Energy Innovation Fellowship by Policy and Technology, LLC- Summer 2013

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Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, LLC, is an energy and environmental policy firm. We deliver high-quality research and original analysis to policymakers to help them make informed choices regarding energy production, transmission, use, and the impacts of energy on the environment. We have deep expertise in clean energy technologies, energy efficiency, climate science, and policies to promote technological innovation in the energy sector. We are evidence-based and open-minded. We focus on what matters and what works. You can read more about Energy Innovation at our website: http://energyinnovation.org/.

Energy Innovation is accepting applications for our Innovation Fellows program. This is an unpaid, volunteer position that we anticipate filling for the summer of 2013. The ideal candidate will:

  • have excellent writing and research skills;
  • be adept at quantitative analysis and the visual representation of quantitative data;
  • be adaptable, able to work independently and as part of a team, with an ability to deliver quality products under time pressure;
  • have some knowledge about the areas in which Energy Innovation is working, energy and environmental policy and technology; more detail about our current work can be found below, and;
  • have particular knowledge or experience in the area of unconventional natural gas, topic three (3) profiled below, which will likely be a focus of this position.
  • possess a sense of humor and enjoy helping to build a fantastic office culture.

Innovation Fellows will work with Energy Innovation staff to produce research papers, analytical memoranda, blog postings on timely issues, and engage in other substantive work. This is an educational fellowship and not an administrative support position. Ideally, applicants will be able to integrate the internship into an ongoing course of study to obtain academic credit, but we will not be biased against those unable to do this.

At present, our work has four foci:

  1. Large-Scale Integration of Renewables: As solar and wind generation come to provide a substantial fraction of total generation, new techniques are required to account for their intermittency. We provide cutting edge information on techniques to reliably integrate high levels of renewables into the grid.
  2. Urbanization in China: China is rapidly urbanizing. By 2030, hundreds of millions of Chinese will enter the middle class, and millions of new buildings will be built in China’s cities. New infrastructure will lock in patterns of transportation and energy use for decades to come. We help growing Chinese cities adopt modern urban planning principles and building codes to ensure high quality of life while preventing excessive transportation and energy consumption.
  3. Unconventional Natural Gas: We seek to understand how unconventional natural gas resources could be developed while minimizing environmental harms, both localized (e.g. related to hydraulic fracturing) and global (e.g. avoiding methane leakage and preventing natural gas from replacing renewables).
  4. Innovation: We develop policies for governments to effectively and affordably support and promote technological innovation in the energy sector. We also help to run the American Energy Innovation Council. (Learn more athttp://americanenergyinnovation.org/)

Candidates must be prepared to work the equivalent of at least 20 hours per week, but significant flexibility will be offered in terms of the distribution of hours over a week. While this is a volunteer position, Energy Innovation will fully reimburse Innovation Fellows for their transportation costs to and from the office. Energy Innovation strives to support the career development of our fellows. However, the fellowship should not be thought of as a stepping stone to a permanent staff position with the firm. Energy Innovation is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from diverse perspectives.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position and a resume. In your cover letter, discuss any background or experience on the topic of unconventional natural gas, or note if you would be interested in learning more about the topic. Also tell us what dates you would be available to volunteer over the summer; these can be approximate. Email your application materials with the subject line “fellowship candidate” to: chrisb@energyinnovation.org. The deadline is April 19, 2013, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible.Please no phone calls. Questions can be emailed to the email address above, but we cannot guarantee a response. Our ability to reply will depend on the volume of inquiries.

Marketing and Media Program 3 – 6 Month in Peru

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Awamaki is a Peruvian and a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to promote community development in Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Peru. Awamaki works to provide the skills, training, and access to market necessary for women and rural families to earn an income to lift themselves out of poverty. Our programs include fair trade women’s crafts cooperatives, sustainable tourism and community education. For more information, see http://awamaki.org/about/.

Volunteering with Awamaki is a valuable experience for anyone interested in a career in international development or social enterprise. We rely on volunteers’ fresh ideas and skillset to constantly improve and expand our programs, and in return, we give our volunteers a high level of autonomy and responsibility over their individual projects. Because of this, volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 3 months.

General Requirements for Volunteering with Awamaki:

  • Intermediate/Advanced/Fluent Spanish, or commitment to take intensive Spanish courses at our language center to improve your proficiency.
  • 3 – 6 month commitment
  • Work at least 30 – 35 hours per week during their placement, including a minimum of 6 – 9 hours per week staffing Awamaki’s Fair trade store in Ollantaytambo.
  • Enthusiasm, resourcefulness and the ability to think on one’s feet.
  • Organized, efficient, and dedicated.
  • Team player, sociable, excellent customer service skills.
  • Adaptable and flexible to be able to work in an often-challenging environment.
  • Must be able to take the initiative.

 

Awamaki is seeking aGeneral Media/ Marketing/ CommunicationsVolunteer

Awamaki currently seeks a Media volunteer to act as part of the Marketing and Communications team. As Awamaki experiences a period of growth and refinement, the Marketing and Communications team is of the utmost importance in leveraging limited resources to reach a wide audience both locally and internationally, and attract visitors to the variety of programs Awamaki offers here in Ollantaytambo, Peru. The media/ marketing/ communications volunteer will take part in a wide variety of tasks pertaining to the Marketing and Communications team, and will work alongside other volunteers and Awamaki staff to create strategic and comprehensive communications outreach tactics and fundraising plans.

Awamaki’s Media volunteer will be managed by the Marketing and Communications coordinator, and in collaboration with other volunteers and Program Coordinators across all of Awamaki’s programs. The Media volunteer will be expected to contribute skills and insight into the Marketing and Communications team, and will be encouraged to be creative and forward thinking throughout the various projects involved with the position. Outside of the tasks noted below, the Media volunteer will be expected to assist with ad hoc media projects as they arise.

The Media/ Marketing/Communications volunteer should expect a full schedule throughout the week, including a variety of tasks and environments. This volunteer will spend a lot of time collaborating with the Marketing and Communications coordinator, attending scheduled meetings and brainstorming sessions, as well as developing his/her own self led projects pertaining to various needs throughout the Marketing and Communications team.

Media/Marketing/CommunicationsVolunteer Responsibilities and Potential Projects

  • Support Marketing and Communications Coordinator in managing Awamaki’s relationship with Global Giving and other fundraising outlets.
  • Work alongside the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to develop a successful and efficient CRM system.
  • Contribute articles to Awamaki’s newsletter.
  • Assist with strategic social media presence through multiple outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.
  • Edit and revise the format and text of Awamaki’s WordPress website as needed.
  • Take part in general media operations throughout all of Awamaki’s programs including taking and organizing photos, creating promotion videos, etc.
  • Be willing to assist with all other relevant ad hoc marketing and communications projects as they arise.

Requirements for working with Awamaki Communications/ Media/ Fundraising

  • Interest in non-profit work
  • Conversational/ fluent in Spanish or desire to partake in intensive on site Spanish classes upon arrival.
  • Thorough understanding of various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.
  • Experience contributing to non-profit newsletter writing.
  • Ability to help manage a successful CRM system.
  • Experience living and/or working in multicultural/international environments preferred.

Program Costs

The current Awamaki volunteer fee for 3-month and 6-month volunteers is a one-time payment made prior to arrival of$1,392. Because Awamaki is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States, most of this ($820) is considered a donation and is tax-deductible in the United States to the extent allowed by law.

As recognition of the value and importance of long-term volunteers, $700 is refunded upon completion of 6 months as an Awamaki volunteer.

The volunteer fee includes the following costs:

  • Program donation fee($500 USD)This fee provides essential support for Awamaki’s programs that serve the cooperatives and the community. $100 of your program donation covers any materials that volunteers may use for individual projects during their stay. The remaining balance of approximately $400 directly supports Awamaki’s programs.
  • Administration Fee ($320 USD)This fee compensates many of Awamaki’s behind-the-scenes costs of hosting volunteers from internet bills to staff costs so that we can maintain services to enrich the volunteering and cultural immersion experience.
  • Three night weaving immersion workshop in Patacancha ($200 USD) This four-day / three-night workshop in the indigenous Quechua community of Patacancha allows volunteers an irreplaceable cultural immersion experience as they learn ancestral weaving techniques from expert weavers.
  • First month of homestay in Ollantaytambo ($300 USD) This fee goes directly to a local homestay family in Ollantaytambo and covers a private room in the family’s house and 3 meals per day while providing an extra source of income for the family.
  • Volunteer welcome and departure ($72 USD) This fee covers the cost of welcome events, departure gifts, and a pick-up from the Cusco airport

Feb 26, 2013

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Donation for Women in a Exhausting Battle With Breast Cancer

HELP BUSTED FOUNDATION COMPLETE THEIR MISSION!

Busted Foundation’s main mission is to aid those in medically challenging hardship through financial or educational assistance. Currently located in California, it focuses on funding breast cancer patient and is planning on expanding its assistance to other places.

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