Research & Internships Positions

WINTER 2017-18 JOB POSTING

Job Title: Animator Intern

Term/Start Date: Interterm 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Job Description:

The Office of Environmental Sustainability was established at Amherst College in the summer of 2014. It’s primary goal in this role is to integrate sustainability into the daily life of campus. The Animator Intern will work with the Office of Environmental Sustainability and other relevant departments on the following tasks:

  • Storyboard and create PSA videos for the OES’s website and social media pages. These will be short videos aimed to inform students and staff about how to keep our campus green. Specific campus places the videos should target include dorm rooms, offices, classrooms, etc.
  • Conduct research on other schools and organizations that have these types of videos
  • Determine how these videos will be used to help Amherst College meet its sustainability goals

Approximate Number of Hours: Potential to continue into the semester or summer if interested.

Requirements: Proven work experience as an animator. Creative mind and storytelling skills. Excellent research, creative, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to think outside of the box and work fairly independently. Ability to reflect on what would work for Amherst College and incorporate that into your recommendations.

Recommended: Experience and/or familiarity with sustainability and sustainable practices. Experience developing communication materials, particularly taking technical information and simplifying it for a general audience. 

Hourly Wage: $11/hour

How to Apply: Send an email to Suhasini Ghosh (sghosh16@amherst.edu) with the following information:

  • Name
  • Year
  • Major (if declared)
  • What interests you about this position?
  • Resume or CV can be attached if available (not a requirement to apply)

Contact Name: Suhasini Ghosh

Address: Services Building 103B, 6 East Street

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until December 18th or when the position is filled. 

 


 FALL 2017 STUDENT JOB POSTING:

New this year, the Office of Environmental Sustainability is offering several internships for students looking for positions during the semester.  Some of the interns will work individually, others will work on teams, but all interns will have the chance to connect and share ideas throughout the semester.

 The following positions are available for the fall 2017 semester:

 Waste Intern - In this role, you will work with the OES and Custodial to improve communication and signage around waste disposal, recycling, and composting on campus.

 Climate Intern -  In this role, you will work with the OES to roll out the climate action plan.

 Food & Farm Intern - In this role, you will work with the OES, Dining Services, and Book & Plow to improve communication on how B&P produce is used in Val, and help B&P with their communication strategies.

 Environmental Justice Intern - In this role, you will work with the OES to build this part of our office.  

 Communication Intern - In this role, you will work with the OES to improve its website and social media presence, build a listserv, and develop a newsletter. You will also work with the other interns to help design posters and other communication means to support their work.

 Event Intern - In this role, your main focus in the fall will be to work with the OES, MCR, WGC, and Book & Plow to plan an event with Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm. The event will be in February 2018. If you choose to stay on through the spring semester, you will help plan earth week events including the trash-to-fashion show.

Water Intern – In this role, you will work to implement a plan to reduce disposable water bottle use on campus.

 Students who are available for both semesters and make reasonable progress during the fall semester will be offered to continue into the spring semester. Any positions available in the spring will be posted again at that time. These positions are open to all students, although first-year students are encouraged to consider becoming an eco-rep.

Interested? Please fill out the application by September 10th. Laura will reach out to schedule appointments with all interested students the week of September 11th.  

 Interested in working on sustainability but can’t commit to working during the semester? We will have summer and interterm positions available as well. Respond here with your email and we will add you to our listserv.  

 

 


SUMMER 2017 STUDENT JOB POSTING:

The OES would like to annouce two internship positions for the Summer 2017: Carbon Pricing Research Intern & Energy Data Analyst Intern.  

Details are below, and applications are due April 12th, 2017.

Job Title: Research Intern: Carbon Pricing

Term/Start Date: 8 - 10 week internship during summer, 2017 (start/end date TBD)

Job Description: Putting a price on carbon emissions is seen by many as an effective way to fight climate change. Countries, regions, corporations, and even other colleges and universities have been experimenting with different ways to implement carbon pricing within their own operations. Additionally, some are pushing their government officials to create carbon price policies. However, questions remain on how design carbon pricing to ensure emissions are actually reduced by avoiding rebound effects or passing costs down the supply chain. The Carbon Pricing Research Intern will be tasked with determining how Amherst College might approach carbon pricing – should we use this approach to reduce our own emissions and/or should we use or influence to encourage carbon pricing at the state, national, or global level?  Why (or why not) and how (or how else)? The Research Intern will work with the Office of Environmental Sustainability and other relevant departments on the following tasks:

  • Conduct research on other schools, organizations, and governments that are applying carbon pricing in unique and successful (or unsuccessful) ways. This will include desktop research, interviews, and potential site visits.  This will involve learning what has worked well and what has failed, and how they learned from those experiences;
  • Determine how carbon pricing might be used to help Amherst College met its climate action goals, and how the college can engage in meaningful dialogue about the role of carbon pricing in state and federal policy;
  • Present back to relevant staff the results of your research and recommendations;
  • Participate in the SURF poster session to present your results to your peers; and,
  • Other tasks determined along the way to support the outcome of this study, or otherwise supporting the working of the Office of Environmental Sustainability.

Approximate Number of Hours: 35 hours per week

Requirements: Excellent research, analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to think outside of the box and work fairly independently. Ability to reflect on what would work for Amherst College and incorporate that into your recommendations.

Recommended: Experience and/or familiarity with carbon pricing or other climate policies. Experience developing communication materials, particularly taking technical information and simplifying it for a general audience. 

Hourly Wage: $11/hour plus housing

How to Apply: Send an email to Laura Draucker (ldraucker@amherst.edu) with the following information:

  • Name
  • Year
  • Major (if declared)
  • What interests you about this position?
  • Resume or CV can be attached if available (not a requirement to apply)

Contact Name: Laura Draucker

Address: Services Building 103B, 6 East Street

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until April 12th or when the position is filled. 

 

Job Title: Energy Data Analyst Intern

Term/Start Date: 8 - 10 week internship during summer, 2017 (start/end date TBD)

Job Description: Amherst College has recently invested in new building energy meters to help conserve resources and improve efficiency. The data generated can be used by facilities to monitor buildings operations as well as students who are interested in using data to change behaviors. Many energy dashboards exist that display metered data, but studies suggest and experiences from peer institutions confirm that these “off the shelf” displays usually don’t engage students enough to create change. Additionally, facilities will need ways to help them mine the data for interesting trends so they can identify and fix problems quickly. The Energy Data Analyst Intern will be tasked with sorting through the data we have collected so far and determine the best way to store, present, and manipulate it to meet our needs. The Energy Data Analyst Intern will work with the Office of Environmental Sustainability and other relevant departments on the following tasks:

  • Sort through and collect data from the energy meters currently on campus;
  • Conduct research on how other schools or organizations have dealt with energy meter data and display in unique and successful (or unsuccessful) ways. This will include desktop research, interviews, and potential site visits.  This will involve learning what has worked well and what has failed, and how they learned from those experiences;
  • Work with facilities to understand their analytical needs and help develop data collection and reports to support those needs;
  • Develop some sample dashboard outputs to present back to the campus community;
  • Present back to relevant staff the results of your research and recommendations; and,
  • Other tasks determined along the way to support the outcome of this study, or otherwise supporting the working of the Office of Environmental Sustainability.

Approximate Number of Hours: 35 hours per week 

Requirements: Excellent data analytic, research, and interpersonal skills. Ability to think outside of the box and work fairly independently. Ability to reflect on what would work for Amherst College and incorporate that into your recommendations.

Recommended: Experience and/or familiarity working with large data sets. Experience taking technical information and simplifying it for a general audience.  

Hourly Wage: $11/hour plus housing

 How to Apply: Send an email to Laura Draucker (ldraucker@amherst.edu) with the following information:

  • Name
  • Year
  • Major (if declared)
  • What interests you about this position?
  • Resume or CV can be attached if available (not a requirement to apply) 

Contact Name: Laura Draucker

Address: Services Building 103B, 6 East Street

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until April 12th or when the position is filled.