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Glocal Challenge Internship

Glocal Challenge Intern
Agency Description
The Environmental and Transportation Planning Division of the City of Cambridge’s Community Development Department is responsible for improving quality of life by working to protect and improve the environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and by planning a sustainable transportation system.

Program Description
The Glocal Challenge ( is a contest-based program facilitated by EF Education First, the City of Cambridge, and the Cambridge Public Schools to help high school students learn critical 21st Century Skills, gain global competence and receive real-world experience in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Each year, we ask Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) students to solve a challenge locally in Cambridge that has global implications (generally an environmental focus). In the past, the Challenge has focused on decreasing energy use and food waste in Cambridge. The 2018-2019 school year Challenge looked at climate communications: “How might we communicate the realities of climate change in Cambridge by 2021?” In the Glocal Challenge, CRLS students are placed in teams of 3-5 students, spend 12 weeks in the fall and winter learning about issues globally and locally, invent a creative idea to solve the challenge, and then pitch their idea to expert judges. The winning teams this year were announced at the Finals in late January, and receive a trip to Panama with EF, seed funding from the City of Cambridge to kick-start their projects, and paid spring and summer internships with the City.

Intern Responsibilities
  • Assist the program coordinator with implementing the Glocal Challenge program at the Community Development Department
  • Communicate between EF Education First, CRLS faculty and staff, City staff, and environmental experts
  • Assist with coordination of outside mentors and faculty
  • Attend weekly coordination meetings
  • Distribute postal mail, email, text, and social media communications
  • Keep the Glocal Challenge website and Facebook page updated
  • Manage and track student attendance and participant surveys
  • Provide basic administrative support to this program and other activities as needed
Additional Responsibilities for September 2019 through Mid-May 2020 (10 hours / week)
  • Attend and assist with management of in-school and after-school working sessions for up to 300 high school students
  • Assist with implementation of the Glocal Finals, located at EF Education First and open to the public

Additional Responsibilities for Mid-May through August (30 hours / week)
  • Serve as mentor, organizer, and supervisor of five winning teams working on different projects
  • Order materials necessary for summer implementation
  • Coordinate events, outreach, and field trips for the five winning teams
  • Assist in the planning of the 2020-2021 program

Field work skills required
  • Significant organizational and time management skills
  • Experience working with high schoolers on out-of-school time projects
  • Experience assisting with a STEAM-related program
  • Experience using the Design Thinking process highly desirable
  • Experience communicating with multiple stakeholders in an inter-agency collaboration

Analytical and computer skills preferred
  • Experience conducting online research on a variety of topics related to STEAM, climate change, and the Glocal Challenge
  • Graphic design skills for creation of educational, outreach, and promotional materials
  • Understanding of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for the modification and generation of graphics
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and related Google drive applications for efficient organization and collaboration

Interests / Experience
·        Interest in transportation, sustainability, the environment, and urban planning
·        Interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming
·        Interest in community process and participation
·        Willingness to travel by bicycle, bus, or on foot for work-related field work
·        Ability to work well with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds

Additional projects may be identified based on the applicant’s skills and interests

Start Date: September 15 (exact date negotiable). A minimum commitment through August 2020 is expected.
Hours: 10 hours/week (school year); 30 hours/week (summer)
Compensation: $16.15/ hour

Application due date is rolling and open until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter and a resume to:

Jennifer Lawrence
Environmental & Transportation Planning Division
Community Development Department
344 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
Please specify your available start and potential end dates in your cover letter.