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EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities Interships - Washington DC

EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC), 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 kackar.adhir@epa.gov. 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 US 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.

The Office of Sustainable Communities is committed to providing interns with substantive work opportunities. Interns will gain exposure to a wide range of environmental issues and have ample opportunity for growth. OSC offers a rich learning experience with a significant amount of responsibility for very capable individuals.

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.