Great Lakes Revitalization Intern

Great Lakes Revitalization Intern

Supervisor: Caitie Nigrelli, Environmental Social Scientist, U.S. EPA, Great Lake National Program Office

The intern will help the specialist design and develop research to understand perceptions of community revitalization in places undergoing sediment remediation and habitat restoration through the Great Lakes Legacy Act. The intern will learn about various methods from the social sciences. The intern will also help develop outreach and education materials based on community needs and existing human dimensions research findings. This is a great opportunity to gain professional experience conducting field research in the social sciences. The position will provide excellent networking opportunities, as interns will interact with individuals from USEPA, state natural resource agencies, and environmental NGOs. The position is based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, with approximately 35-40 hours/week.



Trained in environmental social science (e.g., human dimensions of natural resources, environmental psychology, environmental sociology, anthropology, natural resource economics, natural resource policy, natural resource management, human-environment interactions). Trained in social science research methods (preferred). Able to think creatively and work independently. Strong oral and written communication skills. Able to visit USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office at 77 W Jackson Blvd in Chicago, 4-6 times during the course of the internship. Able to make extended visits with the specialist to Great Lakes Legacy Act sites, such as Cleveland, OH or Milwaukee, WI, to conduct outreach and research. All travel costs from Urbana-Champaign will be covered by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.


  • Undergraduates currently enrolled in a U.S. institution of higher learning, or graduated December 2017 or after.
  • Graduate students are not eligible.
  • Applicants should be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or have an active F-1 visa.
  • Previous IISG interns who have participated in the Summer Internship program are not eligible.


Send all application materials via email to Angela Archer,, and include “2018 IISG Summer Internship” in the subject line. All questions should be directed to Ms. Archer via email or 765-496- 3722. Save the following documents in a single PDF file:

  • Curriculum vitae detailing education and work experiences (2 pages maximum)
  • Goal statement emphasizing your interest in the Great Lakes and the internship program. (500 words or less)
  • Ranked preference of the internship positions
  • Copy of unofficial transcript(s)
  • One letter of recommendation, include in your application or can be sent directly to on your behalf

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