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Hot HANDSHAKE Listings w/o 11/27: Jobs, Internships, Fellowships

HOT HANDSHAKE LISTINGS:

Here are some of this week’s Handshake internships, jobs and fellowships that might be of interest for you in the areas of social impact opportunities. Don’t forget to check out the Career Path social impact Top Resources links for many more opportunities in the sectors of nonprofit organizations/social services, corporate social responsibility, the environment and renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, international development, and sustainable food systems:

 

Regional Advisors’ Country Support Intern at Global Health Fellows Program II – due 11/28

Work for the Strategic and Communications Division at the Office of HIV/AIDS at the United States Agency for International Development next summer!

Middle School Program Coordinator at Breakthrough New York – due 11/30

Change the lives of NYC middle schoolers by leading the first two years of their path as BTNY students and ensuring their placement into top high schools.

Community Organizer Internship at Texas Campaign for the Environment – due 11/30

Work directly for the campaign to envision a Texas free from pollution where all communities have equal access to healthy land, water, and air.

Winter Term Warming Shelter Staff at Charter House Coalition – due 11/30

Spend your J-Term interning at Charter House Coalition and learning more about food and housing needs of the Addison County community.

Camp Program Assistant at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain – due 12/1

Work to deliver educational experiences for children participating in ECHO camps for youth grades 1-5.

Health Care Policy Intern at New York Sustainable Business Council – due 12/1

Work to advance meaningful healthcare legislation in the state of New York.

Organic, Grass-Based Cattle Ranching Apprenticeship at Quivira Coalition – due 12/1

Receive hands-on experience with a cow-calf and grass-finishing operation on the San Juan Ranch in Colorado.

Winter Term Business Development Associate at Metrus Energy – due 12/8

Designed as a learning opportunity for students interested in renewable energy, energy efficiency, or cleantech finance, the Winter Term Intern will simultaneously be exposed to ongoing training sessions with Metrus leadership on topics related to cleantech project finance and energy efficiency.

FELLOWSHIPS: Summer & Post-Grad

IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive at Carnegie Mellon University – due 12/1

A paid summer fellowship for rising seniors to work with leading security, analytics, and policy researchers and take coursework in security analytics and policy.

Fellowship at Environment America – due 12/1

Become an Environment America Fellow to help build a greener, healthier world with clean air, clean water, and clean energy.

Grist Spring 2018 Fellowship at Grist – due 12/29

A perfect opportunity for a 6-month paid fellowship for a Feb offering three fellowships: a news fellowship, an environmental justice fellowship and a video fellowship! Are you an aspiring writer looking for an opportunity to hone your skills at a national news outlet and deepen your understanding of environmental issues? Here’s your chance, apply now.

Harvard’s Synergy: A Conference on Social Innovation & Enterprises Apply by 11/30

Harvard’s Synergy
In three days, Harvard’s Synergy gives you the skills, mentorship, and network to create your own startup. Hosted by the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC), the signature conference at the university in Cambridge, MA from January 17 – 19, 2018, covers product ideation, business modeling, marketing, investor pitching, and other aspects of creating a successful social enterprise. Past participants have created space-efficient homeless shelters, a computer science academy for Zimbabwean students, and other worldwide startups. Visit their website for more details, or apply here by November 30th, 2017.

Interesting Environmental Events this Week on Campus

Put a Price On It: a Panel Discussion on Carbon Pricing at Middlebury & Beyond, 11/15/2017, 5:00 PM (Dana Auditorium – Sunderland Language Center)

Join Environmental Affairs for pizza and a screening of the carbon pricing documentary, Priceless, from the series Years of Living Dangerously. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion of carbon pricing at the national, state, and campus College. The discussion is a part of Carbon Pricing Initiative to encourage Middlebury to endorse federal and Vermont carbon pricing efforts and implement an internal carbon surcharge at Middlebury. The screening will begin at 6pm and the panel discussion at 7pm. Pizza (not Green Peppers) will be served at 5:45pm.

Communicating Science to the Public, 11/16/2017, 4:30 PM (Davis Family Library 201- Watson Lecture Hall)

In The Narrow Edge, winner of the 2016 Academies of Science Best Book Award, and the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists, Deborah Cramer accompanies small sandpipers along their extraordinary migration from the tip of South America up into their Arctic nesting grounds, exploring how their lives are intertwined with ours. At a time when “fake news” abounds, when so many take their news from social media and tweets, and people have not only their own opinions but also their own facts, we are experiencing a massive failure communicating science effectively to the general public.

Join author Deborah Cramer to examine how, in The Narrow Edge, she sought to bridge the gap between how scientists and the public understand the world, reshaping serious scholarly work for a wide audience.

 

This Week’s (week/of 11/13) Hot Internships & Jobs in Handshake

Hot Opportunities (jobs & internships) in Handshake This Week:

VIA Global Community Fellowship – due 11/15
Apply to spend 13-15 months at an NGO or school in Asia and support community development and youth education.

J-Term Internship at Addison County Parent Child Center – due 11/16

Impact America Corps Member – due 11/16
Work at one of Impact America’s several initiatives to fight poverty in the US, in direct service, education, administrative, media, or health-related positions.

Wilderness Field Instructor at New Vision Wilderness – due 11/20
Apply to be a full-time or seasonal field instructor to provide a safe, therapeutic atmosphere for struggling teens.

Energy & Water Corpsmember at Mile High Youth Corps – due 11/21

AmeriCorps Fellow at East End House – due 11/26
Create, manage, and lead meaningful out-of-school time programs for youth in grades 6-12 with a focus on mentoring.

J-Term Mentoring Programs Coordinator Internship at Stride Foundation – due 11/17
Stride Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls and women through sports mentoring.

Call for Students to do Research in the DR Over Winter Term 2018

Winter Term Independent Study: Evaluating Rural Development Models in the Dominican Republic

What role do international nongovernmental organizations play in promoting development? To what extent can they encourage environmental conservation and rural development, and make this model sustainable by creating a revenue stream rather than depending on grants? This experiential learning opportunity will entail 2 faculty and 3 students going to the Dominican Republic to evaluate an innovative development model used by Zorzal Cacao. This reserve-farm partnership links environmental conservation efforts to the development of sustainable and profitable organic Cacao cultivation. As such, it seeks to demonstrate how environmental conservation, local development, and profitability are not mutually exclusive, but in fact, can reinforce one another. Students will evaluate this innovative development model by conducting original fieldwork research, and could choose to engage in GIS mapping of existing farms to identify potential areas of development, survey farming partners to identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing partnerships, and research the factors that encourage or hinder potential new partners to participate in this model. Students will have a unique opportunity to engage in original fieldwork research and provide a professional program evaluation. Students must speak Spanish at either a proficient or fluent level.

Potential Projects that Students Might Select

  • Evaluate current farm-reserve model – compare to surrounding farms
  • Conservation – positive impact on thrush
  • Fair/Direct trade – development
  • Sustainability – ability of farm to support reserve
  • Geocoding – GIS analysis or develop interactive map for farm/reserve
  • Food focus – tree to bar, etc.

Time Line

  • November & December: students selected, and work with Professor Lewis and Professor Teets to develop projects. The owners will introduce the farm-reserve, and we will have other guests discuss different aspects of the project.
  • Students will make travel plans (and enroll in IS if desired) by late November
  • Dominican Republic: January 7th – 21st [Jan 7 (arrival day) to Jan 21st (return day)]

Application Process and Logistics

  • This opportunity is paid for through a Middlebury College grant, so all costs other than incidentals will be covered for participants.
  • If interested, students should email Professor Teets with a transcript, resume, and short essay explaining why you would like to participate, what sort of project most interests you, and how previous coursework, skills, or experiences have helped to prepare you to work on a research team in the DR.
  • Applications are due by November 7, 2017.
  • We will not have professional interpreters with us, so all students must be at least proficient in Spanish (fluency would be even better).