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Science and Democracy Research Intern, Union of Concerned Scientists – Washington, DC

Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists

Position Title: Science and Democracy Research Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and compensation: This is a 12-week full-time internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour.

Application Deadline: May 17, 2015

Description: The Science and Democracy Research Intern will carry out research on a variety of topics for CSD. Focusing on how science is used in policy making, the intern will help develop analyses and reports that advance the role of science in the democratic process. Research topics include scientific integrity at federal agencies, endangered species policy and legislative attacks on science. Tasks may include internet research, quantitative analysis of data in spreadsheets, and qualitative research such as interviews and event attendance.

The broad scope of the Center for Science and Democracy will enable the intern to learn about a wide range of topics within science policy. The intern will gain substantial knowledge of the policy making process, the role that science plays in the process and barriers that inhibit evidence-based policy making. In addition to an in-depth understanding of their specific research focus, the intern will gain general research and communication skills by working closely with their mentor and the CSD Team, which includes scientists, legislative experts, and outreach specialists. Specific skills the intern will gain include policy analysis tools and strategies, oral and written communication, and organizational and time management. Finally, the intern will gain an understanding of the structure and function of a science-based nonprofit and the role of research and analysis in this setting.

This is a paid, full-time summer internship.

Responsibilities: The intern will be responsible for assisting in research tasks including scoping, writing, analyzing, and developing public-facing materials based on their research. Most tasks will be computer-focused; however, the intern will participate in frequent group meetings, be part of idea-brainstorming sessions, and will have opportunities to present and discuss their research with the CSD team and other UCS staff. The intern will report regularly to their mentor and be expected to produce concrete products from their assigned tasks.

Qualifications: Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong research skills. An understanding of environmental policy is desirable, though not required. Robust written and oral communications abilities, considerable self-motivation, and solid organizational skills are necessary for this position. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively both through written and oral capacities. Candidate should have the ability to work independently, a strong attention to detail, and interest in exploring diverse topics in the science policy realm. Most of all, candidate should possess a passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making, and an interest in working in the public interest/non-profit sector.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.organd include “CSD Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: May 17, 2015 or until filled.

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