Top Five Internship Opportunities for Environmental Sciences Students offered by NGOs


Are you an Environmental Science under-graduate or post-graduate and looking for an internship? The various organisations are working in the environment and offer internships for the students. Read this article to know the best five institutes who offer internship for the students studying Environmental Sciences. In this article, you will also get the details of eligibility, application process to apply for an internship in these institutes.

Introduction

Getting an internship provides experience and also gives an advantage while applying for a job. Hands-on-experience and field visits and work under the guidance of a supervisor also boost confidence, which will be very helpful to prepare them for a future job. To get the right internship is not an easy task. As environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject and x lots of scopes are available there. Various organisations including government, non-government organisation offer internship for these students. Sometimes they also offer a stipend for the internship. Candidates can avail these opportunities and build their professional network. Here in this article details of top five NGOs, offering internship to the candidate interested to work in the fled of environment, are given.

1. Greenpeace

Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization which was established in 1971 by Irving Stowe and Dorothy Stowe, Canadian and US ex-pat environmental activists. Now it is working at a global level, having its offices in more than 55 countries. Greenpeace has its headquarter in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Internship Opportunities

Greenpeace India provides opportunities for students who wish to join Greenpeace and are interested in different works like research, field data survey, event planning, online and public engagement etc. Talented and highly motivated students from top educational institutions are taken in for the internship.
Objectives of the Internship: The main objectives of the internship are to develop the research skills of students especially in environmental protection and policy, to provide them hands-on experience, to introduce them about the Greenpeace India local initiatives, to engage the students and use their skills in environmental protection and conservation.
Locations for Internship: Greenpeace provides internship at four different locations in India i.e. in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Patna.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the candidates who wish to apply for the internship program must satisfy the following criteria:
  1. The applicant must be enrolled in any degree course and should be in the 2nd year (or higher) of his course.
  2. The applicant will have to submit a verification letter from their HOD of the institution mentioning the need for an internship.
  3. The internship is open to Indian citizen only.

How to Apply

Interested and eligible candidates who want to join the internship at Greenpeace India must visit the website of Greenpeace and check the availability and number of internship in the "Current Vacancies Section". The candidates must apply by filling the open application on the website form and must mention the motivation to join the Greenpeace. An application form must be submitted at least two months in advance from the start of the internship.
Duration of Internship: Internship duration must be from a minimum of 45 days to a maximum of 3 months. The candidates who wish to join for less than 45 days or more than 3 months internship will not be considered.

Contact Details

Greenpeace India
#173, 9th Cross, 1st Stage,
Indira Nagar, Bengaluru–560038
Phone: 080 22131899
Helpline No.: 1800 425 0374 (Open from Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Important Links:
Website: https://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/internships/
Application form: https://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/internships/

2. Centre for Science and Environment

Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi based not-for-profit organisation, was established in 1980. It works on various environment-related issues like climate change, poor planning etc. and provides sustainable solutions. It is also engaged in education and training through environmental education programmes.

Internship Opportunities

Internships at CSE are available, and students from all over the world can join the internship. Besides, need-based and time-bound special internship programmes are also announced at CSE.

Who can join?

  1. Any national can apply for an internship at CSE India.
  2. To join as a volunteer, the candidates from various backgrounds and age groups can apply for the volunteer programme.
  3. Any student who needs to do an internship as part fulfilment of his course can apply for an internship.

Benefits to the Interns

  • Stipend: Volunteers are given a stipend of Rs. 350/ working day. Besides, they will also get reimbursements for any official work while interns will not be paid any stipend. However, they will be entitled to reimbursements for any official work.
  • Certification: At the end of the internship, each eligible intern who will submit the final report, receive a certificate issued by CSE India.
  • Orientation to Students: After joining, candidates will be introduced about the working and administrative procedures of CSE so they will be familiarized with the organisation.
  • Logistics and other facilities: The candidates must bring their laptops, CSE will not provide laptops. However, they may use all research facilities and PC available at CSE.

How to Apply

  • Interested candidate must send their latest CV along with the application to CSE India. (Learn here how to write an impressive CV)
  • The application must include:
    1. Duration of the internship including the start and end date of the internship.
    2. Area of interest.
    3. Reason for applying.
  • A filled-in application must be sent at the email ID: dpriyanka@cseindia.org

Selection Process

If the applicant is found suitable and matched with the requirement of any available project, then he/she is informed through an email. If the candidate agrees to work on the project he/she must send an acceptance letter from the institution. Only after the receiving of acceptance letter from the institution, a confirmation letter will be sent to the candidate or institute.

Post confirmation of Internship

After confirmation of internship, CSE will make all the arrangements for work, travel and stay in New Delhi, but all the expenses of travel, boarding and lodging are to be borne by the candidate.

Assignments at CSE

There are two types of assignments available at CSE, i.e. research-based and non-research-based. Research-based assignments include research based on the information available in the public domain. CSE mainly focus and addresses environmental issues like various pollution, climate change and environmental education. Candidates are free to select any of these areas for their internship. In non-research based assignments include marketing, human resources, library and website, etc. In these assignments, the candidates are assigned an individual responsibility and do work under the guidance of a supervisor.

Submission of Report

Upon completion, the interns are required to prepare and submit a dissertation report to the supervisor and also make a presentation of the work done.

Contact Details

Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area New Delhi-110062, India
Phone: (91) (11) 40616000, 29955124, 29956110, 29956394, 29956399
Fax: (91) (11) 29955879
Email: cse@cseindia.org
Website: https://www.cseindia.org/
In case of further queries, please contact Ms Priyanka Dutt at email: dpriyanka@cseindia.org
Important Links:
Internship Page: https://www.cseindia.org/internship-at-cse-1392

3. WWF-India

WWF-India, a scientific organisation, was founded in 1969 as a charitable trust. It was renamed from World Wildlife Fund to Worldwide Fund for Nature India in 1987. The organisation work mainly on Climate change, species conservation and environmental education and save the earth's natural environment. The organisation is working with the government organisation, non-government organisation, schools, colleges, universities, institutes, industries, corporate, and individuals, etc.

Internship Opportunities at WWF-India

Through its internship programme, WWF-India engages non-WWF India students/people in their national/ global conservation projects.

Duration of internship

  • Interns can join an internship at WWF-India from 30 days to a maximum of 6 months.
  • Usually, internships are offered twice a year, i.e. in February and October.

Note: In any candidate wish to join an internship for less than 30 days, he/she can apply under the volunteer programme at WWF-India.

Benefits to the Interns

  • Stipend: Students who join an internship at WWF-India as a part of their course pursuing any academic course will not be paid any stipend. However, other interns will get some stipend paid by WWF-India.
  • Certificate: Upon submission of the report and successful completion of the internship, each intern will be provided with an internship completion certificate by the WWF-India.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Any Indian and Foreign student can apply for the internship at WWF-India.
  2. Students seeking internship must be enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate programme and appearing in the final year of the degree programme.
  3. Others interested candidates who want to work with WWF-India may also apply.

How to Apply

  1. The candidates interested to join an internship at WWF-India must visit the official website of WWF-India and download the application format available there.
  2. The candidates must fill all the relevant details in the application form.
  3. He/she must attach a valid photo ID proof.
  4. Visa, passport, and Medical insurance cover are mandatory requirements for foreign nationals applying for the internship.
  5. To join an internship for partial fulfilment of a degree course, the applicant must submit a recommendation letter from the Head of the Department of the University or college.
  6. The candidate must mention the duration of the internship in the application form.
  7. The complete application form along with the relevant documents must be emailed to internships@wwfindia.net

Selection Process

  • All the applications received for an internship at all offices will be scrutinized by the HR Division WWF-India.
  • Based on the applications, candidates will be shortlisted and informed with in the 30 days of receipt of application about their selection.

Modalities

  • At the time of joining at WWF-India, an undertaking is to be given and Code of Conduct Policy of WWF-India must be signed by the Intern.
  • A daily visitor card will be issued to the intern for the entire duration of the Internship.
  • A supervisor will be assigned to each intern who will help and guide in his /her internship.
  • Logistic support will also be provided to the interns according to the need of their project work.
Report Submission: At the end of the internship, the interns will be required to prepare and submit their work and data in the form of presentation, report, and paper, etc.
Feedback: Upon completion of the internship, interns will also be required to share their internship experience.

Contact Details

WWF-India,
172 B, Lodhi Estate,
New Delhi- 110003
Tel: +91 11 4150 4815
Email: contact@wwfindia.net
Important Links:
Official Webpage: https://www.wwfindia.org/who_we_are/internship_at_wwf_india/
Application form: https://wwfin.awsassets.panda.org/downloads/internship_application_form_1.docx

4. Centre for Environment & Education, India

To promote environmental awareness countrywide, Centre for Environment Education (CEE) was developed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India in 1984. The main work of CEE is to develop innovative programmes and educational material which can be used for capacity building mainly in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). CEE runs its programmes with local, state and central government or agencies. Besides, it also works on an international level with international governments, agencies, and organisations. CEE is engaged to provide Environmental Education for Sustainable development for future, biodiversity conservation, marine conservation and rural and urban development. CEE has worked on several international projects like UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD–with UNESCO); Global Environmental Facility–Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP–with UNDP); Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programmes (with UNICEF); and many others.

a) Internship at CEE Ahmadabad

Name of Internship: Intensive Internship and Training in Research and Writing for Conservation Education programmes and Communication for Sustainable Development.
Duration of the Internship: There are several internships available whose tenure will be from 2 months to 1-year long. The internships are full-time or part-time.
Location: CEE Ahmadabad

The benefits to the Interns

  • Interns may be given a stipend for professional services based on Personal interview.
  • The interns may also get the travel opportunities to field sites based on the project.
  • Upon successful completion of the internship, an internship certificate will be awarded to the interns.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Any student either from college or university may apply for an internship.
  2. Applicants must have passed graduate degree course.
  3. He/she must have a keen interest in nature & cultural heritage, biodiversity.
  4. Applicants must have good writing skills.
Nature of Work: During internships, the interns will have to carry out initial research, writing and data compilation from authentic sources.

b) Internship at Kolkata and Ranchi Centres

Educational Qualifications:
  1. The candidates who have completed or appeared for Graduate or Post-Graduate programmes are eligible to apply.
  2. Interested fresher candidates who want to increase their skills and knowledge in environmental education can also apply.
  3. The applicants must utilize the internship for their study.

Desirable: Knowledge of English and Bangla
Benefits to the Interns: An internship completion certificate will be issued to the interns upon completion of the internship.
Stipend: The interns will be paid a nominal stipend of Rs 5,000/- monthly.
Period of Internship: 3 months
Nature of Work:
  • Various activities and field projects will be offered to the interns or volunteers to work for research-based data and projects on environmental sustainability.
  • Project team will support the interns to achieve the objectives of the task.

How to Apply

The candidates must visit the official website of CEE and read the instructions carefully. The application must be filled online (online application form available at the website).

Contact Details

CEE
Nehru Foundation for Development,
Sargam Marg, Thaltej Tekra,
Ahmadabad Gujarat 380054
Phone: 91-79-26844700, 91-79-26858010
Email: cee@ceeindia.org
Website: https://www.ceeindia.org/internship/
Important Links:
Advertisement of Internship:
https://www.ceeindia.org/file/internship-in-writing-and-communication.pdf

5. Paryavaran Mitra

The Paryavaran Mitra, in Gujarat, is an autonomous organisation came into existence in 1997. It 1997, it was an Enviro Legal cell of Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)–Janvikas in 1997. Later in 2001, it became "Paryavaran Mitra" and continued to be part of Janvikas through governance and finance. The organisation was formed to fulfil the need for an organisation which can systematically work on environment-related legal, social and human rights issues.
The main aim behind the formulation of Paryavaran Mitra was to build a network of local organizations working for the environment. And to create environmental awareness, monitoring mechanisms were also set up for the review of the various developmental activities that are damaging the environment and violating environmental laws.

Internship Opportunities

At Paryavaran Mitra students will gain practical experience, hands-on experience of research, and training. They will get the chance to enhance their theoretical and practical knowledge of the environment. Paryavaran Mitra is providing internships from many years to the students around the globe. The focus is on the students from the disciplines of environmental science, environmental engineering, law, journalism, social work, management, etc.

Benefits to the Interns

During an internship at Paryavaran Mitra, students will get the following benefits:
  • Enhancement of the knowledge of the students.
  • Personal development of students as they will find the opportunity to work in their interest area.
  • Career development of the interns. They will establish a professional network during their internship.
  • They will get real-life experience.

Resource Benefit to the Interns

Interns will get the following resources and facilities at Paryavaran Mitra:
  • Supervisor: A supervisor will be there who will guide the intern during the entire internship period. The supervisor will be an environmental expert. The supervisor will assign the project and decide the responsibilities and will engage the interns in various activities of the project. He will also help to adapt the organization, reply to his queries and also provide feedback.
  • Mentor: A mentor will assist the intern to acclimate the new organization and the new learning environment by discussing general political and socio-environment scenario. He will also provide answers to the questions related to personal and professional growth and will share his knowledge and professional networking.
  • Equipment and Facilities: Software/Hardware, Computer and other kinds of equipment will be provided to the intern that will be required to achieve the project's goal and objectives.
  • WorkSpace: Workspace will be provided to the interns.
  • Allowances: Candidates will be paid the cost of living for accommodation, food and transportation cost for visits during the period of internship.

Areas Covered in Internship

  1. The orientation of the Intern: Intern will learn about the objectives and working environment of the Paryavaran Mitra.
  2. Environment Education: Interns will get training in the environment and its protection and also on the environmental legislations.
  3. Field exposure to the Intern: Interns will attend 1-2 environmental public hearing during their internship. They will visit the field with the Paryavaran Mitra Team and learn how to enhance public participation and strengthen the public hearing process.
  4. Research Writing: Interns can write any article and report in their interest areas for a bi-monthly magazine named "Paryavaran Mitra".
  5. Enhancement of Knowledge: They will learn how to involve, inform, and consult the public/project-affected people in the planning, management, and other decision-making activities.
Who can join?
  • Any national can apply for an internship.
  • Any young student studying in any discipline can apply for an internship at Paryavaran Mitra.

Duration of Internship:There are flexible working hours and duration of the internship. Candidates can join an internship at Paryavaran Mitra as per their convenience.

How to apply?

Interested students must email their latest CV to the email ID: paryavaranmitra@yahoo.com. Also, they must send a college permission letter.

Contact Details

Paryavaran Mitra
502, Raj Avenue, Bhaikaka Nagar Road,
Thaltej Cross Roads,
Ahmedabad 380059,
Gujarat, INDIA
Phone: +91-79-26851321
E-mail: paryavaranmitra@yahoo.com
Website: https://paryavaranmitra.org.in/


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