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Wisconsin Energy Institute

Science and Policy Interns

Date Published: 

October 02, 2013

Position Type: 

Internship

Job Location: 

Madison, WI

Job Description: 

OVERVIEW

Clean Wisconsin has a number of science and policy internships available throughout the year for undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, environmental sciences, political/governmental, public health, or other related fields.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong analytic and technical abilities, excellent writing skills, and an interest in and commitment to addressing environmental issues facing Wisconsin.

POSITIONS

Science associate interns will assist the organization's science team in a variety of tasks to provide support for Clean Wisconsin’s clean air, clean energy, and clean water.

Clean Wisconsin generally offers the following positions,

• 1-2 Research Internships (Spring, Summer, Fall)

• 1 Science and Policy Associate Internship (Summer)

General responsibilities for the Research Internships may include analyzing permits, applications, and other technical documents; composing technical briefings and factsheets; gathering data needed to support campaign program positions; and synthesizing information related to campaigns for internal use.

Additional responsibilities for the Science and Policy Associate Internship may include performing independent secondary research and analysis relevant to campaigns; responding to information inquiries by staff, members, and others; and writing scientific whitepapers and reports.

SALARY

Clean Wisconsin strongly encourages students to seek outside funding and fellowships. Subject to organizational constraints, small stipends may be available to help partially offset costs of participating in internships.

Research Internships: For 2014, Research Interns will receive stipends of $850 for spring and fall periods, and $1,300 for the summer period.

Science and Policy Associate: For 2014, the Science and Policy Associate Intern will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the summer period.

FOCUS AREAS

The specific areas of work for 2014 will be determined based on interest, expertise, and necessity, but may include:

­ Electrical utility economics

­ Environmental and public health impacts of coal power

­ Local and municipal energy efficiency ordinances and policies

­ Nutrient water pollution

­ Policies to incentivize renewable energy

­ Public health impacts of air pollution

­ Regional and national climate change policies

­ Statewide energy usage and efficiency

­ Water usage and efficiency

­ Water resource availability

­ Website content and development

REQUIREMENTS

Research Interns are expected to possess the following:

• Some background knowledge in environmental or energy science,

• Strong analytic and technical abilities,

• Excellent writing skills,

• Interest in, and commitment to, addressing environmental issues facing Wisconsin,

• Ability to commit 15 (fall/ spring), 25 (summer), or more hours a week.

Science and Policy Associate interns are additionally expected to possess the following:

• Completed undergraduate degree in engineering, environmental sciences, political/governmental, public health, or other related fields,

• Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research,

• Demonstrated ability to synthesize scientific information and compose whitepapers/ reports,

• Ability to commit 40 hours a week.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To apply for the Research Internship positions, please submit a brief cover letter, resume and list of references to Tyson Cook at tcook@cleanwisconsin.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as received, until January 20 (spring), March 1 (summer), or August 1 (fall), or until positions are filled. Please be sure to include "RESEARCH INTERN" in the subject line, and note the time period during which you are seeking an internship.

To apply for the Science and Policy Associate Internship position, please submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and list of references to Tyson Cook at tcook@cleanwisconsin.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as received, until March 1 or position is filled. Please be sure to include "SCIENCE ASSOCIATE" in the subject line.

Job Application Deadline: 

March 01, 2014