Monday, June 13, 2016

Paid Summer Science and Democracy Research Internship with the Union of Concerned Scientists

ResearchSelf-drivenAttention to DetailOral & Written Communication Skills
Science and Democracy Research Intern
Center for Science and Democracy
12 Week Internship
Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA

The Position
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

The Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) at UCS is dedicated to advancing the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process, using three core strategies: restoring public confidence in, and support for, the use of independent science in public policy making; helping decision makers, citizens and journalists distinguish evidence-based information from propaganda; and working with scientists to help them engage in effective communication with the public, media and decision makers.

• Assist in research tasks including scoping, writing, analyzing, and developing public-facing materials based on their research
• Participate in frequent group meetings,
• Be a part of idea-brainstorming sessions
• Opportunities to present and discuss their research with the CSD team and other UCS staff
• Report regularly to their mentor and be expected to produce concrete products from their assigned tasks

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking candidates who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a 12-week full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and how you learned about the position via email to and include “CSD Intern” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: June 26, 2016 or until filled. 
Qualifications and Experience
• Strong research skills
• An understanding of environmental policy is desirable, though not required
• Robust written and oral communications abilities
• Considerable self-motivation
• Solid organizational skills
• Capable of work independently
• Strong attention to detail
• Interest in exploring diverse topics in the science policy realm
• Passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making, and an interest in working in the public interest/non-profit sector

May spend extended periods at computer terminal. This position does not require travel.