EERI Post-Graduation Internship Program

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2018 INTERNSHIPS
(January – July 2018)

Application deadline: November 1st, 2017

What is the EERI Post Graduate Internship Program

The EERI post graduate internship program offers recent college graduates an opportunity to extend their education and begin building a professional network through relevant real world experience in a professional setting. Interns make a 6 month commitment to EERI and gain valuable experience on earthquake mitigation and exposure to earthquake-focused professional organizations. EERI is committed to providing a learning experience through meaningful work assignments related to our mission of seismic risk reduction.

EERI’s Past and Current Interns

Benefits of a Post Graduate Internship at EERI
EERI interns gain valuable experience working in a professional environment on a range of interesting projects that increase their understanding and appreciation of the field of seismic risk mitigation. It is an opportunity to join a network of professional colleagues in earthquake engineering, planning policy, and government. Interns get the opportunity to contribute to the development and success of a number of EERI initiatives such as the World Housing Encyclopedia and the Learning From Earthquakes Program. The experience as an EERI intern will make many academic studies more relevant through meaningful assignment and engagement in real projects with substantial levels of responsibility. Interns are expected to take initiative, ask questions, and provide input and feedback. Highly motivated interns develop analytical, interpersonal, and leadership capacity. Interns work side-by-side with EERI staff in the Oakland, CA office and are provided a monthly stipend.

Benefits to EERI

The EERI post-graduate internship is a mutually beneficial program for the institute and the intern. EERI gains valuable enthusiastic assistance on many of our special projects. Interns also support EERI staff on conferences, technical seminars, publication, IT operations, web services, and limited clerical tasks. Interns can offer fresh and creative perspectives as well as talents and technical skills in areas small non-profit organizations often find difficult to cover. Providing meaningful work experience and exposure for young earthquakes professionals is a service to our membership and increases the overall capacity of the institute.

Opportunities

EERI’s internships are approximately six-months long, and offer engagement with a number of interesting EERI projects and Institute activities, including Learning from Earthquakes, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative, the World Housing Encyclopedia, annual meetings (the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering in 2018), and technical seminars and webinars.

Tasks are varied, although day-to-day work focuses on supporting EERI projects and staff through research, project and event coordination, and website development and maintenance.

EERI often seeks interns for specific projects. However, in general, internship candidates should have:

  • A bachelor’s or advanced degree in engineering, science, architecture, public policy, planning, or a related field
  • Familiarity and interest with issues in earthquake risk reduction and community resilience
  • Proficiency in Excel and Word
  • Basic HTML skills and some knowledge of website development and maintenance (WordPress and Joomla), or willingness to learn
  • Skills with graphic design programs such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator
  • Ability to take initiative and independently solve problems
  • Curiosity, strong interpersonal skills, and flexibility
  • Basic to advanced GIS skills, or knowledge of GIS software (ArcMap, ArcGIS Online) and willingness to learn

Interns are expected to work in the EERI office, which means living in the San Francisco Bay Area. (EERI does not provide moving, visa sponsorship, or housing support). EERI interns are provided a monthly stipend of $2,200/month ($2,500 for recent graduate students). Spring 2018 interns are expected to start in January 2018.

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EERI Post-Graduation internships are a great way to gain valuable professional experience, to be involved in meaningful projects related to seismic safety and risk reduction, and to make connections with EERI’s multi-disciplinary professional community. The EERI office is conveniently located in downtown Oakland, and is accessible by BART, AC Transit, bike, and automobile.

Preference is given to EERI members. New internship positions become available every four to six months.