Kupu, in collaboration with First Wind and Kamehameha Schools, is seeking a current higher education student or recent higher education graduate has a background in business, communications, education, or planning and a passion for Hawaii’s sustainability and clean energy future.
What is Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment (RISE)? Kupu, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is administering this RISE position. Kupu aims to empower young adults to serve their communities through character building, service learning, and environmental stewardship. Rewarding Internships in Sustainable Employment (RISE) is an internship program developed to provide Hawaii college students and recent graduates with paid work experiences with different public and private organizations in the State of Hawaii. “Leveraging diverse partnerships, RISE's mission is to create a sustainable future and green workforce for Hawaii through paid work opportunities.” Find out more at www.riseHI.org.
For this internship, RISE-Kupu is partnering with First Wind (http://www.firstwind.com/) and Kamehameha Schools (http://www.ksbe.edu/) to develop and execute a community outreach, education and engagement plan for Oahu’s North Shore community regarding the Kawailoa Wind Project and Hawaii’s sustainability issues.
Week of June 24, 2013
Week of May 15, 2014
Midnight on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
North Shore, Oahu; interns may be required to work from home/school/virtual office at times
Current higher education student or recent higher education graduate (no more than 2 years since graduation)
18 hrs/week; schedule can be set on an individual basis within normal business hours (M-F, 8am – 5:30pm)
4 weeks of unpaid vacation (dates negotiable)
This position seeks a motivated higher education student or recent higher education graduate (no more than 2 years since graduation) to play a leading role in the execution of outreach and educational efforts targeting the Kawailoa Wind Project. The selected intern will report to a mentor and project manager at Kupu and representatives from First Wind and Kamehameha Schools. The RISE Intern is expected to work closely with this team to perform the following activities by type:
Communications, Outreach, and Public Events (70%)
o Create list of target schools, on the North Shore schools.
o Support design of curriculum and teaching materials for site visits
o Support design of outreach plan and materials
o Plan and host one or more community event(s) to take place at the Kawailoa Wind Project which may be replicated in following years. Tasks will include participation with
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all events planning, including budgeting, fundraising, fostering partnerships, and overseeing day-of event activities. The event type will be defined with intern and project team input, but may be a running or bike race, market, or other community-building event.
o Support the infrastructure design of a “green” facility/learning center by hosting a design competition targeted at UH architecture students and/or professional architects or design/builders.
o Conduct tours of the Kawailoa Wind Project up to once/week as necessary and assigned by First Wind staff.
Administration and Coordination (20%)
o Support First Wind and Kamehameha Schools with various outreach and educational efforts targeted to build education, awareness, and support for the Kawailoa Wind Project amongst the North Shore community.
Design and administer surveys for both tour groups and outside community members that have not taken a tour of the Kawailoa Wind Project.
Compile and analyze data from the surveys in order to adjust outreach and educational efforts.
Sustainability Seminar Series Attendance and Logistics (5%):
o Partake in a seminar series throughout employment that consists of reading/writing, workshops, community outreach events, field trips, speakers, and other learning opportunities;
o Assist in the conception and implementation of seminar series events as assigned, desired, and available.
o Note: The seminar series is intended to compliment work tasks, and may only be attended upon the successful completion of primary work deliverables.
Other duties as assigned (5%)
The RISE Intern is required to be/have:
Personal awareness, engagement, and understanding of Oahu’s north shore community;
Enrolled in a community college, undergraduate, or graduate degree; or within 2 years since graduation from one of these higher education institutions;
Available to start the internship in June 2013 and commit to the internship for one year (with 4 weeks unpaid vacation);
Able to learn quickly and follow direction with attention to detail;
Computer savvy with fluency in Microsoft Office and able to conduct advanced internet research;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Able to conduct him/herself in a professional manner;
A team player that works well with others, but able to work independently; and
Motivation, passion and awareness for local sustainability and clean energy issues and solutions.
The RISE Intern is preferred to be/have:
A former or current resident of Oahu’s north shore community or surrounding area;
An undergraduate or graduate degree (or working towards a degree) in an interdisciplinary study that may include business, communications, outreach, or education with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
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Some work experience (paid or volunteer) in planning, communications, and/or environmental projects; and
A personal interest in fostering clean energy in Hawaii.
How to Apply
Please complete the application form at: https://kupuhawaii.wufoo.com/forms/rise-application-kamehameha-schools-first-wind/. The application will require you to submit the following application materials in the form of ONE attachment (either as a word document or PDF) before midnight on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013:
Writing sample (between 2 and 3 pages in length)
Any additional work attachments that exhibit your ability to excel in the tasks described above (optional)
We look forward to reviewing your application! Any questions regarding the position and/or application may be addressed to:
Kupu, a Hawaii-based 501c3 non-profit
Find out more about the RISE Program at: www.riseHI.org
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