Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 SESYNC Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at the University of Maryland is accepting applications for the 2014 SESYNC Undergraduate Summer Internship Program. Interns in this program will spend the majority of their time working with mentors at their offices or labs on research projects related to socio-environmental issues. Additionally, interns will participate in weekly Internship Program events, including field trips and seminars: these events will include trips to SESYNC’s facilities in Annapolis, where interns will be introduced to the socio-environmental synthesis research approach, and will have the opportunity to meet researchers at the Center.

Internship Program Goals
This program for undergraduate students aims to provide interns with opportunities to develop professional skills, to meet people working on environmental problems, and to deepen their understanding of socio-environmental issues. More specifically, interns will:
  • Obtain an authentic research experience and contribute to their mentor’s research program.
  • Enhance their understanding of the complex nature of socially relevant environmental problems and the research approaches used to address them.
  • Enhance their understanding of how scientific evidence may be used to inform decision-making and policy with regard to environmental problems.
Program Details
Internships are full-time (40 hours/week) from June 2–August 8, 2014. Interns will be paid $10.50/hour.
The program will begin with a mandatory orientation on Monday, June 2, 2014. Internships will be based at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Transportation between College Park and SESYNC or other field trip destinations will be arranged.

Selection & Mentor Matching Process & Criteria
Interns will be selected by SESYNC staff based upon the strength of their academic record and achievements, and demonstrated interest in environmental sustainability and socio-environmental issues. Finalists for the internship will be notified by the end of March. SESYNC will match finalists with available mentors based on shared interests. We hope to find suitable placements for all finalists, but this is not guaranteed.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2014, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). For full details, visit:

Additionally, one letter of recommendation must be submitted directly by the recommender by March 3, 2014, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) via email to with the intern’s last name and “SUMMER INTERNSHIP” in the subject line.