Thursday, October 20, 2016

Advising Letter from Prof. Noah Snyder

Dear Environmental Studies students,

I hope you are all having a great fall. We are approaching time to register for courses for the spring 2017 semester, and this letter contains information about courses and advising. Please review your ENVS minor or major requirements as you consider what to take next semester. Here are a few important things to consider.

1. Senior Minors
ENVS minors graduating in 2017 need to take Environmental Seminar (ENVS4943). The course is only offered to senior ENVS minors. (If you plan on graduating in the fall of 2017, you must take the seminar this spring.) This year, we are offering the course in two sections:
ENVS494301, w/ Prof. Tara Pisani Gareau, TTh 10:30-11:45
ENVS494302, w/ Prof. Dan DiLeo, TTh, 12:00-1:15
Also for seniors, you need to make sure you have done all the 20 required credits for the minor by the end of next semester. If you have questions about the requirements, first check the website, and then get in touch with ENVS grad assistant Kevin Brown (at this email or in Devlin 213) or any of the other contacts listed at the bottom of this email. The rule with respect to double counting is that at least 15 credits must be used solely for the ENVS minor requirements (i.e., 5 credits can be shared with requirements for your major or the university core). Also note that the Student Services computer system may not apply this rule correctly, so you should check your degree audit carefully.

2. Foundation courses for next semester
For minors and majors:
Environmental Law and Policy (ENVS2256/UNAS2256) various profs, various sections
Environmental Histories of Water (HIST 4703) w/ Prof. L. Zhang, TTh 9-10:15
Environmental Economics (ECON2278) w/ Prof. G. Olcum, MW 4:30-5:45
Science and Ethics of Climate Change (EESC1505/PHIL 1501) w/ Profs. C. Wong and D Storey  MWF 2-2:50 & T 6-7:50 (open to freshmen only, and some sophomores)
For majors (elective for minors):
Statistics (SOCY2200) w/ Prof. N. Sarkisian, MW 3-4:15 or
Statistical Analysis of Scientific Data (EESC3398) w/ Prof. A. Kafka TTh 1:30-2:45

3. Environmental Systems courses for next semester (2 credits each)
During the first half of the semester:
ES: Water Resources (EESC2203 and lab EESC2213) w/ Prof. N. Snyder, MWF 11-11:50
ES: Oceans (EESC2206 and lab EESC2216) w/ Prof. G. Kineke, TTh 1:30-2:45
During the second half of the semester:
            ES: The Critical Zone (EESC2204 and lab EESC2214) w/ Prof. R. Hon, MWF 11-11:50
            ES: The Human Footprint (EESC2201 and lab EESC2211) w/ Prof. N. Snyder, TTh 1:30-2:45
You can take one, two, three or four of these courses. Please note that the Student Services computer system does not allow you to register for two courses offered during the same time slot (even though in this case they will not meet at the same time during the semester). To register for both courses, register for one (and its lab) normally, and then email Mary McCrosson ( in Student Services and request that she register you into the other course and lab section. 

4. Electives
Here are a few other interesting courses that you might want to check out. All of these will count as electives for the ENVS minor or major, and some for the major concentrations.
Sustainable Agriculture (ENVS3315) w/ Prof. T. Pisani Gareau, TTh 3-4:15
Sustaining the Biosphere (BIOL1440 and BIOL1501), w/ Prof. L. Hake, MWF 3-3:50
Theology and Ecology (THEO5429) w/ Prof. M.A. Hinsdale, W 2-4:25
Environmental Studies: Selected Topics (SOCY3349) w/ Prof. B. Gareau, MWF 2-2:50
Economics of Energy and the Environment (ECON3391) w/ Prof. R. Sweeney, TTh 9-10:15
Environmental Oceanography (EESC3380) w/ Prof. G. Kineke, TTh 9-10:15

Of course, there are many other elective options, please consult the minor page or major page for more information. As a reminder, note that all Earth and Environmental Sciences (including EESC2202-2208) and Environmental Studies (ENVS) courses can count toward the ENVS minor elective requirements.

5. Classes of 2017 and 2018 majors
Please update your ENVS major advising forms on Google Drive to reflect your past and current coursework and plans. At the same time, take a look at the requirements page on the ENVS website, because a few parts have been tweaked to reflect new course offerings at BC, particularly in the Climate Change and History concentrations. Another item to note is that in the language of BC Student Services we are currently in the 2017F semester, because we are in BC's 2017 fiscal year. Fall semesters are always named this way. Of course, you should also go over your schedule with your advisor.

6. Advising
If you have advising questions, please be in touch with Prof. Tara Pisani Gareau, Kevin, or me. Our office hours are listed below:

Graduate Assistant Kevin Brown
Devlin 213, Mondays 11 am – 4 pm, Tuesdays 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Wednesdays 11 am – 3 pm, Thursdays 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Prof. Noah Snyder
Devlin 320, Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm and Wednesdays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Prof. Tara Pisani Gareau
Devlin 203, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Finally, we will be having an Advising Pizza Lunch on Wednesday, November 2, from noon to 2, in Devlin 201, which is a great opportunity to get your ENVS and EESC questions answered.

All the best,
Noah P. Snyder
Director, Environmental Studies Program

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Weekly Announcements 10/19

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Please find this week’s Environmental Studies Announcements below. For those looking for a part-time job, be sure to see the job posting from EnergySage sent to us from a BC alumnus.

For those who are interested in Environmental Law, be sure to stop by our event on Friday, October 21 with BC Alumnus Marc Rollo ’87, who will be speaking about science in the courtroom. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

Also, keep your eyes open for an advising email from Prof. Noah Snyder that will be sent tomorrow.

On Campus Events
1.       Lowell Humanities Series – Marc Bamuthi Joseph – Developing Creative Ecosystems for Civic Impact - TONIGHT
2.       Science in the Courtroom: From Clarence Darrow to NCIS
3.       Harvest Fest
4.       An Ethics for the Coming Storm: A Theological Reflection on Climate Change
5.       Merging Environmental Science with Health Science: How does the environment impact our health?
6.       Earth and Environmental Sciences Fall 2016 Seminar Series
7.       Renewable Energy Petition

Off Campus Events and Conferences
1.       From Sea to Shining Sea: A Science Symposium about Oceans
2.       C2C Sustainability Leadership Training at Bard

Graduate School Opportunities
1.       Master’s of Public Health in Sustainability at Harvard

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.        Summer Program on Integral Ecology in the Peruvian Upper Amazon
2.        Part-Time Writer and Researcher with Energy Sage
3.        Environmental Advocacy Internship with Environment Massachusetts
4.        Environmental League of Massachusetts, Communications/Development Intern
5.        Study Tropical Marine Ecology in Costa Rica and Nicaragua or Sharks and Rays in Florida
6.        Internship with Impact
7.        Mass Clean Energy Center Internship
8.        Environmental Voter Project Internships
9.        Courses in Belize
10.     Job Opportunities with Mass and US PIRG
11.     Internship with Environment America
12.     BC Career Center Updates


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Marc Bamuthi Joseph:
Developing Creative Ecosystems for Civic Impact

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
7:00 p.m. | Robsham Theater

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an arts activist and literary performer and the Chief of Program and Pedagogy at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, one of the country's pre-eminent homes for multi-disciplinary contemporary art. Joseph’s work at YBCA combineshis own performance practice, strategic partnerships, shared inquiry, and open source technologies to create dynamic platforms for prototyping and civic action. He is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists,” the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater, and was one of 21 artists named to the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. Joseph is a co-founder of “Life is Living,” a national series of one-day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
Resources for students and teachers: Marc Bamuthi Joseph


Marc Rollo ’87 and Bill Stack
Environmental Law Partners
Archer and Greiner

Friday, October 21
12:00 noon
Devlin 201
Lunch provided

The presentation will address the role of “Science in the Courtroom” aimed at demonstrating the connection between the legal process and several different scientific disciplines. Specifically, this will include a discussion of the unique and pivotal role of scientific evidence in proving claims in environmental litigation, and also a discussion of the criteria for admission of sound expert and scientific evidence and opinions at trial.  Relatedly, the presentation will also include a discussion of the judge’s power as the “gatekeeper” to exclude “junk” science from a jury’s consideration of “junk” or “bad” science at trial. 

Marc Rollo ’87 is Chair of Archer & Greiner’s Environmental Law Department. He concentrates his practice on environmental litigation.

Bill Stack is a partner in Archer & Greiner’s Litigation Department, where he concentrates primarily on environmental litigation and complex trial work.

Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program

An Ethics for the Coming Storm: A Theological Reflection on Climate Change
The 16th Annual Prophetic Voices Lecture
Laurie Zoloth
Northwestern University

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
6:00-7:30 pm
Fulton Hall, Room 511

Joseph G. Allen, DSc, MPH (BC ’98)

Monday, November 7
7:30 p.m.
Stokes South 195
Light refreshments will be served

In this lecture, Dr. Allen will talk about the role of the environment through a health lens. He will discuss the role of the built environment on human health, the impact of green buildings on cognitive function, and chemicals of concern in the indoor environment. There will be time for discussion on these topics, as well as time to discuss public health as a career path and Harvard’s new Master of Public Health degree track that focuses on Sustainability, Health and the Global Environment.

Dr. Allen graduated from BC in 1998 with a major in Biology and concentration in Environmental Science. He went on to receive a Master of Public Health degree and Doctor of Science from Boston University’s School of Public Health, before joining the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, he worked in consulting where he led teams of scientists and engineers investigating, and resolving, hundreds of indoor environmental quality issues, from ‘sick buildings’ to cancer clusters to all types of chemical/radiological/biological hazards. Dr. Allen has extended this line of research by flipping the question; instead of asking how do we fix problems after they occur, his research team is asking – “how do we optimize indoor environments for health, well-being and productivity?” This effort is highlighted by their recent work on the impact of green buildings on cognitive function. More information on his research can be found at

Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program
and Global Public Health Program

On October 21st, students from BC will join with other campuses across the state to organize a Day of Action in support of getting 100% of Massachusetts’ energy from clean, renewable sources. Ours will be during Harvest Fest from 11am-2pm.

Clean Energy Day of Action!
Harvest Fest, 11am-2pm

Click here to add your name to our petition and sign up to volunteer!

We’re seeing the effects of global warming all around us — from record snowstorms to dangerous heat waves and droughts. We need to transform the way we produce and consume energy — and we need to do it quickly. That’s why we’re asking MA state leaders to commit to 100% clean energy.

Join our Day of Action and help build grassroots support for renewable energy! We will have a table at Harvest Fest where you can get your friends to sign our petition asking state officials to commit to a goal of getting 100% of Massachusetts’ energy from clean, renewable sources. Sign the petition below to simply show your support or volunteer!

Questions? Contact Kathleen Roche at


From Sea to Changing Sea: A Science Symposium about Oceans 
Friday, October 28 | 9 AM–5 PM
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA

This symposium will focus on the changing nature of the world’s oceans and the questions that arise from that change. The program will begin with a study of new data about the formation of oceans and the origins of early life. Speakers will then examine how oceans have transformed over climate epochs as water temperatures have fluctuated and ice sheets have formed and melted. Leading scientists and policymakers will also consider how human behavior is affecting the seas, and they will explore the impact of these shifts on marine life, islands, coastal areas, and climate change overall. The symposium will conclude by asking what role the scientific community and others can play in understanding and stewarding this critical global resource.

  • Chris Bowler RI ’17, CNRS Director of Research, Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale SupĂ©rieure
  • Tony de Brum, former minister of foreign affairs, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Christopher W. Clark, I.P. Johnson Director of the Bioacoustics Research Program; senior scientist, Neurobiology and Behavior; senior scientist, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Anne L. Cohen, associate scientist with tenure, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • David Emerson, senior research scientist and associate director for bacteriology, Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
  • Peter R. Girguis, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, Harvard University
  • John Huth, faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute; Donner Professor of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
  • Richard J. Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Amala Mahadevan RI ’15, senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • John W. Mandelman, vice president, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean life, chief scientist, Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, New England Aquarium
  • Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Steven D. Poulin, commander, First Coast Guard District, United States Coast Guard
  • Maureen E. Raymo, Lamont Research Professor and director, Lamont-Doherty Core Repository, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • Lynne D. Talley, distinguished professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
  • Rebecca Woodgate, senior principal oceanographer and associate professor of oceanography, University of Washington

The event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this invitation with people you know who may be interested in attending.
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at

The C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in sustainable politics, NGO’s and business. C2C’s intensive skills-based weekend workshops include young people from across the country.

Led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trainings focus on key leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds.
Graduates of the workshops join a national network with access to continuing educational and professional opportunities, including dedicated scholarships to attend Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Masters of Science degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability. 
C2C Fellows are leaders whose vision is to make a difference soon. Our mission is to accelerate their life’s work.

  • Registration fee of $30 covers lodging and food.
  • Conference begins at 4PM Friday 12/2 and ends on 12noon Sunday 12/4
  • Bard College is 90 miles north of New York City, and is easily accessible by Amtrak from Penn Station in NYC.
  • Questions? Please contact Megan Lynch,

Summer Program

July 1 – August 11, 2017

August 12-26, 2017 – optional forest retreat with focus on Amazonian medicinal plants

Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration (SCBR)
Lamas, Department of San Martin, Peru

Levels: Undergraduate students, MA students, and Activists

Course Faculty: Dr. Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Professor Emerita, Dept. of Anthropology at Smith College,

Application deadline: March 31, 2017

Testimonial by Aleena Glinski, Yale student: "This is a remarkable program where students experientially learn about the agroforestry techniques of the indigenous people of the high amazon in Lamas, Peru. One learns how to make terra preta and biochar in seminars and in the field while exploring the cosmovisions of the indigenous people who originally created this miraculous soil both in text and in conversations with Kechwa people. Throughout, there is an emphasis on deeply investigating the origins of the nature-culture dichotomy in a cross-disciplinary manner, which inevitably results in personal discovery into our connection to and role within the biosphere."  

See the flyer:

EnergySage is the only independent comparison-shopping website for solar energy systems and financing options in the country. Our fast-growing online marketplace matches thousands of homeowners per month with a rapidly growing list of 250+ pre-screened solar installers. The marketplace has been live since February ‘13 and has already processed tens of millions of dollars in transaction volume. Industry experts have reviewed that our “marketplace's functionality and usability is light years ahead of other similar sites”.
EnergySage is seeking a college senior, recent graduate, or graduate student with familiarity in energy and sustainability to help develop 10-15 articles for new content on the EnergySage website. This is a contract/freelance position and will be paid per article completion.
Location: Boston, MA or remote worker
Duration: Part-time, project-based
Compensation: Commensurate with the experience and education of the candidate
How to Apply: Send your resume and two writing samples (500-1500 words each) to Sara at:

Key Responsibilities

  • Research energy efficiency measures that homes and businesses can take to reduce their electricity costs
  • Develop helpful, consumer-friendly articles that explain every stage of the energy efficiency process for homes
  • Identify helpful, impartial academic and government resources that support all articles

Required Skills & Experience

  • Familiarity with energy efficiency, sustainability, and/or renewable energy
  • Experience researching and developing educational content
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience writing for web and/or a consumer audience preferred
  • A self-starter with a strong drive to achieve

About EnergySage, Inc.

EnergySage is the " of Solar", the industry's first and only online marketplace for turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The EnergySage Marketplace transforms the complex Solar Photovoltaic (PV) shopping process into a simple online comparison-shopping experience that enables consumers to compare quotes from multiple pre-screened installers in an apples-to-apples format across all financing options. The unique, innovative platform provides unprecedented levels of choice, transparency, and information at no cost to consumers.
EnergySage’s benefits extend to providers such as manufacturers, installers, financiers and other professionals involved in the solar PV sales process as well, through increased consumer awareness, knowledge and demand for their services. By creating efficiencies in the buying and selling processes, EnergySage slashes the time and effort required by consumers and installers, significantly reducing customer acquisition costs, boosting consumer confidence, and ultimately accelerating mass-market solar adoption. EnergySage has been awarded two prestigious SunShot Awards by the U.S. Department of Energy.
EnergySage is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

Environment Advocacy Internships
Apply to intern with Environment Massachusetts
Fall, spring, and summer internships available
Deadline to apply for fall internships: Friday, September 30

Environment Massachusetts is a statewide, grassroots environmental organization working to tackle our biggest environmental challenges and fight for a greener future.

Our interns make a big impact on our campaigns, while gaining valuable skills in political advocacy and grassroots organizing.

As an intern, you’ll work on campaigns like:

Repowering Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy: We can get all of the energy we need from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. But too much of our power still comes from dirty fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. We’re campaigning for a goal of 100 percent renewable energy for Massachusetts.

Protecting the Charles River: Every summer, pollution in the Charles River leads to toxic cyanobacteria blooms, which turn the water green and make it unsafe for swimming or boating. These blooms release chemicals that are linked to neurological, kidney, and liver damage. We’re working to reduce pollution in the river and protect the health of nearby communities.

As an intern with Environment Massachusetts, you’ll work hard and take on real responsibility. Our interns organize press conferences, write op-eds and letters to the editor, build powerful coalitions, meet with state officials, and mobilize grassroots support for our campaigns.

We’re hiring interns for the fall and spring semesters and for the summer. Interns typically work 10-15 hours per week during the academic year and 20-40 hours per week during the summer. The position is unpaid.

The deadline to apply for a fall internship is Friday, September 30.

Apply today:

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein:, 617-747-4368.

Environmental League of Massachusetts, Communications/ Development Intern
Development and Communication Interns play a key role assisting with fundraising, communications, events, general administration, and special projects at ELM. The position offers an opportunity to develop and hone professional skills, gain exposure to best practices in fundraising and communications at an advocacy organization, and help strengthen the reach and effectiveness of the environmental community in Massachusetts.
If interested send resume and cover letter to Anne Meyer (BC, 2014) at

Tropical Marine Ecology in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Course description:
This course is focused on marine organisms and marine ecosystems in a tropical environment, as well as both local and global marine conservation issues.  Students will learn about and experience local marine organisms on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica and the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua.  Lectures and field experiences will be conducted on a daily basis.  We will cover biology, physiology, identification, and conservation information for the following: Local marine vertebrates, local marine invertebrates, sea turtles, and a lecture specifically on elasmobranchs.  We will also cover local marine ecosystems (intertidal zone, rocky reefs, coral reefs, estuaries, mangroves, sandy bottom, pelagic zone), their inhabitants, and conservation issues concerning those ecosystems.  Non-marine related lectures will include local geology and the unique cloud forest of Monteverde.  Field experiences will include scuba diving (for those certified), snorkeling, tide pool exploration, a mangrove estuary tour, and a sea turtle night walk.  Students are expected to actively participate in lectures, group discussions, and species identification in the field.

Course dates:  December 26, 2016 - January 4, 2017

Course fee: $1,799

What's included: Course tuition, all lectures, all housing, all breakfasts, all dinners, all transportation, 3 days diving or snorkeling, tide pool exploration, mangrove tour, sea turtle night walk, surfing, zip-lining.

What's NOT included: Round trip airfare to San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, lunches, snacks and drinks, and any optional activities you choose during free time. 

Deadline for course sign-up: October 30, 2016.  There are currently only 10 spaces remaining in this course!!

For further information or to sign up for this course please go to


Summer 2017 Shark and Ray Research in Clearwater, FL

Program description:
This program is focused on a hands-on, field curriculum.  We conduct a 1 - 2 hr. lecture or class discussion each day and spend the rest of the day for 6 - 8 hours in the field conducting research on sharks and rays.  Most lectures are focused on elasmobranch biology, physiology, ecology, identification, and conservation.  Other lectures will include biology, physiology, identification, and conservation of sea turtles and manatees; fisheries, aquaculture, and ecotoxicology; the concept of a species; aquarium controversy; and how to develop a research project and communicate the results effectively.  To make this program as hands-on as possible, our students conduct all research activities under the supervision of one or more staff members or instructors.  This means that our students set and retrieve gear, handle any captured animals, collect data from any captured animals, tag elasmobranchs, and release all captured animals.  No previous research experience or animal handling experience is necessary.  This program is excellent for any student interested in the natural sciences, any student wanting to gain research experience, and any student interested in attending graduate school.

Program dates:  Our summer program runs at 1 week intervals (Sunday - Saturday) from May 7, 2017 - August 26, 2017.  Students may attend as many weeks as they would like.  Any student who attends 4 weeks or more will be acknowledged in any scientific paper published from the data collected that summer.  There are tuition breaks for students who attend 3 or more weeks as well as for groups of 6 or more students attending together.

Deadline for early enrollment benefits: December 31, 2016

Deadline for program enrollment: March 30, 2017

For pricing and program availability please visit the summer program page as well as the tuition page of our website

If you have any questions regarding the above courses and programs please contact us at or (843)246-0750.

Internships with Impact


Make Your Impact for Our Environment, Our Democracy and Our Future

If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider an internship with Impact.

Impact is a project of leading advocacy organizations, including Environment America and U.S. PIRG, that runs grassroots campaigns. The internship allows you to work for our environment, our democracy and our future.

Impact is now accepting applications to join our team this fall! Our internship application deadline is September 25th. Click here to apply.

You can make a big difference through an internship with Impact.

Learn more and apply on our website, or reach out to our Recruitment Director, Katie Otterbeck at

We are pleased to announce that the fall 2016 session of MassCEC’s Clean Energy Internship Program is now open for enrollment and employer engagement! Please let your students and recent graduates know that this resource is available to them. Attached is a Student FAQ containing new program information which will help to answer many questions they may have. All majors are welcome to participate.

The link to the electronic student application, along with a copy of the frequently asked questions and other general information on the internship program, can be found here:

While it is ultimately up to employers with who they end up selecting for an internship, students are encouraged to be proactive and reach out to clean energy employers in their area to let them know about the program and that they would like to intern with them for the session. This will greatly improve their chances of being selected for an internship. We have compiled a map of previously participating clean energy employers in our program to assist in their outreach.

Important Fall 2016 Session Dates
August 1st: Open enrollment for students begins
September 1st: Fall session begins
October 1st: Deadline for employers to send signed offer letter submissions to MassCEC
December 15th: Fall session ends

Lastly, we have an ever-growing Jobs Board for clean energy specific part or full-time (non-internship) positions that are looking to be filled. We also have a Resume Board which will allow individuals to submit a resume directly and then be viewed by clean energy employers looking to fill open non-internship positions. Individuals will need to create an account on our website in order to post a resume and this resource is separate from our internship program.

If you have any further questions regarding the program after reviewing the documents hosted on our website, please do not hesitate to contact and someone from our team will respond to you as quickly as possible. Please email if you have any questions about the Jobs or Resume Boards.

The Environmental Voter Project is looking for highly-motivated undergraduates to join our selective Fall Internship Program. Interns will work closely with the Field Director and the CEO to learn about subjects such as field campaigning, nonprofit communications and data analytics. Interns will be expected to devote time to field outreach, senior staff support, event planning, research, and drafting of membership communications, blog posts, and stakeholder presentations. In addition to gaining valuable nonprofit advocacy skills, interns will become talented organizers and political operatives by learning the nuts and bolts of nonprofit work and electoral campaigning from an exciting and innovative organization.  We are seeking responsible, motivated candidates who can commit to 12+ hours per week for this program. This is an unpaid internship in Boston, MA.  
Main Job Responsibilities
  • Recruit and cultivate volunteers
  • Manage and participate in voter registration and canvassing
  • Track field operations and enter information into databases and dashboards
  • Participate in community events
  • Research and draft memos
  • Draft membership emails, stakeholder memos, and blog posts
  • Attend professional seminars
  • Research public relations opportunities
  • Outreach to college and university groups
  • Support Senior Staff in preparing for important events
  • Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter
  • An interest in environmental issues or politics
  • An outgoing and friendly demeanor
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to represent the Environmental Voter Project in a professional manner at all times
Time Commitment
  • Hours (weekly): 12+ hours per week.
  • During Business Hours?: Yes
  • Nights and Weekends?: Occasionally
  • Start Dates: Early September
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 12 weeks
Training Provided.
Interns will receive significant training in all aspects of field work, organizing, voter outreach, issues research, and membership communications.
Please email a resume and cover letter to Peter Polga-Hecimovich at

The Center for Engaged Learning Abroad delivers two week field courses in environmental science and conservation using the country of Belize as a classroom, during May and June, and over the winter break.  This Caribbean/Central American country provides a rich learning context and is a great place for students studying abroad for the first time.  Please share this email with students or faculty who may have an interest in engaged learning abroad in English-speaking Belize.

Thank you,
Ed Boles, Ph.D.
Faculty Associate

The field courses, briefly described below, give students powerful field methods experiences, exposes them to areas of science they may want to pursue further and they gain a lot of confidence in capabilities.   These courses carry three hours of credit, transferable back to home institutions with prior academic approval.
Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation:  This course, taught by a wildlife veterinarian, introduces students to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife and wildlife research techniques, and zoo and wildlife health issues and medicine.   Students explore the many factors that effect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals; work alongside zookeepers in the world renowned Belize Zoo; participate in surgeries, animal enrichment and health management at the Zoo; and explore rehabilitation and conservation at a variety of wildlife organizations in Belize.
Watershed Conservation, Ecology and Management: This course explores the general structure and ecology of watersheds, the movement of surface and sub-surface waters through the landscape, larger integrated interactions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, overall ecological services provided by watersheds, impact on human activities on watershed structure and function, assessment and monitoring of watersheds, and solutions to human induced impacts while providing students with hands-on experience in field research techniques.
Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation:  This systems-ecology course includes classroom, field and laboratory components in terrestrial riparian, estuarine and marine ecosystems with emphasis on watershed interconnectivity and reef/mangrove/seagrass ecology and conservation.  The Caribbean Sea is explored from Tobacco Caye, a five acre island of sand perched on the reef with mangroves and grassbeds, with mask and snorkel, both day and night.
Health, Belief and Ethnobotany in Belize: This course explores traditional healing, spiritual belief, sustainability, food security and agro-forestry.  Through lectures, discussions, visits to healers/elders, and tours to farms and medicinal plant gardens, students will have the opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable traditions as they have been passed down through generations.  This is a field oriented course with rustic accommodations and local cuisine.   Students will go on jungle hikes in hot and humid conditions with some rain.  Cultural sensitivity, adventurous personality, stamina, desire to learn from other cultures and an open mind are desirable traits for students to succeed in this course.

Looking for a job that makes a difference? U.S.PIRG is hiring college seniors to work as Campus Organizers on college campuses across the country. On issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends. U.S. PIRG takes action by documenting the problems, finding practical solutions, informing the public and making the case for change directly to decision-makers. We work on fighting climate change, restoring democracy, and protecting public health. Apply online or email for more details.

PIRG stands for the Public Interest Research Group. We take on issues where the public needs a champion—someone to stand up to powerful interests when they push the other way. We know that smart policy solutions and real change won’t just happen. You need to organize, advocate and fight for them.

Our fellows don’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world—recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing. This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders within PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.

Digital Campaigners
Our digital campaigners help us design and win campaigns on some of the most important issues affecting the public today. This position is an exciting way to organize and motivate people online. Our online campaigns reach tens of thousands of people and spread the word about making change. This is a position for professionals who are ready to turn online skills into political action. We’re looking for people with sharp writing skills, savvy strategic ability, and a talent for using social media.

To learn more and apply, visit

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

What do interns with Environment America interns do?  You’ll help us educate and engage more students and citizens on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll help us get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to win.


We’re working to stop global warming: We took a big step forward last summer when President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards that would cut carbon pollution from power plants, the nation’s largest contributors to global warming pollution. This historic step won’t be enough to fully solve the problem, but it’ll be an important start. But standing in the way, at every step, is one of the most powerful special interests in the world: the fossil fuel industry. That’s where we come in. We’re working to rally millions of American citizens, along with local elected officials and other powerful voices to back the President’s plan.

We’re making sure we don’t frack our future: Dirty and dangerous fracking could soon put some of America’s most spectacular places at risk. And we know that this especially destructive method of drilling for gas contaminates water and turns forests and rural landscapes into industrial zones – making nearby families sick and contributing significantly to global warming as well. Now, we’re working to offset the outsized influence of the oil and gas industry and keep our remarkable special places protected.

We’re working to protect our rivers, lakes and streams:  To protect our waterways from pollution and destruction we need to crack down on factory farm pollution, sewage and other threats. And we know it won’t be easy because of big opposition from the Farm Bureau, giant agribusiness and others. Now, we’re working to harness grassroots support for clean water and turn it into the political power we need to have a lasting direct impact on our waterways.

Becoming an Environment America intern
If you agree that it’s time to solve these big environmental problems, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to be an Environment America intern today.

We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:
  • You’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
  • And you'll attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skill
  • And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving big environmental problems like global warming – interning with Environment America is one of the best ways to get started. Not only will you get the training and experience you need, but we hire our most talented and committed interns to join our Fellowship Program when they graduate. 

We’re hiring interns in Boston and 29 states nationwide. Email Madeline Page, Environment America’s Global Warming Outreach Director at with questions or to apply!

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Below is a list of upcoming programs in which your students may be interested. Please share this email with faculty colleagues and students in your department. To view more of our programming, you can also visit
If you know of students that have questions or need assistance with exploring career options, figuring out summer or post-grad plans, or other career-related matters, please also feel free to refer them to the Career Center for a one-on-one advising appointment. For more information about our appointments versus drop-ins, please visit our website.
If you would like to have a member of the Career Center staff come to your classroom for a presentation or brief introduction this semester, feel free to request a workshop here.
As always, if a specific event or event type catches your eye as particularly relevant to your department, please don’t hesitate to reach out; we’d love the opportunity to work with you to ensure that this event reaches the students for whom it will be the most beneficial.
Post-Graduate Service Fair: Tuesday, October 18 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Heights Room
This event is open to all students! View a list of past participants on the Post Grad Placements page. Take advantage of this chance to speak to over 50 organizations with full-time volunteer opportunities both domestic and abroad. No dress code and no resumes needed!

STEM Career & Internship Fair: Wednesday, October 19 | 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Heights Room |
The Boston College Career Center's inaugural STEM (Science, Technology, Environment, Math) Career & Internship Fair is a customized event featuring organizations with full-time and internship opportunities in diverse STEM industries and/or job functions. All class years and all majors are welcome to attend!

"Insight into Diversity" Virtual Career Fair: Wednesday, October 19 | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. |
This virtual Career Fair provides students with the opportunity to connect with potential employers from across the nation in a variety of industries. The Fair is hosted by CareerECO, and is open to all Boston College students.
Have questions about the virtual Career Fair? Please feel free to visit the Career Center table at the STEM Career Fair in the Heights Room 10:30am-1pm on Wednesday, October 19. 
Register for the event here and get detailed instructions on how to participate.

Beyond the Classroom- Great Careers in Education and Counseling: Monday, October 24 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Heights Room
Interested in a career in education, but want to know what's out there besides teaching? Learn about a wide array of opportunities by joining us for three alumni career panels – Higher Education; Counseling and Therapeutic Careers; and Educational Research, Policy, and Operations.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES: Career Chats & Workshops
STEM Career & Internship Fair PrepMonday, October 17, 2017 | 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Gasson 306
Create a "College" Resume: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Maloney 426
Acing the Interview: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Career Center Room 101
Job Shadow Program 
We welcome all faculty members to invite your professional contacts and alumni connections to serve as hosts during this year's Job Shadow program. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to explore industries of interest. Hosts in any state are welcome to sign up here before October 21, 2016.
Employers host information sessions on campus throughout the academic year. Below is just a sampling of what's coming up.
Columbia Law School: Monday, October, 17 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m | Gasson 302
Christie's Auctions & Private Sales: Wednesday, October 19 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Career Center
Meddeas – Language Assistant Program in Spain: Wednesday, October 26 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Campion 224

B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Monday 10:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 10:30am-3:00pm, Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm, and Thursday 10:30am-3:00pm