Application

Open:
Oct 01, 2019 to Nov 08, 2019
Deadline: Nov 08, 2019

Spring applications are due by November 8.

Summer applications are due by March 15.

Fall applications are due by July 1.

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum (CEF) has been the “go-to” resource for convening policy, business, research, and NGO practitioners from around the world on the most pressing energy, water, and pollution problems facing China. We play a unique, nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around China’s energy and environmental challenges, identifying new areas for collaboration. CEF’s newest project is diving into ocean plastics, focusing on US-Asia collaboration and the creation with the Wilson Center’s Serious Games Initiative to create an educational video game on plastics.

CEF offers unpaid internships for students an interest or experience in, or coursework related to, topics of environmental and energy challenges in China.

 


Research Interns 

CEF typically selects 2 research interns and 1 communications and design intern for each academic semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms of approximately three to four months). However, appointments can be made throughout the year for periods of varying length. No internship will exceed one year in duration, and all internships must be served in Washington, D.C.

These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. Current and past research topics have included the ocean plastics pipeline, choke points of water-energy-food confrontations in China, building U.S.-China clean energy networks, food safety and waste management issues, and communications. Interns will have opportunity to publish in the New Security Beat as well as relevant publications.

The primary responsibilities of this internship would be:

  • Write or edit articles for peer-reviewed or popular media, such as blog posts, on topics related to China and the environment
  • Research from Internet, library, and interview-based sources to support ongoing projects
  • Events management, including planning and logistical support for conferences and panels
  • Fundraising through the preparation of grants for research proposals
  • Curating social media content and managing website content
  • Preparing and designing publication and outreach materials

Attending events related to the environment and current issue at Wilson Center and around Washington, D.C.

Successful applicants should:

  • Possess a high fluency in both written and spoken Mandarin Chinese (with a comfort level enabling translation of documents) OR conversational Chinese and strong English editing and writing skills
  • Possess strong research skills such as in academic or non-profit work
  • Be detail-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a group
  • Be enrolled in a degree program, recently graduated (within the last year) and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year
  • Have a documented interest in China, environmental studies or both
  • Be skilled in major social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Weibo etc.
  • Prior experience and skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and strong knowledge of information graphics and data visualization best practices prefered.

 


Special Project Internship Opportunity: Public Policy Options for Ocean Plastics

Deadline: November 15

Our world is drowning in plastic pollution. Humans produce about 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, equivalent to the weight of the entire human population in 2018. Nowhere is this crisis more visible than in our oceans, which by 2050 could contain more plastic than fish. Further complicating this issue are city-state actors, such as the United States, EU and China, who have vastly different approaches in how to negate the issue area. The global public needs to understand the impact of plastic pollution and how to end its leakage into the ocean.

We are seeking a research intern with an interest in exploring the ocean plastics issue in a shared role between the China Environment Forum and Science and Technology Innovation Program's Serious Games Initiative.

The primary responsibilities of this internship would be:

  • Write or edit articles for either peer-reviewed or popular media, such as blog posts, to promote education and outreach around this issue area.
  • Conduct background research on trends in policy approaches to plastic pollution.
  • Support meetings, conferences, and other events, gaining valuable event management experience.
  • Provide logistical support for ongoing projects.
  • Curating social media content and managing website content.

Attending events related to the environment and current issue at Wilson Center and around Washington, D.C.

Successful applicants should:

  • Have a demonstrated background in policy or social science research.
  • Excel at writing for mixed audiences, with particular preference given to candidates with background in writing academic and popular media (blog) styles.
  • Be detail-oriented.
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a group.
  • Be enrolled in a degree program, recently graduated (within the last year) and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program within the next year.
  • Have a documented interest in marine debris research, oceanic or environmental research, US-China policy, or game-based learning.

 

This is an unpaid position available for 15-20 hours a week for undergraduate and graduate-level students. Applicants from all backgrounds will be considered, with likely fields of study ranging from public policy (e.g. public policy, international development, political science) to social science (education, natural resources, environmental studies, communication, science and technology studies) or regional studies (e.g. Asia or China studies). Experience conducting cross and trans-disciplinary research is an asset.  

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter describing their interest in this project, and one academic writing sample. A complete package for this internship should be submitted to Elizabeth Newbury, PhD, Elizabeth.Newbury@wilsoncenter.org with the subject line: "Intern Application: Special Project Intern on Ocean Plastics."

 


Application Process and Materials

CEF is only able to provide unpaid internships. As a general rule, we expect individuals to be able to devote 20 - 35 hours per week, depending on your schedule.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization especially if they are receiving compensation for the internships. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center.  Applicants must have the appropriate visa to undertake the internship. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.

To apply, please submit via email:

1. Resume/CV

2. Cover letter explaining interest in CEF and/or specific research interests

3. Writing sample (maximum 5 pages)

China Environment Forum
Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Email: cef@wilsoncenter.org

Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. To ensure your consideration, please submit only a completed application.

 

Application

Open:
Oct 01, 2019 to Nov 08, 2019
Deadline: Nov 08, 2019