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(posted 06/16/2014)


Sustainability-focused Hands-on Experiential Learning Internship in Panama

At Kalu Yala Entrepreneurial Internships, we work as an independent study abroad to allow individuals to awaken and pursue their career and personal passions through hands-on learning. Our vision, our ultimate goal, is to transform educational standards and be the leading pioneers in experiential learning.

Programs take place in 3 venues: creating the town's foundation in Kalu Yala; creating relationships in the neighboring town of San Miguel; and working on business logistics in Panama City. Since Summer 2010, we've had students from 17 countries, 45 states, and 160 colleges.


  • Biology based in Kalu Yala
  • Business Development and Entrepreneurship based in Panama City
  • Community Outreach and Education based in San Miguel
  • Farm to Table Culinary Arts based in Kalu Yala
  • Health and Wellness based in San Miguel
  • Organic Agriculture and Animal Science based in Kalu Yala
  • Outdoor Recreation based in Kalu Yala

Interns are encouraged to come up with and implement their own semester project. Some interns choose to do solo projects while others work in groups to make their dream a reality. Along the way, our Program Directors are always happy to help them plan and lend a helping hand.


All student projects can be seen on our website. A few past projects are:

  • Designing and building an outdoor recreation park with low ropes course, hillside amphitheater, stage, putt-putt golf course, and volleyball court
  • Multi-site water testing followed by water purification feasibility study (both for Kalu Yala and the neighboring town of San Miguel which currently does not have potable water). We are continuing our efforts here working with the local municipality and hope by working together we can fix this important issue.
  • Designing, planting and taking care of 3-acre permaculture farm with the aid of permaculture expert Stephen Brooks.
  • Teaching English, art classes and after school sports and science clubs in 4 schools in rural Panama.
  • Working with the local health facilities to host health seminars and bring in experts to the rural town of San Miguel
  • Identification and database creation of native insects and plants

Working to build a truly sustainable community, Kalu Yala is based around new urbanism architecture, organic food, wellness, recreation, education, preservation, and conservation of the natural environment. Kalu Yala is located in the rainforest highlands of Central Panama in a 7,000-acre valley that backs up to the Chagres National Park. The internship program allows students and young professionals to come to Panama and gain cultural exposure, work experience, and knowledge in order to create a project that will ultimately help shape this sustainable community.  

Upcoming semester dates:

  • Fall: September 1st- November 14th (11 weeks)
  • Spring 2015: January 19th- April 10th (12 weeks)
  • Summer 2015: May 18th- July 31st (11 weeks)

Students can apply online by filling in the application form here or email for more information.

The staff is happy to assist students who wish to acquire academic credit and speaking Spanish is not required! We also can work with students on payment plans and seeking financial assistance.

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(posted 06/02/2014)


Health Sustainability Case Study Writing Internship - Practice Greenhealth

Organizational Overview:

Practice Greenhealth (PGH), is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment.

Intern Overview:

Although Practice Greenhealth is based in Reston, Virginia, the Practice Greenhealth intern position can be based at any location and will report deliverables to the Director, Facility Engagement & Metrics based in Reston, VA.

Scope of Work: Case Study Project

The purpose of this project is to write a series of case studies focused on best practices for integrating environmentally preferable programs in award-winning health care facilities. These case studies will become part of Practice Greenhealth member benefits and educational tools that assist healthcare professionals in understanding the rationale and vetted implementation strategies for different environmentally preferable practices and programs throughout the hospital. Case studies are intended to demonstrate how these practices have been successfully integrated at hospitals across the United States, and how these organizations tracked and measured their successes.

The Scope of Work for the project is to deliver an agreed upon number of completed case studies of exceptional quality to Practice Greenhealth at the end of the project period. PGH will be responsible for the following elements of the project:

  1. Identifying case study topics and getting commitment to participate from case study sites (member healthcare institutions).
  2. Providing intern(s) with contact name, case study topic and an introduction at each of the case study sites.
  3. Providing intern(s) with background reading material and anecdotal knowledge on the case study topic.
  4. Providing intern(s) with a list of suggested questions to use with case study contact person.
  5. Providing intern(s) with a case study template to follow.
  6. Reviewing drafts of the case studies and providing feedback on direction, gaps, and comprehensiveness.
  7. Taking final drafts and coordinating design and print.

The Intern(s) will be responsible for the following elements of the project:

  1. Interviewing the case study site contacts at each site and collecting appropriate data.
  2. Synthesizing data into concise, well-written case studies.
  3. Integrating comments and revisions from PGH staff into final versions of case studies.
  4. Ensuring all data sources are adequately and appropriately cited.
  5. Gathering high resolution images from member institution to use in case study layout.
  6. Providing PGH with documentation of all time spent on project.
  7. Submitting reimbursable expenses (if applicable) in a timely manner but no later than 15 days from the end of the contract period.

All case studies must be reviewed, finalized and approved by an officer of Practice Greenhealth.


  • Students enrolled in or have completed a program related to health care, purchasing and/or sustainability preferred.
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills.
  • Proven research experience.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues a strong plus.
  • Works well independently and is self-motivated.
  • Proficient in MS Office and have access to computer, internet, and telephone. Be able to send and receive documents electronically.

Timeframe and Compensation:

We are looking for an intern who can complete between 4-6 case studies. Each case study is between 5-8 pages in length. Case studies need to be completed by August 31, 2014. Number of case studies and deliverable deadlines will be negotiated before intern starts. A stipend of $400 will be provided for each case study satisfactorily completed and approved by project director. This is an independent contractor (1099) position. Intern is not an employee of Practice Greenhealth.

To Apply or Inquire:

Email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and 2 references to Veronique Nagle, HR Manager, Practice Greenhealth, with subject “Last Name, First Name – CS (School)”.


Until filled. Practice Greenhealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Download Practice Greenhealth Internship Description - PDF


(posted 04/21/2014)

Sustainable Built Environment Internships @ USGBC


The U.S. Green Building Council has two sustainable urban planning-related internships available this summer. The postings can be found here:


(posted 04/7/2014)


Summer Internships - Massachusetts Clean Energy

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is accepting applications for the summer session of its 2014 internship program. The program provides paid internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates at Massachusetts-based clean energy companies. Offered by MassCEC and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), the program focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in the clean-energy industry.

During this session, MassCEC will provide Massachusetts-based clean-energy companies with stipends of up to $12 an hour for up to 10 weeks for each full-time intern, with a cap of $4,800 per intern. During the past three summers, the program has placed well some 500 students and recent graduates in internships at more than 120 companies across the state.

To apply: Click here.

(posted 02/10/2014)


Looking for an exceptional study abroad or internship opportunity in Israel? Come discover an experience that combines cutting-edge environmental academics and research with coexistence. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies brings together students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and North America, and provides them with the skills to become the next generation of environmental leaders. At the Arava Institute, we say that "Nature Knows No Borders." This motto reflects the belief that the best way to reach sustainable solutions to environmental issues is to work on a regional cooperative basis.

Interested in applying? Learn more at Learn about our internship opportunities here:

Please contact Sarah Rubin, Program Manager, at for more information.

Study Abroad newsletter, which might be of interest:


(posted 02/3/2014)





Credit is available for Brown students to work on one of several Micro-Projects at Big Train Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm located at 35 Pippin Orchard Road in Cranston,RI during the 2014 growing season. Commitments will consist of on-site/off-site research for at least 4 hours/week.


We are interested in maximizing our crop health through different sound practices such as re-mineralizing our soils, providing high-biological capacity, and supplementing crops during the growing season. In 2014 we will be conducting research on compost tea and magnetic/electric capacity of our soil.


If you would like to learn more about or take part in this exciting research contact us at or call at 401-243-4212.




(posted 06/16/2014)


JOB OP - Coastal Restoration Ecologist

The Nature Conservancy is looking for a Rhode Island coastal restoration ecologist to lead and implement coastal conservation initiatives, restoration projects and research.

Responsibilities: Works with partners to manage, restore and research vulnerable coastal ecosystems; develops and implements multiple coastal habitat restoration programs; compiles and analyzes data on coastal ecosystems, and represents TNC’s interests on stakeholder and agency work groups and other collaborative initiatives; plans, manages, supervises and/or conducts restoration projects and scientific investigations of coastal ecosystems; supervises seasonal staff, project interns and volunteers.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in science-related field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; experience utilizing GIS software and data to create maps; experience conducting surveys, recording data and writing project reports; experience managing databases and producing reports; knowledge of local or regional marine and estuarine environments, natural systems and environmental management techniques; fisheries (finfish, shellfish, crustaceans) biology research and restoration experience preferred; SCUBA certification or ability to obtain it; experience operating small power boats.

Benefits: Competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, health benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment.

To apply: Click here.


(posted 04/7/2014)

JOB OP - Forest Heroes Campaign Organizers

Boston, Minneapolis, Chicago, White Plains, NY; San Francisco Bay Area

The Forest Heroes campaign is a global effort to protect the world’s rainforests. The campaign has achieved major global successes in the effort to end deforestation by ensuring that the world’s biggest commodity traders and end-users source raw materials like palm oil, paper, and soybeans from truly sustainable sources free from links to tropical deforestation. Among our successes in the past year: a global campaign to convince Asia’s largest agribusiness company, Wilmar International, which controls 45 percent of global palm oil trade, to adopt an industry-leading “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” policy through communications, grassroots organizing, and direct engagement at the CEO level. And we won similar commitments from Kellogg’s and other companies. Now, we want to build on that success to transform the rest of the palm oil industry – the leading driver of deforestation, climate change and species extinction in Southeast Asia.

To do so, we need super-talented organizers with a passion for forests, wildlife and people who can make this vision for living forests a reality. You’ll get to work with some of the most talented organizers, communications pros, advocates and experts in the world. It will require strategic thinking, nimbleness, ability to recruit coalition partners, and volunteers, a flair for visibility, and a deep love for the work. But with that, it’s an opportunity to achieve truly world-transforming success – and build a stronger forest movement for the long term.


The Forest Heroes Campaign seeks a team of experienced, driven, and talented contract field organizers to help build a robust grassroots movement demanding that major companies stop using agricultural commodities that are fueling rainforest destruction, species extinction, climate change, land conflicts, and human rights violations. The organizers will be responsible for rapidly building visible support for a campaign to convince Dunkin Donuts and its suppliers (like agri-business companies Cargill, IOI, and Bunge) to stop destroying the rainforest in order to grow palm oil to fry doughnuts, and to pass a deforestation-free commodity sourcing policy. Core responsibilities will include grassroots organizing, coalition-building, media, birddogging, and generating campaign visibility. (For more background on Forest Heroes, visit and scroll to the “About Us” section.)


  • 3+ years of organizing experience with a proven track record of success with volunteer recruitment, leadership development, and coalition-building with diverse and elite constituencies.
  • Experience generating media coverage and coordinating media events
  • Strategic and creative thinker
  • Able to adapt to a changing political environment
  • Thick-skinned, able to handle confrontation
  • Goal oriented and eager to win
  • Fast learner
  • Passionate and persuasive
  • Able to work remotely and independently; self-driven
  • Skilled at time-management
  • Preference will be given to people who are familiar with the local political landscape


Three months, with possibility of extension, beginning ASAP.


Boston, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Chicago, IL (or surrounding areas); White Plains, NY; San Francisco Bay Area, CA


Highly competitive, based on experience.


Send a cover letter and resume to Deborah Lapidus, Forest Heroes Campaign Director at


(posted 03/31/2014)


JOB OP -  Openings at Buzzards Bay Coalition

The New Bedford, MA-based Buzzards Bay Coalition has openings for six positions. The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit dedicated to the restoration, protection and sustainable use and enjoyment of the bay and its watershed. The coalition works to improve the health of the bay ecosystem through education, conservation, research and advocacy.

The following are the positions that are currently open (click for more information and how to apply):




JOB OP - Hiring Teachers for the Community Environmental College   

The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island is seeking to hire teachers for the Community Environmental College (CEC) youth summer program.


The CEC is an 8 week summer program for teenagers in Rhode Island, primarily youth of color from low-income families that live in the core urban areas of Rhode Island. The summer is filled with field trips, games and activities, hands-on projects, and tons of fun.


There are 3 classes with existing curricula: Environmental Justice, Food Justice, and Revolution 101 (intro to oppression and social movements). CEC students learn about environmental issues that impact them directly (ex. toxics, air pollution, food deserts, climate change, etc.) and how they connect to systems of oppression (racism, classism, sexism, etc.) The goal of the CEC is to teach young people about the systems and issues that impact their lives and give them the knowledge and tools to do something about changing the world around them, starting with their own communities.

All students are required to work on a final action project which is presented at graduation.   



(posted 03/24/2014)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - Quest Overseas - Rwanda Summer Project

July 2014 - Join Our Team!

Quest projects offer our volunteers a chance to learn from the communities their funding supports. Our aims are for our volunteers to develop leadership and teamwork, to inspire them to live more mindfully, and to embrace a different way of life. Our holistic approach enables us to make a positive change to our volunteers as well as the communities we support.  


In 1994 an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered in the space of a hundred days. What befell the country over 16 years ago now seems inconceivable and though weapons and people have been laid to rest, the impact of the Genocide is sadly still evident. It had a devastating impact on all walks of life. For a number of reasons many children were left to fend for themselves on the street.


After more than three years of direct consultation between Quest Overseas and our local project partners Ubaka U Rwanda, we are pleased to announce that we will be supporting the construction of a new boys’ home. So we need volunteers to help begin work on the construction of a much needed new home for the former street children of Ubaka U, Rwanda, this July.


This project will be challenging both physically and mentally, but the rewards will be great as students immerse themselves in Rwanda’s rich and diverse culture, gaining a critical understanding of the world and their place within it.

For more information, call us at +44 (0)1273 777 206 or chat with us online or click here for additional contact info.


(posted 03/17/2014)


Volunteer with Southside Community Land Trust!

Opportunities include work in communications, managing food systems, surveying our food farmers, blogging, and mending community farms in Providence! Email for more info.




(posted 04/28/2014)


[NEES] Guest Faculty and Practitioners at the Middlebury School of the Environment

Here are some updates about the Middlebury School of the Environment that may be of interest to students who are still considering their options for this coming summer.

Development of the curriculum for the Middlebury School of the Environment - the six-week summer program based at Middlebury's main campus in Vermont offering three credit-bearing undergraduate classes integrating both the interdisciplinary study of the environment and leadership training - continues.

In addition to the School's formal courses, we have an exciting roster of guests who will be joining us to share with the students their experiences and skills associated with becoming effective environmental leaders. These include:

  • Gus Speth, of the Vermont Law School, and formerly of the Yale School of Forestry and the Environment, UN Development Programme, World Resources Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality.
  • Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and founder of
  • Helen Riess, Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Kenny Williams, Outreach Coordinator for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation GreenThumb Program.
  • Martin Bridge, environmental artist and musician.
  • Alden Woodrow, leader of the business team for the Makani project at Google [x], which has developed a novel approach to generating wind power.
  • Neil McArthur, co-director of the film Land of Oil and Water, about the Alberta tar sands and indigenous peoples' engagement with and against their extraction.
  • Mike Kiernan, consultant in persuasive communication skills, as well as an emergency room physician, Executive Counsel of Vermont Medical Society, and an advisor to the State of Vermont Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.
  • Mary Hurlie, of LeaderScope Consulting, focusing on team building and understanding communication styles.
  • Jason Mittell, Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College, and scholar in the field of environmental media and communications.
  • Jack Byrne, currently the Director of the Sustainability Integration Office at Middlebury College, as well as the founder and first Executive Director of the River Watch Network, co-founder of the Foundation for Our Future at the Center for a Sustainable Future, and a member of the Commission for Education and Communication of the World Conservation Union.

The perspectives and skills these Fellows of the School of the Environment combine with the specific courses that each student will take - Sustainability Practicum; Understanding Place; and one elective, chosen from among Environmentalism and the Poor, International Environmental Negotiation, and Systematic Conservation Planning.

More details about the courses, faculty, and facilities can be found at the school's website <>, which includes a number of short clips that provide more visual information and interviews about the School and its faculty. It also includes a link to the School's blog, The Stream, which provides regular updates and discussions on topics related to the School's curriculum.

This program should be of value to any student with serious interests in environmental studies and becoming a force for positive change in the world.

Financial aid is available; so students should apply based on the relevance of the curriculum for their educational and career goals, and not based on their financial situation. If you have any questions about the school, please contact Stephen C. Trombulak, Director, Middlebury School of the Environment (


(posted 02/24/2014)


The Humanness Project is a startup organization working towards organizing society in a way that correlates with what it means to be a human being. We help communities organize democratically to foster stronger and more equitable political and economic structures based on human relationships. By coming together and talking on equal footing in democratic conversations, people shift political and economic calculations away from profit based measurements and partisan fighting to decisions immersed in real human relationships.


By fostering participatory democracy, The Humanness Project promotes individual and community rights, aims to build bridges between typically opposing parties, and helps empower communities politically and economically. It does this through community organizing and outreach, education and training, independent research, documentation, advocacy, and its press.

The rationale for our work is based on a rethinking of economic calculations to include things we do not or cannot measure and on a political philosophy that everyone should be free from oppression by other people and institutions. Believing that everyone has some truth in their convictions, we follow a non-partisan argument for removing power from big government, corporations, and banks by empowering citizens, communities, and small businesses. We do this by organizing communities to be more democratic.


By challenging the mainstream thought process that dictates how most of us conceptualize the economy and discussing why that thought process is wrong or limited, we can formulate alternatives to the current economic and political structure.

This analysis, as well as our methods for organizing communities, is illustrated in a book by our founder, Colby Hopkins, called “Another World IS Possible: Freedom, Economic Truth, and Creating a Society of Humanness.”


Opportunities for Students with The Humanness Project

We want to provide young people with an opportunity to be leaders in our movement. Therefore, we offer students unparalleled opportunities for leadership, education, personal and professional growth, and a unique chance to make a global impact.

We offer students the tools they need to help foster alternatives to the current political and economic models and to create real participatory democracy in their local communities. Our commitment to students includes a variety of trainings in outreach strategies and tactics, relationship building, team building, campaign strategies and tactics, power dynamics, participatory democracy facilitation, and understanding the real economy and alternative methods.


Once students are involved with The Humanness Project, we connect them with additional resources including anti-oppression and direct action trainings.


Additionally, students who are working with The Humanness Project will have opportunities for internships in a variety of non-profit roles including campaign development, communications, journalism, writing, editing, publishing, and more. Moving forward, we plan to develop internships around the needs and interests of the students. As a grassroots organization, we have many roles to fill for carrying out our work.


In addition, we have a small publishing company, The Humanness Project Press, that we are developing to help fund our work. Students interested in media and publishing will have opportunities with the press as well.

Who We Are Looking For

The Humanness Project will be fueled by the creativity, energy, and optimism of students. We are looking for students who are catalysts for change on campus — someone who is ready to rise to the challenge and provide others with guidance and purpose in the face of uncertainty. We want to connect with idealists who want to make the world a better place and who believe in the power of people! If you have the desire to create change, we can help you channel it.


If you’re up for the challenge, we want to hear from you. If you would like to join our movement, email us at


Another world IS possible and you can make it so.





(posted 06/02/2014)

Wild Gift Fellowship & Grant Opportunity: Using Wilderness as an Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs


Every year Wild Gift recruits outstanding new leaders to its Network of better-world entrepreneurs through an intensive application process. We have begun to accept applications for the 2014-2015 Fellowship Class. Through a rigorous application process, we recruit dynamic young individuals (ages 21-35) with innovative, entrepreneurial ideas. Successful applicants exhibit a deep passion and commitment to wilderness and sustainability and the capacity to bring better world projects to fruition.


Our 16-month Fellowship provides mentoring, seed funding up to $10,000, networking, and other related services to lift the Fellows' ventures off the ground. In addition, each Fellow receives the "Wild Gift" -- a wilderness immersion experience connecting them to the natural world on a very personal level, where they unplug, incubate ideas, envision their work and lives, and gain the inspiration, perspective and balance critical to effective leadership. Fellows also become a part of the Wild Gift Network -- a community of like-minded, action-oriented individuals that will support them on their lifelong journey to develop and promote more sustainable communities.


Our Wild Gift website has detailed information about the current members of the Network and their leadership initiatives, which may be helpful for potential applicants to review:


The application is available at and is due by July 15, 2014 at 5 PM MT.


You can see some of our recent Wild Gift Fellows featured in this video:

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