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Stanback - Climate & Health Intern

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Washington, DC, USAWashingtonDCUSA

The Duke University Stanback Internship Program provides Duke students with project-based learning experiences in energy, conservation, advocacy, policy, research, law and applied resource management.  The Internship Program is open to any Duke student - undergraduate, graduate, and international students - who will be enrolled in Fall 2019 classes. Internships are located throughout the US, and the internship is for 11-weeks and interns receive up to $6,000 stipend.

The majority of intern candidates will be Nicholas School students pursuing the degree of Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or Master of Forestry (MF). The MEM and MF degree programs stress interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving.  Program specialization tracks within the degrees include conservation science and policy, forest management, coastal management, environmental economics and policy, global environmental change, and water and air resources.

This Stanback internship is limited to Duke University students only.   Students from the Duke Law School, Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy, Pratt School of Engineering, and other undergraduate programs are also invited to apply for Stanback internships.   

Areas of Responsibility: 

The intern will assist the Climate and Clean Energy program with a combination of research, analysis, and writing tasks including:

  • Fact-finding for talking points, fact sheets, blog posts, and planning documents;
    • Attending and reporting on hearings, speeches, or other public events;
    • Summarizing research and policy reports; and
    • Drafting social media posts, blog posts, fact sheets, and other public-facing materials.
  • The intern will help communicate the health effects of climate change as part of NRDC’s efforts to defend existing climate and clean energy policies and promote new ones at the federal and state level. The intern will also help advance NRDC’s emerging work on climate adaptation, particularly in the public health sector.
  • Exact projects to be decided, but likely deliverables will include one blog post about climate and health adaptation (to be posted on supervisor’s NRDC page, with student byline) and a solid first draft of a short report on the health impacts of climate change in one U.S. state.
Educational Background: 
A student with a bachelor’s degree in climate science, public health, environmental studies, public policy, or a related discipline is preferred.

A student pursuing a master’s degree is preferred. Required technical skills:

  • Knowledge of the health impacts of climate change (beginner to intermediate)
  • Ability to extract quantitative data from databases, manipulate spreadsheets, and do basic calculations (intermediate)
  • Ability to synthesize qualitative information from peer-reviewed journal articles, government reports, and other technical resources (intermediate to advanced)
  • Oral and written communication (advanced)
  • Internet research skills, including Google Scholar or similar literature databases (intermediate to advanced)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (advanced)
  • Knowledge of climate adaptation

Organization Info

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

New York, NY, United States
Annual Budget : 
About Us

The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.

We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment.

We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.

We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Feb 2 2019
Active Until: 
Mar 2 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.