Thursday, March 26, 2015

Student Internships and Research Opportunities

Students, the summer is fast approaching. Are you in need of an internship or research opportunities? Continue reading to learn more about the following:

  • FoodCorps DC
  • DGS Resource Conservation Summer Practicum
  • Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grants
  • Wilson Center Call for Papers: 2015 Graduate Student Paper Competition on Reducing Urban Poverty
  • DC Greens 2015 FVRx Nutrition Internship
  • Beijing Normal University: Summer Institute for Disaster and Risk Recovery
  • The Borgen Project: Political Affairs Internship and Writer Internship

FoodCorps DC

 Are you passionate about agriculture, education, food, health, and kids? Then we want you to join FoodCorps!
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Through our partnership with AmeriCorps, we recruit, train and place emerging leaders into limited-resource schools for a year of service implementing our three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids. Our service members collaborate with teachers, farmers, food service staff, and community leaders to provide: 
·         Knowledge: food and nutrition education that gives kids the information they need to make smart choices
·         Engagement: hands-on activities like gardening and cooking that foster skills and pride around healthy food
·         Access: lunch trays filled with nutritious meals from local farms

In exchange, our service members receive a $17,500 living stipend paid out biweekly, a $5,730 education award, health insurance, and boundless professional development opportunities. 

We currently have 13 positions available at 8 different sites in the D.C. area and are hoping that more D.C. residents will apply to serve here, but you are also welcome to apply to serve in our other 16 states: AZ, AR, CA, CT, GA, HI, IA, MA, ME, MI, MT, MS, NJ, NM, NYC, NC, OR.

FoodCorps is creating a future in which all of our nation's children--regardless of class, race, or geography--know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. Through our work, future generations will grow up to lead healthier and more productive lives. The application deadline is March 31. Apply here!  

DGS Resource Conservation Summer Practicum
 The foremost objective of this position is to act as a primary outreach worker for the Sustainability and Energy Division, District of Columbia Department of General Services (DGS) Resource Conservation and Organic-Waste Management Program in support of summer meals programs run by the DC Parks Department and the DC Office on Aging. Practicum serves as a vehicle to personally integrate what you have learned in your undergraduate/graduate coursework, projects, internships, or previous employment by providing you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to apply what you have learned in a situation that approximates some aspects of post-graduate and professional activities in which you intend to engage. 

By the end of the practicum you will have demonstrated your ability to: 
•       Create and execute a work plan that leads to social innovation in the area of resource conservation and organics waste management as part of the District’s overall urban sustainability efforts. 
•       Develop an understanding of the complex relationship between business, community, government, the natural environment, and the District’s overall sustainability efforts. 
•       Utilize internal/external resources and advisors to help improve food distribution and recovery efforts, as well as overall waste management practices at the generation source. 
•       Produce a resume-worthy accomplishment. 

Duties include, but are not limited to: 
•       Conduct a facility needs assessment for all assigned locations to help identify areas of need and potential program opportunities. 
•       Work with the DGS and tenant agency staff to design and establish a food recovery, resource conservations and waste minimization customized plan for each site. 
•       Strengthen stakeholder relationships by assisting with the development of trainings and collaborative meetings and/or workgroup sessions, follow up on issues, and act as a liaison between DGS program personnel and tenant agency staff during the duration of the DC government summer meals program.
•       Monitor sites for program compliance by developing and executing a site visit schedule and maintaining site visit records.
•       Review meals program data and waste management practices and reports on findings. 
•       Ensure the careful and efficient use of all organizational resources (funds, food, supplies, equipment, time, etc.) in a manner consistent with District policies.
•       Communicate all deficiencies and non-conformities in areas related to food service/meal packaging, distribution, and disposal issues to the DGS Resource Conservation and Waste Management Technical Representative.
•       Determine best practices to improve the efficiency and quality of the summer meal program and waste minimization efforts.
•       Present finding and recommendations at the end of the program. 

•       Currently enrolled in college degree program, completed college degree program, or equivalent work experience.
•       Relevant field experience on recycling, meals programs, waste, recycling and composting.
•       General understanding of field inspections, codes, ordinances, regulations or statutes.
•       Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
•       Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
•       Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
•       A self-starter with the ability to work well both independently and within a team.
•       Ability and willingness to communicate with diverse audiences.
•       Proficiency in Microsoft Office
•       Knowledge of the Washington D.C. Metro Area preferred. 
•       Willingness to submit to criminal background check. 
•       Must have valid driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle or access to public transportation throughout employment. 

Timing: The practicum is for a period not-to-exceed eighteen (18) weeks running from May 15, 2015 through September 15, 2015. 

Compensation: $25-$30 per hours (maximum 30 hours per week) or $13,500- $16,200 depending on experience for a maximum of eighteen weeks.

To Apply: Interested Candidates should submit resume, cover letter, and references to Susan Riley, DC Department of General Services Energy - Sustainability Division by email to using the the subject line: Resource Conservation Summer Practicum. For more information call (202) 442-9746.

Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grants
 Northeast SARE offers competitive grants to graduate students who are doing research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Proposals should address issues of current or potential importance to Northeast farmers, agricultural researchers, and farm support professionals such as staff of NRCS, Cooperative Extension, and nonprofit organizations that serve the farm community.

Projects can run up to two years and address a wide range of topics in sustainable agriculture. Awards are capped at $15,000. The application deadline is midnight, Tuesday May 12 for awards in August.

Wilson Center Call for Papers: 2015 Graduate Student Paper Competition on Reducing Urban Poverty

To encourage a new generation of urban policymakers and promote early career research, the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory is teaming with USAID, the International Housing Coalition, World Bank, and Cities Alliance to sponsor the 6th Annual Urban Poverty Paper Competition for students enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program working on topics relating to urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The grand prize winner will also receive a $1,000 award.

Papers should be policy-based and solutions-oriented and should critically examine existing projects and/or propose new strategies for tackling issues related to urban poverty. Papers must be linked to one of the following sub-topics:

  1. Metropolitan Approaches for the Urban Poor. Explore how cities can work across jurisdictional boundaries to improve urban management and services.
  2. Making Smart Cities Inclusive. Focus on the relevance and applications of technologies and “smart city” approaches that foster inclusion and empower the urban poor.
  3. Innovation in Urban Water and Sanitation. Address new approaches to improve access, affordability, and sustainability of water and sanitation in cities, focusing on innovative and locally driven approaches that can be replicated and scaled up.
  4. Cities Through a Gender Lens. Explore the challenges and opportunities facing women in the urban environment.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts (500 word maximum) is May 15, 2015.  Learn more.

DC Greens 2015 FVRx Nutrition Internship 
DC Greens uses the power of partnerships to support food access, food education, and food policy in the nation’s capital. In 2012, DC Greens launched the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) in collaboration with Wholesome Wave, Unity Health Care, and local farmers’ markets. Since the program’s launch, 558 number of at-risk DC residents have received prescriptions from their healthcare providers for free farmers’ market produce, expanding access to affordable nutrition across the city. 

Program specifics: In 2015, DC Greens is partnering with four health clinics across the city to implement the FVRx program. At each of these clinics, patients participate in regular group visits focusing on personal health and wellness that also feature a monthly hour-long nutrition lesson and seasonal recipe demonstration. As an FVRx Nutrition Intern, you will play a key role in teaching patients delicious, healthy, and easy ways they can prepare their farmers’ market produce. You and a partner will be assigned to one clinic location and lead monthly nutrition lessons and recipe demonstrations, for a total of six clinic visits from June through November 2015. 

Learn more here.

Beijing Normal University: Summer Institute for Disaster and Risk Recovery
The series of Summer Institute for Disaster and Risk Research is part of the implementation of the Hazard and Risk Science Base at Beijing Normal University, funded jointly by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, Ministry of Education, and the Beijing Normal University. The Summer Institute is accepting applications from junior faculty, young researchers, and advanced doctoral students who have an interest and research experience in the disaster and risk field. Preference will be given to applicants who are in the stage of finalizing and publishing research. This year’s focus is “How to understand the dynamics and characteristics of disaster and risk in a changing world, with a special focus on China.” 

Accepted participants will attend the two-week intensive Summer Institute and will receive up to $800 for travel accommodations.  The application is open to researchers from all disciplines and the admissions are based on individual’s qualification and research relevance to the overall focus of the summer institute. 

The deadline is May 15, 2015. Learn more.

    The Borgen Project: Political Affairs and Writer Internships
    The Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization that is focused on addressing global poverty, has two student opportunities:

    Political Affairs InternshipThis is a part-time 14-hours per week telecommuting internship. Duties include:

    · Conduct lobbying meetings with Congressional offices. Build support for key legislation that impacts the International Affairs Budget and the world's poor.
    · Represent The Borgen Project at various business, political and community events.
    · Assist with fundraising. Create a personal fundraising campaign and meet targets.
    · Mobilize individuals to contact their members of Congress in support of key poverty-reduction legislation.
    · As needed, speak to groups, classes and organizations.
    · Write letters of support for key programs to political leaders, media and other groups.

    Qualifications: Outstanding writing skills. Strong oral communication skills and ability to lead meetings and give speeches.

    Application Process: Apply online

    Writer InternshipThis is 12-week, part-time internship is a great opportunity to have your articles published on a website with over 100,000 monthly visitors. The selected candidate will be able to work from home and pick their own schedule, but must meet weekly deadlines. Articles submitted will appear on BORGEN Magazine or The Borgen Project Blog. Duties include:

    · Write 3 articles per week.
    · Research topics.
    · Assist with advocacy efforts.
    · Assist with fundraising. Create a personal fundraising campaign and meet targets.
    · Attend national conference call every Monday at 5PM PST

    Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills. Experience working in a newsroom is preferred but not required.

    Application Process: Apply online

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