Summer Internship Opportunities: Cambridge Zero and Sustainability Team - 7 Positions

Organization: University of Cambridge
Location: hybrid roles, working both from home and in the office
Duration: start in mid-July and run for 8 weeks
Pay/Volunteer: £9.50/hour
Deadline: Sunday 19th June 2022 at midnight
Description:

These internships will provide the opportunity to gain experience of working on current issues in climate change and the environment in a fast paced and impactful environment. Interns will have access to real-life institutional issues and the professionals that handle them. All interns will be fully integrated into the Cambridge Zero and Sustainability team, attending regular team meetings with support from both their manager and the wider team.

There are seven internships available:

Act Now Film Intern – Cambridge Zero
Ecological Literacy Intern – Cambridge Zero
Research Communication Intern – Cambridge Zero
Sustainable SME’s Intern – Cambridge Zero
Sustainable Business Travel Intern – Sustainability Team
Sustainable Supply Chains Intern – Sustainability Team
Sustainable Transport Intern – Sustainability Team

Act Now Film Internship

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in working in supporting the production of the Act Now Film in the run up to COP27.

This film is the second instalment to the Act Now Film that was shown at COP26 that aimed to amplify youth voices on climate to policymakers at COP26. The aim of the new film is to collate a series of filmed conversations between younger and elder members of communities that are experiencing high levels of climate risk with the aim being for the film to be shown at COP27.

You will be part of a team developing and delivering the film and will be the key administrative and operational point of contact for the duration of the internship. Other members of this collaboration include the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. Tasks are likely to include liaison with individuals and groups contributing footage to the project, liaison with the production company as footage comes in, input on creative direction throughout production of the film, transcription of footage and general administrative tasks like organisation of meetings throughout the project.

Person Specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Application Form - Act Now Film Internship

Ecological Literacy Internship

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate to work on a project to develop the content and adaptable delivery plans for an ecological literacy unit that aligns with the carbon literacy programme.

Working with Cambridge Zero and the climate team at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, you will develop a programme of content and training materials. The project will take the principles that underpin the carbon literacy project and replicate these with a focus on ecological literacy. The content to be produced should be suitable for use in a “train the trainer” model, appropriate for learners with a lay or basic understanding of biology and ecology.

Person Specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Applicants must have knowledge of ecology and biodiversity, either through their degree or evidenced through other experience.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Application Form – Ecological Literacy Internship

Research Communication Internship

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate to edit and produce a video or series of short videos showcasing climate change and sustainability related research from across Cambridge Zero’s research themes: Zero-carbon energy transformation, Health and society, Resources and production, Resilient futures, Transport, cities and infrastructure, and Carbon drawdown and climate repair.

The project will involve learning about the work researchers are doing in the University of Cambridge, selecting relevant researchers to interview, planning interview questions, filming interviews and demonstrations of research. You will then edit the footage to create a coherently branded and themed piece of work that aims to convey the story of the research currently being conducted in Cambridge to tackle the climate crisis and advance a net-zero world.

Person Specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have an interest in climate, sustainability and environmental issues
  • Track history of filming, producing and editing high quality visual media (short films, documentaries, promotional videos etc.)
  • Qualitative interview skills/ experience desirable
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Application Form – Research Communication Internship

Sustainable SME’s Internship

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate to work on a project which will shine a light on aspects of sustainability in local business through the production of 6-8 short interviews for “vignettes” in the form of videos or podcasts.

These videos or podcasts can be used as examples of best practice, helping to inspire other small businesses that may not know where to begin their own sustainability journeys. To complete this project, you will need to scope partners within the Cambridge ecosystem, including Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Engagement, the Maxwell, Cambridge Cleantech, Carbon13, etc. to find potential SMEs to interview. The focus may be on regional businesses with a built-in sustainability focus or on businesses that have exciting sustainability initiatives. You will develop a program and/or questionnaire for conducting interviews and the 6-8 vignettes, and will conduct the interviews using video or audio, as well as collecting b-roll footage or audio to accompany.

You will also need to edit and package their content to make short, compelling “episodes,” each about a different sustainability-focused business or aspect of a business trying to tackle sustainability issues. Key contacts earlier established will be kept informed of progress and have opportunities to advise throughout the project, ensuring a product that is broadly relevant.

Person Specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • This position is ideal for a social scientist (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology) or someone with an interest in documentary journalism, participant observation, etc or someone with an interest in start-ups, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship.
  • Good media production skills essential (e.g., videography, photography, producing a podcast, TikTok, etc).
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard media software packages e.g., Final Cut, iMovie, audio recording software, etc.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Application Form – Sustainable SME’s Internship

Sustainable Business Travel Internship

The Sustainability Team is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate to produce a plan for raising awareness and understanding of the new guidelines on sustainable business travel, and guidance on offsetting.

You should be able review both of the above and consider aspects that require clarification and/or where departments may need further guidance. You shall consult a small number of departments on what materials/ resources they would find helpful in this area. You will then develop some of their ideas into communication materials, which could include website and social media material, posters, short videos, online or hard copy ‘how to’ guides, and anything else departments may need to be aware of the guidance on travel and offsetting, and make effective use of both. All materials should be designed to reflect a common style, which must reflect the University’s branding guidelines.

You may also arrange and host a series of webinars and/or events for staff to attend to find out more about the new guidelines.

Person Specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources is essential.
  • Good data and analytical skills; able to collate, understand and present data in a format suitable for a range of audiences.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Application Form - Sustainable Business Travel Internship

Sustainable Supply Chains Internship

The Sustainability Team is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate to take a analyse the carbon impact on a supply chain category or product. During this internship, you will focus on assessing the cradle to grave carbon impacts of one category or identified ‘product chain’ within a category, of the University’s supply chain. You will work directly within the Sustainability Team (including the Carbon Manager) and will gain project input and support from the Head of Sustainable Procurement.

You will lead on engaging with pre-identified suppliers and will research supportive tools, in order to draw data and map the supply chain (and its carbon impacts) from; extraction or farming of materials, to manufacture, to the transport and packaging, to storage, to understanding the on-site use of the item, through to the potential disposal (or alternate outcomes) and associated travel.

Person Specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Application Form – Sustainable Supply Chains Internship

Sustainable Transport Internship

The Sustainability team are seeking an intern to support with a review of building Travel Plans across the University to ensure that all Travel Plans agreed through the planning process are consistent with the aims of the University’s Transport Strategy.

You will review initiatives being undertaken along with monitoring arrangements; making recommendations for improving their delivery. In addition, you will then be responsible for updating the Estates Division (ED) Travel Plan Guidance to be shared with transport consultancies developing Travel Plans on behalf of the University. The outcomes of this project will support the drive to encourage more staff and students to travel sustainably, which is the key target of the University’s Transport Strategy 2019-2024.

Person Specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for sustainable transport and development planning.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Application Form – Sustainable Transport Internship

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