International environmental science internships is a progressive field that includes hands on project management of a wide range of environmental initiatives and activities. In your internship, you could have the opportunity to reach out to individuals, media outlets, organizations, and decision-makers to build visibility and gain their support for various environmental causes. Take a look at our sample list of placements to get a good idea of what our environmental internship entail, and what kind of an adventure you could be having.
Environmental Management Policy Institute in the Blue Mountains
This is an environmental internship with a world heritage institute that focuses on issues of national park environmental management. This organization is attached to Australia's largest university and hosts a range of research projects specifically identifying, initiating, and coordinating a wide range of environmental research. The research will be specifically on climate change and environmental policy. Their main goal is to drive improved conservation, community, and sponsor engagement. Three major concepts that the firm focuses on include: coping with climate change, healthy ecosystems and communities, and effective buffer zone.
Ideal Candidate: Environmental studies or sciences major with strong research and writing skills. Suitable for someone seeking policy experience and interest in Environmental politics areas. An intern will join their research team and assist in various tasks related to grant writing and organizational management.
Environmental Business Practice in Sydney
Founded over 20 years ago, this company began its journey on raising awareness on the role of environment management industry. It has since been appointed a global network partner for sustainable development, become a founding partner in the establishment of the Australian Business and Biodiversity Initiative, and numerous other environmental advocacy actions.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have background in policy writing and sustainable solutions. Candidates will be expected to conduct research and draft reports to be developed in discussion.
Research Assistant in the Blue Mountains
This Research Based position can work on any number of projects that may be running. Depending on season, various opportunities occur, which could range from soil sampling to lyrebird observation.
Ideal Candidate: Ideal candidate should be prepared to spend the majority of the time in the bush without access to many amenities they may be accustomed to. Candidate must be comfortable with this and have done this kind of work previously. Position is also located about 100km outside of Sydney, so there would be minimal interaction with other interns.
Field Intern at Ecology Research Lab
This ecology lab focuses on research that explores the interaction between benthic ecosystems and human development. The research has led to major advances in understanding how key human activities, such as coastal development, pollution and climate change, interact to influence marine biodiversity and its important socio-economic values. They use manipulative field experiments to investigate effects of global and local change, often producing results that could not have been predicted using theoretical or modelling approaches. Sample tasks may include: actively performing fieldwork, and supporting research projects such as invasive species, ecosystems and foodwebs.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a background or interest in environmental science, biology, ecology, or conservation. An interest in marine science is helpful.
University Environmental Department
In this life scences and geology based internship, intern will use lab equipment. He/she will also get Lab time, do data analysis, go on the occasional field trip. Perform geo-chemical analysis of soils. Geology focused.
Ideal Candidate: Experience in the Chemical field. Proactive and hard-working. Needs to be well organized and prepared. Will learn to operate x-ray machines and other laboratory equipment.
Conservation Organization Internship in New South Wales
This non-profit, non-government organisation represents more than 120 community environment groups across NSW. It has a strong reputation for leading effective action and influencing the direction of environment protection in NSW. The organization strives to achieve an ecologically sustainable society through advocacy, education, research and community empowerment. This organization is dedicated to protecting and conserving NSW’s wildlife, landscapes and natural resources and believes that biodiversity is at the heart of addressing some of our greatest challenges, from climate change and water shortages, to dealing with natural disasters, improving human health and building a sustainable society. The goal of this organization is to conserve the environment of NSW. Specifically, this organization aims to conserve and protect: -the diversity of living plants and animals in NSW, especially rare and threatened species; -NSW’s unique ecosystems, from the western arid lands to the eastern coastline; and -the environmental quality of NSW’s land, air, urban environment, waterways and adjacent sea. Intern responsibilities could vary from project staff support, campaign assistance to environmental research.
Ideal Candidate: The work would suit environmental science/studies student and graduates with an interest in environmental issues
Environmental Policy Intern
This environmental science internship placement is with an environmental law firm that works with Aboriginal people in Sydney and along the East Coast to protect their environment. They are looking for an intern to assist in developing new funding models for conservation lands. Tasks may include: *Undertake financial analysis *Identify costs and environmental externalities of a sand-mining enterprise, and any net profit and/or loss. *Develop concepts in a feasibility study that will draw investment from both government and non-government parties. *Identify and work within cultural, environmental, and financial constraints.
Ideal Candidate: 1. Be self-‐motivated, eager to learn and work independently and with others to resolve particular issues at hand. Interns will not be closely supervised and will be expected to proactively problem solve and undertake their own research to address the issues involved in the projects; 2. Work cooperatively with other staff volunteers 3. Undertake tasks in a manner that enhances the reputation of our firm 4. Multi-‐task effectively and adapt to priorities as they arise.
Coastal Environmental Advocacy Internship
This Government run advocacy and community resource center is responsible for maintaining an environmental sustainable community development in the Sydney suburb of Manly Beach. Interns with a background in environmental policy and community development will obtain firsthand experience with the interaction between private business and local government in sustainable practices.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a background and passion for environmental sustainability and responsible building.
International Environmental Advocacy
This international environmental organization is based in Washington,D.C. with branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuhan. Founded in 1996 by a group of scientists and professionals concerned with China's environmental problems, the company aims to ensure a healthy global environment and continued economic development by helping China solve its environmental problems. Interns conduct research on environmental issues related to China, contribute to research papers and reports, and attend some seminars/meetings, etc. in town and submit summary reports from these events.
Ideal Candidate: Public Policy, International Relations, or Environmental Advocacy majors with research and advanced writing skills should apply.
Green Building Policy Intern
The Green Building Policy Intern will support this organization's policy database by assisting the technical conversion of policy data to new database, ensuring the accuracy of existing data and researching additional green building policies throughout the world. This policy data is a vital resource to this organization's advocacy efforts and will help green building councils around the world communicate the market uptake of green buildings. The Green Building Policy Internship experience will impart valuable research skills and knowledge of policy making at all levels of government. Please note that this is an unpaid position and intern must be eligible to receive academic credit. After completing the program, the intern will be able to: Demonstrate experience in non-profit workplace and sector Clearly express concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy More fully understand the benefits of green building and operations practices Demonstrate practical experience in structuring research results in a format and style that is accessible to a general audience Synthesize project data, surveys and qualitative data into a cohesive picture of the green building movement Internship details include: Assist in the conversion of policy data to new database Ensure the accuracy of existing policy data Develop materials and resources that communicate successful green building policies Categorize types of green building policies as models for other communities Project manage the collection of global policy data Coordinate with other national green building councils around the world Synthesize and analyze global green building policies Support this organizations global policy related coalitions and partnerships
Ideal Candidate: Experience in Microsoft Office required, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator strongly preferred Experience in Adobe Suite preferred, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator Web management and HTML experience highly preferred Database management experience highly preferred Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
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