Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES

IBES Summer Internship Program - Grow Smart RI Opportunity

April 10, 2019

Applications may be submitted through Handshake beginning Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Application Due Date:  Monday, April 22 at 5:00PM

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society has partnered with Grow Smart Rhode Island to offer a paid summer internship experience for Brown University students.  This award allows the selected student to explore career options and engage in experiential learning activities outside of the classroom.  Please note - IBES will provide student with a stipend in place of a salary paid by the organization. 

  • Number of Openings: 1
  • Hours Per Week: 25 Min (must work minimum 320 hrs total)
  • Start Date: June 1, 2019 (some flexibility)
  • End Date: September 1, 2019 (some flexibility)
  • Location: Downtown Providence
  • $4,000 stipend
  • $2,900 Department Summer Earnings Waiver (DSEW) award for students who qualify
About Grow Smart Rhode Island

Grow Smart RI is a public interest nonprofit group that has assembled a broad coalition of business and civic leaders and concerned citizens to provide an effective statewide voice in support of sustainable and equitable economic growth and an outstanding quality of place. They have a nearly 20-year history of convening broad coalitions that promote best practice tools and policy reforms that help build communities where all people and businesses can thrive. Among the ways they pursue this broad community strengthening objective are by advocating for enhanced incentives and investments for urban and town center revitalization, as well as by promoting responsible public investment in a 21st century transportation system, together with land use strategies that enhance our economy, and protect our farm and forest land. 

Policy Research, Analysis and Writing Internship Description

Intern will play a role in the development of Grow Smart RI’s advocacy to encourage subsequent renewable energy siting to follow smart growth principles by giving priority to areas that have already been developed or disturbed, such as landfills, brownfields, roof tops and parking lots, to take the development pressure off RI farms and forests. In addition the intern will be assisting to research applicable policies needed to protect the role of natural resources, particularly the forest, in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Grow Smart is working with broad based stakeholder groups to formulate the policy changes and the intern will have the benefit of participating in these policy discussions. This position requires research and writing, as well as a fair amount of analysis of key proposals in areas of interest. 

Qualifications and Education Requirements
  • Proficient in policy research, writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Attention to detail
  • Access to a laptop for use during the internship
Preferred Skills:
  • Knowledge of climate change and renewable energy options
  • Knowledge of one or more key issues, e.g., forest fragmentation, forest carbon sequestration, preserving farm and forest land; economic incentives to encourage development in appropriate locations
  • Some computer savvy
  • Experience writing about complicated public policy topics for the general public
You may apply if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • You are an active Brown undergraduate student (May 2019 graduates are not eligible).
  • If you are studying abroad or on leave: You may apply provided you maintain an active, registered status at Brown.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but may be subject to tax withdrawals if their nation of citizenship does not have treaty benefits with the US - please contact the Brown Payroll Office if you have questions regarding this matter.
Program Expectations
  • Internships must be 8-12 weeks with students expected to complete a minimum of 320 hours of supervised work. Experience is for the summer only, so work hast to be completed by August 31, 2019. 
  • Students must collaborate with their supervisors to develop and submit a work plan to [email protected] (cc to [email protected]by May 3, 2019.
  • Participants need to provide a one paragraph mid-summer check-in and 1-2 page end of summer summary about their internship experience, as well as, photos taken of them working in the field.
  • Selected students and the organizations they work with will be required to submit feedback forms at the end of the internship experience
How to Apply
  • We will start accepting online applications via Handshake on Wednesday, April 10th.
  • Application deadline is Monday, April 22 at 5:00PM
  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring their resume and cover letter to CareerLAB or The Writing Center for review before submitting their application.
  • Hiring organizations will directly contact potential candidates they wish to interview.
  • Applicants should send inquiries to [email protected], instead of personally contacting organizations.
  • Students will be notified of selection status before the end of April
  1. These awards are designed to fund substantive summer experiences that involve full-time commitments over an 8-12 week period.
  2. These awards may not be combined with other funding from Brown, such as UTRA, Voss Fellowships, IBES ENVS Concentrator Summer Research & Internship Awards, Royce, or Link awards.
Applications Submitted through Handshake at Brown must include the following:
  1. Cover Letter explaining your interest in the opportunity and how you believe this experience will benefit you academically & professionally.
  2. Current Résumé; you can visit the CareerLAB site for résumé & cover letter tips.
  3. Provide contact information for at least one reference (preferably a Brown faculty member, though not required). DON’T send letters of recommendation, just info on how to contact a reference in case organization chooses to ask them about you. Click here to download Reference Contact Information Form.

Feel free to email Jeanne Loewenstein if you have questions - [email protected]

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