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The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an international non-profit research organization that works to shift environmental policy and practice towards sustainability. In 2006, SEI and Tufts University formed a formal partnership in order to foster a mutual relationship dedicated research and progress in sustainability that benefits from the dedication of both parties to innovation and improvement within the environmental sector. 

In celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the partnership between Tufts University and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in 2017, SEI and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) launched a new internship program for Tufts students to participate in SEI internships.

The internship is co-sponsored by TIE and SEI and provides students the opportunity to gain valuable, real-life experience working on global environmental policy issues throughout one school year. The students will also receive enrichment through participation in TIE’s ongoing student development activities in conjunction with TIE’s Environmental Research Fellowship program. Overall, the students will benefit from the guidance and mentorship provided by both SEI and TIE and the joint commitment to diversity of disciplines, fields, and research methods in accordance with the measures of excellence of both organizations. 

The internship opportunities for 2018-2019 will be announced in the Spring 2018 semester. 

Program details

Through the TIE-SEI Internship program the student will work directly with SEI researchers and will be expected to:

  • Work out of the SEI office (11 Curtis Ave, Somerville, MA 02144) at least 2-4 days and up to 20-30 hours per week during the summer, with fewer hours per week during the fall and spring semesters
  • Produce the expected deliverables of the internship, which will likely develop further during the course of the internship
  • Travel, as needed, to the project locations

Through this program the student will also participate in TIE’s on-going student development activities as part of TIE’s Environmental Research Program, which includes:

  • Attendance at six specific events:
    1. The Spring orientation brunch for all new TIE Fellows and TIE-SEI Interns;
    2. The Fall retreat for all fellows and interns in your cohort;
    3. A Fall formal recognition dinner for all current fellows and interns, current faculty advisors, and recent alumni;
    4. One or more research workshops organized by and for your cohort;
    5. One or more presentations given by other TIE fellows and interns within your cohort, and;
    6. The Spring orientation brunch for the new cohort of incoming fellows and interns.
  • Preliminary results submitted in poster format in advance of the Fall formal recognition dinner.
  • Presentation of preliminary or final results to the greater Tufts community during the academic year. The TIE Coordinator must be notified at least 2 weeks in advance of the presentation in order to disseminate the presentation details to the other fellows.
  • Participation in the ongoing evaluation of the TIE-SEI Internship program.
  • Collaboration with TIE’s and SEI's communications teams to develop communication pieces of your research for public view.

The general timeline for this program will be one year from April of the first year to May of the concluding year with any major, data collection activities to occur during the summer (June-August).

TIE and SEI’s support for research completed during the internship must be acknowledged in any form of dissemination, including, but not limited to, publications, posters, oral presentations, and website postings.

Applicant eligibility

To be eligible for the fellowship program, applicants must be:

  • Currently matriculated in a Tufts University graduate school,
  • Continuing their studies throughout the upcoming academic year,
  • Available and able to travel to the country location(s) of the internship,
  • Based in or around the Medford area and physically available able to work from the SEI Medford location through the duration of the internship,
  • Qualified for the skills and background requirements referenced in the internship descriptions, and
  • Committed to executing the proposed internship tasks.

Application process

The internship opportunities for 2018-2019 will be announced in the Spring 2018 semester. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Brown, Administrative Coordinator by email or at 617-627-3645.

Past TIE-SEI Interns

For a list of past TIE-SEI Interns who have completed the program and a description of their research, click below.