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Policy Program Intern — Berkeley, CA

Organization: International Rivers

Job Title: Policy Program Intern

Location: Berkeley, CA

Hours and Compensation: Compensation is $12/hour for 16-20 hours/week during a

Application Deadline: open until filled

Position Dates: three-month period; an additional three-month extension is possible. The ideal candidate would be able to start as early as mid-February.

Posted On: Jan. 29, 2013

Organization Overview

International Rivers is a non-profit research and advocacy organization headquartered in Berkeley, California, with staff and consultants currently working in Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Thailand. International Rivers supports communities around the world in protecting their rivers and rights. We work to halt destructive dams and encourage better methods of meeting needs for water, energy and protection from floods.

International Rivers’ Policy Program works to strengthen the social and environmental policies of dam builders and financiers, and to build the capacity of civil society and dam-affected communities to defend their rights.


We are seeking a part-time (16-20 hours/week) intern for 3 months during Spring and Summer 2013 (with possibility of extension) to assist with the creation of a major report on the current state of the world’s rivers. The report will include an in-depth research component on indicators of river basin health, and will analyze our experiences and lessons with specific dam projects, developers, and cross-cutting issues over the past decade. The Policy Program Intern will play a critical role in the project team by supporting the research, production, and outreach components of this report.


  • Support for research and data collection
  • Production of graphics, maps, and other visuals
  • Coordination of publication review team
  • Support for outreach and communications activities
  • Some administrative and logistical tasks


Required qualifications and experiences:

  • Commitment to environmental integrity, social justice and the mission of International Rivers
  • A background in freshwater ecology, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, or environmental science
  • A background in geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Strong research skills in English and one other language
  • Written and spoken fluency in English
  • Strong data management skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of global water institutions
  • An understanding of the social and environmental impacts of dams and hydropower
  • Experience producing infographics and visuals
  • Flexible self-starter. Strong ability to set priorities, respond to shifting priorities, and manage a variety of time-sensitive activities simultaneously
  • Excellent organizational, planning and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and within a team

How to Apply

Qualified applicants are encouraged to send your cover letter, resume, and a 3-page writing sample to the Intern & Volunteer Coordinator,, with“Policy Program Intern” in the subject line. NO CALLS PLEASE. This position will be open until filled.

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