International Intern
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 work with the International Program’s Latin America team on research, analysis and advocacy related to NRDC’s work on climate change, energy and sustainable coastal communities in Latin America. The intern will be assigned to work on one or a combination of the following projects depending on their qualifications and interests. The intern will also assist with research and writing on other ongoing projects in Chile and Mexico as needed, including helping to produce a weekly Latin America news summary blog.

Essential Functions :
Research tasks will include:
Supply chains driving deforestation in Latin America. The intern would 1) identify key multi-national companies based in China and/or the U.S. whose business practices are driving deforestation in Latin America, 2) trace the supply chain down to specific Latin American countries or further if possible, and 3) identify how NRDC could best advocate with those companies to change their ways.

Deployment of renewable energy in Latin America. Research the deployment of renewables in key countries in the region, primarily Mexico, Brazil and Chile. The intern would help identify the benefits countries have reaped from ramping up their renewable energy generation. This could include, for example, an analysis of “green jobs” created in those countries, or of avoided greenhouse gas emissions, or of impacts on electricity prices.

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) identify groups working on fracking in Latin America, 2) research existing standards and regulations that apply to the industry in those countries, 3) research what international financial institutions and the US government are doing to provide support for fracking in Latin America, 3) review existing NRDC documentation on fracking in the US to help develop and draft material (blogs, factsheets, etc) in Spanish.

Sustainable building in Latin America. Research building standards & codes, including building efficiency codes, in key countries in Latin America (Chile and Mexico). Intern will 1) research existing codes for new and existing construction, 2) identify potential partners working on building sustainability and efficiency, including NGOs, trade associations, municipal governments, etc and 3) identify cities where promoting sustainable building would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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

Required Skills

Bachelors degree in environmental 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 Chile or Mexico, is a plus. Graduate or very committed undergraduates are preferred.

This is an unpaid internship. Applicants should apply with a resume and cover letter by December 14, 2012 . 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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