Monday, March 25, 2013

Direct from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Internships with EPA’s Smart Growth Program
Do you know a student who is interested in helping communities grow more sustainably? The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities, which manages EPA’s Smart Growth program, is seeking interns for summer 2013. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research, support technical assistance efforts in states and communities, develop tools and gain insight into environmental policymaking and planning. Interns may assist with research and writing of briefing papers, reports and presentations; document review; communications activities; and/or analytical and logistical tasks. Applicants should submit a brief cover letter summarizing their interests and qualifications (not to exceed one page), current resume and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to Adhir Kackar at Applications for internships are due April 19, 2013. Interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to apply, although summer interns do not need to be attending classes. All internships will be housed in EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Internships will be unpaid (although a subsidy is offered to offset commute costs) and moving/relocation costs will not be provided. Start and end dates are flexible.

Two positions are being advertised; applicants are invited to select one or both for consideration. For both positions, OSC is seeking candidates that possess superior oral and written communication skills; are quick learners; demonstrate strong analytic skills in reviewing and collecting information; and work well in a fluid, dynamic environment. Knowledge of sustainable development/smart growth and/or land use/environmental planning issues is highly desired.

Sustainable Communities Intern
OSC is seeking a summer intern to assist with research and writing of briefing papers, reports and presentations; document review; and/or analytical and logistical tasks. Topics could include financing for sustainable infrastructure investments; green building and sustainable design; mapping and metrics to determine the location efficiency for development; local and regional economic development; project financing for transit-oriented development; quantification of the environmental and economic benefits of sustainable development and smart growth; rural sustainable development approaches; and/or climate mitigation and adaptation. The intern will work directly with OSC staff and in some cases colleagues and counterparts throughout EPA and other federal agencies.

Communications Intern
OSC is seeking a summer intern to assist with a wide variety of communications projects. These could include updating or developing content for new pages on the OSC website; assisting with research, writing, and editing of reports and case studies; assisting in outreach to colleges and universities; developing press releases; and advising on social media. The intern may also support communications activities for the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. In addition to the skills listed above, the intern should have demonstrated and specialized experience/education in communications efforts.


Outdoor Nation Chicago Signature Summit
July 13-14, 2013, University of Chicago
With its lead partners, Chicago Wilderness and the Chicago Park District, Outdoor Nation will descend on the Windy City July 13-14 for its Midwest Regional Summit. In addition to the partners above, Outdoor
Nation is working with a wide range of local and national not-for‐profit organizations such as Sierra Club, Children in Nature Network and the Chicagoland Environmental Network to identify youth and young adult leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences to attend this once-in‐a-lifetime opportunity.

Outdoor Nation is looking for additional partners in this region to send leaders ages 16–28, who want to be part of a millennial-led movement that is working to champion outdoor issues on campuses and in communities. The two-day Summit will bring together more than 200 millennial leaders to connect with local peers, identify the most pressing regional outdoor issues, discuss and develop strategies and solutions, receive leadership training and ultimately commit to taking action together. With top trainers, facilitators and world class speakers, Outdoor Nation will ensure delegates experience a meaningful leadership development program that provides the resources, information, and access that they need to become outdoor champions and community leaders. Check out for more information on the Summit, how to apply and other opportunities through Outdoor Nation!