Appropriate fields of study may include (but are not limited to): climate science, marine science, wildlife ecology, forestry, botany, conservation biology, environmental engineering, hydrology, geology, science education, environmental education, planning, natural resource science, journalism, public health, political science, environmental policy, economics, communications, marketing, and atmospheric science.
Program applicants are encouraged to design projects taylored to their specific interests and qualifications. Alternatively, applicants may link to specific reserve projects designed to address NERRS strategic plan goals associated with climate change. All interns will be required to generate a science translation product appropriate for distribution to a broad audience (e.g., podcasts, posters, interpretive materials or signage, multimedia tools, models of climate processes, press releases, website/newsletter contents, brochures, etc.) as part of the program requirements.
A broad suite of projects would be considered appropriate for addressing the NERRS climate change strategic goals, such as those designed to:
- Investigate the impacts of climate change on water supplies, vegetation, wildlife, coastal processes, etc.;
- Monitor impacts of climate change on coastal habitats (grassland, salt marshes, freshwater wetlands, and forests);
- Build awareness and improve communication of climate change in New England ;
- Build alliances to advocate for climate change solutions;
- Create and disseminate media material on the issue.
Although the intern position is unpaid, a modest stipend and housing is available.
Students may wish to conduct this project within the framework of an independent study program to earn college credit.
Interns should be able to work a minimum of 30 hours a week for 10 weeks. College students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.