Student Opportunities

University of Rhode Island students play a vital role in helping Metcalf Institute meet its objectives and operate efficiently. Metcalf offers a variety of internship and employment opportunities that provide hands-on experience in a professional environment where students can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom. Students are engaged in marketing, database management, website design, promotion, recruitment, development, research, and science communication. Students also have the opportunity to interact with professional journalists and scientists at Metcalf Institute training programs and public lectures.

Internships & Employment

Communications Internship
The Metcalf Communications Internship for undergraduate students involves assisting staff in promoting Metcalf programs using our website, social media, news releases, videos, newsletters, and other promotional tools. Interns may also conduct research to inform Metcalf promotional activities. Graduate and undergraduate internships focusing on science writing are also available and may include drafting science backgrounders and writing stories about Metcalf science communication workshops and seminars.

Development Internship
The Metcalf Development Intern assists staff in researching and organizing potential fundraising opportunities in support of Metcalf programs and initiatives, including developing research criteria for various Metcalf funding needs, learning how to effectively use data management tools, using social media for development research and drafting research reports. The Development Intern will attend Metcalf Advisory Board meetings and some board committee meetings for the insider perspective on how non-profits work with volunteers to meet goals and objectives.

Student Employment
Metcalf offers several paid positions for students throughout the academic year and during the summer. Student employees conduct research, maintain and update Metcalf’s database, help staff prepare for workshops and seminars, and provide critical administrative support during Metcalf trainings and other events. Metcalf Institute employs a student webmaster with proficiency in web design and coding to update and maintain the Institute’s website.

For more information about internship and employment opportunities, email Katharine McDuffie, Metcalf Institute program director.

Meet Our Students

Cristian Witcher is from North Smithfield, RI and is responsible for maintaining all technical aspects of Metcalf Institute’s website. He is an undergraduate at URI and is enrolled in the International Engineering Program, pursuing a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish with a minor in Robotics. Cristian says he wants to use what he learns to help give other people the chance to have better lives.
img_9528 Carolyn Conti is a resident of Riverside, RI, who works as a student office assistant for the Office of Marine Programs and Metcalf Institute. She is an undergraduate at the URI majoring in sociology. After graduation, Carolyn plans to pursue a career in researching different social movements. She is still exploring the many possibilities of working in the field of sociology.
p1000336 Jack Daly is a student assistant for the Deep Carbon Observatory and Metcalf Institute. From New Bedford, MA, he is an undergrad majoring in marine affairs. Upon graduation, Daly plans to pursue a graduate degree in geography and is also interested in working for the state or federal government in environmental affairs.
IMAG0065 Paige McLaughlin is Metcalf Institute’s primary student assistant. She is a geology and geological oceanography major at URI, graduating in May 2017. From Exeter, RI, Paige is considering a career in research.