Monday, February 27, 2017

Sustainability Fellowship
Summer to Fall 2017

Meister Consultants Group, is accepting applications for paid Sustainability Fellowship and a Research Internship positions beginning this summer. It's a great way to try out environmental  consulting and can lead to a more permanent job opportunity in Boston. Most of our clients are in the public sector - city governments, state and federal agencies, and international development organizations - and our work focuses on policy and program design, strategy development, stakeholder engagement, and implementation around renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Position announcement:
MCG is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2017 Sustainability Fellowship Program. Instructions on how to submit an application are provided below. MCG will be accepting applications until March 10, 2017.

MCG’s Sustainability Fellowship Program provides Masters-level students and recent graduates with advanced degrees with an opportunity to increase knowledge and gain work experience by actively contributing to MCG’s,ustainability consulting projects. Twice a year, MCG recruits up to two,Fellows to work in the downtown Boston office for a period of six to nine months. Fellows serve as full-time or part-time junior staff members at MCG, providing research and other support to senior staff on a wide range,of projects within MCG's key expertise areas,<http://www.mc-group.com/work/#expertise>. MCG’s projects often include policy and market analysis, barriers and opportunities assessment, best practices for policy development and program design, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, and quantitative analysis and database management.
Job openings
Climate Policy Initiative

For soon-to-be-grads!  Climate Policy Initiative is hiring for many positions, including but not limited to:
  • Energy Finance Consultant
  • Analyst, Climate Finance
  • Intern, Climate Finance
To view more positions and to apply, click HERE.


Summer 2017 course
ANTH298E - Anthropological Approaches to Sustainable Development


Are you interested in issues of sustainable development and culture?

Announcing the University of Maryland Summer Session I Course:
ANTH 298E: Anthropological Approaches to Sustainable Development

This is a CORE course counting toward SB: Behavioral and Social Sciences; it also counts as a Social and Human Dimensions elective for the Sustainability Studies Minor.

This is an ON-LINE COURSE. Students do not need to be on campus to take this course.

Course Description:
This course is an introduction to anthropological approaches to sustainable development. The material will cover an overview of the history of sustainable development, major development and environmental theories, and development strategies as they relate to an anthropological concern for an integrated, holistic, comparative, and humane approach to sustainable development. We will examine the relationship between social well-being and the conservation of natural resources, and we will take a critical approach to common assumptions about this relationship. We will also look at practical applications of an anthropological approach to project methodology. The overall aim of this course is to engender a more context-based and culturally aware approach to sustainable development.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Melissa Stevens at melissa.stevens7@gmail.com.
Full-time job opportunity
Crew Leaders - Montgomery County Conservation Corps

Great opportunity or soon-to-be grads!

The Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC) is looking for a Crew Leader. The Crew Leader is responsible for ensuring the regular, reliable, and professional field-based implementation of conservation service projects while ensuring the training, safety, and quality work performance of Corps members. The Crew Leader implements a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach by seizing opportunities to enhance teamwork, self-confidence, problem solving, conflict resolution, trust, and leadership among Corps participants. The Crew Leader oversees the crew of Corps members in the field, interacts with the public and organization staff, and maintains the integrity of the MCCC program by always demonstrating reliable and professional behavior.

See entire job description
here

Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 Internships - National Parks


The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the “clearinghouse” for 500+ internships in the National Parks as well as other federal and/or non-profit agencies.    Even more exciting: The SCA wants students from ALL years (freshman summer  through college graduates) and from all majors and programs, including biology, business, geology, history, wildlife, education, anthropology, geography, and more!

Many SCA summer internships are in the visitor services/visitor education divisions; however, if you apply early and are willing to be flexible with locations, you could secure some of the relatively fewer and highly-sought-after internships in wildlife management or national seashores.   Interns receive housing, uniforms, training, and a refund on their travel to/from their placement.  They also receive a small weekly stipend and an AmeriCorps grant at summer’s end.  They even help you prepare a competitive application.  The SCA does have a one-time application fee of $25.

Examples of 2016 DC-area internships include:

  • Potomac Riverkeeper Events Coordinator -- Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Organize and execute paddling and educational events related to the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Draft content for event-related interpretive programs.
  • Bike Outreach Intern -- George Washington Memorial Parkway. Work as part of the parkway’s bike ambassador team. Work includes public outreach activities, trail patrols, monitor the trail conditions, engage visitors in safety and etiquette standards along the trail.
  • Rare Plant and Vegetation Management Intern -- C&O Canal National Historic Park. Identify and manage invasive plant species, monitor and map new and existing species, and plant native species.
  • Civil Engineer Intern -- George Washington Memorial Parkway. Document conditions of assets and landscapes in field reports. Collect data and update the wayfinding inventory. Assist in development of designs and plan packages for infrastructure improvement projects.
  • Visitor Services Intern -- Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge. Support the Visitor Services program, including special events, interpretation, and manning the refuge visitor contact station.
  • Community Crew Leaders -- Co-lead, mentor and coach a crew of ten students, ages 15-19, for programs in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. Complete various conservation service projects designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. Projects run for six weeks during the summer, and include a range of activities such as trail and park maintenance, habitat restoration, and invasive plant removal at parks throughout the Washington, D.C. area, including Fort DuPont Park, Rock Creek Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and parks across Montgomery County. Past park locations in Baltimore include Clifton Park, Herring Run, Leakin Park and Real Food Farms.  Must be at least 21 to qualify for this position.

UMD students have also interned at:  Shenandoah NP (VA), Acadia National Park (ME), Everglades (FL), Cascades National Park (WA), Yosemite (CA), and national forests across the country (AK, NH, UT).

Applications are accepted until late-April for summer internships but you'll have less to choose from.  For more information, go to www.thesca.org > Serve > Young Adult Programs.
Applications open -- apply by 4/14
Chesapeake Conservation Corps

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is soliciting applicants for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program. Each year, the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofit or government agencies to work full-time in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region. Participants receive hands-on green job and leadership experience through on-the-ground experience leading and assisting with projects and programs for their host sites, extensive trainings hosted by the Trust and other service-learning opportunities including grant writing and project management. This initiative is supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland.


The purpose of the Corps Program is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and green training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others. Corps members will work full-time on projects and programs in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that will promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment as well as provide young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017. To find the application go to https://cbtrust.org/prospective/.

Applications must be submitted by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Baker, tbaker@cbtrust.org or 410-974-2941, ext. 102.

Graduating in May?

Post-Graduate Internships 


Post-graduate internships are a great way to build experience if you didn't have time to do so in college; and a great way to continue exploring your career options before "settling down." An undergraduate degree is required for these internships and/or the positions are full time and/or last for longer than a summer.  Go to the organizational webpage to get specifics on deadlines and requirements.



Are you a December 2017 grad?  Consider these:

Apply by March 3
Teach for America

In the United States, just 1 in 4 fourth graders from low-income backgrounds are proficient in math, and just 1 in 6 are proficient in science. By 2018, eight million STEM jobs will be available in the US,but the vast majority of US students will be unprepared to fill them.

To combat this, Teach For America and the Amgen Foundation launched the STEM Initiative in 2006, announcing our commitment to empowering all students with a great STEM education. Today, Teach For America is one of the largest—and most diverse—providers of STEM teachers in the country.  Approximately 3,500 of our corps members teach an elementary or secondary STEM subject.

Launch a career of impact. Join Teach For America, including nearly 7000 current corps members and over 50,000 alumni, in our fight to make excellent education a reality for all.

Sign up here to meet with UMD’s campus recruiter Cidney King to learn more about how you can make an impact with TFA. Meetings are on campus in STAMP (2nd floor cafĂ©). If you don’t see times that work for you, email Cidney.King@teachforamerica.org to set up a phone meeting.

FINAL Application Deadline for the 2017 corps (Seniors) and Next Deadline for the 2018 corps (for 2018 graduates): Friday, March 3, 2017

Take the first step towards a career of impact and apply today.  To learn more, visit www.teachforamerica.org.   All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits. Federal student loans deferred. 50,000+ alumni network.
LSAT Prep Course Opportunity

We all know how important the LSAT is in law school admissions.   For many, it's just being worried about well you'll do or how much you don't like standardized testing. But for many others, it starts with the concern over how they will prepare for the test, especially if the cost of LSAT preparation is daunting...we know a basic in-class prep course can easily approach $1400-$1500.

With resources from Letters and Sciences/Pre-Law Advising, and some generous assitance from Kaplan, UMD is able to run a 15 person, full-length, in-person LSAT course at a cost to you of $200. 

Here's how it works.
1. An application is currently available at http://.prelaw.umd.edu/LSATaward.html
2. Applications are to be submitted electronically and are due by midnight, March 3rd.
3. Make sure to write a thoughtful essay response about your interest in law school, as well as information about your personal/financial circumstances that makes this opportunity particularly appealing to you.
4. A committee will review applications and announce 15 recipients of this Award - personal/financial circumstances are strongly taken into consideration.
5. The course will start the Tuesday after we get back from Spring Break, Tuesday, March 28th. It will be for 5 weeks on Tuesday and Thursdays evenings, likely from 5-9 or 6-10 at a location on campus. It includes 7 in-class sessions and 3 diagnostic exams. All books and additional materials are also provided at no cost.
6. This is intended for students planning to take the exam in either June or September of 2017 and is also designed for current undergraduate students.
7. If selected, you will be required to make a payment of $200 and commit to full participation in the class. 

If you have questions or want to learn more, contact Gregory Shaffer, Esq. (
gshaffer@umd.edu)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Summer Research Experiences (REU's)

NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are excellent opportunities for highly qualified students who want to explore a career in science research. Typically, REU sites select 8-12 students from across the country; and provide housing, social activities, and a $5,000+ stipend.

Application deadlines fall between February 1 - March 15 (they vary by institution) and require a personal statement, resume, and 1-2 faculty recommendations. Successful applicants generally have a 3.25+ GPA and previous research experience or a significant internship.

Start planning in late Fall of junior year to take best advantage of these opportunities. Most participants are rising seniors; however, sophomores and new graduates may be eligible in some cases. You can explore the full list of REU sites here.
Morgan State University 
PEARL - Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Center


Apply by March 1

The
Internship Program at the Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) offers undergraduate and recently graduated college students unique hands-on experiences in an environmental research setting. Interns will gain first-hand experience and knowledge of field and laboratory research and project design.

During the internship, each student will develop a research project under the guidance and supervision of a PEARL faculty research scientist, and present the findings in a mini-symposium at the end of the summer.

This program is open to all undergraduate students and those who recently graduated. You do not have to be a US citizen to apply, but you do need to have a social security number. Stipends are available for most interns.
Go here for more information then complete the online application here (scroll down).
The AGNR 2017 AgI2C Undergraduate Ideation Competition

For students enrolled in an AGNR concentration

Have a bright and innovative idea for a new agriculture and natural resource business? Register a team on or before March 10, 2017 for AGNR’s 2017 AgI2C Undergraduate Ideation Competition at the website agnr.umd.edu/AgI2C, Agriculture Innovation to Commercialization. Also see the attached poster. There’s information on the website about the competition and its awards, eligibility, and schedule. There are contacts who can help you in each Department and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The AGNR 2017 AgI2C Undergraduate Ideation Competition concludes on April 19 with oral and visual presentations to a panel of judges. The invited judges are with AGNR, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship in the Smith School of Business, the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and businesses. 

Awards
Undergraduate teams will compete for the following awards:
  • 1st Place: $500
  • 2nd Place: $350
  • 3rd Place: $250
  • Best Visual Aid: $200
  • Best Oral Presentation: $200
 
Eligibility
The AgI2C Competition is open to teams of students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree or lower-division certificate program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Each team must have two or more members, with at least one of them—preferably the lead member—currently enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) or the Department of Entomology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS).
 
F​or additional contest information, go to ​http://agnr.umd.edu/agi2c/ideation-competition

Walter Sondheim, Jr.

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Apply by - March 1 (priority deadline)


The Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program offers paid summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending Maryland institutions. Participating interns work for ten weeks full-time while participating in bi-weekly seminars in nonprofit management.  Each participating student receives a $3,000 stipend.

For more information about the program and its application requirements, go here.

GOVERNOR'S SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Apply by -- March 1 (priority deadline)

The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within MD State Government while earning a $3,000 stipend.  For 10 weeks, interns:
  • Work in state government agencies on substantive projects, including drafting speeches and correspondence, tracking legislation, attending hearings, assisting with constituent case work, and researching policy options.  
  • Participate in seminars with top Maryland officials and make site visits to State facilities.  
  • Develop policy papers on a significant issue facing Maryland (e.g. the Chesapeake Bay, crime, care for the elderly) and present their findings in person to the Governor.

MD Dept of Transportation (MDOT) Internship

Apply by -- March 1 (priority deadline)

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Internship Program is designed to introduce Maryland’s most promising college students to the rewards and challenges of working within Maryland’s integrated transportation system.  Interns can gain experience in policy development, marketing, international relations, computer networking, engineering, planning and financing, public relations, and neighborhood conservation.  Placement opportunities are available at the MD Aviation Administration, MD Port Administration, MD Transit Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, MD State Highway Administration, Transportation Authority, or The Secretary’s Office. Participating student earn $3,500 during 8 weeks this summer.  Go here for more information and application requirements.