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2017 Internships - Applications

SeaTrust Institute Internship Programs: open application period begins December 1, 2016. Plan to apply now!

SeaTrust Institute internships allow selected candidates to gain insight into the work of both local and international environmental decision making processes, scenario development and analysis; collaborate with peers at other institutions on projects that have local relevance and global implications; and contribute to the knowledge used by United Nations regimes to address difficult environmental issues.

 

Research Internships

Applications open 2017
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The objective of the internship program to provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate university students from diverse academic backgrounds and disciplines related to environmental science, policy, sustainability, disaster risk reduction, climate change and health to enhance their educational experience through practical research work assignments with SeaTrust Institute. Most internships may be undertaken in conjunction with formal university programs or in may be completed without university credit. Virtual internships are available for students enrolled at any university worldwide with prior written agreement from their program advisor, instructor or school if credit hours are to be attached to the internship.

Student work will contribute to the knowledge base that informs what SeaTrust Institute and its partners take to the international environmental, climate, sustainability and disaster risk policy community as part of our analysis and to add to our project database that informs future scenarios in local capacity building projects on the ground.  Core training in these internships also provides practical tools and training applicable in various professional fields. SeaTrust Institute’s internship program is overseen by scholars and practitioners actively working in the fields to which interns are assigned. As the focal point responsible for liaising with the relevant substantive program for placement of interns, SeaTrust Institute works with partner organizations that are partner/contributors to SeaTrust Institute’s mission.

Internship Processes

Internships are of differing length depending upon scope and academic level. Research internships require contribution to our research database holdings and offer the potential for intern publications. Some internship opportunities are shared programs with other non-profit or non-governmental organizations; these may have different time schedules and deliverables.

 

Duration & Eligibility Requirements - Undergraduate

Undergraduate Internships are a minimum of three months in duration and involve experiential and cohort learning in collaboration methods and tools within the context of environmental, social, climate change, sustainability, disaster risk and health issues,and guided proposal creation for a community action project. These internships may in conjunction with partner organizations overseeing the local community action or outreach projects on location. Student peer review and collaborative work on proposals create a research community for the undergraduate that extends beyond the conclusion of the internship.

Undergraduate interns may continue with the graduate internship program or the professional certification programs to continue their work and create a global professional research network in their area of study.

Current enrollment in an undergraduate degree program is required for formal undergraduate internships for academic credit. This is normally not undertaken until the junior year of study but in exceptional circumstances sophomore standing may qualify. Applicants should therefore be enrolled in a recognized university course of study in fields related to the work of SeaTrust Institute (such as environmental sciences, international law, international relations, natural sciences, political science, economics, sustainability, public policy or administration, public health, and communication) at the time of application and during the entire period of internship.

Alternatively, the intern must have arrangements with a partner organization to engage in a portion of the internship as part of their requirements for the partner organization. Discuss special contract arrangements with the internship coordinator for this option.

Early Professional Internships follow the undergraduate model of instruction, mentorship and evaluation but are not affiliated with formal university programs.. These not-for-credit internships allow professionals and university students to work together on their areas of interest and augment academic learning with professional expertise.

Duration & Eligibility Requirements - Graduate

Graduate internships are designed as minimum 9 month hybrid or virtual programs divided into distinct segments during which students will receive instruction and guidance from academic and practical experts and peer feedback with the option for formal review of their research.  At the end of each internship segment, both the intern and the staff or partner member acting as his/her supervisor may be required to submit an evaluation report to the designated focal point of the Internship Program. See more about these at the link for Graduate Internships

An undergraduate degree should have been completed with work on a Masters or Doctoral level degree in progress. Those enrolled in JD or other equivalent professional programs are also eligible. Applicants should therefore be enrolled in a recognized university course of study in fields related to the work of SeaTrust Institute (such as environmental sciences, international law, international relations, natural sciences, political science, economics, sustainability, public policy or administration, public health, and communication) at the time of application and during the entire period of internship.

During the orientation, interns learn about the research to which they will be contributing, are introduced to tools and research process expectation, learn basic scenario development for environmental adaptation at different scales, and  application to local adaptation decisions, and collaboration methods and tools within the context of environmental, social, climate change, sustainability, nursing and other first responders, disaster risk and health issues. Sessions are both sychronous with an instructor and self paced online. Assembling literature and framing core research concepts are the responsibility of the intern.

The second level focuses on data collection from academic sources, models and tools, and other sources which may include interviews or other research methods related to the intern's area of interest and which falls within our research and capacity building projects’ purview for the current year(such as water, climate change and health, urban resilience, living buildings, disaster risk reduction for first responders, etc.) centered on particular global regions and environmental issues. This research is appropriate for the student to use in developing a practical research proposal showing how their research will contribute to our work and advance their own educational and career objectives.  The proposal may be applicable for future publications, grants or study, but must contain an achievable research action project to be completed during the third segment of the internship. Specialized lectures catalyze research efforts which commence during this segment of the internship.

The third level integrates the work of each participant with that of their project team, creating an integrated project framework for global projects using the organizational tools and models for climate change and environmental adaptation and capacity building. Students may receive formal feedback at the conclusion of their internship.

Professional Internships generally follow the graduate internship process with shared learning spaces providing the opportuntiy to develop lasting professional and research connections. These not-for-academic-credit internships provide venue for professional advancement and real research contribution for practitioners and practitioner-scholars who are not in formal academic environments.