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Montgomery County Government Climate Internship – Spring and/or Summer 2020

Internship Duration

Spring Internship: January – May 2020 (start/end dates are flexible)

Summer Internship: June – August 2020 (start/end dates are flexible)

Application Deadline

January 17, 2020 for Spring Internship

April 30, 2020 for Summer Internship

Rolling acceptances, so applying early is recommended.

Hours Per Week

16 – 40

 

The County Executive’s Office in Montgomery County, Maryland, is seeking part-time or full-time interns. This is a competitive internship for qualified undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduates with diverse backgrounds who have strong interest, education, or experience in climate, sustainability, and clean and renewable energy policy, or in related fields. This is an unpaid internship and is intended for the educational benefit of the intern.

Montgomery County has been a national leader in responding to the challenge of climate change. The County was the first in the nation to declare a climate emergency.

In July 2019, Montgomery County launched a planning process to develop prioritized actions and strategies to meet the County’s GHG emissions reduction goals. County staff and community members are collaborating on the development of a Climate Action and Resilience Plan that will provide a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality and will also include recommendations for adapting to a changing climate.

The intern will collaborate with County employees on projects on diverse climate and energy issues such as:

  • Climate change policy and planning
  • Climate adaptation/resilience policy
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy policy
  • Digital communications for climate action/resilience planning, including through generating strategy and content for social media, ArcGIS Story Maps, and County-wide newsletters
  • Community engagement in the climate action/resilience planning process, including through identifying and connecting with community/governmental partners, planning events/workshops, and developing input methods like surveys
  • Centering equity, social justice, and inclusivity in community engagement approaches for climate planning
  • Incorporating the following into climate action/resilience planning and policy:
  • Equity and social justice
  • Health, economic, and social considerations
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Urban planning; community/regional planning

The intern will work closely with County employees to gain experience by attending meetings and briefings, conducting research, writing summaries, etc. We will work with the intern to assign projects that will increase their knowledge in energy and climate issues while supporting their strengths and interests.

The successful intern will possess the following qualities and skills:

  • Strong academic and/or volunteer/work experience in climate and energy policy and sustainability, as well as a strong interest in and desire to learn more about these fields.
  • Individuals in other fields (e.g., marketing/communications, art/design, public health, economics, sociology, social work, geography, English, creative writing, history, biology) who are excited to make linkages to climate/energy/sustainability are also welcome to apply
  • Enthusiasm for the process of finding solutions to climate and energy challenges
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Independent and self-motivated worker; eager to ask questions
  • Diligence in research and high attention to detail
  • Values high-quality work and importance of deadlines

Please submit your resume and cover letter to climate@montgomerycountymd.gov . Early submission is recommended as we will review applications when they are received.