The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) is one of 28 place-based National Estuary Programs, first established in 1987 by an amendment to the federal Clean Water, overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The estuary program uses a voluntary, community-driven approach to enhance water quality, wildlife, and quality of life across our study area, which includes the Narragansett Bay, Little Narragansett Bay, Coastal Ponds, and their watersheds in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. A catalyst for scientific inquiry and collective action, the estuary program offers consensus-building, scientific analysis and communications, and grant-making services to help restore and sustain the region’s natural resources in the face of legacy challenges and accelerating change. With a full-time staff of four and guided by a diverse 30+ member partnership, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is hosted by the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University, leveraging our shared interest in creating collaborative paths to a better future for ecosystems, economies, and communities. Learn more about the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program at www.nbep.org.
Interns with the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program have the exciting opportunity to address some of southeast New England’s most complex and challenging environmental issues. Interns will assist with ground-up development of our next 10-year strategic plan, called Vision 2032. This pioneering new plan is being developed by a diverse mix of local interests and will include priority actions designed to advance the linked goals of climate resilience, sustainable resource use, and environmental justice and equity. Interns are encouraged to create and communicate the work of partnerships and cultivate projects using existing technology and design tools to create maps, visualizations, and web materials that foster greater understanding of complex scientific topics, tell compelling stories, and otherwise build on the program’s reputation for excellence in this space in data analysis and design.
Do you ever wonder how the region can balance the need for renewable energy development with protect forests? Are there too many nutrients in the bay? How is climate change changing our way of life in the Narragansett Bay region? Can we allow salt marshes to migrate and still have places for people to live and work? Do you work with a local partnership and wish you could do more to help them?
If these are the types of burning questions you have, NBEP is calling on you to share your creativity.
Examples projects could include:
- updating indicators from our State of the Watershed Report
- creating new science updates based on new science or indicators not included in the State of the Watershed Report
- working with partner organizations to analyze their data and develop reports for them
- explore new and underserved partnerships through outreach programs
All projects must meet NBEP’s mission and vision, have a final deliverable (determined by the student, faculty/partnership sponsors, and NBEP), and be completed during the internship (approximately 150-200 hours spread over 8-10 weeks).
NBEP has an interest in students in the social and natural sciences and would like to explore ideas from students within engineering, computer science, communications and journalism, and law.
You will be evaluated based on the potential of your idea and its connections to NBEP’s mission, vision, and current objectives. The staff of NBEP will work with you to fully flush out ideas, and, if needed, create connections between faculty or our partnerships.
Goals and Learning Objectives
- Create work products that can immediately be used by NBEP and its partners.
- Provide authentic real-world work experience where students work directly with NBEP and its partners to tackle interesting issues facing the Narragansett Bay Region.
- Supply additional capacity to NBEP and its partners as it designs and implements its strategic plan, Vision 2032.
- Furnish a variety of mentors from the partnership that span disciplines and interest groups.
- Present an opportunity to experience the ecological, economic, and social aspects of collaborative large landscape restoration and protection.
- Offer an experience that balances hard work and fun.
Interns will be financial compensated at $15 per hour for undergraduate students and $20 per hour for graduate students. Interns are welcome to earn academic credit for the internship. If selected for the internship, and the student would like credit (in addition to financial compensation), the student is responsible for all paperwork and approvals.
How to Apply
Please email all applications to Courtney Schmidt (Courtney.Schmidt@nbep.org) with the subject heading “Create Your Own Internship.” Or, you may also apply through Handshake. All applications must include:
- Cover letter stating your interest in working with NBEP and its partners, how this internship will help your overall goals, and what skills you can bring to this project and NBEP. Please include a 1-2 paragraph description of the project or questions you hope to answer. If known, please list a college faculty sponsor and/or organization you’d like to work with.
- Resume or CV with contact information
For More Information Contact
Courtney Schmidt, PhD | Staff Scientist; Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
(401) 633-0553 | email@example.com