Monday, April 26, 2010

EPA OnCampus- Applications due May 6!

EPA OnCampus: New National Initiative
Enrolled College Students as On Campus EPA Ambassadors

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

EPA seeks to engage all citizens on issues of environmental importance, and college students have a unique opportunity to integrate issues into classroom lectures, campus and community life. To develop these campus ambassadors, EPA is launching a new initiative, EPA OnCampus, at colleges and universities around the country.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Fully enrolled students will be hired as remote EPA ambassadors for the academic year (September-May). This will be an unpaid position for the 2010-2011 year with optional college credit. Interns will serve as an on campus liaison for EPA.

AMBASSADOR REQUIREMENT: Students will be expected to contribute 10 hours per week to the internship. They will work with the school to choose one primary responsibility related to EPA’s priorities and Partnership Programs, such as increasing energy efficiency on campus, reducing water use, or implementing a composting program. These initiatives will be based on what actions the campus is already undertaking and how willing the campus is to altering facilities.

Ambassadors will also be responsible for organizing other students to take part in 4 nationwide EPA educational initiatives in order to increase awareness of EPA programs. EPA headquarters will lead weekly mandatory conference calls to keep ambassadors up to speed on the educational initiatives and the ambassadors progress on campus.

SCOPE OF OnCampus: Ambassadors will be equipped with tools and networks to engage above and beyond campus. Headquarters will host a broad webinar training in the late summer and in the fall. Through one on one phone conversations over the summer we will make sure each student is properly prepared for the program by the time school begins.

EPA COORDINATION: Ambassadors will check in regularly with their EPA OnCampus manager. As an agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment, measurable actions will be a key component of a successful program, and ambassadors will be given assistance to meet goals.

We look forward to working with your college on this initiative. For further information please contact Shira Sternberg, Office of Public Affairs, EPA (202) 564-0467 or Karina Cochran, Office of Public Outreach 812-431-1955.

Interested candidates: Please submit resumes to Sternberg.Shira@epamail.epa.gov by May 6th, 2010.

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