Internships

Wheelhouse Project

Have you dreamed of working at a start-up with brilliant entrepreneurs by your side, who don’t just care about making money, but who also care about solving social epidemics? A place where everyone shares a commitment to excellence and a desire to work hard in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere? We have too! That’s why we launched The Wheelhouse Project, a Nashville-based organization dedicated to the advancement of social innovation. Our mission is to create a bridge that helps promising scientific research innovations reach their full social and economic potential. Our vision is to make The Wheelhouse Project and Nashville the country’s preferred hub for socially innovative science and entrepreneurship.

The Problem: Today sustainable environmental practices have the potential to save companies up to 20% in operating costs, yet only a fraction of organizations ever take advantage of these innovative cost saving solutions. The Wheelhouse Project is collaborating with Wilmot Inc. a leading environmental sustainability firm to explore the commercial viability of 6 promising new areas of scientific progress in the field. Your mission, should you choose to accept is to work with this group of scientists and successful social entrepreneurs to help them develop a new commercial outlet for this up and coming scientific research. We are seeking interns for the Summer 2014 to support interdisciplinary teams of eco-sustainability scientists, business experts and community leaders. If you intern with us, you will gain exposure to cutting edge research from world-renowned universities and hands on entrepreneurial experience.

Qualifications: Self-motivated, with ability to work independently on multiple initiatives in fast-paced environments; experience driving projects to completion; ability to make progress while working remotely; excellent research, written, and verbal communication skills; experience or exposure to writing a business plan and developing financial projections; ability to work well in interdisciplinary teams; and previous entrepreneurship/business internships or job experiences are an added benefit.

Requirements: Committed to 10 weeks part-time (hours determined on case-by-case basis) June 2nd to August 8th;; a passion for commitment to social change through science and entrepreneurship; individuals pursuing all degrees and areas of study with are welcome to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Conduct research on evidence-based practices ready to be integrated in business practices; write grants to nationally-accredited research agencies such as the NIH and the NSF; create business plans to assess the commercial feasibility of top research throughout the country.

Compensation. This internship is unpaid and gives you the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and gain exposure to cutting edge scientific discoveries and innovation.

To Apply:  Please submit your resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to info@wheelhouseproject.org, along with a cover letter highlighting why your skills and background experience make you a great fit for this unique entrepreneurial experience! Please include GPA in your resume/CV as well as your preference for working on either Behavioral Health internship track or the Eco-Sustainability internship track.

Deadline: If all of this fits you or someone you know, please apply by March 31, 2014. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis – first come first served!

 

Harpeth River Watershed Association

There are voluntary internships available with this organization. Please contact board member David Bridgers at dbridgers@nealharwell.com.  For pre-law students, Mr. Bridgers practices environmental law and could have use voluntary interns on occasion.

Sierra Club Beyond Coal

Chris Lunghino, who is active in the Nashville and Vanderbilt communities, directs the Tennessee Beyond Coal campaign. There are voluntary internships available. Please contact her at chris.lunghino@sierraclub.org 714 369 9280.

 

Autry Fellowship

he Autry Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for talented and ambitious recent college graduates. It provides an opportunity to work for one year as a full-time, paid staff member at MDC. The Autry Fellowship supports the mission of MDC–to help organizations and communities in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity–by developing a cadre of young leaders who have experience promoting economic development, increasing equity and excellence in education, building inclusive civic cultures, and who are poised and ready to apply their new learning to benefit this region. The Autry Fellowship celebrates the life and perpetuates the work of the late George B. Autry, founding president of MDC. For 32 years, he led MDC with a passion for improving opportunities for people and places struggling to keep pace with economic and social change. The ideal Autry Fellow is open-minded and compassionate, curious and reflective, and deeply committed to advancing social equity and opportunity. To learn more about the Autry Fellowship and to stay up-to-date on MDC’s work, visit our website (www.mdcinc.org) and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MDCinfo). Applicants must submit a complete application (available for download here, www.mdcinc.org/autry-fellowship) along with a resume by Mon, Jan. 13 at 5pm. You should get confirmation of receipt within 48 hours of submission. MDC staff will notify all candidates of their status within four weeks of the deadline and choose the Fellow immediately following an interview day the week of Feb. 17.

 

Community Sustainability

Community Sustainability USA is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a culture that is committed to sustainability – an appreciation of our earth and a desire to protect it, our communities, and future generations. Through our research-based It’s the Little Things: My Actions Count SM programs, we’re educating the public and policy makers about sustainability and inspiring behavior choices and planning at home and at work that advance sustainability. Together these have a big positive impact on the health of our planet and are a big voice for policy change and technology innovation. Chris Ann Lunghino, founder and president of CSUSA, is an attorney and urban and regional planner who has worked to protect the planet and its people for more than 30 years.

Social Media Intern: 10-15 hours per month

*   Consult with Executive Director and other board members to create a social media strategy
*   Maintain daily social media presence on Facebook and Twitter
*   Write press releases and blog articles
*   Enact measures to increase number of Users and Likes
*   Publicize progress of multiple programs

Newsletter Intern: 10-15  hours per month

*   Write and layout monthly newsletter (content outline and template provided)

Contact: Chris Lunghino 714.369.9280

 

Green Corps

Fall Applications due by Wednesday, October 17th– Apply Today!

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.  Click here to find out more.

In your year with Green Corps: You’ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of MoveOn.org, and Bill McKibben, author and organizer of the 350.org. You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch and Environment America all across the country.

You’ll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more. You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.

And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment. In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2013-2014. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, then click here to submit your application to join the 2012-2013 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2012 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the country.  Candidates must be willing to relocate. For more information, come attend our on-campus information session on Thursday, October 18 from 4:30-5:30PM, in the Career Center or contact Desmond Dennis, Field Organizer, at desmond@greencorps.org or (678) 358-2640

 

Environment America

Environment America is a federation of 29 state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy groups. We use independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action to defend the environment.

Fellowship Program:  Each year, we hire passionate, talented and committed college graduates to join our Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program gives recent graduates the chance to make a meaningful, long-lasting impact on the environmental challenges we’re facing today.

Please contact Monique Sullivan msullivan@environmentamerica.org or visit Environment America.

Internship Program:  Spend the fall learning how to make a real impact on the decisions that affect the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love; apply for an internship with Environment America. Provides students with the chance to work one-on-one with one of our advocates analyzing environmental problems, advocating for smart solutions, and building public support. http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/page/amr/internships-make-difference

Greenpeace

Internships:  Protect the Earth while learning valuable skills as a Greenpeace Intern. Positions range from organizing to photography to administration and everything in between.

Visit http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/about/jobs/internship/ for more information.

Greenpeace Semester:  The Greenpeace Semester is an incredible opportunity for you to learn what it takes to save the planet and gain experience to become environmental leaders on your campus and in your community.  So much more than an internship, the program combines a series of intensive workshops in a classroom setting with hands-on project and field experience, working side-by-side with Greenpeace staff.  Visit http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/getinvolved/get-involved/semester/ for more information.

 

Hands On NashvilleHome Energy Savings Program

Hands On Nashville will provide home energy audits and retrofits to low-income homes.  Using a comprehensive and practical energy efficiency analysis for selected households, a suite of cost savings improvements will be identified.  Volunteers make simple energy efficiency improvements to reduce the water, electricity and heating costs for each home.  Among the basic improvements to be made are: installing attic insulation, installing CFL bulbs and low-flow shower heads, caulking around windows and doors, weather-stripping, HVAC tune up and installing aerators on sink faucets.

Onsite duties:

  • Assist with onsite project prep & break down.
  • Assist with morning orientation and educating volunteers the importance of energy efficiency within the home.
  • Lead & supervise subgroups of volunteers ensuring they understand their work for the day and guiding them along the way.
  • Inspect work throughout the day to ensure quality.
  • Help cleanup and ensure job site is left tidy and put back together.
  • Maintain a fun and positive volunteer environment.
  • Conduct energy audits with homeowners.

Office Duties:

  • Research and assist in creating education material for homeowner energy efficiency
  • Order necessary materials for projects from Lowe’s and program vendors
  • Call homeowners to set up energy audits & explain the HES program process
  • Update homeowner files with inventory use.
  • Update HES webpage with monthly program metrics
  • Maintain homeowner newsletters & monthly mailings
  • Track utility analysis to analysis economic and environmental impact of the program
  • Research available grants (grants written by full-time staff member Leah).

Home Energy Savings Program Intern Application. Contact:  Jaclyn Khoury Phone: 615.298.1108 ext:105 Email: Jaclyn@hon.org

Humanitarian Fund

The Nichols Humanitarian Fund was established in 2006 by the E.C. and Lucile Hamby Nichols Trust. The purpose of the fund is to enable Vanderbilt students to volunteer for local, domestic, or international humanitarian service opportunities. Support is primarily focused on summer projects or projects that take place during defined academic breaks. Funds are available for educational and other expenses.  Applications for the next round of support are due January 31, to Shelley Jewell in the Global Education Office (GEO).

For more information, visit:

https://webapp.mis.vanderbilt.edu/studioabroad/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewDocument&File_ID=11385&ProgramID=1107&Content_ID=11405&Old_Prog_ID=1361

 

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships

These are available from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for minority and women students in the science, technology, and engineering fields. They are paid internships.More information is available at www.fossil.energy.gov/education/lelandfellowships.

Moore Fellowships

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program invites applications for a ten-week paid summer research internship for rising juniors or seniors. The program will be held May 26-August 1, 2013 and UNC Chapel Hill. It is designed to prepared talented and motivated students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, or those with a proven commitment to diversity, for graduate student and academic careers in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.  See http://www.unc.edu/depts/murap/.

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago
is an intense interdisciplinary program for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students.  From August 9-17, participants from diverse academic backgrounds will be immersed in a

broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics: policy, economics, health, science,

engineering, environment, urban planning, business, and entrepreneurship. Admission to the Summer Institute is highly competitive with only eighty open seats. Students from across Chicago and the country are invited to apply.  Themes vary from year to year.  Prospective students are asked to submit an application and resume for consideration.  For more information, visit:  http://sise.phy.uic.edu/mission.php.

 

Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation

The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation is looking for volunteer interns for this summer and potentially also for during the semester. You would set your own hours, but we recommend full-time or half-time for 10 weeks, so that you are there on a consistent basis.

Possible projects include:

1. Developing a public policy study that reviews the existing literature on the economic value of parks.

2. Working as assistant to the director by assisting in grant writing, public relations and communication, and events planning.

3. Developing programs to increase supporters.

4. Working with a staff member to develop GIS-based studies of conservation easements that report on the condition and value of property.

For graduating seniors, there is also a full-time job for someone who can lead the GIS-based studies of conservation easements.  If you are interested, please contact David Hess at david.j.hess@vanderbilt.edu.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

College students can gain valuable experience while working for TDEC!  The Bureau of Environment primarily employs college students majoring in the sciences and engineering in the intern positions. Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a plus for many of the assignments. There are some limited opportunities for students majoring in marketing, accounting or business.  Internships are available to students from freshman classification through graduate school. Interns must be full-time students. Interns in TDEC’s Bureau of Environment are typically employed during the summer (May through August). However, interns may be retained on a part-time basis through the year depending upon the needs and budget of the hiring division.

Interns are typically paid at the hourly rate of $8.85 per hour (equivalent to a Clerk 2, salary grade 010 in the state compensation system.) Due to the State budget constraints and hiring freeze, there are currently only unpaid internships available.

Bureau of Environment interns can be employed at the TDEC’s central office in downtown Nashville, as well as at the eight Environmental Field Offices across the state (Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Cookeville, Columbia, Knoxville, Johnson City and Chattanooga.) The availability of positions is determined annually by the need and budgets of the environmental programs.

The following is a sampling of past intern assignments:

Water sampling, measuring flow, entering data into computer, collecting parameters from streams, cleaning the lab. 

Technical assistance in making sure that spreadsheets and databases were working right and created correctly for the data that needed to be analyzed, outreach at baseball parks and racetracks, created a manual for county officials so that they could design and potentially run their own permanent household hazardous waste facility. 

Collecting Global Positioning System coordinates on Underground Storage Tank facilities. 

Conducting investigations on Open Burning Complaints and issuing violations as well as advisements when necessary, collating and reorganizing air pollution files, participating in emission source complaints and inspections, aiding in the routine audit of regional air monitoring stations as well as analysis of data retrieved from ozone monitors.  

Determining latitude /longitude coordinates on High Quality waters using ArcGIS software and putting those coordinates into a file so that they can be uploaded into a web page. Information will eventually be accessible by the public and by state and federal agencies interested in permitting and other applications.

Visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/ and http://state.tn.us/environment/intern/ for more information.

TN-SCORE

Summer research experience for undergraduates at TN-SCORE, the Tennessee Solar Conversion and Storage Using Outreach, Research, and Education. This internship focuses on interdisciplinary energy science research at the interface of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and engineering. You will work with faculty members at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and at Vanderbilt. $4,000 stipend and on-campus housing, with meals depending on the campus. March 1 deadline. www.tnepscor.org/programs/reu.aspx.

VIEW

The VIEW (Vanderbilt Internship Experience in Washington) program provides 8-week, full-time internship opportunities to undergraduate students from all majors. In the past, we have partnered with organizations like the Democratic and Republic National Committees, Offices of Senators and Representatives, foreign embassies, The Rhoades Group, CNN, The Newseum, NPR, The Pew Center on Global Climate, The American Red Cross, and many more. VIEW interns live with 20-24 other Vanderbilt students in fully furnished apartments, receive an unlimited Metro pass for travel each week, participate in a weekly seminars with speakers from leaders in various fields across DC, and are paired with a Vanderbilt alumni-mentor living in DC.

Information Sessions:

Oct. 16th, 5-6pm in Sarratt 325/327

The application deadline is Nov. 14th, 2012. More information is available at www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/view or on AnchorLink at: https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/organization/oacsview.   You may also contact amanda.taylor@vanderbilt.edu with any questions or for additional information.

Washington Internship Institute

The Washington Internship Institute offers internships with an Environmental and Sustainability Policy Studies track. Information is available at http://wiidc.squarespace.com/environmental-and-sustainability-policy-studies/ .

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