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[INTERN] Summer 2014 Internships with the Human Impacts Institute

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Summer 2014 Internships with the Human Impacts Institute

The Human Impacts Institute is currently accepting applications for our highly competitive Summer 2014 internship program. Past interns have included international lawyers, media professionals, certified teachers, as well as graduate and undergrad students from Columbia University, Bard, McGill University (Canada), University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa), New York University, Webster University (Netherlands), UPenn, University of Paris (France), National University of Ireland (Ireland), Beijing University (China) and many more. Additionally, former HII interns have gone on to work in such diverse places as Bloomberg, United Nations Environment Program, the Climate Group, International Institute for Sustainable Development, White House Council on the Environment, and in numerous private consulting firms. All interns will be given significant programmatic and organizational responsibilities based upon their internship descriptions, qualifications, and interests.

Internships will last for 12 weeks. There are two options for internships: 12 weeks in NYC or a Leiden/NYC combination.  For the Leiden/NYC option, Phase 1 of the internship will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, for 6 weeks (mid-May to end-of-June) under the supervision of Human Impacts Institute Executive Director and Founder, Tara DePorte. Phase 2, the second 6 weeks (July to mid-August), will be held in New York City. Only applicants available for the full term (Middle of May to Middle of August 2014–with some flexibility for start and end dates) and who can commit a minimum of 20 hours per week will be considered. Preference will be given to those to can commit 30-40 hours per week. All internships are unpaid.

Applications for internships are due Monday, April 28th, 2014, by midnight EST

About the Human Impacts Institute: As an international non-governmental organization based in NYC, the mission of the Human Impacts Institute is to inspire action for strong communities and a healthy environment through hands-on education, coalition building, and using arts and culture for social good.  Our partners range from the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and Federal Republic of Germany to major universities and research institutes to community-based, grassroots groups.  Learn more:


Summer 2014 Internships with the Human Impacts Institute

What We Offer


Working with a team of environmentalists and artists who are passionate about inspiring social change and have backgrounds in climate science, public engagement, education, policy development, international consulting, private sector advising, and more;

·      An open and creative learning environment where interns and staff collaborate and co-learn;

·      High level of responsibility and a key role in program development and leadership;

·      Inclusion a diverse, international network of environmental, sustainable development, and social change professionals;

·      Diverse experiences in education, coalition-building, creative messaging, reporting and research; and

·      A commitment to supporting your personal goals while pushing your leadership skills

What We Want: Strong preference will be given to applicants who can receive college credit (undergraduate or graduate) or occupational training credits. There is no stipend or lodging assistance available at this time. Interns are encouraged to apply for outside funding assistance. All available internships will have flexibility in scheduling, however, interns will be expected to work on-site at least 20 hours per week, with a preference for those who can commit 30-40 hours per week.

Applicants must have an expressed interest in environmental issues, education, policy development, international relations, research, coalition building, and/or not-for-profit organizational work.  In addition to this, interns are expected to be: self-motivated, extremely organized, independent, open communicators, creative, highly adaptable to different types of projects, atmospheres, interactions, and to have excellent research skills.

Summer Internship Application Information

·      Current resume;

·      Introductory letter, including:

o   Why you want to work with HII;

o   The specific internship(s) to which you are applying;

o   Your specific expertise/interests

·      Two reference contacts;

·      A one-paragraph, original idea for a creative project at HII

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of interviews shortly after their application. Spring applications are due Monday, April 28th by midnight EST.

All applications and inquiries should be directed to:

Tara DePorte, Executive Director and Founder, Human Impacts Institute

Summer 2014 (mid-May until mid-August) Internships with the Human Impacts Institute

All Human Impacts Institute Interns will attend free classes at the Foundation Center on grant writing, develop and research at least one grant proposal for their internship focus, assist with organizational development and program support, write blogs and develop community outreach materials, attend relevant meetings and events to “report back on” to the HII team, and assist with partnership development.  Below, are brief descriptions of specific Human Impacts Institute internships:

Environmental Leadership

Our Environmental Leadership Intern will work to further develop our programs in coalition building (local, national and international).  Environmental Leadership interns will also have the opportunity to work on Human Impacts Institute’s 2013-2014 National Salon Tour: Transatlantic Climate Bridge. Environmental Leadership interns will be instrumental in helping to develop and execute our local, national, and international coalitions and partnerships.  Responsibilities will include: developing outreach materials, sponsorship packages for corporate partners, research and reporting, and strategic partnership development. Interns should have a good working knowledge of environmental issues (including climate change), sustainable development, and international relations.  Policy and/or science experience is a plus.

Environmental Services

Our Environmental Services Intern will provide businesses, organizations, schools and other Human Impacts Institute partners with resources on how to reduce their overall emissions, negative impacts on community health, and to increase their community support, while saving money and increasing their community involvement. Specifically, these interns will be involved with Human Impacts Institute’s Ecopreneurs (eco + entrepreneurs) program and looking at ways to scale-up this initiative. Interns will be trained as environmental consultants and will mentor other students and stakeholders in sustainability options in their community, with a particular focus on small businesses.  Interns will also analyze the economic and social impacts of sustainability measures being implemented by program participants. Experience in business and CSR is a plus.

Experiential Education

Our Experiential Education Intern will help in all aspects of hands-on, environmental education programs at the Human Impacts Institute. Interns will focus on curriculum development, teaching classes for all ages, researching educational content, partnership outreach, and developing creative, educational content for blogs, social media, newsletters, and for our international partners. Intern applicants should be interested in hands-on education and in the many components of program development and facilitation. Experience in environmental issues and/or teaching is a plus.

NGO Management, PR and Marketing

Our NGO Management/PR and Marketing Intern will be predominantly responsible for further development of Human Impacts Institute’s social media platforms (Twitter, blog, Facebook, etc.), website content, organization communications, press packages and brochures, outreach to press and funders, as well as other issues relating to marketing our organization and our programs. Interns will also help with the overall organizational management including responsibilities such as data input, contacts management, newsletter development, as well as events planning, partnership development, and fundraising.  All applicants should be skilled in writing and marketing.  Experience in fundraising is a plus. Experience with environmental issues is not necessary, but favorable.

Design and Interactive Web Development

The Design and Interactive Web Development Intern will be responsible for further developing the online and interactive presence of the Human Impacts Institute and our programs. Interns will particularly focus on creating and implementing online tools for increased collaboration, outreach and open-source engagement of the public and partner groups in Human Impacts Institute’s programs. Ideal candidates will have proficiency in website development/maintenance, Photoshop and/or InDesign, and ability to learn other online and design tools. Ideal candidates will also have experience or training in graphic design, illustration, and/or branding. Knowledge or interest in environmental issues or community development is a plus. All applicants for the Design and Interactive Web Development Internship should send three work samples in addition to the overall internship application package.