SPRING 2019 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Wild and Working Forests Program
Center for Sustainable Economy, a Pacific Northwest environmental economics non-profit, seeks a team of 3 interns drawn from an interdisciplinary pool of applicants with relevant coursework and experience in forestry, environmental economics, climate policy, sustainability, biology, geography, ecology or related fields to help advance sustainable forestry solutions in the Pacific Northwest.
The internships will be supported under the auspices of our Wild and Working Forests program (WWF). A description of the WWF program can be accessed here. Interns will receive research stipends of $2500 and are expected to arrange for credit or research project approval through their institutions. A minimum of ten hours per week is expected. The internships will be completed remotely, but interns will be expected to meet in person with CSE staff periodically throughout the spring term either on campus or at CSE’s Portland, OR offices.
Internship positions, research tasks, and qualifications:
- Biodiversity intern: The biodiversity intern will support work on our ‘Native Treasures’ initiative which seeks to map and inventory all remaining hot spots of native biological diversity and advocate for climate resilient networks of protected areas. Specific research tasks will include ecological field inventories and assessments, geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, and working with partners to identify and advocate for conservation priorities. Qualifications include experience with one or more of these tasks and either a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field or completion of a substantial portion of relevant coursework.
- Economics intern: The economics intern will support work on market-based policies to expedite the transition from industrial to climate smart forest practices. Specific research tasks will address environmentally harmful subsidies, carbon intensity of wood products and their substitutes, and modeling the economic and financial benefits of investments in climate smart forest practices. Qualifications include experience with one or more of these tasks and either a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field or completion of a substantial portion of relevant coursework.
- Environmental defense intern: The environmental defense intern will support CSE’s work to monitor, comment on, and challenge harmful logging practices and hold large forestland investment corporations accountable for climate and other environmental damages. Specific tasks will include assistance with designing and managing a database of harmful projects, submitting written comments, filing administrative-level appeals, and monitoring the business practices of logging corporations. Qualifications include experience with one or more of these tasks and either a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field or completion of a substantial portion of relevant coursework.
Send resume, writing sample, and cover letter describing why you are interested in the internship, how it fits within your professional goals and objectives, and your qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Internship program’ in the subject line.
Center for Sustainable Economy straddles the divide between a think tank and a do tank. We conduct peer-reviewed research on the full range of sustainable development challenges humanity faces, including climate change, deforestation, extinction, inequality and poverty. We develop innovative solutions such as new measures of progress and new policies to expedite the transition to renewable energy. We are also vocal advocates for change, using legislative and administrative processes, the courts, and grassroots mobilization to achieve our goals.