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Climate Adaptation Science Center Summer Metcalf Intern

This internship is part of the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Please review the Metcalf Interns’ Responsibility Notice to learn more about program requirements for Metcalf interns.

Fellowship Award Amount: 4,000
Internship Time Commitment: 400 hours for summer
Location: Virtual, with possibility of on-site meeting in August
If you are an international student, please make sure to visit the OIA website to familiarize yourself with your work authorization eligibility and requirements as soon as possible. If you’d like to make an appointment with your international adviser, please visit this page.

About the Organization
In recognition of the pressing need to better understand the effects of climate change on the nation’s natural resources, Congress established the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), formerly named the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, in 2008 as a national center for independent and collaborative research on climate change vulnerability and adaptation.
The mission of the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) is to deliver science to help fish, wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. We work directly with land managers and other partners to create research and tools that can be applied directly to adaptation decisions. Our network is comprised of nine regional CASCs and one National CASC.
Established in 2021, the Midwest CASC provides regionally-relevant scientific information, tools, and techniques to resource managers and communities in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
About the Internship
The Midwest CASC is looking for a summer intern to better support their scientific research objectives which may include:
· Researching and evaluating climate adaptation activities in the Chicago region to support future partnerships with the MW CASC
· Researching and evaluating the incorporation of climate science into tools used by regulatory agencies in the Midwest (e.g., US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US National Park Service)
·  Reading scientific literature on climate science to learn the climate needs of the Midwest Region
This is an opportunity for students who have an interest in climate change, scientific research, climate adaptation, government-community relations, and ecology.
·  Strong written and verbal communication skills
·  Excellent interpersonal skills
·  Experience or interest in learning scientific literature review, synthesis, and communication
·  Must have access to a computer and internet
·  Academic coursework in environmental studies, data science, chemistry, biology, or ecology may be helpful.
Required Materials
Please supply the following materials for consideration:
·  Resume
·  Cover letter
·  Writing sample
Application materials may be address to Kristen Voorhies, Research Coordinator