Climate Change Communication Interdisciplinary Intern - Summer 2015

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Climate Change Communication Interdisciplinary Intern - Summer 2015
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Center for Climate Change Communication and National Park Service
Arlington, VA
February 27, 2015


Climate Change Communication Paid Internships, Summer 2015

National Park Service (National Capital Region) &

George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication


Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015



The National Park Service (NPS) cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.  In this capacity, NPS is in a unique position to observe changes brought about by global warming, and to engage park visitors in conversations about climate change.  George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) conducts research on, and teaches about, climate change public engagement strategies.

Up to eight interns (including two multimedia interns) will have the opportunity to work with 4C, NPS, park staff and the NPS’s Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance on climate change communication projects at National Capital Region Parks (Greater Washington, D.C.) in the summer of 2015. Examples of previous year’s projects can be found at



The 10-week internships are open to graduate students or exceptional rising junior or senior undergraduate students studying in any relevant field. The internship program seeks students with interdisciplinary backgrounds and interests in a combination of: biology, environmental science, sustainability, natural resources, sociology, communication, psychology, and other disciplines. Students must be attending a U.S. accredited college or university and must be legally allowed to work in the U.S. Interns may be required to pass a Federal government background check.


Please indicate in your resume and cover letter your knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following:

-Communication, marketing, journalism, social science, or environmental sciences

-Experience with social media in an organizational context

-Volunteering or volunteer management experience

-Outdoor education, interpretation or natural resource management


Dates, Duration, and Location

Internships are full time (40 hours per week) for ten weeks, running from Monday, June 1 to Friday, August 7, 2015, with the possibility of extension through Friday, August 21, 2015. All work will take place in the Washington, DC metro area. Housing is not provided. Having a personal vehicle is recommended and ideal but not required.



Interns will be paid a minimum of $250 per week on biweekly pay schedule.


How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following materials (combined as one PDF file with applicant’s name as the file name) to with “NPS4C - [Applicant Name]” as the subject line:

(1) Resume or CV

(2) Undergraduate and/or graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

(3) One page cover letter discussing your specific interest in the internship and highlighting your qualifications.

(4) TWO references: name, contact information, and nature of the relationship (e.g., professor, employer)


Please Note: Only COMPLETE applications will be reviewed.


Inquiries regarding this internship may be directed to


Internship Application Timeline:

            Deadline for completed applications: Friday, February 27th

            Interview selection: contacted no later than Friday, March 13th

            Interviews: March 16th through April 3rd

Applicants will be notified no later than: April 10th if they have been selected



The NPS and 4C seek a diverse cohort of interns. Applicants with diverse backgrounds from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


Jenell M. Walsh-Thomas, MS

PhD Student, GTA

George Mason University

Department of Environmental Science & Policy

Center for Climate Change Communication