4 Replies to “Internship and Job Opportunities”

  1. Skidmore Compost Outreach, Education and Marketing Intern
    Skidmore College
    Location: Skidmore College
    Dates: Spring Semester 2013, approximately 6-10 hours/week

    Description:
    The internship requires 6-10 hours per week, based at Skidmore College. Primary responsibilities of the intern will be to work with Sustainable Skidmore and the Composting Group of EAC to improve student awareness and participation in the Northwoods Apartment Village composting program. The apartment compost initiative began in Spring 2011 as a student internship project in Sustainable Skidmore and sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program. The Environmental Action Club then took it over in the following semesters, and as of Fall 2012, Compost Managers are hired by Sustainable Skidmore to carry out the labor and manage volunteers for the composting process. This includes distribution of buckets to residents, education and outreach, volunteer management, picking up the food scraps weekly from the apartments using the bikes and bike trailers, picking up coffee grounds from the Dining Hall to include in the compost, turning the compost piles, adding carbon sources to the piles, and cleaning and returning the buckets. Although there is reasonable participation, we hope to improve the program’s education and outreach initiatives to ultimately increase student participation. We would therefore like to have a student develop an outreach, education, and marketing plan that can be used by the composting program to better serve the Northwoods Apartment community.

    Duties:
    • Attend the weekly composting pickup and turning of the piles with students and Sustainable Skidmore a few times early on in the semester in order to understand the current process and have a baseline for moving forward
    • Review existing surveys of Northwoods Apartment residents conducted by Sustainable Skidmore. Develop and administer additional surveys as needed early on in the semester to assess current participation, and further identify any limitations in the Northwoods Apartment Village composting program which have not already been identified in previous surveys. This will likely include going door to door in the apartments, in addition to utilizing means of communication such as email, and volunteers from EAC as well as the Compost Managers could potentially help with such efforts as well.
    • Develop an outreach and education strategy and distribute alternative composting resources (bokashi and/or compostable bags) by midway through the Spring Semester with the assistance of EAC and the Compost Managers.
    • Conduct a follow-up survey by the end of the semester that measures the success of the pilot programs utilizing the new composting resources, assesses participation to compare to the initial survey, and identifies remaining limitations or concerns that students have as related to the program.
    • Develop an outreach and education action plan aimed at increasing student awareness and involvement in the Northwoods Apartment Village composting program
    • Produce a final marketing report that includes objectives, initiatives, and tactics that will improve education an increase student participation in the campus composting program
    Requirements:
    • Experience with outreach, education, or marketing preferred
    • Self-starter
    • Submission of interest letter, resume, and references.

  2. Skidmore Compost
    Science Intern
    Skidmore College
    Location: Skidmore College
    Dates: Spring Semester 2013, approximately 6-10 hours/week

    Description:
    The internship requires 6-10 hours per week, based at Skidmore College. Primary responsibilities of the intern will be to work with Sustainable Skidmore and the Composting Group of EAC to improve the current composting process in the North Woods Apartment Village. The apartment compost initiative began in Spring 2011 as a student internship project in Sustainable Skidmore and sponsored by Environmental Studies. The Environmental Action Club then took it over in the following semesters, and as of Fall 2012, Compost Managers are hired by Sustainable Skidmore to carry out the labor related to the composting process. This includes distribution of buckets to residents, education and outreach, volunteer management, picking up the food scraps weekly from the apartments using the bikes and bike trailers, picking up coffee grounds from the Dining Hall to include in the compost, turning the compost piles and adding carbon sources, and cleaning and returning the buckets. The process has worked well in getting initiating this project on campus, but the science behind composting is complex and when understood and used as a tool in making management and process decisions, it can ultimately help create a higher quality compost for the Skidmore Student Garden. We would therefore like to have a science intern that would assist us in collecting data from our compost piles, researching existing composting processes and practices and studies, and ultimately recommending improved processes for the compost piles.

    Duties:
    • Attend the weekly composting pickup and turning of the piles with students and Sustainable Skidmore in order to understand the currently process and have a baseline for moving forward
    • Research related soil and composting science that would be relevant to making recommendations for improved compost
    • Research materials and studies related to composting
    • Carry out data collection and analysis in the piles to gather information about temperature, microbial activity, aeration, nitrogen/carbon ratios, and moisture content. Measure this over time and implement changes to understand how it can change when factors about the pile are changed.
    • Produce a final report with recommendations on how a change in process or recipe could enhance the process and produce a higher quality compost.

    Requirements:
    • Coursework in Biology, Soil Science, Environmental Science, etc.
    • Self-starter
    • Submission of interest letter, resume, and references.

  3. Sustainable Skidmore
    Sustainability Intern:
    Establishing a CSA Program at Skidmore College
    Location: Skidmore College
    Dates: Spring Semester 2013, approximately 5-8 hours/week

    Description:
    The internship requires 5-8 hours per week, mainly based at Skidmore College. The primary responsibility of the intern will be partner with Sustainable Skidmore, Dining Services, and local food producers in order to develop a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) program for implementation on campus in Fall 2012. The basic idea is that students, faculty, and staff could sign up for a subscription for a weekly share of local produce throughout the semester, or potentially just purchase a share each week as they have interest. They would be able to pick up the produce from the Dining Hall each week. The intern will coordinate with the various groups who are involved in implementation in order to educate the campus community about the CSA, help to identify pricing and financial structures that will allow this to work for all parties, develop a process by which the food can be delivered and distributed to CSA members weekly, and help to create a student labor structure that will assist with the implementation in Fall 2013.

    The intern will report directly to the Skidmore College Sustainability Coordinator, Riley Neugebauer. The intern will also work with Dining Services management and several local farms in order to coordinate the CSA efforts. The local farms that are currently involved are 9 Miles East, Denison Farm, and Kilpatrick Family Farm. Scheduled meetings with the Sustainability Coordinator and with faculty sponsor Monica Raveret Richter will also be set up early in the semester to maintain communication. The intern will work closely with the other sustainability interns.

    Duties:
    – Review previous research and data about the feasibility of and recommendations for a CSA at Skidmore College
    o Read Will Dowling’s Capstone from 2011-2012 which focused on this topic and look at his survey data and questions to understand if we should utilize some of his data or conduct a similar survey of our own early on in the semester
    – Educate the campus community & potential participants about the CSA Project
    o After learning about what has already been done via Will Dowling’s Capstone project and through the Sustainable Skidmore Office, conduct outreach to the campus community, or potentially to the list of those with interest in a CSA if that has already been completed.
    o Learn more about the potential participants expectations and questions, and help provide information to them based on additional conversations with the farmers, Sustainable Skidmore, and Dining Services.
    o Create materials that could be used to educate students, staff, and faculty about this opportunity that we could have out at the CSA table, and that could be used beforehand if we need to try and recruit additional participants.
    – Identify pricing and financial structures
    o After identifying the level of interest on campus for the CSA, work with the local farms to set the pricing for the CSA so that it can be incorporated into our education and outreach strategy.
    – Develop a food delivery and distribution process
    o Through conversations with local farmers, Dining Services, and Sustainable Skidmore, understand the best process by which the food can be delivered, on which week day, and when student workers can pick it up to be distributed.
    o Recommend the best way for the distribution to take place. Should it be all available in bins by vegetable and people have to come and fill up their own bag with the different options, or should there be bags/boxes already sorted by student workers and ready to be distributed?
    – Assist Sustainable Skidmore in creating a student labor force to carry out the implementation of the program in Fall 2013
    o Write a student job description for CSA Coordinator
    o Recruit students that have interest in this position for Fall 2013

    Requirements:
    o Intern must be committed and enthusiastic.
    o Must have strong communication skills and be comfortable speaking with administrative staff, farmers, and faculty.
    o Must be willing to be on email consistently and able to respond to emails promptly.
    o Must demonstrate an interest and knowledge in sustainable agriculture and local food systems.

  4. Sustainable Skidmore Intern
    Business Model Development:
    Zero Waste Concession Stand for the Williamson Sports Center
    Skidmore College
    Location: Skidmore College
    Dates: Spring Semester 2013, approximately 6-10 hours/week
    Description:
    The internship requires 6-10 hours per week, based at Skidmore College. Primary responsibilities of the intern will be to work with Sustainable Skidmore, appropriate staff from Athletics, and student groups such as EAC to develop a business model that reflects the triple bottom line of sustainability for the Williamson Sports Center Concession Stand. Currently the concession stand is utilized as a fundraiser for teams in Athletics. Different teams take on the concession stand at different games, including during the Big Green Scream, an environmentally-themed event held during the last home basketball games for the men’s and women’s teams. The concession stand sells items such as individually packaged bags of chips, pizza, sports drinks, and other similar items. Athletics is willing to support the idea of a zero-waste initiative in the concession stand, if we can demonstrate how the teams will continue to make the same amount of money they typically make, if not more. We believe that through the creation of a sustainable business model that aims to make the concession stand zero waste, and combined with effective marketing during games, teams would make higher profits while reducing waste and pollution.

    The intern will review previous information gathered about the concession stand, conduct additional research on possible alternative products to sell, and ultimately prepare a business plan that documents the cost to implement a more sustainable concession stand and the return on investment as a result of expected sales. The intern will also recommend marketing strategies for the concession stand to contribute to improved sales. By the end of the semester, the intern will present their findings and recommendations to Athletics, Sustainable Skidmore, and other interested stakeholders.
    Duties:
    • Review information about the concession stand in the Williamson Sports Center
    o Look at notes from meetings about the zero waste initiative and Big Green Scream to gain and understanding of the work that has gone into this previously
    o Reach out to coaches or Gail Cummings-Danson in Athletics to get more specifics about how the concession stand works if necessary. This would include getting more a baseline for the attendance at different games, how often the concession stand is in operation, etc.
    • Conduct research
    o Identify potential products that could be sold that would be appropriate for the concession stand and the patrons at Athletics events, but which also fulfill the sustainability and zero waste goals of this project
    o Utilize the web, AASHE.org, and phone interviews if necessary to better understand other campus zero-waste athletic events and their existing models or best practices
    • Prepare a business plan
    o Utilizing the triple-bottom line approach to business management, create a business plan that outlines the cost of investing in new products, infrastructure, and marketing in the concession stand, the expected sales from these new products and return on investment, and recommendations for marketing and outreach strategies at games to improve sales.
    o Present findings and recommendations to Athletics, Sustainable Skidmore, and other interested parties by the end of the semester.
    Requirements:
    • Experience with outreach, education, or marketing preferred
    • Self-starter
    • Submission of interest letter, resume, and references.
    Please Submit Materials to All Contacts Below:
    Sustainability Coordinator, Riley Neugebauer, rneugeba@skidmore.edu, 518-580-5865

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