The University of Marylandıs National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center
(SESYNC) is accepting applications for the 2013 SESYNC Undergraduate
Summer Internship Program. Interns in this program will spend the majority
of their time working with mentors at their offices or labs on research
projects related to socio-environmental issues. Additionally, interns will
participate in weekly Internship Program events, including field trips and
seminars; these events will include trips to SESYNC facilities in
Annapolis, where interns will be introduced to the socio-environmental
synthesis research approach, and will have the opportunity to meet
researchers at the Center.
Internship Program Goals: This program aims to provide interns with
opportunities to develop professional skills, to meet people working on
environmental problems, and to deepen their understanding of
socio-environmental issues. More specifically, interns will:
-Obtain an authentic research experience and contribute to their mentorıs
-Enhance their understanding of the complex nature of socially relevant
environmental problems and the research approaches used to address them.
-Enhance their understanding of how scientific evidence may be used to
inform decision-making and policy with regard to environmental problems.
Program Details: The positions are full time (40 hours/week) from May 31-
Aug. 9, 2013, and undergraduate interns will be paid $10.50/hour. The
program will begin with a mandatory orientation on Friday, May 31, 2013.
Transportation between College Park and SESYNC or other field trip
destinations during the program will be arranged.
Selection and Mentor Matching Process and Criteria: Interns will be
selected by SESYNC staff based upon the strength of their academic record
and achievements, and demonstrated interest in environmental
sustainability and socio-environmental issues. Finalists for the
internship will be interviewed in mid-March, and final selection of
interns will be made by early April. To facilitate matching of interns and
mentors with compatible interests, interns will rank possible mentor
placements and mentors will rank their preferences for interns. SESYNC
will make an effort to satisfy intern and mentor preferences, but we
cannot guarantee placement with preferred mentors.
To Apply: Please submit: 1) a resume, 2) statement of career interests
(less than one page), 3) a copy of transcripts, and 4) a letter of
recommendation. Parts 1-3 should be submitted as a single pdf labeled with
last name, first name at
http://www.sesync.org/internship-program-application by midnight on
Sunday, March 3, 2013. Letters of recommendation should be sent by March
3, 2013 to [log in to unmask] with the internıs last name and ³SUMMER
INTERNSHIP² in the subject line.