Worldwatch Institute Positions 2012

Summer Population Internship
The population internship with Worldwatch is a unique opportunity to support and participate in research that drives environmental policy. The intern will work closely with the Institute’s Environment and Society department. Responsibilities include: research and fact-checking; collecting, organizing, and managing web content; organizing resources and contacts; and assisting in writing and outreach that will contribute to and help to promote the ongoing project.

Summer Food and Agriculture Internship
The Food & Agriculture Research Internship with Worldwatch is a unique opportunity to support and participate in research that drives environmental and agricultural policy. The intern will work closely with the Institute's food and agriculture staff to refine and organize information that will contribute to a project on sustainable agricultural innovations. Responsibilities include: research and fact-checking; collecting, organizing, and managing web content; organizing resources and contacts; providing logistical and administrative support to on-the-ground research; and assisting in writing and outreach that will contribute to and help to promote the ongoing Nourishing the Planet project. Interns will also have the chance to have their name published on prominent environmental websites and in major newspapers and columns around the world.

Summer Communications Internship
The communications Internship is a great opportunity to hone some of the most marketable skills in the communications field. The intern will work closely with the communications team to monitor and analyze Worldwatch’s media outreach activities. Responsibilities include: designing the presentation of online information and data, managing web content, and helping to create a multi-media component to the project. Interns will have the opportunity to have their articles published in major news outlets, gain experience in writing press releases and opinion editorials, do effective reporter outreach, and stage events.

Summer Vital Signs Online Internship
The Vital Signs Online  Internship with Worldwatch is a unique opportunity to support and participate in research that drives environmental policy. The intern will work closely with the Institute’s researchers and publications staff to promote, design, organize, and develop information and content for the Institute’s Vital Signs publication. Responsibilities include: research and fact-checking; collecting, organizing, and managing web content; organizing resources and contacts; and assisting in writing and outreach that will contribute to and help to promote the ongoing project.

The ideal candidates will have:
• Excellent writing and communication skills, preferably experience reporting on issues for newspapers, journals, and other publications.
• Experience with web and library research.
• Basic-to-intermediate facility with spreadsheet software, web design, and blogging software.
• Demonstrated experience in and passion for food and agriculture issues--and for the importance of accurate information and analysis to guide environmental decision-making.
• Demonstrated interest and capability in synthesizing complex sets of data.
• Coursework reflecting interest and knowledge of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of food and agriculture production.
• Experience working for environmental or other sustainability-oriented organizations, as well as international experience, are a plus.

The work requires attention to detail and an ability to carefully and accurately document authoritative sources for all information gathered. Successful interns are comfortable contacting experts to track down data and other information. A curiosity about how the environment relates to social, political, and economic realities and a capacity to see connections across fields and specialties are critical.