Environmental Sciences Intern

RTI International

Research Triangle Park, NC, United States 🇺🇸

Job Description

Environmental Sciences Internships at RTI International provide outstanding students the opportunity to collaborate with senior environmental scientists on multi-disciplinary research efforts to address critical social sciences and environmental issues in the U.S. and around the world. Interns also benefit from access to RTI-sponsored professional development trainings, internship activities, and leadership opportunities.

Areas of Interest

  • Air quality monitoring and industrial process engineering
  • Ecosystem services
  • Economic modeling and analysis for environmental policies and natural resources management
  • Environmental and geospatial data analysis
  • Greenhouse gas inventories and reporting
  • Human and ecological risk assessment relating to environmental management, hydrofracking, food safety, or nanomaterials
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Marine water quality assessment
  • Multimedia environmental modeling
  • Solid waste management
  • Sustainability and life cycle assessment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Water quality trading

We are accepting internship applications, with start and end dates flexible. Positions are unpaid, can be part- or full-time and are located at RTI’s offices in Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC or Washington, DC. Interns participate in multidisciplinary project teams conducting research to review and summarize information, develop analytical tools and software, analyze complex issues, and write papers and reports.

  • Proficiency in MS Offie (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience performing data analysis using SQL and statiistics such as SAS, STATA, or R are a plus. Programming and/or geospatial analysis experience would also be advantageous. 
  • Demonstrated experience with one or more of the Areas of Interest listed above.
  • Ability to follow directions and work independently or collaboratively as part of a project team.
  • Excellent analytical problem-solving, verbal communication, and technical writing skills.
  • Eligibility to receive academic credit, fulfill an academic program requirement, or receive external funding. Please note, the intern will be required to provide documentation, prior to the start of the internship, verifying one of the three-mentioned criteria.
  • Cover letter indicating area of interest, per the above list, and office location preference. Please note, your application will not be reviewed unless a cover letter is included.


Prospects should be a graduate-level or undergraduate-level (having completed their junior year coursework) student pursuing degrees in the fields of environmental science and engineering, environmental management and policy, or related fields. International students are welcome to apply.

Unpaid Internship Requirement

The intern must fulfill an academic requirement (e.g. course credit, practicum, etc…) or obtain outside funding, specificallly for the unpaid internship. Please consult with your school for the appropropriate unpaid internship procedures and requirements. For questions about eligibility for unpaid internships at RTI, please contact [email protected].

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest in this position, as well as your relevant experience, and skillset. Please also address your eligibility to receive academic credit.

About RTI

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 4000 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

Closing Statement

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