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National Great Rivers Rsearch and Education Center Internship–Due Jan. 18

The deadline to apply for an NGRREC Internship is Monday, January 18th!

Every year, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) hosts a highly successful summer internship program for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This prestigious program is a paid internship opportunity, providing a $4,000 (pre-tax) stipend over the course of the program, and gives students a chance to gain real experience in variety of environmental careers such as ecological research, fisheries science, education, policy, and social science. At the conclusion of this nine week internship, students present their project results to their fellow interns, faculty advisors, and invited guests at a two-day Intern Symposium. This year, NGRREC anticipates selecting 27 students for this competitive internship program.

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U.S. Oil Spill List: An Interactive Research Tool Created by Oakton Student

1,140 metric tons spilled in Fairbanks, Alaska on 10/4/2001

15,960 metric tons spilled in Lake Charles, Louisiana on 6/19/2006

865,177 metric tons spilled in the Gulf of Mexico on 4/20/2010

These are only a small fraction of the crude oil spills which have occurred in the United States since we started extracting and transporting the resource. Shocked by these numbers and inspired to raise awareness of the issue, Oakton student Sto Hummel spent months researching and compiling data on U.S. spills then put them into an interactive website to share with the world. The timeline feature allows users to scroll through history and identify not just dates, but locations, and also amount of oil spilled. Each spill was verified by appropriate sources and listed references have been validated.

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Student Sustainability Researcher–APPLY NOW for Spring 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Student Sustainability Researcher here at Oakton Community College. This is an incredible way to gain more insight into sustainability concepts and projects here at the College. We hope to fill the position early in the Spring Semester. Please apply now!


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Go Green Wilmette Intern–Stipend Available

Go Green Wilmette Intern

Go Green Wilmette (GGW) is offering an internship to a qualified applicant to assist our organization with all our activities, especially planning and hosting our annual environmental fair, Going Green Matters, on March 12, 2017. GGW, established in 2006, is a small but very active environmental 501(c)(3) organization working to increase environmental awareness in our community. We are also a founding partner of the Consortium of North Shore Environmental Groups (CONSEG) and North Shore Green Women.

OPPORTUNITIES – Intern can expect:

  • Substantive and meaningful work, under the supervision of various board members
  • Involvement in meetings
  • Several short and long term projects
  • Networking opportunities with many GGW volunteers, Going Green Matters sponsors and exhibitors, and north shore and Chicago members of the environmental community
  • Formal evaluation of the intern’s performance at the end of the internship

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:  Intern will work with GGW Board Members and designated volunteers to assist the organization in activities that may include:

  • Assisting with our annual event, Going Green Matters, scheduled for March 12, 2017. Duties include publicity, sponsor and exhibitor relations, event web site management, facility issues, signage, etc.
  • Assisting with the Consortium of North Shore Environmental Groups (CONSEG) events
  • Editing our on-line newsletter
  • Updating and editing two websites
  • Updating our Facebook page
  • Assisting with book discussions, film showings and public events
  • Attending meetings of the Wilmette Environmental & Energy Commission
  • Participating in community efforts such as increasing business recycling

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:  We are seeking a candidate with strong people skills who can work well on his/her own and with volunteers. Must have a strong interest in environmental issues and have completed related coursework. Excellent writing skills, attention to details and experience in media, marketing and web site management a plus.

HOURS REQUIRED:  Approx. 10 – 20 Hours per week, negotiable, hours and weeks flexible.

This is an unpaid internship that will provide the right candidate with a variety of experiences in the areas of marketing, publicity, media, public events, community organizing and current affairs. Stipend of $599 may be available.

CONTACT:  Beth Drucker

President, Go Green Wilmette

847/910-3172 (Event w