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FWS Student Research Assistant I - Conservation International

This position is part of the Off-Campus FWS Program in partnership with Conservation International.

Position Specific Summary: The working job title for this position is Sustainable Food and Agriculture Markets Intern at Conservation International. Please note, for employment verification the standard position title is the official title of record. The Sustainable Food and Agriculture Markets Intern for the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) will contribute to CI's sustainable production strategy by providing research and analysis. This work will include researching data/information and creating materials which address issues and opportunities for improving the environmental and social performance of agricultural supply chains. Description of Duties: Research: Conduct research (i.e. due diligence, benchmarking, trends analysis) on key companies, government and industry initiatives and relevant thematic issues (deforestation, climate, smallholder production, community engagement) in the food and agriculture sector, focusing largely on sustainable production of palm oil. Technical writing: Document research findings, analyze information generated from research and draft conclusions and recommendations. Create fact sheets, blogs, etc. to effectively communicate our work.

Standard Position Description:The student will perform basic administrative and research tasks under the guidance of a faculty member or research coordinator. Tasks may include: assisting with experiments, coding, data entry, and data cleaning, preparing research/documents for articles, reports, and/or presentations. Students may also help provide information for literature reviews, draft summaries, and create graphs and figures. Special projects or other duties may be assigned related to specific departmental/faculty needs.

Professional Outcomes: Career Management, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving, Leadership, Professionalism, Teamwork and Collaboration

Required Qualifications: This is an entry level position, little to no experience required, all training will be provided (Students working in an instructional capacity should be very familiar with the subject area in which they are working).

Preferred Qualifications: Junior or Senior Undergraduate pursuing a degree in Conservation, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Sustainable Development, International Relations, Business, or related field. Strong research and writing skills. Familiarity with Corporate Social Responsibility issues. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Interest in sustainable production.

Contact: Katie Thomason -