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American Studies Sustainability Project

Internship, Fellowship, and Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Research Assistant Position - Market Research on Energy Efficient Lighting
Professor Mark Cohen has received a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority to analyze energy efficiency exterior lighting (e.g. street lighting, parking lots, large buildings) usage and decision-making processes in the TVA region. The research protocol includes focus groups and in-depth surveys of contractors, distributors, municipal government agencies, parking lot owners, etc. to determine their baseline knowledge and barriers to adoption of energy efficient lighting. The RA will help develop and implement the survey sampling frame and the survey itself. Full-time position in the summer with the possibility of continuing part-time during the early Fall.

The ideal candidate will have classroom and/or real experience in survey research methodologies. Please send your resume and a brief email note to Mark Cohen detailing: (a) any relevant coursework and/or experience with surveys, (b) your career goals, and (c) any relevant coursework or experience in survey design and/or energy efficiency. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to be fully considered, applications should be sent no later than May 4, 2012. Apply to

Environment American
Environment America is a federation of 29 state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy groups. We use independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action to defend the environment. Each year, we hire passionate, talented and committed college graduates to join our Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program gives recent graduates the chance to make a meaningful, long-lasting impact on the environmental challenges we’re facing today.

Please contact Monique Sullivan or visit Environment America.

Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation
The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation is looking for volunteer interns for this summer and potentially also for during the semester. You would set your own hours, but we recommend full-time or half-time for 10 weeks, so that you are there on a consistent basis.

Possible projects include:

  • Developing a public policy study that reviews the existing literature on the economic value of parks.
  • Working as assistant to the director by assisting in grant writing, public relations and communication, and events planning.
  • Developing programs to increase supporters.
  • Working with a staff member to develop GIS-based studies of conservation easements that report on the condition and value of property.

For graduating seniors, there is also a full-time job for someone who can lead the GIS-based studies of conservation easements. If you are interested, please contact David Hess at

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