Sustainability & Environmental Curriculum Development – Green Scholars
The Green Scholars program is a project-based, honors-level high school program that seeks to inspire and enable high school students to create change in their communities while building a foundation of usable skills and knowledge. The Green Scholars Development team consists of four sub-teams: environmental literacy, professional skills, project management, and program management.
As a member of the Environmental Literacy sub-team, it is your objective to help educate students on the basics of the environment and the importance of sustainability. Many students may be unfamiliar with the science of these areas beginning this curriculum. This section of the course focuses on teaching students the basics of environmental science, such as climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity.
As a member of the Professional Skills subteam, it is your objective to help educate students on the basics of how to succeed in life after high school! Most students are not trained for the next steps of their careers, whether they want to apply to college, seek out an internship, or start a professional career right out of the gate. It is our job to teach them the skills needed to help them succeed.
As a member of the Project Management subteam, it is your objective to help educate students on the basics of how to successfully design and implement a project in their school or community! This is the most important subproject in the Green Scholars curriculum as students learn best when they are allowed to explore through project-based learning. Most students are not outright taught the skills to manage projects in their education, so this will be a helpful guide. By helping students successfully implement projects, you are helping them build skills they will use for the rest of their lives no matter their career trajectory. It is our job to teach them the skills needed to help them succeed.
This sub-team is aimed at helping teachers implement the highly dynamic and variable Green Scholars program and prepare them for the wide array of scenarios they may face while facilitating the program. Each school is different and every student is unique. Coastal schools may wish to focus on ocean issues, while schools in more rural areas may have students wishing to explore projects in agriculture. Therefore, as a member of this team, it is your objective to help teachers implement the Green Scholars program in their school.
Interns on all sub-teams will work on various tasks such as editing, revising, and adding to existing curriculum. In addition, qualifying interns will work on audio/video projects and online content design and production as we are in the process of moving the program to an online platform.
Skills needed for all sub-teams of Green Scholars:
- Excellent research, writing, and editing skills.
- Creativity and Critical thinking skills
- Good organizational skills
- Project Development
- Teaching, writing curriculum or research
- A desire to produce curriculum-based content or edit/record audio/video
What is Seaside: Seaside Sustainability is a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to community engagement, public education, and environmental conservation. Seaside aims to be a leader in environmental and STEM educational programs and recognition initiatives. We help by promoting public awareness about the importance of environmental health, providing resources to develop problem-solving skills, and chances to get engaged as part of a community to take action. We organize our works and initiatives around these areas: plastic mitigation, marine citizen science, sustainability education, and solar energy in the community.
Why Intern at Seaside: Seaside’s internship program is hands-down one of the best in the area! With its roots firmly seated in education and hands-on learning, there is no doubt that that is why we have more than 50 interns at any given point throughout the year. Our programs and initiatives encourage members of the community, young and old, to build and nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes. An internship at Seaside allows you to explore a myriad of internship opportunities, relevant to almost any future interest. Join Seaside Sustainability for any season, or during breaks in your school schedule. We are looking for part-time interns in high school, college, and beyond to work on a diverse and challenging array of projects and initiatives. We are accepting applications for unpaid internships, with hours available any day of the week and practically any time of day: weekdays, weekends, and evenings included. We prefer to have our local interns work in person at the office in Gloucester, and we also invite interns from all over the United States and internationally to apply. Seaside Sustainability provides interns with real and meaningful work, and internships are available in any season with flexible time schedules.
Mission: Seaside Sustainability’s mission is to preserve and protect the world’s oceans, seas, wetlands, and estuaries by motivating citizens to evaluate the critical issues facing the water environment, educating the public on best practices for sustainability, and providing guidance for taking effective action. Among our most important areas of focus are the elimination of consumer plastics and the creation of educational programs for students of all ages. By partnering with diverse stakeholders, including educational institutions, environmental groups, and other organizations across the public and private sectors, Seaside Sustainability is committed to building an informed citizenry to address the sustainability of water-based ecosystems in communities around the world.
Vision Statement: Seaside’s programs and initiatives encourage members of the community, of all ages, to build and nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes. We believe that environmental challenges can be overcome by instilling ethical and social responsibility into our existence. And we address these challenges by illuminating the heavy costs of environmental degradation by providing resources to develop skills, solutions, and community involvement.
What Interns Do at Seaside Sustainability: Our interns are not limited to just one role; we encourage each intern to take advantage of the opportunity to explore a variety of roles and responsibilities. Our interns are never bored as they’re always given real and meaningful work that is essential to the day-to-day operation of the company. As an intern with Seaside Sustainability, you will be asked to perform a myriad of tasks, most of which can also be found at https://www.seasidesustainability.org/intern-details.
Market Research Weekly Work: We have been working on collecting critical contact information on schools, educators, and administrators since 2017 in preparation to re-launch and manage our Green Scholars Program across the country!! To meet our weekly goals, all Seaside Sustainability interns are required to spend no more than 2-hours a week collecting this critical information! This activity is absolutely crucial to our program’s success, hence why interns dedicate part of their weekly time commitment to its completion. We have developed an entire process that our interns are trained in to make it as easy as possible for you! Interns that are in Seaside Sustainability’s management are not required to do this weekly market research.
Course Credit: Students may receive course credit for this internship. Staff will work with the intern’s school/advisor on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork.
Requirements: Seaside Sustainability requires interns to work at least 15 hours per week.
And remember to check out our partner organization National STEM Honor Society for another great internship opportunity!
President’s Volunteer Service Award: Seaside Sustainability is now certified to give out the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” to eligible interns. This award was created to, “recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.” This is a great achievement to put on your resume! What are the requirements for this award?
- Must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident
- All hours must be completed within a 12-month period to be counted towards the final total
- All hours must be tracked in Seaside’s weekly shift report to be counted
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement: Seaside recognizes that environmental issues are human issues, and therefore everyone has a right to be a part of the solution. Seaside is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment that welcomes all participants irrespective of their gender, race, sexuality, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, or socioeconomic status. The demographics of our internship program directly reflects the composition of our national outreach while the composition of our board more reflects the local composition of our communities. With the understanding that Environmental Issues disproportionately affect low income communities, minority communities, and communities of color, we are actively seeking to ensure that our environmental work, our projects, and programs are crafted in a way that both reflects and aids in combating the plight of minorities, of people of color, of economically challenged, and other disadvantaged individuals.
General Skills Needed:
- Passionate and dedicated to making a difference in the environment
- Good virtual communication skills
- Comfortable working in teams
- Good time management skills
- Willingness to learn and work outside of their comfort zone
- Basic knowledge of communication technology (G-Suite, Zoom, Email)
- Leadership skills
Seaside Sustainability’s rapid growth is requiring the organization to look for enthusiastic students who wish to take their passion for the environment to the next level. To promote this, Seaside will provide Project Managers with a professionally guided internship that assists with intern management strategies and supports their aspirations for career development. PMs take the lead on more than 20 Seaside projects ranging from 2-10 team members working virtually. Being a Project Manager is truly a win-win situation: the environment benefits, interns benefit, and project managers gain invaluable experience. We are actively seeking to recruit college students, graduate students, and those with leadership experience to fulfill the role of a project manager. Interns at Seaside Sustainability may be promoted to the position of a project manager by exemplifying the characteristics of a model intern. Skills Needed: Project development, Task delegation, Superior organizational and communication skills
Similar to the Project Manager position described above, a Fellow exemplifies organization, leadership, and communication skills and has the opportunity to lead a team of 3-10 interns in one of the teams above throughout their internship. This position is more demanding and requires someone with the ability to check emails and make phone calls outside of their regular working hours. The duties of this position include: interviewing applicants, onboarding new interns, meeting with interns 1:1 every other week, reporting to the Executive Director, and lastly, ensuring intern and project success.
Seaside Sustainability’s internship program has been growing steadily since its creation, and now has the capacity to offer another management position to exceptional interns. Similar to the Project Manager position described above, a Fellow exemplifies organization, leadership, and communication skills and has the opportunity to lead a team of 3-10 interns in one of the teams above throughout their internship. This position is more demanding and requires someone with the ability to check emails and make phone calls outside of their regular working hours. The duties of this position include: interviewing applicants, onboarding new interns, meeting with interns 1:1 every other week, reporting to the Executive Director, and lastly, ensuring intern and project success.
And remember to check out our partner organization National STEM Honor Society for another great internship opportunity!