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Paid Internship, Effort to Ban Styrofoam

This summer, the Fund for the Public Interest is hiring paid summer staff to work with Environment Illinois to run a grassroots campaign protecting wildlife! You will be to pass a statewide ban on polystyrene (or what a lot of people think of as styrofoam). Foam is one of the most egregious forms of plastic pollution. Not only because it can’t be recycled and doesn’t degrade, but it also is very harmful to wildlife- injuring or killing animals from earthworms to whales because they confuse the foam with food.

If you’re interested in protecting the environment, earning $11-16/hour, gaining campaign & leadership skills, or if you are looking for a fun summer job you should fill out your contact info at http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/apply-now.html or call (312)-559-4701.

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AASHE Paid Internship for Summer 2018–Work from Home or School–Apply now!

We are excited to share that AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) is now seeking applications for two PAID student interns within the Programs division, a Resources Intern and an Education Intern! Both interns, students at an AASHE member institution will work from their virtual home office up to 40 hours per week during Summer 2018 and then continue during the 2018-2019 academic year at 10 hours per week.
  • The Resources Intern will provide administrative and technical support related to the development of AASHE resources and has experience with data collection for AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Please review the job application for full details.
  • The Education Intern will provide ongoing administrative support for AASHE’s professional development programs and has experience in higher education sustainability and the ability to work independently with limited supervision. Please review the job application for full details.
If you or someone you know would make a great AASHE Intern, please apply or encourage them to apply! We will begin reviewing applications during the week of April 2.


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Several Entry-Level and Summer Positions Posted in Environmental Fields

There are some amazing local opportunities currently available for students and young professionals interested in a career related to environmental sciences. Some of these are summer positions (remember, hiring for the summer season starts early–like NOW!) and others are full or part-time beginning in the spring. There are also many internship opportunities. Openings are constantly changing. Check out the Chicago Environmental Network for a great selection of opportunities, including:

  • Youth Conservation Corp Leader (McHenry County Conservation District)
  • Summer Ecology Assistant (Fermilab)
  • Restoration Technician (Pizzo & Associates)
  • Crew Leader (Student Conservation Association)
  • Development and Communications Assistant (Lincoln Park Conservatory)
  • Gypsy Moth Survey Trapper (Slow the Spread Foundation Inc.)
  • Aquatic Plant Maintenance (Chicago Botanic Garden)
  • Ecological Restoration Technician (Seasonal–Chicago Botanic Garden)
  • Lab Sample Collector (Chicago Park District)
  • ….and SO MANY MORE!

 


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Internship Fair at Oakton, January 25

Internships are among the most important predictors of career success, allowing students to gain professional experience, build their résumés and explore careers. With that in mind, Oakton Community College is hosting a Jan. 25 spring internship information session and fair at the college’s Skokie campus, Room P103, 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue.

“Internships provide real-world work experiences that can open doors to future employment,” says Internship Coordinator Shannon McKenzie. “I invite students to bring their résumés and meet representatives from our partner businesses to learn about internship opportunities.”

Oakton’s internship program is seeking to fill approximately 75 internship positions with local companies in a variety of fields, including accounting, business, sales, marketing, information technology, manufacturing, graphic design, communications and politics/government. Most positions include compensation between $9-12 per hour.

Oakton’s free internship events take place Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Skokie. The day includes the following events:

• Information Session (11:30 a.m. – noon): Learn about the Oakton internship program, including benefits to students, eligibility requirements, application instructions and résumé and cover letter tips.
• Internship Fair (Noon – 1:30 p.m.): Meet representatives from several of Oakton’s partner businesses to learn about internship opportunities.

Attendance at the fair and information session is not required for students to apply to the internship program or to be considered for any potential internship position. For more information, including a listing of available internships, visit the Oakton website, www.oakton.edu/internships, or contact the internship office at internships@oakton.edu or 847-376-7165.


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2017 MOSAICS in Science Internship–Deadline February 6

Applications for the 2017 MOSAICS in Science internship are now being accepted through February 6, 2017
 
The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System.  Each internship is comprised of working eleven weeks in a park followed by a four day career workshop held in Washington, D.C. 
 
The Great Lakes Research and Education Center will be hosting a Pollinator Steward intern at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this summer. The Pollinator Steward will gain hands on experience in both research and science outreach by 1) initiating a pilot native pollinator stewardship program and 2) collecting updated data on native bee diversity in the park.   
 
 
Applications will be accepted now through February 6 at  http://www.mosaicsinscience.org/


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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars–Deadline 2/8/17

We would like to let you know about an exciting program at the University of Michigan–the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP UM). DDCSP UM is an exciting two-year research and internship opportunity for bright, curious undergraduate students interested in conservation, nature, and the environment. The program is aimed at bringing more undergraduates currently underrepresented in the environmental field into the conservation arena.

In addition to a $4,250 stipend, accepted students will also receive room and board and travel expenses to and from Ann Arbor, Michigan each summer.

Please note that the application opens November 15, 2016 and the deadline is February 8, 2017. The program dates are June 4-July 29, 2017. Detailed program information and application are available on our website at http://ddcsp-umich.com.

Please feel free to contact program administrators at (734)936-0900 if you would like to discuss the DDCSP UM program further or e-mail ddcsp-snre@umich.edu.


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Paid Sustainability Internship in Evanston!!

This opening is posted through the City of Evanston, but Oakton students are encouraged to contact Shannon McKenzie-Brady, Internship Specialist, at 847-376-7165 or mckenzie@oakton.edu

Internship title: Sustainability Communications and Outreach

Name and title of supervisor: Kumar Jensen, Acting Sustainability Manager

Projects/activities to be assigned to intern:
• Develop weekly content for sustainability messaging on the City’s web and social media outlets, working in conjunction with the Community Engagement Division, and other intern teams to promote real-time information to the community. Includes writing articles for City’s weekly newsletter (30,000 distribution).
• Focus specifically on growing our Twitter presence through targeted campaigns and developing Twitter specific content for the Office of Sustainability.
• Develop bi-weekly content for Sustainability newsletters to promote and communicate the city’s sustainability news to be distributed to over 2,500 e-mail accounts in the City’s Sustainability Newsletter Group.
• Manage updates to the City’s Sustainability Webpages including Sustainability page on City’s website (www.cityofevanston.org/sustainability) and separate sustainability Blog Green Buzz (www.evanstongreenbuzz.org).
• Develop contact lists for the Office of Sustainability to aid in distributing content to specific groups and organizations within the Evanston community.
• Provide content creation and evaluation support as the City evaluates and rebuilds its website.
• Attend community events as a representative of the Office of Sustainability and promote City programs and initiatives.
• Respond to calls, emails and requests from community members related to City sustainability programming.
• Support the Sustainability Manager by preparing presentations, conducting project research and taking notes during meetings.
• Other duties and projects as assigned by the Sustainability Manager.

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