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Heinz Summer Water Internship — Paid!

The Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking two talented and motivated undergraduates for four-month paid summer internships (May-August 2018). The interns will work with a partner organization that interact with water systems (e.g., NGOs, municipality, agency, community, or other water practitioners). Interns will receive a $4,000 stipend and a $500 research budget.  Applications are encouraged from across the University of Pittsburgh campus, regardless of major, school or departmental affiliation.

Applicants should submit an application package that includes: (a) A research proposal (as described below); (b) A one-page cover letter that describes why they are interested in this position; (c) college transcript(s), (d) a recommendation letter, and (e) a letter of commitment from the partner organization. Applications should be emailed as a single pdf to niznik@pitt.edu  by 03/01/18.  Recommenders can email their letters directly to niznik@pitt.edu.

Research proposals should address locally and/or regionally relevant water issues including but not limited to water quality, quantity, and the impact of water on local ecosystems. Proposals that address the intersection between water and social or health issues are also encouraged. The proposal should describe the importance of the research question and the method through which it will be addressed. The proposal should also identify a partner organization(s). Applicants can contact the partner organization directly or work with the Water Collaboratory faculty (Drs. Emily Elliott, Daniel Bain, Eitan Shelef, and Brian Thomas) to identify matching partner organizations.

 Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their proposal and application materials, and will be informed by 04/01/18 regarding acceptance of their application. During Spring 2018, the selected applicants will meet with representatives of the Water Collaboratory and partner organization/s to map their internship scope, goals, schedule, and deliverables. The interns will be mentored by representatives of the Water Collaboratory and the partner organization.  The expected deliverables include a written report and a presentation.

 This internship is a great opportunity to “get your feet wet” with your own research on water issues, and to influence the critical intersection between water and urban environments. If you have any questions please contact the Water Collaboratory listed above (contact information for Collaboratory faculty can be found here: http://www.geology.pitt.edu/people/faculty).


Clean Air Council of SW PA

The Clean Air Council of Southwestern PA is looking for interns! All interns will have the opportunity to learn about issues impacting western Pennsylvania’s environment; how to be a community organizer and build an advocacy base of operation; methods for recruiting and training volunteers; skills in developing relationships with a diverse populations; strategic planning; communications; partnering with other individuals and organizations; the ins and outs of non-profits; time management; how to find motivation and build power. The internships are non-paying positions and voluntary but interns will receive direct support and guidance in all aspects of community engagement.
 Entering advocacy data into our database.
 One on One meetings with new advocates.
 Take a leadership role on a County Action Team.
 Responsible for creating, managing and the development of specific projects.
 Advancing social media skills of the SWPA office.
 Planning and strategy development.
 Teaching others the issues impacting pollution in SWPA.
 Conduct briefings with advocates.
 Research issues and organizations.
 Attend Board of Health, Township and Borough Supervisors meetings.
 Find venues for recruiting diverse advocates and making presentations, within
comfort zone and delivering presentations to groups on the environmental impact
of pollution.
 Managing social media.
 Possible canvassing.
 Taking charge of a specific project for the length of the inttership.

Skill Set Needed:
 Passion for the environment.
 Strong communication tools.
 Eager to learn and enjoys working.
 Organizing and diplomacy strengths.
 Time management.
 Capable of handling multiple projects.
 Good personal and phone presence.
 Public speaking skills.
 Knowledge or willingness to learn environmental issues well enough to address
them with individuals and groups.
 Energized by community organizing and project advancement.

Bike Pittsburgh Internship

Bike Pittsburgh is currently seeking a Women’s Events Marketing Intern to join our team in spring 2018. This intern will develop blog posts and social media content related to women’s events such as coffee meetups, happy hours, and group rides. The intern will also assist the Outreach & Membership Director in planning for the 5th Annual Women & Biking Forum. The full position description is available online at bikepgh.org/internships.

If you wouldn’t mind sharing this opportunity with your students, I would greatly appreciate it. Those who are interested in applying should send a cover letter and resume to Sarah Quinn at sarah@bikepgh.org.

Democracy Fund Internships — Paid!

The Democracy Fund, based in Washington D.C., is looking for internships for the Spring of 2018 in the following areas:

  • Elections Program
  • Public Square
  • Strategy, Impact, and Learning

The Democracy Fund offers a paid internship program in an inclusive environment that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our work. For the Spring 2018 term, the pay rate is $21/hour for undergraduate interns and $25/hour for graduate level interns.

The Democracy Fund is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board, staff, advisors, and grantees include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. The Democracy Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic background, country of origin, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

For more information, please see: http://www.democracyfund.org/page/jobs

Nine Mile Run Watershed Assoc. Internship

Communications Intern Summer 2017

Mattress Factory

This internship at the Mattress Factory has a January 2017 start! Please reach out to:

Samantha Strahota Paolo
Mattress Factory | Director of Communications + Marketing
500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Internship description – mattressfactory

Foster Love Project Internship

Andrew & Kelly Hughes were foster parents who took in 7 different foster children over a period of time. Two of those children ended up needing a forever home and they adopted them in 2015.

It was overwhelming for foster kids to arrive with almost nothing or a few items stuffed in a trash bag. So Kelly set out to change that reality for as many kids as she could. She put together a placement bag drive in November of 2014 with the goal of having 300 bags donated that would be filled with new pajamas, a blanket, stuffed animal, book, socks, soap & toothbrush/toothpaste. These were essentials that would make the transition a little easier for both foster kids on such as hard day as well as give some tangible help to foster families who often receive these children with only a few hours notice. Thankfully, Pittsburgh caught the vision of this project and over 1,300 filled bags were donated during the 5 week drive! 2015 brought a second drive in which 1,800 bags were donated and were able to be distributed to over 20 agencies in 10 counties in Western PA.

As the burden on their hearts and awareness of needs has continued to grow to help ease transitions during the very hard process of foster care, they have continued to move forward in further developing the Foster Love Project. It is now registered as a 501c3 nonprofit and the current goal is to open a full time resource center that will be available with free donations for kids in foster care. Come work with us and gain valuable experience while making a difference in the lives of some of the vulnerable in our community!

Our internship will involve helping with support in getting items to foster kids in need, helping secure and move to a full time facility, writing grants to receive funding, maintaining communication with foster agencies, and best of all, getting to interact with some awesome kids!

Please contact Kelly at pghmoms@live.com to apply or for more information about this position.