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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

The Energy Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in
Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) houses the Roundtable on Sustainable
Biofuels (RSB), an international "multi-stakeholder" effort to develop
global standards for sustainable biofuels production and processing.

Over the last year or more, RSB collaboration with partners in North and
South America has increased, and it is becoming increasingly necessary
to allocate time and attention to coordinating activities and to further
involving key stakeholders in this hemisphere.

The National Wildlife Federation is hosting a new RSB position, the
Americas Senior Coordinator, to ensure that this region is well
integrated into the global RSB. The Americas Coordinator will be
responsible for outreach, collaboration, and strategic planning.

The successful candidate will have to be comfortable meeting lots of new
people, many in Latin America, and engaging them in discussions of
sustainability standards for biofuels, certification systems, and the
technical aspects of biofuels and their production. The job will involve
making "cold" telephone contacts, in English and Spanish, setting up
public consultation meetings, and explaining complex issues. Topics will
include the environmental and social impacts of biofuels production, and
why the sustainability of biofuels is important; how voluntary standards
systems work; and how new laws may interact with the voluntary
standards. Most of the participants in meetings he/she organizes will
arrive there because they are already interested in the topic, but it
will be important to make them feel their views are welcomed by the RSB.

This a one year position, with potential to be extended contingent on
funding. This position can be located in our headquarters in Reston,
VA, or perhaps an NWF field office, or perhaps home office.

Must have:

* A Bachelor's degree in a discipline relevant to biofuels,
sustainable agriculture and energy, and the duties outlined above.
Masters degree a plus.
* At least two years experience with agricultural or other product
certification systems, and/or standard-setting essential.
* Significant and documented experience in organizing and
facilitating public meetings, large and small essential.
* Knowledge of bioenergy, fuel and agriculture production
technologies a plus.
* Contacts with farming communities and organizations and ethanol
producer associations a plus.
* Ability and comfort in public speaking and communicating clearly
with Roundtable members from companies, NGOs, and government
organizations from several countries around the world.
* Fluency in English and proficiency in Spanish is required.
Proficiency in Portuguese would be a plus.

Do you hear the call of the wild? Apply at
and join us in mobilizing Americans to protect our country's wildlife.

NWF offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and is an equal
opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

National Wildlife Federation
It starts with you.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Trails Programs Manager

The Trail Programs Manager (Manager) will direct and implement multi-faceted trail outreach programs, including National Trails Day (NTD), the National Trails Fund, and Alliance of Hiking Organizations of American Hiking Society. The Manager develops strong working relationships with trail and conservation organizations across the country. Key responsibilities include organization of NTD, the nations largest trail and outdoor celebration each year in June, event planning, coordination of corporate sponsorship and promotions programs, external communications, marketing and promotion. The Manager oversees the annual National Trails Fund grant proposal process, judging, and award distribution. Other responsibilities include annual program budget preparation and fiscal oversight, representing American Hiking at meetings and conferences, and managing consultant contracts and seasonal interns, as needed.

The Manager reports to the Senior Director of Stewardship & Policy and is based at the organization headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, one block from the Metro. Some travel is required, together with a willingness to hike, participate in occasional trail maintenance projects, and enjoy the outdoors.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:National Trails Day Marshal and direct organizational resources for successful planning and execution of NTD. Coordinate production and distribution of planning and promotional kits, newsletters and other promotional materials. Ensure well-organized, efficient NTD fulfillment that meets all deadlines.

Respond to requests for information and assistance from prospective event hosts, and encourage their participation in the program. Promote media coverage for NTD. Develop written materials, such as fact sheets, press releases, action alerts, and other printed materials. Responsible for development and submission of NTD annual report. Work with Director of Marketing and Development to implement promotions and NTD corporate sponsor programs. Maintain on-line NTD event data base. Plan and implement signature NTD events with key sponsors and serve as the principle line of contact with event planners and facilitate partnerships among trail groups, agencies and businesses. Promote NTD to federal land agency partners, provide leadership on trail outreach and promotion efforts, and cultivate new partnerships as appropriate.

National Trails Fund

*Oversee national promotion of program to Alliance members and the public.

*Manage grant proposal process, including development and approval of annual judging guidelines and proposal submission.

*Liaison with National Trails Fund Committee and prepare award recommendations report for Board submission.

*Manage distribution of grant awards and timely notification, as well as effective communications with all corporate sponsors.

*Alliance Program

*Write and distribute Alliance Loop quarterly e-newsletter.

*Manage monthly renewal process for current Alliance members.

*Manage twice yearly new Alliance member acquisition campaign.


*Bachelors degree in recreation, environment, or related field.

*Motivated self-starter with strong multi-tasking skills and an ability to manage complex, national-level programs. Excellent administrative, fiscal management and organizational skills.

*Minimum of two years of program management experience (conservation, recreation, grants, or related applications are desired). Event planning and management experience a plus.

*Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prepare a variety of graphic communication tools such as brochures, fact sheets, plans, and other print and web-based media. Familiarity with media and public relations tools is a plus.

*Proficiency in MS Office software applications, presentation software and electronic communication.

*Ability to work with limited supervision, including long hours and occasional weekends.

*Willingness to hike, backpack, and do occasional field work, including trail maintenance.

*Commitment to the mission of American Hiking Society.

American Hiking Society is the only national organization dedicated to promoting and protecting Americas hiking trails, the natural areas that surround them, and the hiking experience itself. We provide an exciting, creative, and professional yet relaxed nonprofit atmosphere with a strong outdoor and conservation ethic. Position requires a willingness to hike and share a love of the outdoors with all stakeholders. Occasional weekend and long hours required. American Hiking Society is an equal opportunity employer, and offers benefits including health, retirement plan and employer match, discounts on outdoor gear, and generous vacation.

Send cover letter and resume to Trail Programs Manager Job Search, American Hiking Society, 1422 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or email same, with job title in subject line to Visit for more information.

Environmental Educator Seasonal or Internship: Job Opening

Environmental Educator Seasonal or Internship: Job Opening

Lead preschool through middle school field trip experiences, assist with public programs for a variety of ages, help develop expanding public outreach programming, participate in all aspects of the nature center operations, contribute to CCFPD newsletter, design displays and kiosks, and interact with the general public.

20-35 hours per week, including some weekends.

This is a fall seasonal or internship position, late August through mid December. The right candidate may be able to continue work in the spring.

We seek an enthusiastic and hard working individual with a passion for teaching and working with people. College graduates, or students working towards a 2 year or 4 year degree, are encouraged to apply. General familiarity with the natural environment is a plus; however, our training will incorporate local natural history. Effective written and oral communication skills are a must. Willingness to work flexible hours as needed.

Applicants should have the ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a small staff team. A valid Illinois driver's license is required.

Send resume, cover letter and contact info for three references by close of business day, Friday, August 1, 2008 to:

Pam Leiter, Coordinator of Environmental Education & Interpretation

2573 S Homer Lake Rd, Homer, IL 61849


Monday, June 23, 2008

Senator Durbin's Chicago office's Fall Internship Program

The deadline for a Fall Internship is August 15th, interviews will begin immediately. All application details and materials are available at the following website:


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Intern, Pollution Prevention and Toxics Reduction Team - U.S. EPA, Great Lakes Office

A research project is available with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) in Chicago, Illinois.

Project Background: In December 2004, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration of National Significance (GLRC) was launched, creating a unique partnership of key members from federal, state, and local governments, tribes, and other stakeholders for the purpose of developing a strategic plan. This strategy is intended to build upon the extensive regional efforts to date, working together toward a common goal of restoring and protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem for this and future generations.

Among the issues addressed by the GLRC Strategy is the continuing problem of persistent toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. To help address this ongoing problem, several high priority project proposals have been put forward by the collaboration, including but not limited to, a basin-wide phase-down strategy for mercury emissions, a basin-wide outreach campaign to address the proper disposal of unused medicines and electronic waste, and surveillance for new and emerging contaminants of concern.

Objectives: The overall objectives of this project are to help develop a basin-wide mercury emissions phase-down Strategy with states and tribes, assist with an education/outreach campaign to address the proper reuse, recycling and disposal of electronic waste and disposal of unwanted medicines in the Great Lakes basin. The intern will also assist with Great Lakes Legacy Act remediation projects.

Impact on Protecting and Enhancing the Environment: The outreach campaigns and mercury emissions phase down strategy are key pollution prevention tools that will reduce the presence of persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.

Specific Tasks: The intern will be involved in the following:
• Research and development of written materials for pollution prevention outreach campaigns concerning electronic waste (e-waste) and unwanted medicines
• Implementation of e-waste and unwanted medicines workshops
• Research and development of a basin wide mercury emissions phase-down strategy,
• Legacy Act Projects, as time permits.

Expected Results:
• Many Great Lakes Basin communities will be educated by these outreach campaigns on the impacts of unwanted medicines and e-waste and will be working toward programs to assist their communities with solutions to these issues.
• A completed basin-wide mercury emissions phase-down strategy

Benefits to the Intern: During the appointment the intern will:
• Learn about environmental and waste management issues associated with electronic waste and unwanted medicines;
• Learn about environmental policy associated with mercury emissions;
• Learn about the design and implementation of environmental education and outreach workshops
• Learn about the Great Lakes Legacy Act Program

Qualifications: Applicants should have received a bachelor’s degree in a related field with coursework in math, science and communication within three years of the desired starting date. Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and the ability to perform as a team member. Basic knowledge of the Great Lakes ecosystem, computer skills, and excellent inter-personal skills are also desired. The ability to take initiative or self-direct is a plus. Occasional overnight travel may be involved.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate.

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a biweekly stipend. The intern does not become an employee of EPA.

The Internship Program for EPA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Please reference Project # EPA Region 5-GLNPO-2008-01 when calling or writing for information. For additional information and application materials contact:

Internship Program – EPA
Attn: Betty Bowling, MS 36
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
P.O. Box 117
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831
Phone: (875)576-8503
FAX: (865)241-5219

An application can be found at

Thursday, May 01, 2008

WRD Environmental - Chicago Conservation Corps Intern

Job Description:

Responsibilities will entail assisting with the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3), a City of Chicago Department of Environment program run in collaboration with partners across the city. The C3 Leader Track recruits, trains and supports a network of community-based volunteers that improves the quality of life in our neighborhoods through environmental service projects that protect our water, clean our air, restore our land and save energy. The C3 Student Track trains Chicago teachers who form C3 Clubs that perform environmental service projects in Chicago schools. C3 volunteers, students and teachers include a diverse range of Chicagoans of all ages and backgrounds engaged in grassroots environmental action in our communities.

Specific duties for this C3 intern position could include: assisting with environmental service projects through researching and tracking environmental benefits and coordinating materials acquisition and delivery; responding to inquiries and correspondence from the general public; and participating in the planning of workshops and other special events. Other duties could include (but are not limited to) assisting with publicity and community outreach, reviewing and modifying C3 environmental curriculum, and maintenance of the Chicago Conservation Corps website and databases.


Candidates enrolled in an accredited college or university offering an associate or baccalaureate program, applicants with earned bachelors or those enrolled in graduate degree programs preferred.

Candidate will be chosen based on quality and relevance of previous job experience as well as written and oral communication skills (sufficient to effectively lead outreach/education events), and ability to work with a variety of people representing different organizations, backgrounds and experiences.

Past experience in the urban environmental field and awareness of Chicagos environment, neighborhoods and environmental and community organizations is preferred. Candidates with at least one year of work or volunteer experience in an office environment, and those with experience in community outreach and/or research will be given priority.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate strong attention to detail; coordination and analytic skills; and the ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and to adapt to changing needs. Basic computer skills are a must, and advanced computer knowledge is a plus.


Position will require up to 35 hours per week beginning immediately. This position has the potential for advancement. Candidate must be available for occasional evening or weekend work. Work outside of business hours will be compensated with fewer office hours during weekdays, and thus there will be some flexibility in the interns schedule.


To $13 per hour commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit their resume with cover letter by Friday, May 9th, 2008 via email to Roxann Salinas, Please enter C3 Internship in the email subject line.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program

Project Background:

The purpose of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) between the United States and Canada is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem. In response to reporting requirements of the GLWQA, the biennial State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences (SOLEC) were established to provide independent, science-based reporting on the state of health of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. The next SOLEC will be held in October 2008, in Niagara Falls, Canada. Assessments of the condition of Great Lakes ecosystem components will again be based on a set of indicators, with a special focus on “The Nearshore.” Approximately 400 people are expected to attend, representing federal, state, provincial and municipal governments, non-government environmental organizations, industry, academic institutions and private citizens.

To obtain some of the data reported through SOLEC and the subsequent State of the Great Lakes reports, the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) monitors the chemistry and biology of the Great Lakes. Part of work is accomplished onboard our large research ship, the R/V Lake Guardian. Water samples are analyzed for nutrients and standard limnological parameters. Zooplankton tows, benthos (Ponar) grabs, and phytoplankton composites are analyzed for their respective biological components. The assessments include statistical analysis and generation of reports.


The overall objective of this project is to participate with SOLEC organizers to ensure that the many facets of planning and conducting an international conference on the state of the Great Lakes, SOLEC 2008, are fully successful. Project elements may include, but not be limited to: scientific literature searches and identification of sources of environmental data, development of Great Lakes environmental indicators and indices, collection and analysis of environmental data, preparation of reports on environmental indicators, and participation in pre-conference activities. The project will involve field work onboard the R/V Lake Guardian, including chemical and biological sampling. To complete project elements in a timely manner, the Intern (ORISE Fellow) will apply and extend analytical, organizational and communication skills and technical knowledge.

Specific Tasks:

The Intern will assist GLNPO staff scientists in the planning and conducting of activities leading to SOLEC 2008, and in the collection, analysis and reporting of environmental data. Specific tasks and learning opportunities may include, but not be limited to:

· Conducting a literature search for information on specific environmental indicators of the Great Lakes

· Preparing indicator reports, including data source identification, retrieval and analysis

· Participating in the selection of environmental indicators for Great Lakes basin forests, tributaries, non-native species, or other ecosystem components

· Assisting SOLEC organizers (including other U.S. and Canadian agencies) to plan and implement various activities in support of SOLEC, for example: organizing and attending videoconferences and meetings, tracking scheduled tasks, and assisting the preparation of presentations and background materials

· Assisting in sampling water and biota of the Great Lakes, prepare sample plans, maintain and use instrumentation, computerize and review data, participate in statistical analysis of data, and prepare reports. Participation in field sampling requires living onboard the R/V Lake Guardian for extended periods of time on any or all of the Great Lakes

Expected Results:

A fully successful assessment of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem components is expected through the SOLEC process. The assistance of the Intern will help ensure that SOLEC participants will engage in an interactive, informative conference and will receive information useful to their responsibilities for the management of components of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

A busy field year is expected, requiring assistance from the Intern to successfully obtain and process high quality data on the chemical and biological health of the Great Lakes. The Intern will also contribute to the success of research projects carried out onboard the R/V Lake Guardian.

Benefits to the ORISE Intern:

During this project the Intern will:

· Develop knowledge about the many complex elements of the Great Lakes ecosystem

· Increase skills in data analysis and reporting

· Learn the many facets required to plan and implement a complex project

· Develop skills and responsibilities for working as part of an international team

· Develop skills to coordinate scientific projects

· Obtain professional contacts throughout the Great Lakes scientific community

· Increase field methodology skills

· Increase personal sense of professional responsibility

Impact on protecting and enhancing the environment:

The biennial SOLEC conferences are major venues for the exchange of information and ideas between environmental managers, decision makers, and other interested stakeholders throughout the Great Lakes basin. Conference attendees strongly influence the programs and activities in and around the Great Lakes that impact the maintenance, protection and/or restoration of components of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The SOLEC process facilitates information exchange that leads to better or more efficient management activities.

The GLNPO open lakes monitoring program is one of the longest running in the country. It has documented, for example, the effects of reduced phosphorus input to the lakes, the levels of contaminants in lake water, the invasions of non-native species, the importance of urban areas as sources of atmospheric contaminants, and the decline of the amphipod, Diporeia sp., in several of the Great Lakes.



· Baccalaureate degree received or studies substantially completed in, or related to, limnology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, natural resources, or environmental engineering

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (a writing sample may be requested)

· Ability to quickly learn computer software programs as needed, e.g., statistical analysis, scientific graphing, GIS, presentations

· Willingness to reside and work onboard the R/V Lake Guardian during sampling activities

Strongly Desired:

· Basic knowledge of components of the Great Lakes basin ecosystems, including aspects of biology, water chemistry, toxic chemicals, habitats, watersheds, and human society

· Computer skills, including proficiency in word processing (such as WordPerfect and Microsoft Word), spreadsheet manipulation (such as Microsoft Excel), and presentation software (PowerPoint)

· Pleasant and cooperative inter-personal skills

· Ability to travel overnight to attend occasional meetings around the Great Lakes, including in Canada

· Experience in field work—biological and chemical sampling of lakes


Background Information:

As the U.S. Office responsible for implementing the monitoring provisions of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, GLNPO has a fundamental role to collect and disseminate data on the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes waters. The primary domain of the GLNPO monitoring program is the open, offshore waters of the Great Lakes, exploiting the capabilities of the research vessel R/V Lake Guardian. GLNPO also supports the Great Lakes Fish Contaminants Monitoring Program and the International Atmospheric Deposition Network. Currently, GLNPO and other federal and state environmental agencies are investigating methods to more rigorously conduct monitoring activities in nearshore areas, embayments, tributaries, etc. The specific activities in which GLNPO engages are determined in large measure by the data and information needed to support the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Lakewide Management Plans, and other specific needs of our federal and state partners. GLNPO is also a sponsor and organizer of the biennial State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC), for which the “health” of the Great Lakes ecosystem components is assessed and reported through a series of indicators.

The R/V Lake Guardian is a 180 ft. research vessel owned by the U.S. EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office. The ship is operated under contract by Cetacean Marine. The ship carries an operating crew of 12 and up to 22 scientists. There are 16 sleeping rooms on the Lake Guardian, divided between scientists and crew. Rooms are similarly equipped, and include bunks, desks, lockers, and computer LAN connections. Rooms have their own bathrooms with shower, or two rooms share a bathroom. Accommodations and recreation, exercise, and meal facilities aboard the Lake Guardian are excellent.

The U.S. EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office is located in downtown Chicago, IL, at 77 W. Jackson Boulevard. For more information, view our website at:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Duty Location: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 West Jackson Blvd., Land and Chemicals Division, Chicago, Illinois 60604

OPEN DATE: Monday, April 28, 2008 CLOSE DATE: Friday, May 2, 2008

U. S. citizenship is required.

Duties: Types letters, memoranda, and reports that may include specialized terminology into final form without an intermediate draft. Proofreads and corrects errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and technical terminology in all items typed. Calls questionable items to supervisor’s attention for verification. Searches and collects data from own and other offices for inclusion in final copy. Composes routine office correspondence (e.g. memoranda, letters, tele-type, and routing slips). Sorts and reads incoming mail; distributes it to employees in unit by subject matter and name. Prepare travel forms; calculate per Diem charges, and makes hotel and airline reservations for the staff.
Answers telephone and greets visitors to the office, personally responding to routine questions. Refers call to appropriate party. Performs other clerical work such as Xeroxing, collating, alphabetizing, etc. Uses work processing and graphics software to produce a variety of documents, charts, graphs; transmits and receives documents and messages electronically.

Salary Range: GS-2 $11.31 per hour
GS-3 $12.34 per hour
GS-4 $13.85 per hour


GS-2 3 months of experience or High School Graduation
GS-3 6 months of experience or 1 year of education above high school
GS-4 1 year of experience or 2 years of education above high school

General Experience: Progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled.

Students must send in or fax Copies of their Resumes and College Transcripts ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT (May 2, 2008). If you fail to submit a COMPLETED resume, and a copy of your college transcripts you WILL NOT be considered. Extensions will not be granted. Request for copies will not be honored. Required Documents must be sent to the address listed below, OR E-Mail to the website listed below OR a legible copy can be faxed to 312-353-1517. You must include the statement:

Questions regarding this announcement should be referred to Phyllis Simmons, Human Resources Specialist at 312-886-7532 or at

Mail Completed Application Packages To:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ATTN: Phyllis Simmons
Human Resources Office, 5 MP-10J
77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60604


This position will be filled on a part‑time basis, 20 hours or less per week.
All males born in 1960 or later must certify if selected that they have met the registration requirements under the Selective Service Law prior to appointment.

Selectee will be required to complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment prior to appointment to determine their suitability for Federal employment.

Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93‑579 and 5 USC 552a). This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

EPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or any other non‑merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case‑by‑case basis.


This position is in the bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 704.

This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA)
and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with
information from each new employees Form I-9 to confirm work

IMPORTANT: If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.

Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice
of documents presented for use on the Form I-9.

In order to determine whether Form I-9 documentation is valid, this
employer uses E-Verifys photo screening tool to match the photograph appearing on some permanent resident and employment authorization cards with the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) photograph.

If you believe that your employer has violated its responsibilities
under this program or has discriminated against you during the
verification process based upon your national origin or citizenship
status, please call the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688
(TDD: 1-800-237-2515)


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Steans Center Student Internship: Centro Romero

DEADLINE: April 18, 2008

The Steans Center provides a $4000 stipend for a full-time ten-week internship for an undergraduate student to work at one of the following organization:

Centro Romero is a community-based organization that serves the refugee immigrant population on the northeast side of Chicago through adult education, women's empowerment projects, legal assistance, and youth learning and leadership development programs as well as special projects such as Community organizing and HIV/AIDS Outreach and Education. Centro Romero’s long-term organizational goal is to bridge a disenfranchised community of Latino immigrants and refugees into mainstream American society as well as improving their opportunity for upward social mobility. Centro Romero’s Latin American Legal Assistance Services Program (LALAS) provides direct representation, education and advocacy services to a primarily lower-income, Spanish-speaking immigrant community. By assisting persons in attaining lawful permanent residency and United States citizenship, the LALAS Program literally and directly enhances the person, the family, and the American community at large. Centro Romero is a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited agency.

The project seeks to place an undergraduate student with demonstrated interest in immigration or public interest work. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. During the course of the internship, the undergraduate student will have the opportunity to assist immigrants and refugees in a legal environment. The work may involve contacting clients, observing and participating in client interviews, drafting letters or client interview summaries, gathering documents, conducting factual research into conditions in the home countries of clients, providing translation and interpretation and assisting with application forms and participating in naturalization workshops and responding to other agency needs.

The student will work under the supervision of a law student, an on-site supervisor and receive additional training and support from DePaul College of Law faculty.

Requirements of the Internship

In addition to the work assigned by the agency supervisor, a student awarded a stipend will maintain a weekly journal providing a summary of the work done as well as reflection on interpersonal, professional and global issues in providing services to low-income immigrants and refugees.

A student awarded a stipend will participate in additional orientation and training with DePaul College of Law faculty and law student.

At the end of the project the student will participate in a final evaluation or exit interview with the agency staff.

The student will also provide Clinic faculty with an evaluation of the internship and a final report on the projects worked on during the course of the internship.

Application Process

Students interested in applying for the summer internship program should submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of interest (no more than one page) to Prof. Sioban Albiol, Asylum and Immigration Clinic, DePaul Legal Clinic, 25 E. Jackson, Room 1050-O’Malley, Chicago, IL 60604 or at

Applicants will be forwarded to the appropriate agency who will interview applicants and make a final selection. Applicants should indicate foreign-language ability.
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