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ESI is now hiring MIT students for the following paid positions this fall:

Rapid Response Group: The ESI Rapid Response Group (RRG) was formed to respond to critical environmental issues in a timely manner with science-based analysis and assistance in the service of our partners in communities, civil society, government and industry. The RRG generates a variety of targeted materials including synopses of state of the art, briefing documents, fact sheets, talking points, executive summaries, and other products in various media and across a range of important environmental issues. The RRG also serves as a bridge between the MIT community and our partners by connecting individuals and expertise through informal conversations, curated panels, symposia and other knowledge and perspective sharing events.

Members of the RRG are undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of fields and majors at MIT and other universities. The RRG is guided and managed through the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative by the director, Prof. John E. Fernández.

The RRG collaborates with all levels of government including congressional offices, state and city officials as well as various community organizations, the MIT Washington Office, many MIT professors and researchers, a range of environmental groups, industry trade groups, individual companies, and many others. The RRG project portfolio is developed through discussions within the group and in consultation with outside partners.

The RRG is now accepting applications for 20 open positions for the 2020 Fall term. All MIT undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to work for pay and undergrads for UROP credit. Please send an email to if you or someone you know may be interested in joining us.

Nature-Based Solutions: Complex, carbon-sequestering environments like the Amazon rainforest are our planet’s most important bulwark against climate change and biodiversity loss. ESI’s Nature Based Solutions Program is seeking two undergraduate students for our flagship research project developing a participatory risk management system to identify landslide risks using data from drone flights in the city of Mocoa, in the Colombian Amazon Piedmont. These students will be exposed to the complexities of developing a project that involves multi-stakeholder and international collaboration, and engage in consensus building among partners with different interests, agendas and cultural backgrounds, and power dynamics. The research will be supervised by ESI’s faculty director, Prof. John E. Fernández, with the support of teams at ESI and Lincoln Labs.

  1. The first position will assist with machine learning development, designing and implementing a methodology to analyze and predict landslide probability from point cloud data. Requirements for this position include:
    • Course 6 major
    • Experience in Computer Vision and Deep Learning using Neural Networks with special emphasis on geometric data
    • Experience with 3D Convolutional Neural Network, LSTM Recurrent Neural Network and Bayesian Inference, and Probabilistic models is preferred
  2. The second position will assist with urban planning, public engagement, and climate and risk communications. Responsibilities include supporting engagement and dissemination of research findings, including developing workshop engagement methodologies and guidelines, outreach and communication materials. The student will also participate in the design of an exhibition and an online decision support tool and work on data visualization and easy to understand communication of complex technical information for diverse audiences. Requirements for this position include:
    • Experience in urban planning or related design fields, with special emphasis on participatory planning
    • Experience in applied communications related to climate change, urban planning and risk management is preferred
    • Verbal and written fluency in Spanish
    • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
    • Proficiency in ArcGIS software is preferred

To apply for either of these positions, email a resume to Marcela Angel at

Opportunities Outside ESI

Student Jobs – MITOS

The MIT Office of Sustainability is hiring students this fall for five widely varied positions, including a Communications and Design Fellow, a Campus Environmental Justice Fellow, and a Software Engineer to Support Urban Climate Resilience Fellow. Visit the MITOS website to read more and learn how to apply.

Internship – Oceanworks

Oceanworks, the marketplace for recycled ocean plastics, is seeking a Materials Intern this fall. This intern will receive a $1000-$2000/month stipend to work with Oceanworks’ operations team evaluating and onboarding new materials. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Oceanworks by September 18.

Internships – Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby has a number of internship openings this fall, many of which can be done remotely. Check out the full list and apply online.

Internship – The Engine

The Engine, an MIT investment organization focusing on early-stage technologies with breakthrough potential, is seeking a Government and Policy Intern. Apply online.

Job – Living Future Institute

The Living Future Institute is seeking a Business Development Manager to manage its relationships in the manufacturing sector. Apply online.

Job – BuildingEase

BuildingEase, a company providing a one-stop portal for green building design and construction, is seeking a project manager to help launch their new enterprise platform. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references to

Research Contest – Global Alliance of Universities on Climate

The Global Alliance of Universities on Climate Graduate Student Forum is accepting abstracts of research papers from graduate students. Winners will be invited to submit their full papers to various journals and may be recommended to attend the 2021 United Nations conventions on climate change and/or biodiversity. Contact Aaron Krol to learn how to apply by September 12.

MIT Climate Grand Challenges

MIT is launching the Climate Grand Challenges to assemble up to six large-scale integrated research projects, focused on difficult and high-impact problems related to climate change. PI’s can submit letters of interest by September 21. Learn how to participate.

Contest – Lemelson-MIT Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize awards up to $15,000 to student teams to develop inventions in healthcare, food/water and agriculture, mobility and transportation, and consumer products. Teams must have a tested prototype to enter. Learn how to compete and apply by September 25.

Contest – J-WAFS

The MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab will award $3,000 to a winning student who submits a short video describing their research related to agriculture and food systems. Learn how to apply by September 30.

Contest – MIT Energy Hack

The MIT Energy Hack invites individuals and teams to compete to develop clean energy solutions in a hackathon this November. Apply to compete by October 7.

Grant – MassCEC

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Catalyst Grant Program will award up to $65,000 to researchers and startups to demonstrate initial prototypes of clean energy technologies. Learn how to apply by October 19.

Poster Presentation – MIT Energy Night

MIT Energy Night is seeking presenters for its virtual poster sessions this October 21-23. Apply to present by September 18.

Volunteer – Environmental Voter Project

The Environmental Voter Project is looking for campus coordinators this academic year to support its voter turnout efforts. This is a 1-5 hour a week commitment. Apply online.

Volunteer – En-ROADS Climate Ambassadors

Climate Interactive is seeking En-ROADS Climate Ambassadors to learn how to run climate policy simulation games for classrooms, legislators, and community groups. Learn how to apply.