"Attention has focused on oil insecurity, and rightly so, but it is not the same as food insecurity. An empty gas tank is one thing, an empty stomach another. And while there are substitutes for oil, there are none for food." –Lester R. Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
Earth Policy Institute is looking for hard-working researchers to help analyze a broad range of environmental and economic issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Responsibilities will include tracking down and compiling data, literature searches, and manuscript review.
A successful candidate will have a background in the sciences, knowledge of and interest in global environmental issues, excellent research ability, and dedication to building an environmentally sustainable economy. Strong organizational, writing, and analytical skills; computer proficiency (particularly MS Excel); and an exemplary academic record are also important qualifications. Previous coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and economics is preferred.
We are looking to for candidates available to join us in Washington, DC for a 3 to 6 month term, with possibility for extension. Preference will be given to candidates able to work full time (40 hours per week). Current undergraduate or graduate students interested in part time internships or volunteer positions (at least 10 hours per week) are also encouraged to apply. Please note time availability in the cover letter. Course credit or stipend can be arranged, dependent on experience and responsibilities.
About Earth Policy Institute:
Earth Policy Institute (EPI) is an independent environmental research organization based in Washington, DC. EPI strives to provide interdisciplinary analysis and information to policy makers and the public through its print and on-line publications. Research areas include climate and energy, food and agriculture, biological diversity, fisheries and forestry, population, cities and transportation, and economic policy. Additional information on the institute’s activities and publications is available at http://www.earthpolicy.org.
The application consists of a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a short writing sample (not exceeding 4 pages). College transcripts will be requested from final candidates and may be submitted with the initial application.
Please send via e-mail to:
jobs (at) earth-policy (dot) org
(Please use "Research Intern" as the e-mail subject line.
MS Word or PDF documents only, or paste in the body of e-mail.)
Or via post to:
Earth Policy Institute
1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Ste. 403
Washington, DC 20036
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we receive, you will be contacted only if selected for an interview. No phone calls please. Earth Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
Intern responsibilities may include:
- identifying and tracking environmental trends,
- following scientific literature,
- collecting, analyzing, and organizing data and information,
- reviewing and fact-checking manuscripts,
- contributing to institutional outreach efforts.
The successful candidate will possess the following characteristics:
- background and interest in environmental issues,
- computer proficiency (MS Office, especially MS Excel),
- strong research skills (computer and library),
- acute attention to detail,
- ability to analyze issues across a variety of disciplines,
- innovative thinking,
- solid writing ability,
- willingness to learn new concepts and skills, and
- capacity to work independently with minimal supervision and also as a productive member of a small team.