Student Opportunities

University of Rhode Island students play a vital role in helping Metcalf Institute meet its objectives and operate efficiently. Metcalf offers a variety of internship and employment opportunities that provide hands-on experience in a professional environment where students can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom. Students are engaged in marketing, database management, website design, promotion, recruitment, development, research, and science communication. Students also have the opportunity to interact with professional journalists and scientists at Metcalf Institute training programs and public lectures.

Internships & Employment

Job Opening: Student Web Assistant
Do you have computer skills? Metcalf Institute is seeking a Student Web Assistant to help maintain the Institute’s website. The student will assist staff in updating the website in WordPress, troubleshoot, build new features, and maintain the integrity of existing content. The student must be responsible, tech-savvy, responsive to direction and able to act independently, and able to work during the summer. Once hired, the student will be trained and have access to the person vacating this position. The ideal student will build a place for him/herself on the team and continue to work for Metcalf Institute until graduation. This position is for an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior in any URI degree program. TO APPLY: Prepare a short statement of interest, include link(s) to sample websites you’ve worked on, attach a resume, and send to Katharine McDuffie, Metcalf program director, at Application Deadline: May 18, 2018.

Communications Internship
The Metcalf Communications Internship for undergraduate students involves assisting staff in promoting Metcalf programs using our website, social media, news releases, videos, newsletters, and other promotional tools. Interns may also conduct research to inform Metcalf promotional activities. Graduate and undergraduate internships focusing on science writing are also available and may include drafting science backgrounders and writing stories about Metcalf science communication workshops and seminars.

Development Internship
The Metcalf Development Intern assists staff in researching and organizing potential fundraising opportunities in support of Metcalf programs and initiatives, including developing research criteria for various Metcalf funding needs, learning how to effectively use data management tools, using social media for development research and drafting research reports. The Development Intern will attend Metcalf Advisory Board meetings and some board committee meetings for the insider perspective on how non-profits work with volunteers to meet goals and objectives.

Student Employment
Metcalf offers several paid positions for students throughout the academic year and during the summer. Student employees conduct research, maintain and update Metcalf’s database, help staff prepare for workshops and seminars, and provide critical administrative support during Metcalf trainings and other events. Metcalf Institute employs a student webmaster with proficiency in web design and coding to update and maintain the Institute’s website.

For more information about internship and employment opportunities, email Katharine McDuffie, Metcalf Institute program director.

Meet Our Students

Rennie Meyers 80x120 Rennie Meyers is a graduate student intern for the Metcalf Institute from the Marine Affairs department, focussing on grant development and science communication. After graduating from Reed College in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies and History, Rennie studied artificial reef projects around the globe as a Watson Fellow. She is passionate about understanding how actors express their relationship to climate change through design, writing, and new relationships with the environment, and eager to explore these themes with the Metcalf Institute..
Alfonso 80x120 Afonso Goncalves is an intern with Metcalf Institute and a Student Fellow with SciWrite@URI. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he is currently a graduate student in Oceanography at URI, studying the relations between ocean currents and climate. As a scientist, he believes that his ability to communicate to different audiences is as important as his research skills.
Anthony-Lombari-80x120 Anthony Lombari is from Oxford, Connecticut and is a Student Program Assistant with Metcalf Institute. He is an undergraduate student at URI majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Marketing. After graduation, Anthony plans to pursue a graduate degree in Business Administration.
Cristian 80x120 Cristian Witcher is from North Smithfield, RI and is responsible for maintaining all technical aspects of Metcalf Institute’s website. He is an undergraduate at URI and is enrolled in the International Engineering Program, pursuing a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish with a minor in Robotics. Cristian says he wants to use what he learns to help give other people the chance to have better lives.