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Update to this article: All shortlisted candidates have now been contacted to invite them to interview. Thank you to all those who applied, and we encourage you to keep an eye on our Greenlines newsletter for more sustainability-related opportunities for University of Cambridge students.

This summer, Cambridge Zero and the Sustainability Team are collaborating to offer seven paid virtual internships for undergraduates and recent graduates. These internships present an opportunity to get involved with either of these organisations at a critical time for climate issues globally. The internships will provide the opportunity to gain experience of working on current issues in climate change and the environment in a fast-paced and impactful environment. Interns will have access to real-life issues and the professionals that handle them. All interns will have their own line manager who will provide mentoring and will also be supported by the Engagement Manager - Living Laboratory. Interns will be fully integrated into the Cambridge Zero and/or Sustainability teams, attending regular team meetings.

Seven internships are available

  1. Sustainability Team: Fluorinated Gas Intern
  2. Sustainability Team: Biodiversity Communications Intern
  3. Sustainability Team: Environmental Engagement Intern
  4. Cambridge Zero: Future Careers Intern
  5. Cambridge Zero: Climate Infographics Intern
  6. Cambridge Zero: Primary School Climate Education Intern
  7. Cambridge Zero: Student Engagement Intern

Details

  • These positions are for undergraduate students, either current or recently graduated (within the last year),
  • The internships are 8 weeks long, to be undertaken between July, August and September.
  • The internships are paid, administered via the Temporary Employment Service.
  • All internships have a suggested start date of Monday 12 July.
  • These internships are open to all undergraduate students, not just University of Cambridge students.
  • All internships will be offered virtually. They may be optional opportunities to undertake to work in Cambridge that arise in the course of the internships but all projects can be completed virtually and no intern will be expected to relocate to Cambridge for the period of the internship.
  • Interns will need to be resident in the UK for the duration of the internship.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

You are welcome to apply to more than one position, but you can only be accepted for one.

How to apply

Please fill out the application form listed within each set of opportunity details by 9am on Thursday 22 April. If you have any questions, please contact: living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk


Sustainability Team: Fluorinated Gases Intern

The Sustainability Team is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate with interests in quantifying and managing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol covers six greenhouse gases, Carbon, Methane (CH4), Nitrous oxide (N2O), Hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs)*, Perfluorocarbon (PFCs)*, Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)*. The last three of these are fluorinated (F) gases and are the focus of this project. F gases are in use across the University’s estate in air conditioning units, refrigeration plant and heat pumps; some also have research applications. Information on the use of F gases across the estate does exist but is dispersed and patchy. This project will aim to identify and collate existing information on the use of F gases and assess emissions arising from this usage.

Tasks may involve desk-based research and consultation with University departments, estimating F gas emissions, researching best practice for F gas management and recommending improved processes for reporting F gas emissions. The intern will be required to produce a high-quality report to go alongside the work undertaken over the 8-week period and present their work to the Sustainability team.

Person specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a general knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, cleanse, process, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Good presentation skills, confident in delivering to a group audience virtually.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.91/hour

Suggested start date: 12 July 2021 

Location: Virtual

Application Form: https://forms.office.com/r/FQgSM23ktX

Closing date: 9am 22 April 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; the provisional interview date is Thursday 13 May.

For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

For more information about the Sustainability Team please visit: https://www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/


Sustainability Team: Biodiversity Communications Intern

The Sustainability Team is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in biodiversity and communications.

This project aims to produce a comprehensive Biodiversity Communications Plan with associated communications materials to improve understanding, increase awareness and gather support for managing the University estate for biodiversity.

The University’s first Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) was published in the autumn of 2020. The BAP was developed by our Ecological Advisory Panel alongside extensive stakeholder engagement. A significant outcome of that engagement with the University’s grounds maintenance teams has resulted in ongoing improvements for biodiversity across the University’s estate. We recognise, as an established institution, the University grounds may be viewed as ‘just lawns and tidy manicured spaces.’  However, there are significant opportunities for managing the grounds for biodiversity across the estate. With any change, appropriate communication is essential. We wish to ensure the wider University have a positive view towards any change.

Tasks may involve engaging with the operational grounds team and wider estates division colleagues, understanding what communications would be supportive going forward, developing a communications plan for biodiversity management, which can be implemented after the internship is completed and producing the communications materials within the communications plan. The intern will be required to produce a high-quality report to go alongside the work undertaken over the 8-week period and present their work to the Sustainability team.

Person specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Interest and/or knowledge in biodiversity and communications.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.91/hour

Suggested start date: 12 July 2021 

Location: Virtual

Application Form: https://forms.office.com/r/XmksQ5KS0K

Closing date: 9am 22 April 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; the provisional interview date is Monday 17 May.

For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

For more information about the Sustainability Team please visit: https://www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/


Sustainability Team: Environmental Engagement Intern

The Sustainability Team is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in and passionate about behaviour change, design, communications, climate change and the environment.

The University of Cambridge is committed to making a positive impact through outstanding environmental sustainability performance. An underpinning principle of this vision is ‘to create a culture where the University community is engaged, empowered and supported in improving their personal and collective environmental sustainability practices.’ The Sustainability Team play a key role in meeting these aspirations and supporting a sustainable community.

On starting employment with the University, staff are encouraged to complete an online induction module relating to sustainability at the University. The module is our primary way of engaging with staff and is a vital opportunity to raise awareness of sustainability, and enable sustainable choices, here at the University.

This project aims to develop an updated and refreshed learning module through collaboration with other sustainability efforts across the University. The module will effectively communicate complex principles and ideas to a varied audience, including sustainability experts and those with no prior knowledge of sustainability. It will be developed in line with the Sustainability Team’s new Communications and Engagement Strategy, and will be the first large-scale resource produced using these new guidelines. The outcome of this project will be an engaging, accessible and user-friendly module that will publicise the work of the Sustainability Team and act support sustainable behaviour change. Learnings from this project may also inform how the Team and/or Cambridge Zero engage and support students.

Tasks will include engaging with members of the Sustainability Team to understand the content requirement for the induction module and target audiences, liaising with sustainability initiatives across the University, researching best practice for induction modules both within and outside the University, as well as developing and testing a refreshed sustainability induction module. The intern will be required to produce a high- quality report to go alongside the work undertaken over the 8-week period and to present their work to the Sustainability Team.

Person specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Interest and/or knowledge in communications or marketing is essential.
  • Good visual design skills; experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Aptitude to learn and/or experience of using software such as Moodle.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.91/hour

Suggested start date: 12 July 2021 

Location: Virtual

Application Form: https://forms.office.com/r/gVTyYY1mhZ

Closing date: 9am 22 April 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; the provisional interview date is Thursday 13 May.

For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

For more information about the Sustainability Team please visit: https://www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/


Cambridge Zero: Future Careers Intern

Cambridge Zero is looking for a student/recent graduate who is passionate about climate change and has interest in how jobs can help effect a systemic transition to net zero.

The global transition to net zero will require a substantial amount of work across society to make the systemic and infrastructural changes that are needed for a net zero compatible global society. This work is going to need a workforce that is skilled and able to take on this challenge. This project will explore the current and future careers available to young people who will be critical in achieving net zero. The project will focus on producing a small number of video interviews with figures, from across society, who are currently doing roles that are focussed on sustainability, climate change and the transition to net zero.

Activities will involve identifying and liaising with external interviewees to film interviews focussed on careers as well as working with internal and external stakeholders to develop a dissemination plan for the videos. Day to day tasks may involve meetings and consultations with staff, designing interview questions, video editing and production of materials to promote video content. The intern will be required to produce a high-quality report to go alongside the work undertaken over the 8-week period and present their work to the Cambridge Zero team.

Person specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with film would be desirable.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.91/hour

Suggested start date: 12th July 2021  

Location: Virtual

Application Form: https://forms.office.com/r/6w2gC5JGRZ

Closing date: 9am 22 April 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; the provisional interview date is Wednesday 12 May.

For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

For more information about Cambridge Zero, please visit: https://www.zero.cam.ac.uk/


Cambridge Zero: Climate Infographics Intern

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in climate change research communication and wants to build their understanding of both climate change research and science communication.

Effective research and science communication requires the use of targeted communication methods tailored to specific audiences, in order to present complex topics and ideas in formats that are understandable to people without prior knowledge of the field. Infographics can be a highly effective and approachable way of presenting research findings, allowing the reader to take in the key messages quickly and easily without needing to read large amounts of information. They can be particularly useful on social media platforms, where users only spend a very short amount of time on one particular message, and won’t necessarily click through to read a full article. The aim of this internship is to explore and develop creative ways of using infographics to present scientific results and findings from Cambridge Zero-related research projects on climate science and zero-carbon solutions, as well as information targeted at small businesses to help them reach their net-zero goals (in collaboration with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Accelerator & Sustainability Hub).

The intern will undertake a variety of tasks to support this agenda including desk-based research, liaising with stakeholders within the University and designing infographics in collaboration with a variety of internal stakeholders for use in communications materials. The intern will be required to produce a high-quality report to go alongside the work undertaken over the 8-week period and present their work to the Cambridge Zero team.

Person specification:

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Good communication skills; able to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable. 
  • Good writing skills, able to write quickly and confidently. An interest or experience in science communication or journalism would be an advantage
  • Experience of interviewing would be an advantage
  • Experience of graphic design and/or developing infographics would be an advantage.
  • Well-developed organisational skills.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as graphic design software packages, e.g., Photoshop
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).

All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.Salary: £8.91/hour

Suggested start date: 12 July 2021 

Location: Virtual

Application Form: https://forms.office.com/r/06tamnQ0Rv

Closing date: 9am 22 April 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; the provisional interview date is Monday 10 May.

For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

For more information about Cambridge Zero, please visit: https://www.zero.cam.ac.uk/


Cambridge Zero: Primary School Climate Education Intern

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in working in primary education and curriculum development for climate change and the environment. 

This internship project will involve collaborating with the University of Cambridge Primary School to support curriculum development by creating a resource pack for primary school teachers/children on topics pertaining climate change which can then be distributed to other primary schools in the region/country. The intern will play a role in understanding what the current primary school curriculum offers and what can be done to improve it. This will involve a combination of research in best practice and outcomes in the teaching of climate change curriculum and if there are any gaps that need filling. The intern will then also develop a pack of teaching resources to support primary level climate education, working with experts from across the University, as appropriate.

Tasks that this project will involve meeting primary school representative(s) to assess what would be of most use for them, exploring topics to suitable for primary school children and adapting it to different age groups, creating resources, and working with internal and external stakeholders to develop a dissemination plan. The intern will be required to produce a high-quality report to go alongside the work undertaken over the 8-week period and present their work to the Cambridge Zero team.

Person specification:

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject. 
  • A background in education would be desirable.
  • Knowledge of the primary education curriculum would be desirable.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user-friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience. 
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of developing visual resources would be desirable. 
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. 
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects. 
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised. 
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).  
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.91/hour

Suggested start date: 12 July 2021 

Location: Virtual

Application Form: https://forms.office.com/r/ZX84uqnmEW

Closing date: 9am 22 April 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; the provisional interview date is Friday 14 May.

For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

For more information about Cambridge Zero, please visit: https://www.zero.cam.ac.uk/


Cambridge Zero: Student Engagement Intern

Cambridge Zero is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in climate education, behaviour change and student engagement with climate and environmental issues. 

This project will support the development of Cambridge Zero’s work on education and student engagement. The main aim will be to consult students on their attitudes and needs towards both education and student engagement activities. The main aim will be to design a consultation in the form of focus groups and surveys that will establish the education and engagement needs of the whole student population. The intern will assist in carrying out the focus groups and will analyse and write up the results afterwards.

This project may involve tasks ranging from meeting with internal stakeholders, reviewing national surveys, designing, disseminating and analysing survey materials and assisting in running focus groups. The intern will be required to produce a high-quality report to go alongside the work undertaken over the 8-week period and present their work to the Cambridge Zero team.

Person specification

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative information.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.91/hour

Suggested start date: 12 July 2021 

Location: Virtual

Application Form: https://forms.office.com/r/UvjxQ0VNvP

Closing date: 9am 22 April 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; the provisional interview date is Friday 14 May.

For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

For more information about Cambridge Zero, please visit: https://www.zero.cam.ac.uk/