Experience or background in San Mateo County ideal but not required
Resume with relevant experience/coursework
A cover letter showing your interest and qualifications for the position
Please send all application materials to Flora Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible with the subject line: "SSMC Intern Application".
Under supervision of the Program Manager the Research Assistant will be responsible for the following:
Research a specific sustainability topic as outlined by the research guide.
Complete research projects related to local food systems.
Option to create tables and charts using data visualization software (training available).
Option to create "Solution" or "Take Action" articles that are concise and inspirng.
Background on Sustainable San Mateo County and the Indicators Report:
Established in 1992, Sustainable San Mateo County's mission is to encourage community action on issues relating to sustainability by providing accurate, timely, and empowering information. Our core program, the Indicators for a Sustainable San Mateo County report provides fact-based information on local trends impacting our economy, environment, and society. Each year, we feature a Key Indicator for an in-depth look at a current issue, critical to the long-term sustainability of the community. Our 2015 Key Indicator is Food Systems and our research will cover a broad range of topics from sustainable agriculture to hunger.
Orientation, Supervision, and Evaluation:
SSMC is a small organization, with a full-time Executive Director, a contract Indicators Program Manager, and many engaged volunteers (including board members and students). Orientation, supervision, and evaluation will be lead by the Program Manager. Tasks will be assigned based on volunteer interests and goals and SSMC projects and priorities. Course credit may be available to students and should be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Knowledge and Skills Developed:
Understand root causes and inter-relational nature of social problems; learn how citizen groups have and can effect change in their communities; develop research, communication, advocacy, and/or problem-solving skills; determine how to apply one's professional skills to the betterment of society; engage, motivate and inspire others.