Off Campus Film: Planetary at Frontier (4/22)

Special Earth Day Film: PLANETARY
Frontier Café, Fort Andross, Brunswick, ME
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12pm, 2pm, 6pm*
*with special guest speaker Janet Gannon, Bowdoin Biology Lab Instructor
Check out the movie’s trailer here

We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. PLANETARY is a poetic and humbling reminder that it’s time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that: we are PLANETARY.

In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, to National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karmapa. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet

Summer Undergraduate Opportunities for Minority and Underrepresented Students in Energy, Environment, Oceanography, and Atmospheric Science

These programs are either exclusively for students from minority and underrepresented groups or that explicitly encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Click on any of the following links to a program in order to learn more about the opportunity this summer!

Application deadlines vary from program to program, so be sure to act quickly on interesting programs.


NOAA – NGI Diversity Internship Program

Oakland Institute Intern Scholar Program (policy think tank focused on social, economic and environmental issues)

National Audubon Society Wings Internships

The Nature Conservancy: GLOBE Internships

Smithsonian Minority Awards Program

US Department of Energy: Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program

University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (data base of opportunities)

Environment / Education

Dauphin Island Sea Lab – State of Alabama Marine Science Institution, Environmental Education Internship in Marine Science

National Park Service / Student Conservation Association– Cultural Resources Diversity Internship

Student Conservation Association: National Parks Service (NPS) Academy

Earth Science / Oceanography / Ecology

Association for Women Geoscientists – Minority Scholarships

Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Summer Internship Program

National Park Service – Mosaics in Science Internship Program

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Summer Education Program (REU)

Stanford University, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Summer Undergraduate Research in Geosciences & Engineering (SURGE)

US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy: Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

University of Massachusetts, Boston: Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology

University of Montana, Introductory Multicultural Summer Research Experience (environmental biology)

University of Washington, College of the Environment: Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Minority Fellowship

Woods Hole Partnership Education Program


University Consortium for Atmospheric Research, SOARS Program

Maine Space Grant Consortium

University of Washington, College of the Environment: Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)

Other Programs to Consider

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Internship Program

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Center for Science in the Public Interest Internship Program

Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences Summer Internships

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Research Participant Program

Resources for the Future Summer Internship Program

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship -UC San Diego (earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: Internship Program in Environmental Studies

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Organization of Biological Field Stations

University of California, Santa Cruz (summer research on scientific effects of climate change in terrestrial and marine environments

US Department of Energy: Scholars Program

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Paid and Unpaid Student Internships

Washington DC Internships in Environmental Policy and Agriculture

On Campus Event: Carbonfeed- April 13-May 13

#CarbonFeed poster thumb#CARBONFEED: A new media project by John Park and Jon Bellona
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, April 13 – May 13, 2015
Student lunch with Jon Park and Jon Bellona
Monday, April 13 12:00, Mitchell North (RSVP to Jackie Brown:

#CarbonFeed is a new media project that directly challenges the popular notion that virtuality is disconnected from reality. Through sonifying Twitter feeds and correlating individual tweets with data visualization in public spaces, the work reveals the environmental cost of online behavior and its supportive physical infrastructure.

#CarbonFeed encourages all participants to take part in the installation by tweeting #carbonfeed and #bowdoin throughout the installation, April 13 – May 13. Your tweet will trigger the installation while emitting 0.02g/C02e. Learn more about #CarbonFeed or listen to your own Twitter feed at

On Campus Event: How to Talk and Feel Justice, Saturday April 18 12-2

How to Talk and Feel Justice
Saturday, April 18, 12-2
Searles 315

Join us as we discuss communication and listening strategies that will empower and motivate us to have productive conversations about injustice. As different justice groups on campus continue to collaborate towards common ends, this workshop will give us the tools we need to address critical questions: what internal assumptions may we need to debunk to maximize the success of our work together? What could we gain from collaborating more closely? What is at stake if we don’t?

An event by IP3. Intersections: People, Planet, Power

On Campus: Summer Research Assistant to Professor Matt Klingle

Dear ES and History majors and minors,

I’m writing with update of employment, at Bowdoin, as a research assistant this summer to conduct work related to my ongoing project on the environmental and social history of chronic disease, specifically diabetes, thanks to funds from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowship. The advertisement and application instructions should appear soon on the Bowdoin Student Employment Office (SEO) website.

Research will encompass primary and secondary literature in biomedicine, nursing and health care, food and nutrition, agricultural policy, socio-economic determinants and stereotypes of health, plus related topics. Students need not have scientific training to conduct the research, although some experience with historical research, especially with primary sources, archival sources, or databases (e.g., America: History and Life, PubMed, etc.) would be desirable. I expect students to work independently, with the help of Bowdoin’s librarians, as well as meet periodically to discuss findings and directions.

While this position does not come with a housing stipend, it will pay enough to cover the campus summer rental rate ($60/week) as well as any board expenses. The pay rate will be at $12/hour—higher than any institutional fellowship when pro-rated. Unfortunately, campus rules stipulate that this position is open only continuing students, meaning that graduating seniors (Class of 2015) are not eligible to apply.

If you have further questions about the position, I’m happy to meet with you or talk by email. A sample job ad appears below.

Best wishes,

Matthew Klingle

Summer Opportunity: Sustainability Internship

San Mateo County Office of Sustainability: Sustainability Internship for Undergrads and Post-Grads
Alumni Referral: Interested Applicants are Strongly Encouraged to Connect with Peggy Jensen ’76 (
Intern Position: Sustainability Intern
Department: Office of Sustainability
Location: Redwood City, California
Term of Assignment: Part-time or Full-time for a duration of 8-12 weeks. Flexible scheduling and start dates; June-August
Salary: $12.00 per hour
Intern Supervisor: Jim Eggemeyer, Director, Office of Sustainability

The Program
Are you creative, energetic and interested in working on climate change and sustainability? Are you a college or graduate student interested in a summer internship? If so, the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability would like to hear from you. We’re looking for a summer intern to market energy efficiency programs to residents and property owners, help promote Community Choice Aggregation, plan community initiatives like Adopt-a-Block, implement active transportation programs, assist in updating our greenhouse gas emissions inventory, create a visibility/marketing strategy for the Office of Sustainability, and much more! Our fast-paced work environment and many environmental initiatives will expose you to a variety of topics.

Ideal Candidate
Strong interest in sustainability and environmental issues.

Applicants currently in the process of earning an undergraduate or graduate degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Public Policy, Environmental Science or a related field; recent graduates welcomed to apply.

Excellent interpersonal skills- will be able to conduct outreach and marketing

Effective written and oral communication

Strong analytical skills- familiar with conducting research and data analysis

Able to work independently with direction from supervisor

Interest in learning more about a career in local government

Salary and Hours
The internship runs 8-12 weeks; schedule can be full or part-time and start dates are flexible. Compensation for this internship will be $12 per hour.

Anyone may apply for this internship.

How to Apply
Interested applicants will need to submit an application online on, along with a resume and cover letter stating interest in the postion by 4:30pm Thursday, April 23, 2015. Indicate whether you are interested in part-time or full-time. Please attach cover letter and resume as one document. Applicants chosen as finalists will be required to complete a written and verbal exercise during the interview process. Interviews will likely take place in early May. Help us make San Mateo County more Sustainable! We hope to hear from you!

Fellowship Opportunity: RE-volv Solar Ambassadors Program

RE-Volv Solar Ambassador Program for the 2015-2016 Academic Year
Learn about the Solar Ambassador Program Here

RE-volv, a nonprofit solar financing organization based in San Francisco, finances solar projects for nonprofits and cooperatives that serve their community. Last year, RE-volv launched the Solar Ambassador Program, a yearlong internship for college students interested in renewable energy. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Solar Ambassador Program has been revamped as a fellowship that gives teams of students the opportunity to develop and execute a solar project in their community. The program for the 2015-2016 academic year is now accepting applications

This fellowship is a unique opportunity for college students to take clean energy into their own hands and have a real impact in their communities, while developing key project management and communications skills. Additionally, students will be able to participate in webinars with leaders in the environmental and renewable energy fields.


Job Opportunity: 6 month to 1 year Corporate Sustainability Internship

Thornton Tomasetti Corporate Sustainability Internship
Old Port, Portland, Maine

Thornton Tomasetti’s Corporate Sustainability Department is seeking an Intern to support our efforts to advance sustainability in business operations, in our professional practices, and in our engagement with employees and communities. This position is located in the vibrant Old Port of Portland, Maine and may involve travel to our New York City headquarters.

Thornton Tomasetti’s Corporate Sustainability program sets sustainability goals for practices and operations, manages the implementation, measures the progress, and publicly reports on what we are doing. The Corporate Sustainability Intern is integral to the success of the Corporate Sustainability Department at Thornton Tomasetti.


  • Conduct research on cutting-edge directions in corporate sustainability.
  • Support a team of Green Champions, employees in Thornton Tomasetti offices in locations around the world working to green their offices.
  • Collaborate with employees in Thornton Tomasetti’s offices across the country and oversees in order to gather reliable data.
  • Organize and analyze carbon footprinting data, using Excel.
  • Calculate and analyze data on embodied carbon in our projects.
  • Manage data input to our carbon footprint mapping application.
  • Put together charts and presentations based on findings.
  • Assist in preparing Powerpoint presentations for conferences.
  • Write blog articles for the internal website; manage wikis; and help develop other communications material as needed.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Recent graduates or graduate students preferred.
  • Prior experience with sustainability inventories or carbon footprint assessments.
  • Excellent academic records (above 3.0/B grade point average).
  • An academic interest in sustainability, energy, engineering, and/or architecture preferred. (Please note this is not an engineering or architecture internship.)
  • A career interest in sustainability.
  • Strong experience using Excel for data management.
  • Experience using Powerpoint for presentations; graphic design skills are a plus.
  • Experience doing on-line research.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Self-directed, practical and analytical.

Interns are expected to work the equivalent of 20-40 hours/week, with flexibility for vacation.  This position starts in July 2015 and is typically a six-month to a one-year internship. A wage of $17/hour will be offered. The intern will report to Thornton Tomasetti’s Corporate Sustainability Officer in Portland, Maine.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a resume and cover letter through the link below.

Apply to this job

Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Opportunity: Seasonal Lobster Sampler Position

Maine Department of Marine Resources: Seasonal Lobster Sampler Position
Application Due April 20
Learn more here

CONTRACT POSITON ONLY – This is not a State Position

The Maine Department of Marine Resources Lobster At-Sea Sampling and Ventless Trap Programs are looking for a sampler for the 2015 field season. These are ongoing monitoring programs that record biological data for American lobster on commercial lobster boats along the entire coast of Maine.


Full time (40 hrs/week) sea sampler based out of Boothbay Harbor, ME. Assist with Ventless Trap Program and Lobster Sea Sampling Program. 6-9 sampling trips on commercial lobster boats each month with associated data entry completed in the office. Must be available at minimum early May through November. Some work will be on weekends when scheduled. Training for field and data entry will be scheduled at the beginning of May and sampling gear provided.


The applicant will have the ability to work on commercial lobster boats for long hours under challenging conditions. Easy going attitude, hard-working, extremely flexible, detail oriented, organized and is able to work independently. Experience with the lobster fishing community and/or commercial fishing boats preferred. Interest in marine science or fisheries related issues. Experience with PC computers and familiarity with Microsoft Access and Excel beneficial.


Please submit resume, cover letter and three references by April 20, 2015 by email to: Kathleen Reardon with “Lobster sampler contract position” in the subject line.