Internship Opportunity – UMass Boston Center for Governance and Sustainability
April 24, 2014  //  By:   //  Blog Post  //  No Comment

The Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston is looking for research assistants to assist in the Environmental Conventions Initiative over summer 2014. The initiative is a long-term research undertaking that seeks to assess the effectiveness of current global environmental conventions. It comprises three major analytical and outreach strands:

– Data Analysis: establishing protocols to evaluate the level of compliance, implementation, and effectiveness of global environmental conventions.
– Policy Space: convening officials from the convention secretariats and national governments as well as environmental governance experts to engage in policy design and application.
– Capacity Building: developing training programs to provide guidance to governments and environmental conventions officials in substantive environmental policy issues as well as in negotiation and conflict resolution processes.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Analysis of the structure and obligations of global environmental conventions.
  • Data collection for indicators associated with the implementation of global environmental conventions.
  • Data coding and analysis.
  • Analysis of the compliance mechanisms of selected environmental conventions.
  • Writing and editing for short reports and the Center’s blog.
  • Handling email inquiries.
  • Communication with Center Fellows and Associates, as well as with scholars and policymakers.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Interest in, and familiarity with international environmental issues, international development, international law and international relations.
  • Excellent writing skills for academic and general audiences.
  • Strong research skills, including data collection, analysis, and management.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Working towards, or have recently completed, a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (natural sciences, politics, pre-law, etc.).
  • Demonstrated record of teamwork.

Duration of Internship: Summer Term 2014

To apply:                                     

Applicants must send an email to including CV, an unofficial transcript and a writing sample. The deadline to submit the applications is May 15th, 2014.

About the Author :

Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy joined the GEG team in September 2011as a research assistant for the UMass Center of Governance and Sustainability. Natalia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005 and its currently a PhD Student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston

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