TIE-SEI Internships

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

The internship was co-sponsored by TIE and SEI and will provide 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 they will produce important research!


Program details:

Through this 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 and will be expected to:

  • Attend five specific events:
    1. An orientation brunch in April 2017;
    2. A retreat in September 2017;
    3. A formal recognition dinner in December 2017;
    4. One or more research workshops, as well as one or more presentations given by other TIE fellows, during the academic year, and;
    5. A follow‐up meeting with the new class of incoming fellows and interns in May 2018.
  • Present the results of the internship to the greater Tufts community during the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Participate in the ongoing evaluation of the TIE-SEI Internship program and collaborate with TIE and SEI’s communications teams to develop communication pieces of the research for public view.

The general timeline for this program will be April 2017 to May 2018 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.


Internship Opportunities:

2030 Water Agenda for NENA Countries

Overarching project: This internship will be contributing to the overarching project: “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency, Productivity and Sustainability in Near East and North Africa (NENA) region Countries”. The expected outcome of this overarching project is that countries of the NENA Region would be empowered at technical, institutional and policy levels to implement their water sustainability, food security, renewable energy and climate resilient agenda and to achieve the water-related SDG to 2030 within safe operational boundaries of water use. Overall, the expected impact is that food security in the NENA region will be strengthened through increased incomes and production, water resources will be used efficiently and sustainably, and climate change effects will be mitigated by a reduction in the carbon footprint of agriculture. An ‘incentive framework and investment’ working group, including parliamentarians, will provide a mechanism for policy and strategy changes, internalization and scaling-up of results. The initial focus will be on Jordan and Morocco.

Student research project: Due to the overarching project being in the early stages of development, the student research could range from understanding and developing inclusive stakeholder processes to a more technical focus on supporting robust analysis in a multi-sectoral context.

Internship deliverables: The final deliverable would be a working paper or policy brief. Interim deliverables would include bi-weekly updates

Student requirements: background relevant to water, food, and energy from either technical or policy perspectives

Travel Requirements: Possible travel to Jordan, Egypt or Morocco

Pay rate: $18/hour, depending on experience


Household Stoves & Fuels Impacts in India

Overarching project: This internship will be contributing to the overarching project: “Quantifying Air Quality & Climatic Impacts of Household Stoves and Fuels in India”. This overarching project has four broad objectives, which are linked to feasible improvements in clean stove design and dissemination and their impacts on health and climate; these include: 1) assess the acceptability and availability of different stove technologies and fuels; 2) experiment by varying stove price and social interactions among users to determine the impact of these variables on stove adoption rates; 3) measure in situ the impacts of stove adoption on indoor and outdoor air pollution, and climate-forcing; and, 4) model the impacts of widespread stove adoption on regional and global climate through a range of scenarios directly informed by data from the field.

Student research project: The student-intern will assist the PI and co-PIs with data entry, management, and analysis from this ongoing project. Specifically, multiple streams of data, which include household surveys, indoor air quality, daily fuel consumption, and stove-use data are being collected and must be integrated into a single database in order to be analyzed.

Internship deliverables: Specific deliverables will depend on the student’s specific skills and interests, but could include one or more of the following:

  • Maintenance of a database integrating multiple streams of data collected from the field
  • Statistical analysis to determine whether certain socio-demographic data correlate with outcomes of interest such as changes in indoor air quality, intensity of stove adoption, or fuel savings.

Student Requirements: a keen interest in environmental health and international development issues; coursework or work experience related to statistics, econometrics or epidemiology / biostatistics; knowledge of R or SPSS and/or experience setting up databases (SQL, Access, etc.).

Travel Requirements: Possible travel either to the project site in southern India during the summer, or to a global household energy and health conference that will take place in Delhi in Fall 2017.

Pay rate: $18/hour, depending on experience



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 2017-2018 academic year,
  • Available and able to travel to the country locations 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:

To apply, please complete the application form found here

Application deadline for the 2017-2018 internships is noon on Wednesday, 29 March 2017.


Questions: Please contact Jill Parlee, Assistant Director for Programs at jill.parlee@tufts.edu or 617-627-3645