Internship, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Vacancy: Internship in Climate Change and Energy Programme: Winter 2011

Closing date for applications: Dec 03, 2010

We currently have one internship vacancy in London within the IEEP Climate Change and Energy Programme, to contribute primarily to a social scientific research project that investigates public perceptions on carbon capture and storage, and aims to translate this knowledge into improved communication and participation strategies.

Location: IEEP’s London office, 15 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9BU
Duration: At least 3 months starting in January 2011, exact length negotiable.
Salary and expenses: Unsalaried placement with local travel and lunch expenses paid.

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Location: IEEP’s London office, 15 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9BU Duration: At least 3 months starting in January 2011, exact length negotiable. Salary and expenses: Unsalaried placement with local travel and lunch expenses paid.

IEEP is a leading centre for the analysis, understanding and advancement of environmental and related policies in Europe. We undertake work for a wide range of clients on cutting edge policy research. Further information about IEEP is available from our website (www.ieep.eu).

We currently have one internship vacancy in London within the IEEP Climate Change and Energy Programme, to contribute primarily to a social scientific research project that investigates public perceptions on carbon capture and storage, and aims to translate this knowledge into improved communication and participation strategies. In addition, the intern may also contribute to the full range of work performed by the team (see below).

IEEP and its Internship Programme

The IEEP internship programme aims to provide staff with assistance for research, administration and information, to give interns valuable work experience, and to develop relations with university research departments. Interns should expect to gain exposure to current European policy issues and processes, their impact both at European and international levels, and the working methods of a small independent institute. While a portion of the internship is likely to be administrative in nature, IEEP recognises that most interns will want to undertake substantive research. Thus interns are also given ample opportunity to assist in research projects, attend meetings with IEEP research staff and contribute to IEEP’s information and advisory services, where appropriate.

Internships are flexible and may be performed on an independent basis, as part of an academic requirement, in conjunction with an internship programme, etc.

Internship Job Description

The IEEP Climate Change and Energy Programme works on a range of policy issues that have environmental implications within Europe, as well as in international climate policy in which the EU plays a role. Current foci include: biofuels and renewable energy, international climate policy, adaptation, carbon capture and storage, and technology innovation policy.

The successful internship applicant would work with the team in developing current projects and assisting in research. Specific tasks would primarily involve assisting with research projects in the collection of quantitative and qualitative information through literature searches and telephone interviews, and providing written summaries of research.

In supporting the wider IEEP office, administrative and information tasks may include:

  • review of publications and web sites for relevant information
  • data collection and entry
  • case study research
  • assistance with the organisation of meetings, conferences and workshops
  • contributing to, and editing, research reports; and
  • assistance with research proposals.

Interns are normally asked to work 371⁄2 hours (5 days) per week unless agreed otherwise in advance; however, consideration would also be given to applicants wishing to work part time. Applicants should be available to start work in January 2011, and will need to be based in London.

During the internship period, interns are covered by IEEP’s workplace accident insurance, covering accidents at work and between home and work. This is not general health or property insurance.

Person Specification

Interested applicants should ideally:

  • hold, or be working towards, a degree or equivalent in a relevant environmental subject (environmental policy, climate change, energy policy or related subjects)
  • have a demonstrated interest in energy or climate change policy, environmental technologies, environmental socio-economics and EU policy
  • have initiative and be flexible with regard to the tasks they may be asked to complete
  • be capable of working independently
  • be a good communicator – written and orally
  • have good organisational skills
  • have a demonstrated interest in academic research
  • be reliable and capable of paying close attention to detail and
  • have good computing skills.

IEEP’s London Office operates in English, therefore fluent English, both oral and written, is essential. Applicants are encouraged to submit examples of written work. Knowledge of other EU languages is beneficial though not essential.

Applicants should send a short letter of motivation, a CV and an acknowledgement that the position is unpaid, preferably by email to jdesbarats@ieep.eu, or in a sealed envelope addressed to:

Jane Desbarats 15 Queen Anne’s Gate London, UK SW1H 9BU

All applications must reach us by December 3. Interviews will be held in early January in person or by telephone.

Due to anticipated interest in the post, we are unfortunately not always able to reply to unsuccessful applicants.

PLEASE NOTE: IEEP strives to be an equal opportunities employer and undertakes that there shall be no discrimination in employment policies or salaries on grounds of race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious or other belief, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

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