Environmental Science and Policy Internship Available

The Environmental Science and Policy Lab (http://research.al.umces.edu/xzhang/) seeks 1~2 interns to join a transdisciplinary and transnational project team and work on one of the two ongoing projects. 1) The Sustainable Agricultural Matrix (SAM) Consortium Project (http://research.al.umces.edu/sam/). Working with scientists and stakeholders around the world, the SAM project co-develops an indicator system to assess impacts of agricultural production on sustainability from environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and co-designs strategies for advancing agricultural sustainability from farm to global scales. 2) The Global Nitrogen Innovation Center for Clean Energy and the Environment (https://niccee.org/). The newly established center, spearheaded by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) with key partners in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, seeks to harness the technological innovation of green ammonia production to bolster clean energy initiatives, combat climate change, and secure food supplies for the future, while minimizing risks of unintended consequences.

Each intern is expected to work on one or several of the following tasks, depending on their qualifications and interests:

  1. Science communication. Work with the project team to develop materials (e.g., website pages, documents, videos) to communicate the scope and progress of the project.
  2. Project coordination. Assist the PI, Dr. Xin Zhang, in engaging and facilitating communication among teams in several countries and multiple organization partners. The intern for the SAM Consortium project will assist the development of a proposal for the Belmont Forum (https://www.belmontforum.org/). The intern for the NICCEE project will help plan and coordinate the Nitrogen Summer Institute event in June, 2024.
  3. Data management and analysis. Manage the database for the SAM indicators and/or nitrogen budget, address inquiries by collaborators, and work with stakeholders to improve the visualization and communication of these data.

Expected qualifications and skills:

This internship is targeted to graduate or advanced undergraduate students. Candidates for tasks 1-2 should have good writing skills. Candidates for task 3 should be proficient in at least one programming language (e.g., MATLAB, R, Python) and have experience with managing data from various sources/disciplines.

Included in the internship:

This is a contractual, hourly appointment. The chosen candidate will receive a competitive hourly wage and subsidized healthcare benefits may be available depending on the number of hours worked. Additionally, interns will gain valuable skills and experience in science communication and transdisciplinary research. They will have the opportunity to participate or even lead the development of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. The project team provides a dynamic, multi-culture, and exciting atmosphere, as well as a chance to work on the pressing sustainability challenges for the US and the world.

Based on the performance, the internship could be extended beyond an initial 3-month period and/or converted to a long-term position (e.g., a Ph.D. student or a Faculty Research Assistant).

Location:  This position will be located in Frostburg, Maryland, or other locations in the U.S., based on the agreement between the intern and the PI. The intern would have to have US work eligible status.

Start date:  Feb 1st or sooner. The review of applications will begin January 15, 2024 and continue until qualified candidates are found.

Internship duration:  Three to six months

Applications should be sent to TESP.recruit@gmail.com and should include the following items as a single PDF:

  • A letter of interest including a clear statement of why you would like to participate in this internship and which of the five task areas you are interested in.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including two references (with email and phone contact information)
  • A writing sample (optional)

Please indicate “[TESP_Intern]” in the subject line of your email.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.