Internships


Environmental Education Outreach Program
PO Box 5768
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Phone: 928-523-1275
Fax: 928-523-1280


EEOP Internships

SSI Host - Summer Student Internship Host Information

Examples of Previous Host Site Applications

Please use these host site applications as an example for creating your own application. Please tailor your application to your organization's needs. The EEOP Intern Coordinator (Mansel Nelson) would be happy to discuss your possible internship projects and help you prepare a competitive proposal. Please review the criteria that will be used to evaluate the proposals.

Selection of the host sites is done by the ITEP staff based on the following criteria:



Proposal #1

Project Description:
The purpose of the proposed project is to improve air quality in a tribal community in Alaska. The project involves learning about PM10 road dust issues and mitigation strategies. This includes the health aspect of PM10 pollution, sampling methodologies and protocols, data analysis and reporting, issues surrounding the various dust suppressants from toxicity to application requirements, preferential soil types and potential non chemical mitigation strategies.

Objectives:
The main goals are to learn about PM10 road dust issues and mitigation strategies. This includes the health aspect of PM10 pollution, sampling methodologies and protocols, data analysis and reporting, issues surrounding the various dust suppressants from toxicity to application requirements, preferential soil types and potential non chemical mitigation strategies.
Specific Tasks and Expected Outcomes:
List any special skills required:

Intern will be operating Particle Counters and other air sampling equipment.
Good communications skills.
Computer skills including Excel spreadsheets

Background:
Many of our Tribal communities have exceedances of the PM10 NAAQS several times a year during the spring and summer due to road dust. The State, EPA and the Tribes are working cooperatively on education and outreach, sampling and dust mitigation strategies. The State Legislature has made funding available for the development and testing of practical "village" based palliative sprayers, which can also be used for applying water only. The sprayers can be placed on a regular pick-up truck or on a trailer to be pulled by an All-terrain-Vehicle. The goal of the project is to document a comparison of pre and post application PM10 levels to give the Tribe a tool for determining the most appropriate dust mitigation.



Proposal #2

Project Description:
The tribal green building codes project entails outreach and education on green building codes and conducting a regional inventory of building codes adopted by federally recognized tribes in Arizona, California and Nevada. The purpose for the outreach and education of green building codes stems from the opportunity that building codes provide to improve building practices. For example, when green building codes are used they facilitate the reduction in the environmental and human health impacts of the built environment, such as excessive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and poor indoor air quality.
Objectives:
Objectives to be achieved by the intern are:
Specific Tasks and Expected Outcomes:
Throughout the 9-week internship the intern will conduct independent research to develop a general understanding of:
The intern and EPA staff will develop an appropriate list of questions to ask Tribal Housing Authority (THA) staff about the housing aspirations of their community in regards to healthy homes, i.e., green building practices, healthy indoor air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy and water consumption, and building codes. As an U.S. EPA intern, the student will correspond with tribal representatives on a weekly basis to learn which building codes the tribe has adopted, and whether the tribe is pursuing, or interested in pursuing building codes and, or practices that reduce environmental impacts and improve healthy living conditions.

List any special skills required:

Highly organized, strong research skills, and ability to initiate a conversation with strangers over the telephone.

Background: The position is in a USEPA Regional office. There are over 30 tribal nations in the region that have tribal housing offices. There has been an emphasis in our region of improving air quality in homes through more effective building practices. The intern would be one of three interns working on projects in the office.



Proposal #3

Project Description:
The internship projects involve air quality education and outreach in tribal communities, as well as being involved in air monitoring activities. The intern will help design and implement a summer programs for tribal youth that focuses on air quality and climate change, including renewable energy.

Objectives:
Specific Tasks and Expected Outcomes:
Outreach and Education to Youth
Outreach and Education to Adults
List any special skills required:

Intern needs to be comfortable making presentations for both adults and children.
Intern needs a solid science background.
Previous experience conducting workshops is preferred.

Background:
The mission of the Air Quality office is to develop a long-term air program strategy to improve and/or maintain air quality on the Reservation. The tribe has a strong air management program with 3 full time staff. One of the staff is responsible for community education and outreach. The Tribe operates a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delegated burn permit program within the exterior boundaries of the 1863 Reservation pursuant to the EPA Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR). The FARR protects human health and the environment through the administration of agricultural, open, and forestry burn permitting. EPA retains enforcement authority of the rules.

For more information, please contact:
Mansel Nelson
928-523-1275
Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu