2022 Summer Internship Opportunities at the Earth Institute

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2022 Summer Internship Opportunities at the Earth Institute

The Earth Institute offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students internship opportunities in various departments and research centers in a variety of administrative, communications, and research roles. Interns work on a variety of sustainability-focused projects across the Earth Institute. These projects provide interns with hands-on experience in the workplace, allowing them to grow professionally while Earth Institute centers benefit from their meaningful contributions.

Summer 2022 positions include:

  1. A web dashboard for a microbial observatory
  2. Post-Disaster Economic and Housing Recovery in the Context of COVID-19
  3. Vulnerable coastal ecosystems and communities
  4. Project Management: Urban Wildlife Information Network in New York
  5. The Effectiveness of Wildfire Policy in the American West
  6. Climate impacts on conservation, development and urban issues
  7. Resilient Coastal Communities Project

Complete it online application by May 9 at 11:30 p.m. ET. Although you can apply for more than one position, you must submit separate applications for each.

All internships are funded at $21 per hour (a maximum of 260 hours) for the summer.

Students selected for a position will be required to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Showcase in the spring of 2023.

Contact David Morales-Miranda ([email protected]) if you have any questions.


1. A Web Dashboard for a Microbial Observatory

Department: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Desired student: Undergraduate/Graduate/PhD

Planned tasks: The intern will co-design a web-based tool for data visualization and display with PI and colleagues in Kotzebue, Alaska. The intern will develop the required HTML code and participate in Zoom conversations with members of the Kotzebue community to get feedback on the design and implementation of the website.

Required Skills : The intern should be familiar with HTML programming and the skills needed to develop web pages.

REMARK: this internship will only be funded for 120 hours during the summer.


2. Post-disaster economic and housing recovery in the context of COVID-19

Department: National Disaster Preparedness Center

Desired student: Undergraduate/Graduate/PhD

Planned tasks: Assist in the development of training curricula for instructor-led and online trainings on housing and economic recovery as well as mass sheltering and pandemic planning and assist in preparedness an application-based federal grant proposal. The intern will also verify and update training materials, including presentations and guides, and assist in the analysis of assessment data for instructor-led and online trainings.

Required Skills : The intern should have strong organizational skills and excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with R or Tableau an asset. The intern should have grant writing experience and some familiarity with emergency management, including FEMA laws and regulations and FEMA/SBA/HUD disaster relief programs.


3. Vulnerable coastal ecosystems and communities

Department: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Desired student: Undergraduate/Graduate/PhD

Planned tasks: The intern will contribute to improving the understanding of the impact of human activities, policy regulation and episodic events on biogeochemical and ecological processes in vulnerable coastal systems. The intern will develop web content/social media content relevant to this project, including blogs and essays relevant to the project results. The intern will also interview project participants, collaborators and stakeholders and assist in the development of short videos/recordings explaining measurement protocols.

Required Skills : The trainee must possess critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as a solid experience and interest in environmental sciences. Experience with various social media and communication platforms (eg YouTube, Twitter, Instagram).


4. Project Management: Urban Wildlife Information Network in New York

Department: Ecology, evolution and environmental biology

Desired student: First cycle

Planned tasks: The intern will manage a project to explore patterns of wildlife occurrence across an urbanization gradient using camera traps (in partnership with the Urban Wildlife Information Network). The intern will coordinate UWIN project logistics, which may involve one or more of the following: i) research permit applications, ii) fieldwork planning and general logistics, iii) maintaining communications with UWIN partners. The intern will also engage with high school students involved in the project, including planning events, meetings and providing general administrative support.

Required Skills : The student should be proficient in MS Word and Excel. Requires experience in website design and social media content production, as well as strong communication and writing skills.


5. The Effectiveness of Wildfire Policy in the American West

Department: Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development

Desired student: Undergraduate/Graduate/PhD

Planned tasks: The student will conduct extensive research on the Internet to catalog existing wildfire policies in the American West. For each policy, the intern will coordinate and schedule interviews and manage interview transcripts, funding data, and policy information through spreadsheets. The intern will also conduct a literature review of existing wildfire policy research, build a library, and summarize key findings from each article.

Required Skills : The intern should have some knowledge of wildfire and/or western American fire politics and be comfortable using spreadsheets to track policies, names, dates, and financial figures. Experience using Zotero (or willingness to learn) for citation management). Experience in conducting literature reviews, primarily through library searches and writing short summaries of key articles.


6. Climate impacts on conservation, development and urban issues

department: Climate Systems Research Center

Desired student: Undergraduate/Graduate/PhD

Planned tasks: The intern will manage and coordinate the production of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) assessment report on climate change and cities. Set up and manage webinars and publicize events in newsletters, climate websites to support climate impacts webinars. The intern will also contact, communicate and organize meetings for the teams of authors working on the UCCRN assessment report on climate change and cities and manage and monitor project activities and the progress of conservation projects and development on adaptation.

Required Skills : The student should possess attention to detail, effective communication, strong organizational skills and proficiency in Microsoft Excel.


7. Resilient Coastal Communities Project

Department: Sustainable Urban Development Center

Desired student: Undergraduate/Graduate/PhD

Planned tasks: The intern will work with the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance to explore how to make coastal resilience planning more equitable and inclusive. The intern will support work with students and educators from underrepresented communities who will join this project over the summer as part of NSF’s “Connecting Climate to Communities”. The intern will help organize a series of fall conferences over the summer (ie suggest people to invite, get confirmations, etc.).

Required Skills : The student should have excellent communication, organizational and people skills and an interest/knowledge of coastal resilience, planning and environmental justice. Spanish language a plus.


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