2022 CASA Summer Internship Program
The City of Alameda, a low-lying island city of 78,000 is one of the most climate-vulnerable cities in California, facing a future of rising seas and neighborhoods permanently under water. Through adoption of its award-winning Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP) in 2019, Alameda has set an ambitious goal of reducing emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 and becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible. The CARP charts a course to achieve this goal through improvements to transportation, buildings, energy use, and waste management. If we are successful, we will reduce Alameda’s greenhouse gas emissions, increase quality of life on the island, and build a resilient, thriving city.
In 2022, staff is focused on sea level rise adaptation planning, advancing public EV charger availability, developing an equitable energy efficiency and building electrification roadmap, and recruiting Cool Block leaders to support the City’s potential application to the Cool City Challenge to become carbon neutral by 2030. We are seeking an intern to support these priority projects through research, content development, and community outreach. The intern will have an opportunity to work with the City’s Sustainability and Resilience manager, and CivicSpark fellow. This internship is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in local government.
The ideal intern is a passionate, creative and critical thinker who has a strong understanding of the root causes of social inequity, is dedicated to inclusive community engagement and is motivated to create sustainability and resilience solutions that achieve equitable outcomes.
This is a part-time position that requires 12-15 hours per week for 12 weeks, from June 1 to August 20 (the exact dates can be negotiated). We intend to offer a $3,000-3,500 stipend based on our current funding levels. At this time the internship is a hybrid format, with 1-2 days a week in the office at Alameda City Hall. However changing conditions may require fully remote work in the future.
About the organization
CASA was formed in 2008 as a nonprofit partner of the City of Alameda in order to support the implementation of the City’s first climate action plan. CASA’s membership holds expertise in a variety of local sustainability sectors, including housing, transportation, zero waste, energy, and climate adaptation. For the last four years, CASA has partnered with City staff to supervise interns working on sustainability research projects.
How to apply
Send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of day Sunday, May 1st. Students of any educational background are welcome to apply as long as they are able to demonstrate why they are drawn to an internship in local government sustainability policy at this moment in their careers.