Internships at SkyTruth

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Internships

We’re looking for talented and ambitious interns who are passionate about the environment, technology, and research to join our team. If you’re enthusiastic, inspired, and ready to change the world, apply for an internship now.

Experience a variety of tasks, roles, and responsibilities

I believe SkyTruth is important in achieving my goals because I am gaining valuable skills and knowledge that I know will help me in the future. I love working with Geographic Information Systems and learning to work with Google Earth Engine. Earth Engine requires me to be able to code in the programming language JavaScript and so I’m learning that skill as well. These are skills that will be forever relevant in the future and I am excited to deepen my understanding of them.

SkyTruth Internships

Interested in using your skills to help save the planet?

We are looking for self-directed individuals with a passion for using science to protect the environment and who are interested in joining the SkyTruth family for a semester, a summer, or more. ​Interns should have a proven ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, a desire to learn new skills and solve complex conservation problems, and superior written and oral communication.

Although we usually prefer interns to join the team in our Shepherdstown office, COVID-19 has complicated the possibility of in-person internships. For the time being, we will only be accepting interns who are willing and able to work remotely with their own computer and broadband access. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 8 hours a week and will earn $12 per hour. SkyTruth is only able to offer paid internships to US-based students and scholars.

Most of our interns develop valuable new skills during their time with SkyTruth, including many of the skills listed below. Those who already have those skills can be particularly desirable candidates.

Preferred qualifications for geospatial interns

Desirable attributes for interns interested in developing their geospatial technical skills to solve environmental problems include:

  • GIS experience, strong research, and analytical skills;
  • Strong interest in Python for data management, statistical analysis, and visualization;
  • Geospatial analysis experience including work in QGIS, ArcGIS, and/or Google Earth Engine;
  • Strong interest in Javascript and relevant web mapping platforms/libraries (​e.g.​ Carto, Mapbox, Leaflet, Google Maps, and Google Earth Engine);
  • Experience with gathering and analyzing satellite imagery and other remotely-sensed data;
  • Superior written and oral communication.
  • A background in Environmental Science or Policy, Environmental Justice, Ecology, Energy, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Engineering, or Computer Science.

Essential duties for geospatial interns

  • Download, analyze, and annotate satellite imagery as part of our global environmental monitoring work. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Sentinel-1 radar imagery of oil pollution from vessels and offshore oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coastal areas, the Caspian Sea, the Strait of Malacca, and the Gulf of Guinea;
    • Landsat, Sentinel-2, and Sentinel-3 multispectral imagery related to resource extraction activities like mountaintop removal, hydraulic fracturing, commercial logging, or hardrock mining.
  • Assist SkyTruth technical staff with:
    • cleaning and investigating large, complex datasets;
    • collecting training data for machine learning models;
    • designing rich data visualizations to communicate complex ideas to the public.
  • Regularly produce posts for SkyTruth’s blog and social media accounts that:
    • demonstrate the value of satellite imagery for global environmental monitoring;
    • provide specific intervention points for the public to demand policy changes (​e.g.,​ tailings pond failures provide arguments against mining elsewhere).

Preferred qualifications for communications interns

Desirable attributes for interns interested in focusing on communications to help us reach new audiences, and raise awareness about environmental issues and how SkyTruth is addressing those issues include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Familiarity with environmental science and issues;
  • Comfortable learning about and communicating technical work;
  • Experience generating interest on social media platforms;
  • Editing experience and/or storytelling skills;
  • Ability to work closely with technical staff, ask questions as needed, and translate material into language that works for both a technical and lay audience;
  • Ability to work independently and to manage several projects simultaneously.

Essential duties for communications interns

  • Propose, draft, and edit engaging and accurate blog posts;
  • Increase the number of SkyTruth followers on social media and the blog;
  • Review technical materials to communicate projects effectively to foundations and the public; including connecting with technical staff as needed to enhance understanding;
  • Interview technical staff and/or users of SkyTruth materials for use in blogs, proposals, reports, or other materials;
  • As appropriate, assist with media events.

Preferred qualifications for nonprofit management interns

Desirable attributes for interns interested in focusing on nonprofit management to help us run the organization smoothly, develop effective strategic planning, and ensure adequate funding to support key program activities, include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Comfort learning about technical work and environmental issues;
  • Experience and/or training in grants management and grants research;
  • Ability to work independently and to manage several projects simultaneously.

Essential duties for nonprofit management interns

  • Assist in tracking grant deadlines for reports and proposals;
  • Help with preparation for quarterly meetings and periodic committee meetings;
  • Research new funding opportunities;
  • Draft and edit correspondence, reports, and other documents;
  • Perform various administrative functions.

Interested applicants should email us at internship@skytruth.org to submit a cover letter and resume, or to ask Brendan Jarrell questions about SkyTruth and the expectations of the internship. Applicants should also include a 1-2 page writing sample on any topic.

You can learn more about what it’s like to be a SkyTruth intern by reading about the experiences of our former interns Alice FosterBrendan JarrellLucy MeyerTatianna Evanisko, and others.

SkyTruth does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. SkyTruth believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates are critical to our success as a company, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.