DC: Worldwatch Institute seeks Summer Food and Agriculture Research Intern

17 May

The food and agriculture internship with Worldwatch is a unique opportunity to support and participate in research that drives environmental and agricultural policy. The intern will work closely with the Institute’s food and agriculture staff to refine and organize information that will contribute to a project on sustainable agricultural innovations. Responsibilities include: research and fact-checking; collecting, organizing, and managing web content; organizing resources and contacts; providing logistical and administrative support to on-the-ground research; and assisting in writing and outreach that will contribute to and help to promote the ongoing Nourishing the Planet project. Interns will also have the chance to have their name published on prominent environmental websites and in major newspapers and columns around the world.

Qualifications

Research Interns have:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills, preferably experience reporting on issues for newspapers, journals, and other publications.
  • Experience with web and library research.
  • Basic-to-intermediate facility with spreadsheet software, web design, and blogging software.
  • Demonstrated experience in and passion for food and agriculture issues–and for the importance of accurate information and analysis to guide environmental decision-making.
  • Demonstrated interest and capability in synthesizing complex sets of data.
  • Coursework reflecting interest and knowledge of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of food and agriculture production.
  • Experience working for environmental or other sustainability-oriented organizations, as well as international experience, are a plus.

The work requires attention to detail and an ability to carefully and accurately document authoritative sources for all information gathered. Successful interns are comfortable contacting experts to track down data and other information. A curiosity about how the environment relates to social, political, and economic realities and a capacity to see connections across fields and specialties are critical.

Compensation

Interns will be unpaid and will be expected to work 20-30 hours per week.

Application instructions

To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Supriya Kumar at skumar@worldwatch.org. The recruitment process is open until positions are filled.

The intern will work closely with the Institute’s food and agriculture staff to refine and organize information that will contribute to State of the World 2011, a two-year project on sustainable agricultural innovations.

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