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UCS is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. UCS aims for diversity in the workplace because we understand that diversity is a strength to be valued and developed in our organization. UCS understands that a diverse workforce strengthens our ability to carry out the important charge of our mission.
Want Interesting Work That Matters?
Consider a UCS internship!
- Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference AND gain useful work experience at the same time?
- Would you like to work with people who know how to influence public policy?
Then consider applying for one of our internships.
Please note that these internships vary in length and time offered.
Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifications do I need?
We expect all applicants to have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers.
What are the hours, and will I get paid?
Most of our internships are full-time with regular business hours (9-5, Monday through Friday) with one paid hour for lunch. All interns receive a competitive salary. Please see individual listings for salary information.
What if I’m not a U.S. citizen?
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be able to provide an employment authorization document from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
How do I apply?
See instructions for each internship below.
Cambridge, MA Office
Assist with research and analysis to advance understanding of renewable and conventional energy technologies, policies, and markets. The Energy Research Associate Intern would be responsible for supporting a team of energy analysts on a variety of projects related to our Energy Campaign and Program Development work, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas, coal, and energy resilience. This is a one-year, benefits-eligible internship.
- Participate in a variety of national, regional, and state-level analyses and reports. Gather and analyze data using spreadsheets, and assist in writing reports and other materials. Maintain accuracy, credibility, readability and timeliness of all written material. Tailor style and content of materials for technical and/or general audiences, as appropriate.
- Work with other UCS energy analysts to collect, analyze and evaluate cost and performance data on existing energy projects (all technologies) and future projections for use in the development of assumptions for in-house modeling of energy and climate policies.
- Conduct literature reviews and searches to monitor and assess current and ongoing research and trends in advanced clean energy technology, market, and policy issues, and related fields. Evaluate and synthesize articles, books, abstracts and other publications. Maintain collections of relevant literature and news articles on UCS drives for other staff to access and reference.
- Assist senior-level staff in scoping and evaluating new areas of research for the Climate & Energy Program, primarily with respect to the resilience of our electricity sector to the impacts of climate change.
- Research and respond to inquiries from members, sponsors, other organizations and the general public about energy related issues; promote UCS positions and objectives; support public outreach of Energy Campaign; attend various public forums, meetings, or events.
- Help maintain clean energy section of UCS website by working with research, outreach, and communication staff to strengthen web presence and content, including drafting, reviewing, editing and posting web pages as appropriate.
Qualifications and experience
Position requires general knowledge of energy field, with emphasis on clean energy technologies, policies and markets, and their political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications. A solid understanding of renewable energy technologies, natural gas, global warming, energy efficiency, and electricity systems is preferred. Also needed is a familiarity with general economic and environmental concepts and issues, and strong quantitative and analytical skills. Proficiency in personal computer applications, including spreadsheet, word processing, and basic programming is necessary. Advanced skills in using Microsoft Excel to process and analyze large datasets are preferred. Basic GIS skills and familiarity with mapping is also a plus. Bachelor’s degree is required, Masters preferred. Position requires 2-3 years of energy or other related research.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff andto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, one-year position, eligible for benefits, based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is $18/hour ($37,400 annually). UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to email@example.com and include “Energy Research” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 15, 2014 or until filled.
Washington, DC Office
The Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative Assistant is a one-year, paid, benefits-eligible internship position. The TFCI Assistant will support the TFCI team on priority activities to reduce emissions from commodity-driven tropical deforestation. These activities include analysis, outreach, administrative support and effective campaigning to build strategic support among key businesses, consumers, UCS supporters and other influential stakeholders.
During their time at UCS, the TFCI Assistant will develop a more comprehensive understanding of the drivers of deforestation, policies to mitigate deforestation, and the importance of reducing deforestation rates as a climate change solution. The position will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of a large non-profit with multiple offices across the country. The role allows for participation in coalition and advocacy meetings, and associated activities that provide networking and future career opportunities for scientists and policy-focused students in the forests, international development, corporate social responsibility, and environmental arena. In addition, the person in this position will have opportunities to learn about the process of developing and executing strategies that achieve corporate and public policy outcomes while honing their ability to research and communicate complex environmental issues effectively to diverse stakeholders in oral and written forms.
- Schedules and participates in regular campaign as well as other internal and external meetings for department staff;
- Coordinates administration systems of the TFCI team including meeting agendas and scheduling, and logistics for TFCI team and project meetings as well as preparing and distributing meeting notes;
- Conducts research to further forest and climate policy objectives. Potential projects and activities include researching corporate palm oil purchasing policies, palm oil expansion trends, and examples of forest solutions for palm oil producers and traders, as well as identifying relevant academic experts with expertise in these areas; and research, analysis, and writing for new report on emissions from agriculture in relation to diet and food waste;
- Proofreads and assists with preparation of reports and products;
- Assists with communicating analysis on reducing tropical deforestation in corporate supply chains by drafting content for website, social media posts, and emails to members and coalition partners;
- Engages UCS activists, experts, and coalition partners to secure improved business policies and shape public policy related to palm oil, palm-based biofuels, and land use.
- Disseminates reports and other materials to targeted recipients; loads email alerts and other online activism tools; assists in developing engaging social media content; event and webinar coordination;
- Maintains departmental databases, publications, electronic and paper files, subscriptions, and staff calendar;
- Manages consultants’ contracts and processing invoices;
- Manages logistics for attendance at scientific meetings and conferences;
- Assists the TFCI team with flights and accommodation (local and international) as well as expense reports and other financial & accounting documents; troubleshoots expense reimbursements;
- Attends and represent UCS in select coalition calls and meetings, briefings, and conferences; and
- Provides support for projects as needed by the TFCI team.
Qualifications and experience
The ideal candidate for this position would possess an ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize many tasks and an ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences. Applicants should also demonstrate strong research skills, a positive, team-oriented attitude, and ability to work in a deadline-driven environment. Interest in and/or experience working on agricultural commodities, tropical forest conservation and land use, palm oil, corporate sustainability, international development and/or other forest and land use issues is a plus.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook, Google Docs, and database and graphic manipulation software strongly preferred. Also needed are excellent interpersonal relations skills including an ability to work both independently and in teams, and to interact professionally with individuals with a wide range of skills and responsibilities. Bachelor’s degree required.
May require long periods at a computer terminal and keyboard.
Light travel schedule to conferences and scientific meetings, largely on the East Coast.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff andto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, one year internship based in UCS’s Washington DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is $15/hour ($31,200 annually). UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (or excerpt) of 1-2 pages, salary requirements, and how you learned about the position via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “TFCI Program Assistant - Internship” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: August 25, 2014 or until filled.
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security.
Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a small group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a monthly stipend, the fellows serve as full-time project assistants at the participating organization of their choice.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is one of the organizations where Scoville Fellows can elect to work.
Scoville Fellows, through independent projects and active participation with their chosen organization and the larger community dedicated to peace and security issues, have rich opportunities to gain experience and leadership skills and to help translate their social concerns into direct action. In addition, each fellow selects a board member to serve as a mentor and mentor, smoothing the transition to Washington, DC.
Scoville Fellows are selected from an international pool of distinguished applicants. Prospective fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.
For information on how to apply, please visit the Scoville Peace Fellowship website.