Image
Student working at computer - Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash

Student Internship Opportunities at Cambridge Zero with the Living Laboratory

This summer, Cambridge Zero is offering four paid virtual internships for undergraduates and recent graduates. These internships are an exciting opportunity to get involved with this bold new organisation at a pivotal stage in its development. The internships will provide the opportunity to gain experience of working on current issues in climate change and the environment in a fast-paced and impactful environment. Interns will have access to real-life institutional issues and the professionals that handle them. All interns will be fully integrated into the Cambridge Zero team, attending regular team meetings. All interns will also be supported by the Living Laboratory Coordinator and will have daily contact with the team.

Four internships are available:

  • Carbon Footprinting Intern
  • Research Strategy Intern
  • Virtual Environmental Events Intern
  • Environmental Inductions Intern

Please note:

  • These positions are for undergraduate students, either current or recently graduated (within the last year).
  • The internships are 8 weeks long, to be undertaken between August and September.
  • The internships are paid, administered via the Temporary Employment Service.
  • All internships have a suggested start date of Monday 3rd August.
  • All internships will be carried out virtually.

You are welcome to apply to more than one position, but you can only be accepted for one.

Find out more details about each position and how to apply below.

 

Carbon Footprinting Intern

 

Overview: The aim of this project is to develop a CO2e tracker that demonstrates the difference in carbon emissions between virtual activities and equivalent physical activities undertaken as part of Cambridge Zero operations.

Vacancy description:

The Living Lab is looking for a student/recent graduate who is passionate about climate change and has interests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, quantifying change in carbon emissions and wants to gain greater understanding of how communicating about carbon footprints can impact practice.

This role will help us to establish the carbon footprint of events like virtual conferences and compare the footprint of these to in-person events and develop communications materials on the relative impacts of these different ways of working.

Activities may involve liaising with researchers to establish methods for quantifying the carbon footprint of these activities, calculating the carbon footprint of different activities, liaising with partner organisations within Cambridge to develop resources and materials on how to communicate these calculations. Tasks may involve meetings and consultations with staff, analytical work, production of resources and materials to promote communication of findings. The intern will be required to produce a high quality report to go alongside the work undertaken over the 8 week period and present their work to the Cambridge Zero team.

Person Specification:

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good quantitative skills, experience of programming would be desirable.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.45/hour

Start date: Early August 2020

Location: Virtual

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Method of application:

Please send your CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 1 page) detailing why you would like the internship and why you would be suitable for the role to: living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Closing date: 9am, 6 July 2020

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; interviews will be held on Monday 13th July.


Research Strategy Intern

 

Overview: This project will support the development of Cambridge Zero’s programme of support for research at the University of Cambridge. The successful intern will work in collaboration with Cambridge Zero staff on a variety of strategic and planning tasks, liaising with stakeholders across Cambridge and further afield.

Vacancy description:

The Living Lab is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in climate change research and wants to build their understanding of both climate change research and the strategic development of organisations.

This project’s aim will be principally to support the Engagement Manager (Research) and Deputy Director (Strategy) in developing Cambridge Zero’s programme of work to support research efforts to achieve a low carbon world across its six research themes.

The intern will undertake a variety of tasks to support this agenda ranging from desk-based research, to liaising with stakeholders within the University, to arranging events and scheduling consultations. This project is an enormously exciting opportunity to support this crucial agenda at the centre of the University’s new initiative.

Person specification:

  • This position is not degree specific, but knowledge of climate change policy and mitigation, and/or experience of working on zero-carbon solutions would be desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Well-developed organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise own workload,
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Competent in standard software packages such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • Experience of communications and/or marketing would be desirable.
  • Experience of stakeholder consultation would be desirable.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate or postgraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.45/hour

Start date: Early August 2020

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Method of application:

Please send your CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 1 page) detailing why you would like the internship and why you would be suitable for the role to: living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Closing date: 9am 6 July 2020

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; interviews will be held on Monday 13th July.


Virtual Environmental Events Intern

Overview: This project’s aim is to support the development of large-scale, virtually-delivered Cambridge Zero events. This will involve gaining experience of how to optimise virtual event experiences for participants for events which have a strong focus on developing a low carbon world.

Vacancy description:

 

The Living Lab is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in how events form a part of our transition to a low carbon world and is passionate about climate change and the environment.

This role will support the organisation of virtual events for a climate festival in Autumn 2020 and will also support virtual careers events for students.

Furthermore, the intern will play a role in understanding what methods of virtual event organisation are most engaging and effective for a variety of purposes and will add to our growing understanding of best practice in this area. This will involve a combination of research in best practice in other institutions and other parts of Cambridge, including liaison with other communications officers within Cambridge and writing up case studies of particularly effective methods.

Tasks that this project may involve include curating and scheduling content for events, liaising with speakers, designing promotional materials and promoting events, setting up appropriate virtual platforms for events and facilitating events.

Person specification:

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Competent in the use of social media platforms.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.45/hour

Start date: Early August 2020

Location: Virtual

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Method of application:

Please send your CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 1 page) detailing why you would like the internship and why you would be suitable for the role to: living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Closing date: 9am, 6 July 2020

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; interviews will be held on Wednesday 15th July.


Environmental Inductions Intern

Overview: This project’s aim is to improve the University’s provision of environmental induction materials for new students. This project will involve reviewing old materials and designing new ones to reflect ongoing research.

Vacancy description:

The Living Lab is looking for an enthusiastic student/recent graduate who is interested in behaviour change and design and is passionate about climate change and the environment.

This role will develop a new set of induction materials about climate change and the environment to engage with new students on arrival in Cambridge.

This project will involve reviewing extant induction materials, carrying out literature searches to ensure that all materials are factually up to date in light of recent research and updating the design in an engaging format using behavioural insights theory as a guide. In addition the intern may need to liaise with other groups across the University to confirm research findings and approve designs. The intern will also need to liaise with groups across the University that are responsible for conducting inductions across the University including College staff, JCR/MCRs and departmental staff to ensure that the induction materials are disseminated effectively.

Person Specification:

  • This position is not degree specific, but applicants must have a knowledge of climate and environmental issues as well as a passion for the subject.
  • Good visual presentation skills, experience of working with developing visual resources would be desirable.
  • Good analytical skills; able to collate, understand and draw conclusions from quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Good interpersonal skills; confident in meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a user friendly way which is appropriate to the target audience.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to establish and manage projects.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload as not continuously supervised.
  • Competent in standard software packages e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Knowledge of the University of Cambridge would be an advantage.
  • All applicants must be undergraduate students who are current or recent students (graduated within the last year).
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK.

Salary: £8.45/hour

Start date: Early August 2020

Location: Virtual

Further details: For any queries about this position, please email living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk. 

Method of application:

Please send your CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 1 page) detailing why you would like the internship and why you would be suitable for the role to: living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Closing date: 9am, 6 July 2020

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview; interviews will be held on Thursday 16th July.


How to apply (all)

Please send your CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter (max 1 page) detailing why you would like the internship and why you would be suitable for the role to: living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk by 9am on Monday, 6 July.

If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the person specifications if applying from outside the University of Cambridge, please contact: living.laboratory@admin.cam.ac.uk

Deadline for applications: Monday, 6 July, 9am

Interviews will be held on:

  • Monday 13th July – Carbon Footprinting Intern
  • Monday 13th July – Research Strategy Intern
  • Wednesday 15th July – Virtual Environmental Events Intern
  • Thursday 16th July – Environmental Inductions Intern

 

Decarbonising Cambridge Schools Students