Fall 2013 International Internship
Natural Resources Defense Council - Washington, DC

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit national environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.2 million members and online activists. We have offices in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles, Chicago and Beijing. Our staff of over 400 includes attorneys, scientists, policy analysts and educators working to protect the environment and public health through advocacy and education.

Position Summary :
NRDC seeks an intern to work with our:
International Program

Intern will help produce a weekly Latin America news summary blog and a monthly Latin America newsletter. The intern will also work with the International Program’s Latin America team on research, analysis and advocacy related to one or more of NRDC’s projects on sustainable coastal development and clean energy and fuels in Latin America. The intern will be assigned to work on one or a combination of the following projects with a specific focus depending on their qualifications and interests.

Essential Functions :
Research tasks may include:
Deployment of renewable energy in Mexico. Research energy sector in Mexico, in particular the deployment of renewables and benefits reaped as a result of ramping up renewable energy generation. The intern will also help track the current proposal to reform Mexico’s energy sector.

Ecosystem services of coral reefs. Research and compile latest scientific analysis related to ecosystem services of coral reefs and marine reserves. Intern would conduct an in depth literature review and assessment of research and data available to help draft advocacy material on conservation and sustainable coastal development in Baja California, Mexico.

Shale gas exploitation (fracking) in Latin America. Research the current status and outlook of the shale gas sector in key countries in Latin America (Argentina, Mexico, Brazil). The intern would 1) research existing standards and regulations that apply to the industry in those countries, 2) research what international entities and governments may be doing to promote fracking in Latin America, 3) help develop and draft material (blogs, factsheets, etc) about fracking in Latin America.

Ongoing campaigns. As needed, assist the Latin America team with research, drafting materials, social media, and other tasks related to our ongoing work in Patagonia (Chile) and Baja California (Mexico), or our clean transportation and fuels work in Mexico.

Skills and Knowledge Requirements :
Bachelors degree in environmental policy, sciences or a related subject area;

Previous research experience is a plus;

Excellent written and verbal communications skills;

Strong interpersonal skills;

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with the capability to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure and be detail-oriented;

High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

The position requires working in both English and Spanish so applicant is expected to be bilingual, or a native speaker of one language and highly proficient in the other.

Familiarity with Latin America, especially Mexico or Chile, is a plus.

Graduate or very committed undergraduates are preferred.

This is an unpaid internship. To apply, please create a profile and upload your resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample (no more than 5 pages) by August 31, 2013 . No phone calls or faxes.

Please reference where you saw this posting. EOE. For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org.

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