Communicating concepts of sustainability and resilience to the community at large is a challenge, especially considering the flood of misinformation in the mainstream media. The coronavirus pandemic has made this abundantly clear, as disinformation often displaces truth.
Effective communication needs to make scientific concepts, technical data, and ethical & moral issues clear and engaging to the public.
One challenging topic is the extent to which media & communication reinforce the unsustainable practices that are causing so many of our problems, instead of helping move to a more sustainable future. Examples of likely focus areas for this year include the following:
- Education (Pre-K–12 and higher ed) that often distorts and misrepresents history and current issues.
- Justice systems that exacerbate problems of inequality and injustice
- The industrialized food system that undermines our health
- Community planning & governance that often seems to benefit developers at the expense of the community
- ‘Business as usual’ approaches that perpetuate problems.
(Specific activities depend in part on what is happening in the community during the summer.)
Interns will work on some or all of the following tasks and will gain a strong understanding of ways to reduce GHG, develop plans for adaptation, and strengthen their project development and project management skills.
- Meet with community members and experts in various fields
- Create and maintain a blog
- Prepare letters and op-ed pieces and submit to various media
- Create and update content for Alliance websites
- Assist other interns in preparing high-quality presentations and reports
Note: This internship is usually also available with a graphic design focus for qualified students.
We may accept more than one intern in this position.
Since all the internship areas have significant intersections, interns in this internship will be expected to collaborate with other interns.