Environmental Biology Internship - Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)

2015 Voluntary (non-paid) Volunteer Positions at EPA’s Headquarters Office of

Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)

What do volunteers under this program do?

Our volunteers gain valuable experience in the regulation of toxic substances and chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in the areas of science, environmental policy, law, risk management, regulatory issues and outreach.

Who is eligible?

You must be a U.S. citizen and a full-time graduate, undergraduate, or Ph.D. candidate student seeking a degree in one of the following: engineering (chemical, biomedical, environmental), molecular and mechanistic toxicology, pharmacology, chemistry, biology, exposure assessment, environmental fate and transport, physics, biology (general and with experience in aquatic plants, information technology (with experience in Adobe Creative Suite, Web applications, social media), physical science, environmental science, public health, marketing or communications (ideally with a basic science background), zoology, and ecology.  

What is the typical length of the volunteer opportunity?

Summer volunteers are expected to begin on June 8, 2015, and work for 10 weeks, through August 14, 2015.

We plan to 10 volunteers who may work full-time or part-time, but are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Are the positions paid?  Where are the positions held?  What are the benefits?

Our office is not able to provide financial compensation to its volunteers; however, some students are able to find stipends or grants from outside sources or obtain course credits from their school.  All positions will be held at EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Volunteers may apply for a transit subsidy for the cost of public transportation during the internship.

How and when do I apply?

The deadline for applying is April 10, 2015.  Interviews are expected to be held in person or via conference call from April 20 – 24, 2015. 

To be considered, an applicant should submit a cover letter and resume, preferably as a single Word or PDF file, by e-mail to Sam Brown, Program Coordinator of the Student Volunteer Program, at Brown.sam@epa.gov.  Please do not send writing samples, references or transcripts.

For questions on OPPT’s Student Volunteer program, call Mr. Brown at 202 566-0490, or e-mail him at Brown.sam@epa.gov