Tuesday, July 17, 2018

School for Field Studies
New Program: Patagonia

The School for Field Studies is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our new semester program, WILD PATAGONIA: FIRE AND ICE.
The program, based at our CENTER FOR CLIMATE STUDIES in Puerto Natales, Chile, will be offered during fall and spring semesters beginning Fall 2019. Additional information about the program and our Chile Center can be found on our website, including an overview of our research, program highlights, and course descriptions.
SFS students will take field excursions to some of the world's most massive glaciers, visit the renowned Torres del Paine National Park, and explore the rich biodiversity of the region including excursions to the Lakes District in northern Chilean Patagonia and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. There is no shortage of stunning landscapes and challenging environmental issues to examine in this one-of-a-kind region.
This program will follow the SFS model offering 4 core courses plus the Directed Research course, totaling 18 credit hours:
  • Language, Culture, and Society of Chile (2 credits)
  • Patagonian Ecology (4 credits)
  • Earth Systems and Climate Science (4 credits)
  • Political and Social Dimensions of Conservation (4 credits)
  • Directed Research (4 credits)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

‘Youth Step Up’ Climate Competition

‘Youth Step Up’ Competition Launches to Galvanize Student Climate Action and Fund Solutions

Winners Receive Trip to Share Solutions with Climate Leaders at
California’s Global Climate Action Summit and $5,000 Grand Prize

America’s future leaders are invited to share their climate solutions through the
Youth Step Up climate contest that launches today. Building on the wave of youth-driven action, from the high school-led Zero Hour march to college Republicans backing carbon dividends, 18 to 24 year olds living in the U.S. are invited to submit their ideas to a panel of judges representing government, businesses and youth. The top eight contestants will win a trip to present their idea to American and global leaders at the Global Climate Action Summit in mid-September, and compete for various cash prizes, with up to a $5,000 grand prize.

“It’s time to unlock solutions to climate change. The Youth Step Up Challenge helps energize and motivate the generation most impacted,” said Ken Alex, a Senior Policy Advisor to California Governor Brown and judge for Youth Step Up. Other judges include: Quinten Foster at EDF, Lydia Avila from the Power Shift Network, Krystal Two Bulls from Voices of the Sacred, Jacqui Patterson with NAACP, Bob Inglis with RepublicEN, and Yassamin Ansari with Mission 2020.

“Youth Step Up is designed to accelerate the transformative work that youth are already doing, and encourage more people to call for solutions,” said Page Atcheson, the Executive Director of Our Climate, who is administering the contest.

Students are invited to submit a climate solution essay in one of five categories: 1) public policy, 2) business plan, 3) urban and land use planning, 4) science and technology, and 5) activism. The contest also includes a creative component, such as handmade art or a video. Creative submissions will be on display during the Global Climate Action Summit.

Clif Bar, which is a member of the
We Are Still In Leaders’ Circle and operates on 100% green power, is one of the sponsors of Youth Step Up, enabling the winners to participate in the Global Climate Action Summit. “We’re excited to support Youth Step Up to elevate the voice of the next generation in the climate movement.” said Elysa Hammond, VP of Environmental Stewardship at Clif Bar & Co. “Now more than ever, let’s raise the bar on climate action, together.”

Competition partners are conducting outreach to hundreds of universities, community colleges and youth groups to ensure that as many people as possible learn about the opportunity to share their work and engage in the Global Climate Action Summit. Millennials and Generation Z are now the largest voting bloc in America. If no action is taken on climate change, climate impacts are estimated to cost Millennials
$8.8 trillion in lifetime income.

“The outcome of the Global Climate Action Summit has a direct impact on my future and the future of my peers,” said Carrie Cullen, a student at Emerson College in Boston. “By including Youth Step Up in the Summit, youth have a stake in creating a future that is safe and prosperous for everyone.”


Youth Step Up is a climate competition to galvanize youth-driven climate solutions. It is led and managed by
Our Climate, The Years Project and is an affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Two Fall Internships Available
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Apply to be a science writing or policy intern:
AGU is offering paid three-month internships in our Public Information department and Public Affairs department.
  • As part of the Public Information department, you'll get to identify and disseminate newsworthy research to various nonscience audiences.
  • In Public Affairs, you'll get to engage with science-policy issues, attend congressional hearings, help prepare for Capitol Hill events, and more.
 Apply today for the Public Information internship or the Public Affairs internship.

Monday, July 2, 2018

START Fall 2018 Internship Program 

Application Deadline Extended to Sunday, July 8th at 11:59pm!

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based here at the University of Maryland, is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Internship Program and our application deadline has been extended (priority deadline is June 17th, final deadline on July 1st)! We were hoping that you may be able to assist us in reaching out to your interested students. In addition to the information provided below I have also attached a flyer for the Fall semester. Please feel free to disseminate the following information to students and other contacts who you think may be interested in these opportunities.

We are looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, English, Mathematics, Psychology, Languages and Statistics). Students from any institution may apply and we will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates as well. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and are able to participate in a calendar of professional development activities. START is also willing to work with academic institutions to enable students to undertake our internships for credit. Our internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at START at the University of Maryland College Park, unless stated in the internship description.

Please visit our website to see a full listing of opportunities available and to access the application form: http://www.start.umd.edu/careers/internships.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Paid Internship Opportunities
Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), DC
DOEE just posted new paid internship opportunities. 
Position Title
Position Type
Partnering and Environmental Conservation Intern
Watershed Protection
Energy Program Specialist
Environmental Engineer
Air Quality
To learn more about any of these positions:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad - Up to $5,000

Are you a US CITIZEN receiving a PELL GRANT (a federal need-based educational grant)?

Are you thinking about STUDY ABROAD in Winter 2019, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019? 

Learn about the GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP, which provides up to $5,000 for study abroad students with financial need who receive Pell Grants. In the last two years 54 University of Maryland students have won Gilman Scholarships!

To learn more, complete a short questionnaire
here or write to us at gilman@umd.edu - we'll give you access to our ELMS resource site for Gilman applicants, which includes samples of successful application essays and advice about preparing a strong application.

Learning about the Gilman Scholarship over the summer will help you submit a strong application by the October 2, 2018 deadline!

Eligibility Requirements: US Citizens - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - All Majors - Must be studying abroad for at least 3 weeks - Must be receiving a Pell Grant.

Application Deadline: October 2, 2018

UMD National Scholarships Office
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer 2018
UMD BATS Internship

UMD BATS Team is looking to hire one summer intern to perform several literature reviews and run bat echolocation calls through an echolocation software program using a novel approach. Some work can be done remotely while some work will be done in the lab during normal working hours. The intern will be fully trained and be responsible for getting to/from campus.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you can earn a great skillset highly desired by employers and may be able to fulfill your internship requirement. Please submit questions to
shannonp@umd.edu and/or your academic advisor. Please apply to Shannon Pederson by sending your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to shannonp@umd.edu by June 21st. Training and equipment will be provided.
Internship - Fall 2018
Department of Justice - Environment and Natural Resources Division

This office requires a 30-hour week commitment but it can be for half of the semester (6-8 weeks). Deadline is July 1 (but sooner the better!)

The Environmental Enforcement Section is one of the largest litigating Sections in the Department and includes nearly one-half of the Division's lawyers. The Section is responsible for bringing civil judicial actions under most federal laws enacted to protect public health and the environment from the adverse effects of pollution, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water

Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, RCRA and the Superfund law (CERCLA). The breadth of the Section's practice is extensive and challenging. It includes cases of national scope, such as cases against multiple members of an identified industry, to obtain broad compliance with the environmental laws. Through its enforcement of the Superfund law, the Section seeks to compel responsible parties either to clean up hazardous waste sites or to reimburse the United States for the cost of cleanup, thereby ensuring that they, and not the public, bear the burden of paying for cleanup. The Superfund law is also a basis of the Section's actions to recover damages for injury to natural resources that are under the trusteeship of federal agencies.

Under the "Undergraduate" Program, the interns are usually assigned to supervisory paralegals, in some sections the intern is assigned directly to an attorney. It is the responsibility of that paralegal/attorney to assign the work. Sometimes, other attorneys approach the intern directly with assignments too. It could include working on trial exhibits, putting trial notebooks together, redacting information, preparing privilege logs, inserting information into databases, minor research, participating in mock trials, attending brown bags, proofreading documents, reconciling records, filing, copying, faxing, and the like. No one can predict what one will be doing on a daily basis because it depends on the posture of the case what the assignments will involve. We check in with the undergrads frequently to see what they are working on and to make sure that they understand their assignments.

We ask for a minimum 6-8 week commitment, with a minimum of 3 days per week. All internships are unpaid, and housing is not provided.

The Application Process:
It’s a two step process. The first step is all potential interns must answer the following questions before we can send out the paperwork:

1. Full Name (including middle)
2. Date of Birth
3. Place of Birth (City, State, Country)
4. SSN
5. Reliable Mailing Address
6. Reliable e-mail address
7. Reliable phone number

In addition, Volunteer legal interns must be US citizens. If the applicant is a dual citizen, they should be prepared to fill out additional paperwork regarding the dual citizenship.

Volunteer legal intern applicants must complete a background check. The screening will specifically inquire into an applicant’s police record, payment of taxes, issues of indebtedness, and drug use, specifically within the last year. There are a number of things that have resulted in recent applicants’ security clearance being delayed or denied. Here are the top four:

1. Drug Use. Certainly admitted illegal drug use – even in states where marijuana is legal –can be problematic for securing a federal government position, even one that’s a volunteer position.
2. Failure to pay taxes.
3. Defaulting on student loans.
4. Residency Requirement. There have been several recent candidates who have spent considerable time living abroad. (E.g., travel, study aboard, work abroad, visiting family).

Candidates must have lived in the US for 36 of the last 60 months (non-consecutive is fine). There are very narrow exceptions (e.g., US military or diplomatic service).

Answers to the 7 questions, a resume and a writing sample should be sent to gavin.hilgemeier2@usdoj.gov.

The second step is a security background check. The background check paperwork is sent out about 10-12 weeks before the semester begins. This means prospective interns have approximately 2 weeks to fill out the paperwork, get fingerprints etc., as the clearance process takes 6-8 weeks. During that 6-8 week period if all is well the applicant, and this office, will hear nothing from the vetting officials. This is normal, do not be concerned.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Job Available
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN)

CCAN has a job available that may be appropriate for some recent graduates or alumni. It's a field coordinator position in Maryland.

To view the job description and to apply:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2018 paid summer internship
Clean Water Action

Clean Water Action is accepting applications for their 2018 paid summer internship program. Clean Water Action’s internship provides motivated and talented individuals an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in politics, communications, and advocacy.


Interns will work alongside our full-time professional outreach team to inform and activate the public about our national and state campaigns to protect clean water, fight climate change, expose the impacts of oil and gas production, find safe alternatives to toxic chemicals, and more. In 2018, our teams will be focused on holding our Congressional representatives accountable to help win victories for our water, health, and communities.

Anyone can apply for a summer internship today. Please contact your local office with any questions.

Columbia’s M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy Comes to D.C.

Columbia University’s M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy is visiting Washington D.C. this month.

Ranked among the top 5 in U.S. News Rankings for Environmental Policy programs in the country, the program combines the sustainability expertise of The Earth Institute with the excellence of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. It is a unique one-year program, with a curriculum that blends basic applied environmental science, policy analysis and management, and which emphasizes practical professional skills.

Students are invited to speak with them and learn more about the program at the following opportunities:
Early Decision deadline for 2019 is November 1, 2018.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sustainable Development Internships
World Resources Institute

Sustainable Development Internships with P4G

The program at the World Resources Institute, Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) <https://p4gpartnerships.org/> is hiring two paid interns for the next 3-6 months!

Please see the job posting links for more information and to apply:

- *Engagement Internship* <
- *Partnerships Internship <

Friday, June 1, 2018

Paid Internship
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is now hiring a Maryland Fisheries Science Intern (paid).

Deadline to apply is June 8.  To read more about the position and to apply, visit:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Citizens' Climate Conference and Climate Policy Camp in Washington, DC

Citizens' Climate International Conference and Lobby Day
June 10-12, 2018 in Washington DC
Join over 1,000 climate advocates this June in Washington DC at the
Citizens' Climate International Conference and Lobby Day. This "life changing, inspiring, and empowering" event features keynote speakers, training on climate change communication, and the chance to meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to talk about climate solutions. CCL is providing scholarships for students to attend the conference. Please use code STUDENT to register with student discount. Registration ends May 25th.

Advanced Climate Policy Camp
June 6-8, 2018 American University
Advanced Climate Policy Camp will prepare climate advocates to answer the complicated policy questions which sometimes arise while advocating for climate solutions. Attendees will leave with an increased understanding of the more technical aspects of greenhouse gas mitigation policy, an enhanced ability to make strategic advocacy decisions, and the expertise to serve as a resource for their local group of climate advocates. Lodging is at American University and included in registration fee. Visit the website for more details and to register.
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Internship Opportunity
Rock Creek Park

For recent grads looking for a post-grad internship!  Rock Creek Park is currently hiring an intern to serve as an Outreach Coordinator in Washington, DC.  Start date - ASAP!

To learn more and to apply, visit:  http://chwacesu.al.umces.edu/outreach-coordinator-rock-creek-park-internship/