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Coastal Climate Impacts Project Intern – Cambridge, MA

Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Position Title:  Coastal Climate Impacts Project Intern

Location: Cambridge, MA

Hours & Compensation: Forty hours per week. Monthly salary of between $1,733 and $2,080 based on level of education.

Position Dates: Three-month position.

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2013 or until filled.

Organization Overview:

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

Our experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.


Under the direction and supervision of the UCS Senior Climate Economist, the Coastal Climate Impacts Project Intern will primarily provide support for the analytic components of the project (including but not limited to research support and general help with factsheets and case studies). The intern may also provide general support for the project team as needed.


  • Help conduct research for the climate change and coastal impacts analytic products, with direction from supervisor.
  • Help organize materials and references to aid in research as needed.
  • Provide assistance with design elements (such as photos, captions) and limited editing tasks related to fact sheets and web content.
  • Help update project documents as needed.
  • Help identify and contact key experts or stakeholders as needed for the purposes of collecting information for analytic products.
  • Help as needed with other tasks related to the project such as providing back up support for media or outreach work.

In return, the intern will have an opportunity to work alongside a highly dedicated multidisciplinary team of experts to help support their research related to climate change, sea level rise and its impacts on our coastal communities; Learn basic research skills in a science-based advocacy organization; Learn the basics of producing good science-based materials for the general public and have an opportunity for mentorship to help further future academic or career choices.


Experience with online research. Computer skills, especially Word, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, Powerpoint. Experience with mapping or graphing software would be a plus. Candidate should be able to independently execute tasks with appropriate direction/supervision, balance a multitude of tasks, be a self-starter, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Individuals from demographic groups underrepresented in science and environmental advocacy and from public universities are especially encouraged to apply. College students and recent graduates are eligible to apply for this competitive internship.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email to and include ”Coastal Climate Impacts Project Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

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