Island organizations invited to host climate interns in 2021

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Organizations from all sectors across Prince Edward Island can apply to host an intern and build climate change expertise in 2021 as part of the ClimateSense Professional Internship Program.

“The ClimateSense Professional Internship Program provides funding for recent post-secondary graduates to work with host organizations in both the public and private sectors in Prince Edward Island,” said the Honourable Natalie Jameson, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change. “The goal is to build capacity here on the Island and support a new generation of climate change champions in our communities.”

ClimateSense is currently looking for organizations interested in hosting a recent post-secondary graduate for a six-to-twelve month internship, beginning in 2021. During this time, the intern will work with mentors within the host organization to complete a sector-specific adaptation project, as well as take part in ClimateSense’s training and professional development program.

“We know that across Canada and around the world, climate change is having a larger impact on populations affected by systemic racism, as well as vulnerable groups like the elderly, children, and people with chronic mental and physical illnesses, disabilities, and economic vulnerability. Climate change affects our most vulnerable, and I encourage organizations from all sectors to consider applying,” said Dr. Adam Fenech, Associate Dean, School of Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Prince Edward Island.

ClimateSense will cover all or most of the costs associated with supporting the intern (depending on the type of organization). A minimum of 12 interns will be placed with organizations as part of the ClimateSense program.

Interested organizations should visit  Professional Internship Program (link is external) for an application and guidelines. The deadline to apply is end of day September 7, 2020. 

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Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change
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