Internship (Water Institute)

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC, USA 🇺🇸

Applications for the Summer internships 2021 are now open! 

The ‘best ever Summer Research Position’ working for the Water Institute on Governance of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DR3)to boost the delivery of the sustainable development goals.

We are in the first year of a three-year project (2020-2023) on governance of disaster risk reduction and resilience for sustainable development that is part of a 6-university international collaboration (more at Over the last year, the UNC team has broadened the concept of the snowball approach for stakeholder selection through the UNC Snow Angel Method, which has been presented at a United Nations workshop on national voluntary reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals and several academic conferences. The first stakeholder workshop, focused on disasters and vulnerability in North Carolina, was held in May 2021.

Summer Internship Objectives: We are looking for applications for summer graduate and/or undergraduate interns to work on the DR3 project. The work will focus on:

  • Organizing the second and third stakeholder workshops for the project,
  • Building relationships with stakeholders,
  • Analyzing the results and developing narrative(s) from the stakeholder workshop(s),
  • Researching and writing in support of the project,
  • Helping to develop material for the UNC web portal we are creating,
  • Preparing project results and findings for upcoming events in 2021, including the opportunity to present, and
  • Linking into the ongoing preparations for the 2022 UN Disaster Risk Reduction Conference.

To apply, please send your CV and a short cover letter to expressing your interest in and relevant experience for the project to [email protected] by July 20.

Hourly compensation varies by student status:

  • PhD student: $22-24/hour
  • Master student: $18-20/hour
  • Undergraduate student: $12-15/hour

Contact with applications and/or questions:

PI: Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor ([email protected])

Kristen Downs, PhD Candidate ([email protected])

The Water Institute at UNC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill