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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Education


 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Shell Center for Sustainability supports educational opportunities in the area of sustainable development. We are glad to present internship positions offered by our participating partners. Through this link, we present internship openings for qualified Rice University students interested in participating in sustainability projects.
 

STUDENTS:
If you are a Rice University student and are interested in an opportunity to participate as an intern in a sustainability project, please review these positions. Apply directly and submit your resume if a contact is listed. Contact the Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) if you have any questions or for more information. If a contact is not listed include the title in your communication and include your resume for consideration. 

Social Science majors, contact us for information on how you can receive credit for your internship.

 
EMPLOYERS:
Do you have a sustainability project? Are you looking for Rice students with an interest in sustanable development to intern with your organization?  Contact the Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS). We'll be glad to help. 

 

 

   

Meet Our Interns: 

 

 Cleek 

Shell Center for Sustainability Intern - Fall 2010, Spring 2011 

Angeleah Cleek is a Junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business. She has experience conducting and analyzing research projects, having completed research with Dr. Sandra Parsons, a professor at Rice University, and over the summer she interned in the legal department at a pipeline and construction company. Angeleah is also interested in getting involved in the field of sustainability and the environment.  
 Luttenschlager 

Shell Center for Sustainability Intern - Fall 2010, Spring 2011 

Tatyana Luttenschlager is a sophomore Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policies Major. She is the Secretary/Treasurer for Engineers Without Borders and is actively involved on its Nicaragua 1 Project. She traveled to Nicaragua spring of last year to identify a new possible community to work in. She is looking forward on working at the SCS to learn more about the research and the people involved in sustainability. 
Lila Holzman 

Shell Center for Sustainability Intern - Spring 2009 

Lila Holzman is a senior double majoring in Environmental Engineering and Policy Studies (focusing on Environmental Policy).  She spent her junior fall semester participating in a program studying International Environment and Development, where she spent part of the time in D.C. interning at the Nature Conservancy and later traveled through Brazil to learn about the many complex environmental problems that face developing nations.  Other experience includes interning for the Conservation Corps in Mexico, studying Conservation Biology in Costa Rica, and participating in service trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua.  At Rice she is currently co-President of the Environmental Club which plays an active role in organizing events, implementing policy changes on campus, and constantly brainstorming new projects.  She is looking forward to learning more about the SCS through her spring semester internship. 

Eileen Ong 

Shell Center for Sustainability Intern - Fall 2008 

Eileen Ong is a Junior, majoring in Civil Engineering. She spent her summer researching for one of the Shell Center sponsored projects, working with Dr Leonardo Duenas-Osorio. She has been involved with Engineers without Borders and the Society of Women Engineers. She is currently spending a semester abroad, and hopes to continue working with SCS when she returns.  

 

  

 

 

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR RICE STUDENTS: 

Please note that new opportunities will post on OWL-Space. Look for Shell Center (SCS) tab and select this option. Listings are under Announcements.
 

 

 


 PAST OPPORTUNITIES 

 

 

 City of Houston Housing & Community Development Department - Internships 2010/2011 
 

THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED. WE WILL POST SUMMER POSITIONS EARLY IN THE SPRING. The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department's primary objective is to provide decent housing, create a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities, principally to low and moderate income persons. Internships are in the areas of urbanism, public finance, and sociology. Minimum requirements for these positions are met by undergraduate junior or senior level students and by graduate students. 

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NCSE Campus to Careers-2010/2011   
 

The National Council for Science and the Environment Campus to Carrers (C2C) Program is dedicated to fostering and guiding environmentally motivated students in their transition to professional careers and beyond into leadership rols in the government, non-profit and private sectors. 

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Shell Center for Sustainability Internship - 2 openings, Fall Semester 2010  
 

The intern will assist the Associate Director in various projects, including conducting research to identify metrics and track the results of the Shell Center for Sustainability's (SCS) various activities and projects, taking an inventory of sustainability research conducted and courses offered at Rice, and profiling other institutions supporting sustainability research, teaching, and outreach. The intern will also participate in SCS outreach activities and events during the planning, coordination, promotion, and logistics phase. Activities may include attending meetings and other events while representing SCS. The intern will be exposed to various activities conducted by SCS such as the annual sustainability conference (held in October, 2010, with over 18 speakers) and other sponsored events. This internship requires independent work skills, results oriented work ethic, and attention to detail, as well as good investigative and analytical skills, good communications skills, and good computer knowledge (MS Office). Experience in statistics; designing and/or conducting surveys; environmental and sustainability activities is a plus. This is a paid position. Open until filled.
 

Preferred Dates:
August-December, 2010

 

Anticipated Hours:
8 hours per week expected.

 

Contact:
 

Lilibeth André, Associate Director
Shell Center for Sustainability
School of Social Sciences
Baker Hall 180J
(713) 348-2796   
lilibeth.andre@rice.edu
 

 


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General Sustainable Development - Intern HARC  
 

Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is seeking an intern with general sustainable development interest.  
 


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GIS Intern - HARC
 

Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is seeking an intern currently pursuing a BS/BA or MS in GIS, Spatial Sciences, Geography, Environmental Science, Biology or related disciplines.  One year of experience with ArcMap is required. 
 


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SCA Community Crew Leader  
 

Consider a Career in Conservation…
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is seeking qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire local high school students for the summer.  SCA is America’s #1 Conservation Service Organization.
Community Crew Leader
Co-lead, mentor and coach a crew of 10 students, ages 15-19, while completing various conservation service projects designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship.  Projects include trail and park maintenance, habitat restoration, revitalization of abandoned urban properties and gardening.  In addition, leaders will facilitate pre- and post- program planning which includes crew training, environmental education and reporting.
Responsibilities:
• Follow all SCA policies & procedures as required for the position
• Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
• Manage relationship with agency partner
• Facilitate crew operations: tools & equipment, work schedule, etc.
• Manage all medical and first aid aspects
• Communicate with full time SCA field staff as required
• Supervise crew members during the work day
• Train & supervise Crew Members in safe and proper tool use
• Organize & lead recreation trip after completion of work project
• Complete required program reporting and documentation
Required Qualifications:
• Be at least 21 years old
• Must have ability to legally work in the US
• Valid driver’s license
• Successful completion of criminal background check & MVR check within SCA guidelines
• Must possess current First Aid certification & CPR by the start of the orientation training.
• Documented experience working with youth or young adults (ages 14-19)
• Experience as a teacher or leader in an informal or formal educational environment
• Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
• Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
• Must have personal housing arrangements in program city
Compensation:
Salary: $500 weekly.  Work Schedule 8hrs/day, M-F.
Crew Leader Orientation & Work Skills (travel, food & lodging provided)


 

 


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SCA Houston Conservation Collaborative (HCC) Coordinator   

If you believe in the power of SCA internships and crew experiences and if you love working with and area universities, school teachers and young people this position is for you! The SCA Houston Conservation Collaborative Program (HCC) works with the local Houston community by providing students with local Houston area internship and conservation crew opportunities.  The HCC internships provide a meaningful professional career building experience for both the student and the host site partner. If you are organized and enjoy working with students, colleges & universities schools then this position is for you!

 

Duties
Recruit local SCA volunteers for the Houston Conservation Collaborative program and other local positions, 50%; assist in the development and implementation of SCA volunteer field programs in Houston including administrative support, 20%; plan and lead summer field program and service projects for local Houston participants, 10 %; provide logistical support for service events and site visits to partners and interns in the community, this includes an outreach and education component, 10%.

Skills
• Demonstrated efficiency of planning and coordinating projects
• Interest in working with youth, schools, teachers, and community organizations
• Interest and/or background in conservation and environmental education
• Knowledge with Microsoft Programs (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel)
• Possess excellent administrative and phone skills
• Quick learner and willingness to adapt quickly
• Ability to travel to schools and work sites, car and valid driver’s license required

 

 

 
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Science and Policy Research Intership (2) - Summer 2010 

 
 

The Science & Innovation Section at the British Consulate-General in Houston seeks to fill two (4-6 week) positions of Science and Policy Research for the summer of 2010 (exact times negotiable) at our offices in downtown Houston, Texas.

 
 

College students entering their junior or senior year and graduate students are eligible to apply.

 
 

The position is unpaid, but we can participate in campus work-study and academic credit programs (if applicable) and pay a stipend for travel to our office downtown and cover your expenses for attending events as part of the internship.

 
Background of the Organization
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a network of full-time science and innovation attaches based at British Embassies and Consulates around the world.  The S&I team objectives are to report on policy developments, strategy and emerging priorities; to promote the UK's science and technology achievements; and to encourage Science & Technology collaborations between US and UK scientists and strategic partnerships between institutions. The Houston S&I team includes, Dr. May Akrawi (Consul, Head of Science & Innovation) and Catherine Santamaria (Science Officer) and covers the following states: Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

 
 

The Work
The first internship (one month over summer 2010, exact dates negotiable) will focus on climate change science and low carbon energy technologies.  The work will include (but not be limited to):

• Research and reporting on key climate science and energy topics, as well as outreach and public engagement
• documenting the local/regional response to coming changes in their economic base (i.e. transition from traditional energy industry to renewable energy/energy efficiency industry)
• laying the framework for S&I events and programs; helping organise and implement our events (workshops, visits)
• Contributing to quarterly reports on a wide range of S&I topics determined by UK stakeholders
• Additional work  may include research into other priority areas, if needed

The second internship (one month over summer 2010, exact dates negotiable) will focus on our other priority areas—science policy, nanotechnology, stem cell research and regenerative medicine, space, global health and cancer research, among others.  The work will include (but not be limited to):
• reporting on regional strengths in scientific research, innovation and policy (done mainly through internet research and phone interviews)
• researching and reporting on city and state public and private institutions and their research highlights
• tracking regional and federal funding streams for science and technology institutions and federal labs
• laying the framework for future events and programs; helping organise and implement our events (workshops, visits)
• Contributing to quarterly reports on a wide range of S&I topics determined by UK stakeholders
• Additional work  may include research into other priority areas, if needed

 
 

Interns for both positions may have the opportunity to represent the team at local events relating to science work and report back. They will also experience the day-to-day work of the UK’s Foreign Office and learn about work in the diplomatic corps through the working of our section and interaction with other consulate teams (Consular, political, press and Trade and Investment).  Work done by both interns may be distributed to the wider UK Science Network in the US and the UK. 

 
 

Qualifications
The ideal candidates are self-starters; responsible and creative; have strong writing and analytical skills; strong organisational skills; and an enthusiasm for the topics and work.

 
 

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy/Consulate may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or J1 Visa holders. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Consulate. All successful candidates will be subject to security clearances and background checks, which will be carried out once they have been offered the position.

 
 

 

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Climate Change Internships - NCSE 2010 

 
 

The National Council for Science and the Environment's (NCSE) Campus to Careers Program supports college students and recent graduates in their transition to environmental careers through meaningful, paid internships with federal agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses.

 
 

The Climate Change Internships will involve sicence-based research, resource conservation, data collection, monitoring, communication, policy development, sustainable operations, and other projects to support adaptation to and mitigation of the effecs of climate change on lands administered by the Nation Park Service.

 
 

 


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Air Quality Intern - Summer 2010 

 
 

The City of Houston Bureau of Air Quality Control seeks an Air Quality Intern for the summer. The position requires data analysis skills. The position provides an opportunity to learn and utlize mapping and data analysis skills to asess emissions data from state of the art emissions measurement systems. This is an unpaid position. Contact us to find out if you qualify for credits. Refer to this position in your email.

 
  


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Breakthrough Institute Announces 2010 Summer Fellows Program with Focus on Climate and Energy, and National Security and Counterterrorism 

 
 

The Breakthrough Institute, a leading public policy think tank, is seeking up to ten of the country's top young analysts, writers, and thought leaders for a paid fellowship in Summer 2010 as part of its young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation. Fellowships are highly competitive -- in 2009, 5 percent of applicants were accepted -- and involve cutting-edge writing, research, and analysis on energy/climate and national security/counterterrorism issues. Breakthrough Fellows have published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, and the Huffington Post, and their projects have been cited in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

 
 

For 2010, Breakthrough Fellows will divide into an energy and climate team and a national security team, which will work closely with Senior Breakthrough Institute staff, including Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, Breakthrough's founders and two of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment 2008. Energy and climate fellows will focus on quantitative and qualitative analyses of the global energy economy and policies designed to decarbonize the economy and make clean energy cheap and abundant. The national security fellows will focus on scientific analyses of the terrorist threat and policies to prevent terrorism.

 
 

Potential topics include:

 
 

Climate and Energy
Analyzing various clean energy technology pathways, their potential to contribute to energy and climate objectives, and policies to spur their adoption.
Developing energy technology and innovation policies capable of driving price and performance improvements to make clean energy cheap and abundant.
Examining clean energy economic competitiveness and its implications for national economies.
Examining the relationship between energy efficiency and economic growth, and the role of energy efficiency measures in climate mitigation policies.
National Security
Investigate the most effective counterterrorism methods using scientific standards of evidence and scientific theories.
Investigate the relationship of security to modernization and human rights over the sweep of human history.
The Breakthrough Institute has a history of reinventing older political paradigms with big ideas. In 2002, Breakthrough co-founded the Apollo Alliance and the New Apollo Project for clean energy, which is one of President Obama's main priorities. In 2004, Shellenberger and Nordhaus wrote "The Death of Environmentalism", an essay that triggered a national debate about the future of environmentalism and interest group liberalism. Their 2007 book, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, was called "prescient" by Time Magazine. Wired Magazine said "the book could be the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Silent Spring." Breakthrough's climate and energy analysis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, the Breakthrough Institute was profiled on National Public Radio for their work promoting an investment and innovation centered framework for addressing climate change.

 
 

The Breakthrough Institute succeeds by tapping cutting-edge progressive thinking, sharp analysis, and superb communication to create and advance ideas capable of achieving the broad social and ecological transformations America and the world need.

 
 

Fellowships pay $300 per week and are awarded to individuals aged 18-25 who will be closely involved with Breakthrough's high-level work. Activities and projects include writing short articles and op-eds, researching and writing policy white papers, and conducting interviews with the nation's top political and policy experts. Fellows will work 40 hours per week for ten weeks during Summer 2010 from Breakthrough's central office in Oakland, CA.

 

    

 


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British Consulate-Press & Public Affairs Internship 

 
The Press & Public Affairs Section at the British Consulate-General in Houston has an opening for a part time unpaid from January to March 2010.   

 
 


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British Consulate-General Research Intern 

 
Late Fall 2009 to Spring 2010 
 
The Science & Innovation (S&I) Section at the British Consulate-General in Houston seeks to fill one position of Research Intern for Late Fall 2009 through Spring 2010 at our offices in downtown Houston, Texas. The internship will include about two days of work per week at our office.

 

Eligibility
Only current undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply.

 
 

Background of the Organization
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a network of full-time science and innovation attaches based at British Embassies and Consulates around the world.  The S&I team objectives are to report on policy developments, strategy and emerging priorities; to promote the UK's science and technology achievements; and to research facilitate collaboration.

 
 

The Work
The internship will focus on the general areas of work we cover: science and innovation policy, stem cell research and regenerative medicine, global health, cancer research, climate change and low carbon technologies.  The work will include (but not be limited to):
• researching the local/regional environmental initiatives and response to federal climate change and energy legislation
• documenting the local/regional response to coming changes in their economic base (i.e. transition from traditional energy industry to renewable energy/energy efficiency industry)
• laying the framework for future events and programs
• reporting on regional strengths in scientific research, innovation and policy (done mainly through internet research and phone interviews)
• researching city and state public and private institutions and their research strengths and summarising into briefs
• tracking regional and federal funding streams for science and technology institutions and federal labs
• laying the framework for future events and programs; helping organise and implement our events (workshops, visits)
• contributing to quarterly reports on a wide range of S&I topics determined by UK stakeholders

 
 

Interns for the position may have the opportunity to attend local events relating to science work and report back. They will also experience the day-to-day work of the UK’s Foreign Office and learn about work in the diplomatic corps through the working of our section and interaction with other consulate teams.  Work done by both interns may be distributed to the wider UK Science Network in the US and the UK. 

Qualifications
The ideal candidates are self-starters; responsible and creative; have strong research, writing and analytical skills; strong organisational skills; and an enthusiasm for the topics and work.

 

There will be a probation period of three weeks in which the intern’s capabilities are assessed; if all relevant criteria are met, the internship will continue on in full. 

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or J1 Visa holders. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Consulate. All candidates will be subject to security clearances and background checks.

 

 


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Wal-Mart MBA Internship Program 

 

The role of leadership at Wal-Mart is clear:  to create leaders, not followers.  We fulfill this role through a shared commitment to three basic beliefs: 

 

1.  respect for the individual
2.  service to the customer
3.  strive for excellence

 

These beliefs are not just something that we talk about, but who we are.

 

If you have the talent and the momentum to thrive in the dynamic environment of the world's largest company, you may be an ideal candidate for the Wal-Mart MBA internship.  The internship is a 12 week, full-time opportunity offered during the summer months between the 1st and 2nd year of the MBA program.

 

As an MBA intern, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a Wal-Mart division in a leadership role through the completion of a high level project related to the division's current needs.  In addition, you will add to your practical work experience in the daily operations of the world's largest company as well as the opportunity to be sponsored by a key leader within the organization.  Finally, the internship will close with the potential to present your project results to numerous groups within Wal-Mart including the Executive Committee, of which Lee Scott, CEO is a member. 

 

A few examples of such projects include:  Support Plan for Wal-Mart Private Label Food Brands (Marketing); Integrate the Corporate and Divisional Strategic Plans (Strategic Services); Develop a Carbon Metric for Carbon Emissions (Global Supplier Initiatives); Corporate Finance Value Creation (Finance); Loyalty Card Usage in Asian Markets (International Strategy); Produce a Standardized Price Model for International (Merchandising).

 

 

 

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Wal-Mart Corporate Interships
 

 

The Corporate Internship Program was established in 1987 to give students the chance to explore Wal-Mart’s unique culture and business philosophy.

 

An internship at our home office in Bentonville, Ark., is not only an invaluable learning opportunity, but a strong foundation on which to build a career. As an intern in our 10 week program you will solve real-life issues and manage projects, while interacting with our company’s leaders.

 

To qualify, you will need:

 

    * To be entering or currently in your junior or senior year of college as of May 31, 2008 –OR–
    * To be currently enrolled in a graduate or MBA program as of May 31, 2008 –OR–
    * To have completed your degree but are required to complete an internship before you can receive your diploma
    * The preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0

 

 


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City of Houston Public Works Department 

 

The city's Public Works Department offers summer and year-round internship positions in the area of Engineering and IT.  


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The following are some of the past internship positions offered through the Shell Center for Sustainability to Rice students:
 

Disaster Reservist - Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management Social Science with Field Work Internship
Global Warming Policy Analyst
Science Communication Specialist
Statistical Analysis and Data Analyst
Emission Reduction Credit Calculation
Energy Efficiency Analysis 
Tree Maintenance Cost Analysis   
Emission Reporting Review 
Clinton Climate Initiative 
Public Outreach Intern 
Policy Analysis Intern 
Solid Waste Inventory Intern
Air Quality Complaints Analysis 

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