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Environmental Interns – Brooklyn, NY

Organization: Human Impacts Institute

Job Title: Environmental Leadership Intern

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Hours and Compensation: Unpaid, 20 hours of work/week

Position Dates: September 10th, 2012 – December 20th, 2012

Application Deadline: August 13th, 2012

Posted On: July 27th, 2012

Organization Overview

The mission of the Human Impacts Institute is to foster sustainable human impacts on ecosystems through inspired engagement, leadership, collaboration, knowledge-building and creative expression. We promote healthy community development by connecting communities through a shared awareness of, and accountability for, the natural environment. Using NYC as a laboratory, the Human Impacts Institute connects global communities in resource sharing and environmental awareness. Our program participants commit to conscious environmental decision-making, take responsibility for their environmental impacts and are dedicated to long-term solutions through: Experiential Education–participants practice leadership through hands-on problem solving and community service;Collaborative Partnerships–organizations unite through resource sharing, joint advocacy, and idea development;Creative Expression–individuals use culture and art to inspire others to engage in environmental issues and solutions. The Human Impacts Institute Internship program provides an active learning environment for college students and mid-career professionals.


Working with a team of environmentalists and artists who are passionate about inspiring social change and have backgrounds in climate science, public engagement, education, policy development, international consulting, private sector advising, and more; An open and creative learning environment where interns and staff collaborate and co-learn; High level of responsibility and a key role in program development and leadership; Inclusion a diverse, international network of environmental, sustainable development, and social change professionals; Diverse experiences in education, coalition-building, creative messaging, reporting and research; and A commitment to supporting your personal goals while pushing your leadership skills.

Environmental Leadership Intern

Our Environmental Leadership Intern will work to further develop our programs in coalition building locally and internationally. Focus will be on developing and outreaching for our coalition initiatives: the NYC Climate Coalition and MobilizeUS!. Environmental Leadership interns will be instrumental in helping to develop our local and international programs. Responsibilities will include: developing outreach and web content, teaching, curriculum development, research and partner development, lobbying and advocacy, grant writing, and more. Intern should have a good working knowledge of climate change issues, and climate change & environmental policy and science experience is a plus.

Environmental Education Intern

Our Environmental Education Intern will help in all aspects of environmental education at the Human Impacts Institute. Interns will focus on curriculum and program development and updating, website content development, teaching classes/outreach, lesson plan research and development, outreach to schools and community centers, grant writing, etc. Intern applicants should be interested in environmental education (experience in environmental sciences and/or teaching are a plus!) and interests in the many components of program development and facilitation in a small not-for-profit.

Environmental Services Intern

Our Environmental Services Intern will provide businesses, organizations, schools and other Human Impacts Institute partners with resources on how to reduce their overall emissions, negative impacts on community health, and to increase their community support, while saving money and increasing their community involvement. Interns will be trained as environmental consultants and will mentor other students and stakeholders in sustainability options in their community. Interns will also analyze the economic and social impacts of sustainability measures being implemented by program participants.


Strong preference will be given to applicants who can receive college credit (undergraduate or graduate) or occupational training credits. International applicants are welcome, as are mid-career professionals looking to expand their knowledge of environmental work. There is no stipend or lodging assistance available at this time. Interns are encouraged to apply for outside funding assistance. All available internships will have flexibility in scheduling, however, interns will be expected to work on-site at least 20 hours per week, with a preference for those who can commit 30-40 hours per week. Applicants must have an expressed interest in environmental issues, education, policy development, research, coalition building, and/or not-for-profit organizational work. In addition to this, interns are expected to be: self-motivated; extremely organized; independent; open communicators; creative; highly adaptable to different types of projects, atmospheres, interactions; and to have excellent research skills. All Human Impacts Institute Interns will:Attend free classes at the Foundation Center on grant writing; Develop and research at least one grant proposal for their internship focus; Assist with organizational development and program support; Write blogs and develop community outreach materials; Attend relevant meetings and events to “report back on” to the HII team; and Assist with partnership development.

How to Apply

If interested, please submit: Current resume; Introductory letter, including:Why you want to work with HII; The specific internship(s) you are applying to; and Your specific expertise/interests relating to that internship; One reference letter; One paragraph with an original idea for a creative project you’d like to do at HII. Applications are due by midnight of August 13th, 2012. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of interviews shortly after their application. Applicants are encouraged to apply at least one month in advance of their desired start date. All applications and inquiries should be directed to:Tara DePorte, Executive Director and Founder, Human Impacts

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