Green Courses

Internship/Traineeship Opportunity at ATREE

1. Name of the Organization: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

2. Name of the Programme: Internship/Traineeship

3. Duration: Generally 3-6 months.

4. Number of Seats: 2 Interns (at any given time).

5. Brief write-up on the Programme: ATREE provides internship opportunities to interested individuals who may participate in a wide variety of capacities and projects, depending on their skills and interests. Various options of fieldwork and project work are available. Forest field research is discouraged if interns do not possess a permit. The monsoon season occurs from June through August and, therefore, fieldwork will be limited during this period and interns will most likely be restricted to the Bangalore office during this time.

The selected intern should be in communication with the ATREE internship coordination person, prior to their arrival. During this time and immediately following their arrival in Bangalore, the intern will be given an overview of ATREE’s current projects and will be encouraged to discuss specific internship possibilities with various members of ATREE’s staff.

6. Eligibility:

  • Academic Background: Undergraduate, Graduate or Post Graduate students with interest in areas such as sustainable development, community forestry, agronomy, ecology, biology, environmental education, rural development, conservation, ecological economics, environmental sociology, etc.

  • Skills & Experience: Flexibility and willingness to work are key requirements for this internship. ATREE is involved in various projects and programs in the field of conservation and livelihoods. These are subject to change with little notice. ATREE would certainly facilitate in matching interests of the intern with the current projects; however, an intern with varied interests can adapt better to the job profile. Other requirements include: organizational skills, writing and communication skills, computer skills, field experience relating to intern’s academic interests (e.g., scientific, research, GIS, education) and ability to work independently.
  • Language Requirements: The candidate should be able to speak, read and write English.

7. Topics for Work by Interns:

  • Conservation Genetics: Species-specific research, genetic diversity maps of flora and fauna, evaluation of the socio-economic causes and consequences of genetic resource loss on the livelihoods of forest communities.
  • Conservation Planning: Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) analysis of the spatial distribution of biodiversity, land-use, forest cover and watersheds, natural resource planning and management, ecological economics. Interns are required who have knowledge of Web GIS application and programming.
  • Conservation & Livelihoods: Forest-based community enterprises, women’s self-help groups and micro-enterprises, participatory resource management, initiation and development of sustainable agro-forestry systems.
  • Conservation Ecology & Management: Research projects looking at regeneration and dynamics in tropical dry forest ecosystems, especially the effects of anthropogenic fires, and of invasive species (e.g., mechanisms of invasive species success and barriers to restoration of native species).
  • Urban Environmental Education: Summer education programs and camps, school-year field trips and presentations, curriculum development for hands-on conservation studies, teacher manuals.
  • Rural Environmental Education: Linking urban and rural schools, setting up school-yard living laboratories, such as a butterfly and medicinal plant gardens, useful and endangered tree gardens, etc., and developing educational modules to use this resource, teacher training, village biodiversity surveys, curriculum development for hands-on conservation studies.

8. What’s Expected of the Intern:

A copy of the project should be submitted to the ATREE library at the completion of internship. The intern should also develop a handbook to be passed on to subsequent interns. The handbook could include information on how to handle routine responsibilities, a list of facility staff, standard dept protocol and procedures.

9. How to Apply: Interested candidate is required to submit his/her Resume, Application Form, Letter of Purpose and Reference Letter to:

Madhavi Latha @ Bangalore Office
E-mail: internship@atree.org

10. Foreign Students: Foreign students could also apply for internships at ATREE. It is recommended that non-Indian citizens review any one of many well-respected travel guidebooks in order to gain more information on additional matters such as visas, health matters, money exchange, culture, customs, etc. At ATREE’s Bangalore office, the library houses a copy of The Lonely Planet- India for your reference.

11. Stipend: ATREE does not provide any Sponsorship/Scholarship to interns.

12. Contact Details:

Bangalore (Main) Office,
Royal Enclave, Sriramapura,
Jakkur Post,
Bangalore – 560064
Karnataka, India.
Telephone: +91-80-23635555 (EPABX)
Fax: +91-80-23530070
E-mail: info@atree.org

13. URL (For Internship Programme): http://www.atree.org/internship

Website: www.atree.org


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