal candidates will have academic or professional experience or knowledge related to marketing and communications, and/or environmental advocacy and policy. Ideal candidates may have an undergraduate or graduate degree in marketing, communications, political science, natural science, environmental science, or a related field.  Alternatively, interns may be a degree candidate in one of these areas. Experience with website maintenance, social media, Constant Contact, and other marketing and/or design tools preferred. The intern’s thoughts and ideas will be considered seriously as a contribution to improving the organization as a whole, as well as forwarding its mission.

 

Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. (PSI) is a national non-profit environmental institute with membership from 47 states, over 200 local governments, and more than 75 businesses, organizations, universities, and non-U.S. governments. PSI establishes cooperative agreements to reduce the health and environmental impacts from consumer products. For more information, please visit www.productstewardship.us

 

Please send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (preferably one short and one long) electronically to: erin@productstewardship.us.

 

Please address all of the following within your cover letter:

  • Are you able to reliably meet the minimum time requirement?
  • Why are you interested in working on product stewardship Issues?
  • Why are you interested in working for the Product Stewardship Institute?
  • What in your academic or professional experience makes you uniquely qualified for this position?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Fall 2012: National Climate Seminar from Bard College

Join Bard College every other Wednesday for the National Climate Seminar and listen in real time to experts discuss the latest science, politics, and economics of climate change. Assign these calls to your students, listen online after the call, or download the podcast! A question and answer session follows each presentation, so please send your questions prior to each call to climate@bard.edu. All calls are also available as podcasts on our website.
Simply call 1-712-432-3100 (code: 253385) at 12:00pm eastern on the scheduled day. You can also visit our website for more information on our speakers and to listen to past seminars.

The Fall 2012 schedule is as follows:

September 5: Rio, Déjà Vu?
Hunter Lovins, President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions

September 19: Climate and the Election
Bernie Sanders (Invited), U.S. Senator for Vermont

October 3: Coal Exports and Winning the Climate Game: Don’t Lose
KC Golden, Policy Director, Climate Solutions

October 17: Social Movements and Politics
May Boeve, Director for Partnerships and Policy/Co-founder, 350.org

November 7: The Clean Air Act, Next Steps
Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

November 21: Climate Change: A Matter of Health
Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist, Health and Environmental Programing, NRDC

December 5: Climate Change and Impacts on Biodiversity
Eleanor Sterling, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH

 

Campus Sustainability Coordinator (UC Santa Barbara, CA)

The University of California, Santa Barbara (http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/) is seeking applications for a combined job position of Campus Sustainability Coordinator and TGIF Grant Program Manager. TGIF, The Green Initiative Fund, is our student funded green granting agency.

Applications for primary consideration are due August 1st, 2012 at 10:00pm PST though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. http://tinyurl.com/cdqslfu

 

Aug 02: 5th Annual New Entry Open Farms Tour

You are invited to join New Entry for an insider’s tour of our beginning farmer incubator training sites. Join New Entry farmers and staff for an informative and fun-filled 5th Annual Open Farms Tour on Thursday, August 2nd, beginning at 4:45 PM, at the Ogonowski Memorial Fields, located at 126 Jones Avenue, Dracut, MA.  Fun for the whole family!

 

Speak with project farmers and staff to learn about our beginning farmer training programs, our farmland preservation efforts, and farm employment resources. Discover what motivates New Entry farmers and learn steps that New Entry farmers take to mitigate risks on their farms. Explore where your food comes from! Meet and network with other project supporters who believe in New Entry’s mission. Taste delicious appetizers made with locally-grown produce from the farms.

 

This event is free and open to all New Entry friends and supporters, and registration is required.  Donations are always welcome to support and expand our work.   Click on the link below for registration and directions.  See you at the farm!

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