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2012 Climate Change Internships

Below is a list of Spring 2012 internship options. Contact Nicky Phear, if you have interest in applying. Qualifications are noted on this spreadsheet.  

All internships are based in Missoula.  Internships typically run between six to eight hours per week, and from January 23 through May 4, 2012. 

For internships listed as “ENERGY INTERNSHIP,” students are eligible to apply for a $2,000 tuition credit available through the Governor’s Office if they are able to complete 200 hours of work (roughly 14 hours per week).  Students must have completed one year of college and be able to demonstrate financial need. 

Climate Change Internship Opportunities
Spring Semester, 2012

1. Clark Fork Coalition: (ENERGY INTERNSHIP)
The Clark Fork Coalition intern will help prepare western Montana’s natural and human communities for the impacts of climate change, with replicable science-based strategies and tools that strengthen the Clark Fork watershed’s resilience and adaptive capacity.  In particular, a student intern will be asked to help CFC staff: 1) model climate mitigation approaches for other businesses and groups in the region; 2) coordinate climate adaptation efforts in Missoula County; and, 3) provide education, communications, and outreach to citizens.

2. Montana Renewable Energy Association: (ENERGY INTERNSHIP)
The student will interview small-scale renewable energy businesses located throughout Montana.  Each interview will be written up as a profile of the business owner, the history of the business, and the role the business plays in the local community.  Depending on the student’s skills and interests, he/she will also produce short video profiles of the businesses.  Video profiles may include images of the business owner and employees at work, photos of renewable energy systems they’ve installed, comments from the business owner about the company’s history, activities, and motivation for their work, and comments from customers of the business.  The written and video profiles will be used to increase awareness of the importance of Montana’s small-scale renewable energy industry: both its environmental impact and its economic role in Montana communities.

3. Missoula Urban Demonstration Project:  (ENERGY INTERNSHIP)

4. M+R Strategic Services(ENERGY INTERNSHIP)
The intern will assist M+R’s/ Pew’s work related to clean energy and climate through grassroots and grasstops outreach, media outreach, and event organizing.  Specific activities include: Letters to the Editor (LTEs) – drafting LTEs, finding people to submit them and helping to get the letters placed in papers; Sign on letters – Circulating sign on letters by email and following up with phone calls to generate a significant number of signers; Grassroots/Grasstops Outreach – Communicating with the general public through tabling and other activities to build support with clean energy businesses and veterans; Media Outreach – Assisting with the planning and execution of media work from guest columns and editorial board visits to news releases and press conferences; and Events – Assisting with the planning, outreach and publicity to organize successful events (film screenings, public forums, and presentations).

5. USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station: Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program:
The Forest Service is currently investigating the impacts of changing climate on indices of the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS).  NFDRS is used operationally to determine public awareness (Smokey’s arm), preparedness levels on the districts and nationally, staffing levels, and recreational closures.  The intern will provide guidance on how to account for changing climate when setting local levels of fire danger by either 1) preparing a regional time series analysis of weather data used in NRDRS, or 2) examining trends in NFDRS for Northern Rocky Mountains region (statistics knowledge required).  The intern will be provided a thorough orientation and step-by-step instructions.

6. USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station:
The intern will assist an RMRS Research Forester (Dr. Anderson), National Forest System Economist (Keith Stockmann), and other Forest Service personnel in developing methods for applying national-level forest carbon accounting protocols to Forest Service Regions (such as the Northern Region, which includes northern Idaho and Montana) and to individual National Forests. Emphasis will be on quantifying carbon in the harvested wood products carbon pool using the IPCC production accounting approach. Results will be presented by the student in a written report, but he or she will have the opportunity to contribute to a published General Technical Report if interested.

7. Bureau of Business & Economic Research, Forest Industry Research Program:
Working with research foresters at BBER, the intern will help conduct a logging utilization study in Montana by visiting active logging sites, measuring felled trees, recording data, entering data into an Excel spreadsheet, and performing data analysis.  The intern will typically work one day per week in the forest or office, work closely with experienced foresters, and prepare a poster that describes the research and findings.  The student project will be an unpaid internship for the Spring semester, with the possibility of additional paid work during the summer, depending on performance and funding availability.

8. Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute:
The intern will interview Wilderness and possibly other natural resource managers (FS, BLM, NPS, FWS) about environmental change they have seen over time; probe and document changes they are seeing in the wilderness and what this might mean for future management addressing things like climate change, invasive species, human impacts; develop case study stories for magazine outlets (Journal of Wilderness) and for a collection/retrospective for the Wilderness Act’s 50th Anniversary;  showcased during the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act; and build internal awareness of wilderness management needs and identify research needs.

9. The Wilderness Society(Internship Filled)
As a major part of its climate change educational outreach program in the Northern Rockies, TWS is launching a new, interactive website that focuses on climate change issues, impacts, and adaptation projects in Montana.  The intern will keep the new website updated, including searches for climate-change relevant news stories in regional newspapers, proofing new stories, slide shows, and text for the website, writing new stories, and possible work on video filming sessions with Montanan citizens talking about their personal experience of climate change to date.

10. US Forest Service Northern Region:  (Internship Filled)
This internship involves working with the Climate Change Coordinator for the Northern Region.  The intern will use GIS skills to help map and graph climate related changes to the Northern Rockies, which will then be integrated into a new website for the FS featuring climate change "primers" and a slideshow of sorts to allow the user to click into specific resources.

11. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Missoula Office:
Missoula BLM office is interested in having a student intern complete a Greenhouse Gas Inventory for their office and operations. 

11. Climate Ride
Possible projects could vary widely depending on strengths and interests of intern. Projects could include but are not limited to: Managing Climate Riders: encouraging fundraising and training, answering questions about ride; Developing and maintaining Climate Rider “buddy” program; Developing and implementing a Social Networking strategy: Determining appropriate frequency and messaging though out the year; engaging followers and working to convert them to riders; Outreach: Contacting environmental, university, and bicycle groups nationwide to expand awareness of Climate Ride and increase ridership; and Fundraising Prizes: Procure new prizes, determine how prizes shall be won, track winners, and send out winnings.

12. ASUM Sustainability Center(ENERGY INTERNSHIP) 
This internship involves researching and developing options for a proposed air travel policy at the University of Montana.  Air travel is one big piece of UM’s greenhouse gas emissions that has not yet been addressed with possible mitigation strategies or alternatives. 

13. Sustainable Business Council: (ENERGY INTERNSHIP)
The Sustainable Business Council’s internship program involves assisting with the Strive Towards Sustainability (STS) Assessment Program, which helps businesses determine how sustainable they currently are and in what areas they can improve.  Interns will help create a network of businesses that are on a sustainable path and encourage those within the networks to collaborate and support one another.   There are three specific internship possibilities: 1) IT Maintenance and Development; 2) Marketing and Outreach; and 3) Product Development & Strive Towards Sustainability Sales Intern.

14. Montana Audubon(ENERGY INTERNSHIP)  (Internship Filled)
Working directly with Amy Cilimburg (Montana Audubon, Missoula office), the intern will gather information and conduct activities around issues of renewable energy development in Montana. The development of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs are clearly needed to combat global climate change.  We need answers to the following questions:  What kinds of renewable energy are most likely to be developed in Montana in the near future and where will these be located?  Specifically, how and where can energy be developed in concert with protection of wildlife and wildlife habitats?  Additionally, there is a strong interest in increasing Montana’s Renewable Energy Standards.  Currently we have a requirement that 15% of the electricity we use in-state will come from renewables by 2015. What are the benefits and challenges to increasing this to ~25%? This internship will help Audubon better understand the answers to these questions in order to help drive good policy and communicate with our Audubon members. 

15. Climate Change Studies Program:
This internship involves research and promotion that will help develop the Climate Change Studies minor program.  We seek an intern to: 1) research undergraduate and graduate climate change education programs in the US and abroad that bridge the science and societal dimensions and summarize their approaches, student outcomes, and faculty research areas;  2) promote CCS courses and program by creating an informational board, posting fliers and posters around campus, and offering recommendations for website enhancement; and, 3) provide recommendations for new educational approaches that could be integrated into UM’s CCS program.

16. UM Office of Sustainability:  (ENERGY INTERNSHIP) 
There are a number of potential internship opportunities available through UM’s Office of Sustainability.  Projects will help advance UM’s Use Your Power Wisely Campaign and also UM’s Climate Action Plan. 

17. Missoula City Greenhouse Gas Advisory Committee:  (ENERGY INTERNSHIP) 
Missoula City Greenhouse Gas Advisory Committee (GHGT ) aids in community-wide education and communication of energy efficiency opportunities to minimize greenhouse gas generation and to monitor and lead energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. The GHGT would like to work with a student intern that may be interested in advocating for policy at state and local levels on topics such as green building above codes, energy efficiency financing, municipal energy projects, reducing green house emissions, neighborhood LED lighting, renewable energy credit marketing program, and website development.  (Internship not fully confirmed)

18. University of Montana- Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology:  (ENERGY INTERNSHIP)
Apply directly through the Governor’s office:, and work with Nicky Phear to establish credit. 
Renewable energy coordinator - The intern would be responsible for energy monitoring in the two houses located at the UM FLAT; the maintenance, monitoring and upgrading of the existing 2.8 kw photovoltaic array; design and implementation of additional passive solar, active solar, biomass or wind energy systems, including permitting, contracting and installation. The intern will also be responsible for organizing and delivering public education programs concerning renewable energy. Interns are required to be currently enrolled UM-Missoula students.

19. MT Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation:  (ENERGY INTERNSHIP)
Apply directly through the Governor’s office:, and work with Nicky Phear to establish credit. 
Program Assistant, Biomass Utilization. The work of the intern would include: 1. compile data to draft case studies of existing wood energy projects in MT; 2. intern must have strong MS Excel skills in creating charts/graphs of energy info for projects; 3. writing website content; 4. analyze previously compiled biomass energy assessments to determine if there is renewed potential for viable projects at previously analyzed public facilities.

20. Sustainable Building Systems (ENERGY INTERNSHIP)
Apply directly through the Governor’s office:, and work with Nicky Phear to establish credit. 
Marketing and Development for Northwestern Energy E+ Business Rebate program: This intern will work with upper level staff (GM and Marketing Mngr) to implement the sales, communications and marketing flow for SBS’s participation in NWE E+ Business Rebate program. Duties will include site visits, proposals, press releases, data base tracking, data entry and web-based reporting.