436 Dwight Street, 5th floor Springfield, MA 01103
Massachusetts environmental regulatory agency responsible for ensuring clean air, soil and water.
OverviewThis internship is designed to support Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC) ongoing Urban Initiative. This is an exciting project which focuses MassDEP resources and those of our interdisciplinary partners in Environmental Justice (EJ) areas in WERO (Western Regional Office). These Environmental Justice areas include Cities and Towns such as Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke. The objective of the Urban Initiative project is to improve quality of life issues as they are related to environmental conditions. The goal of the internship is to identify and characterize Brownfield sites in Environmental Justice areas that can be identified through data base review and site inspections as potential areas for growth/economic development. If you want to make a positive impact on local communities and you are a self-motivated independent individual then this internship is for you.
Start dateSeptember 6, 2017 or fall semester
End dateDecember 2017 or end of fall semester
If you want to make a positive impact on local communities and you are a self-motivated independent individual then this internship is for you. You will research, collect and characterize information from MassDEP’s Springfield Office’s electronic files and records, coordinate with Geographic Information System (GIS) database personnel, local City and Town files/personnel and the internet to positively affect the quality of life in the neighborhoods effected by underutilized Brownfields.
This hands-on experience will utilize your skills in the environmental field, give you networking opportunities, field experience, while using modern technology and information systems to gather pertinent data that will ultimately improve quality of life issues in local urban areas.
Required intern qualifications
Your Interests/Major may include but not be limited to: Natural Resources/Environmental Science, Engineering, Biology, Information Technology, General Science, Geology, General Studies, GIS, Geography, Plant and Soil, Soil Science, Chemistry, and/or Public Health
-Mass Driver’s License and reliable vehicle;
-Able to work independently;
-Able to collect information and concisely summarize it;
-Familiarity with Word, Windows, MS Access, MS Front Page, and Excel applications; and,
-Some knowledge of GIS.
Desired outcomes of internship
The goal of the internship is to identify and characterize Brownfield sites in Environmental Justice areas that can be identified through data base review and site inspections as potential areas for growth/economic development. The selected intern will help develop and review a comprehensive list of Brownfields with site details including location, size, ownership, area receptors, historic use, etc. that can be mapped and stored on an internal database and eventually uploaded to MassDEP’s website. The intern will also potentially analyze assessment data, write a final report, and help develop materials for environmental education to neighborhood groups.
Compensation: This is an unpaid internship