U.S. Forest Service policy analysis internship

The USDA Forest Service, Policy Analysis staff is recruiting summer interns to work on analytical and synthesis studies. Relevant disciplines include the natural sciences, natural resources, environmental policy, social sciences, economics, and environmental law.  Strong skills in analysis, critical thinking, and oral and written communication are essential.

Policy Analysis works directly for the Deputy Chief for Research and Development while providing rapid synthesis, advice, and guidance on a broad range of topics affecting Forest Service policies and programs. Policy Analysis’ work cuts across all organization areas and levels, providing a unique perspective on the agency as a whole. Current topics include ecosystem resilience and climate change, wildlife management in a changing climate, legal and regulatory framework for landscape-scale conservation, collaboration and coordination on water conservation issues, and barriers to effective watershed management. Specific assignments will depend on interest, background, and skills.  Interns will also meet with counterparts from other organizations, attend relevant Congressional hearings and meetings, meet executives, and view agency operations in the field.

Interns will work at the Forest Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. Positions are available for 3-month duration within June through September 2010. Specific start and end dates are flexible. Students must be in a graduate program and returning to their studies for the Fall 2010 semester.

Contact Susan Balint for further information at 202-205-0826 or via email Forward a cover letter and resume (a single PDF or Microsoft Word document) to Susan by February 26, 2010.  Phone interviews will be scheduled through late March and final candidates selected by early April 2010.