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(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 of 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, 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.
Overarching Research Project – The Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) is a five-year cooperative agreement that supports U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s thought leadership, innovation and action in global water security by integrating water security issues into Mission programming through relevant, Mission-specific initiatives. The goal is to develop comprehensive water security intervention strategies using locally owned solutions at the water basin, sub-basin and local catchment scales. See https://test-swpwater.pantheonsite.io/about/ for more details.
The program is currently working on two pilot projects: Stung Chinit (Tonle Sap basin) in Cambodia, and the Mara basin in Kenya and Tanzania. In both, SWP will commence a stakeholder-driven water security improvement process to identify and support the implementation of key actions that build resilience to the growing constraints with water resources and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services. The steps will include:
Student Research Project – The student could pursue two different aspects of work within one of the two project sites: policy/stakeholder engagement, or quantitative analyses using the Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) System to support robust decision making. Both projects will have had project launch activities by March 2018, and would move towards Steps 2, 3 and 4 outlined above in the following year.
Internship Deliverables – Expected deliverables would include: An agreed upon set of goals for the year of the fellowship; Monthly reports; Policy briefs or working paper with analysis; Presentation at a seminar or brown bag at SEI
Student Requirements – The student could support this project either via policy/stakeholder engagement, or via quantitative analyses. In either case the expectation is that the student is highly motivated with a background in these areas of research.
Travel Requirements – Depending on the interest of the student, travel could be to either Cambodia or Kenya/Tanzania
Pay rate – $18/hour
Overarching Research Project – SEI’s energy modelling program works to support developing countries in their energy and climate mitigation planning activities, which includes developing analyses to support their submissions on greenhouse gas mitigation to the UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC) and to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). SEI’s activities include conducting trainings and technical support and developing scenario analyses in partnership with agencies in many developing countries. Much of our work is centered around helping countries to apply SEI’s Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) software, a tool for energy scenario modeling. For more info on LEAP, see: www.energycommunity.org
Student Research Project –It is envisaged that the student will develop a LEAP-based GHG mitigation analysis for a country, preferably to provide a starting point for that country’s own analysis as the basis for its submissions to the UNFCCC Paris process. See: http://www4.unfccc.int/ndcregistry/Pages/All.aspx. Alternatively, there may be similar opportunities to engage with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to support countries developing National Action Plans on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs). This process is managed by UNEP and also supported by SEI. See: http://ccacoalition.org
We will coordinate with the UN Global Support Program and UNEP to identify which countries would be a good fit for this work. It is likely that the work will also provide the opportunity for the student to closely engage with agencies in the country, possibly including the opportunity to travel to the country to train users of the model and to work collaboratively with local practitioners to refine the analyses to make it as useful as possible to the needs of the country. The student will be expected to document the analysis for the country and co-author a paper (preferably submitted to a peer-reviewed journal) describing the analysis. The student will also be expected to spend time providing technical support to LEAP users via the LEAP web site, email, and other media.
Internship Deliverables – Expected deliverables would include: Monthly progress reports; A LEAP-based greenhouse gas mitigation analysis for one country; A final paper (preferably submitted to a peer reviewed journal) describing the analysis; A presentation at a seminar or brown bag at SEI; Time spent delivering technical support to LEAP users.
Student Requirements – The student taking on this project must be highly motivated and will need strong quantitative skills and experience using tools like Excel, Matlab or R. Programming skills are not required, but would be useful. More importantly, the student should have experience and a strong interest in international climate and energy policy. Prior knowledge of SEI’s LEAP software is not required since this project will provide ample opportunity to learn about LEAP.
Travel Requirements – Depending on the interest of the student, travel to selected country may be possible.
Pay rate – $18/hour
Through the TIE-SEI Internship program the student will work directly with SEI researchers and will be expected to:
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:
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.
To be eligible for the fellowship program, applicants must be:
Applications for the 2018-2019 opportunities are now closed.
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For a list of past TIE-SEI Interns who have completed the program and a description of their research, click below.