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This one year internship, co-sponsored by the Stockholm Environment Institute & TIE, provides Tufts graduate students the opportunity to work on global environmental policy issues.

Applications are now closed. Check back early 2020 for the 2020-2021 opportunities!

This internship is a collaboration between the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Tufts Institute of the Environment.

SEI is an international, non-profit, research organization that works to shift environmental policy and practice towards sustainability.

This unique opportunity allows TIE-SEI Interns to:

• work with SEI on a designated research project

• participate in a series of TIE's fellowship activities

• network with colleagues and leaders in the field 

Student Reflection

TIE-SEI Interns 2017-2018_Stefan_Koester

"I traveled to India to attend the Clean Cookstove Alliance Global Forum. There, I learned from experts, entrepreneurs, and the women using advanced stove technologies. The partnership between SEI and TIE represents the valuable lessons of multi-disciplinary work across different organization. I learned the necessary rigors of academic research based on field work and data collection, along with valuable communication skills."

Stefan Koester, 2017-2018 TIE-SIE Intern
Dual Masters in Law & Diplomacy and Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning

Listed below are the past internships opportunities available. Check back in early 2020 for the 2020-2021 opportunities! 


Internship 1: Sustainable bioenergy and development in Kenya

Internship 2: Water Security in the Mara Basin: Kenya / Tanzania


Internship 1: Robust Decision Making with Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) for USAID’s Sustainable Water Partnership Program in Cambodia or Kenya/Tanzania

Internship 2: Supporting Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Action Planning using SEI’s Long-Range Energy Alternative Planning (LEAP) Modeling Framework in India


Internship 1: Quantifying Air Quality & Climatic Impacts of Household Stoves and Fuels in India

Internship 2: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency, Productivity and Sustainability in countries in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region

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.

Questions? Contact Jill Parlee, Assistant Director for Programs by email or at 617-627-3645.

TIE-SEI Interns

For a list of current TIE-SEI Interns and a description of their research, click below to navigate to the Students Page.